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23 Jun 2013 00:02 - 23 Jun 2013 00:09 #17194 by Mrs. L
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Hello every one. Especially, David and the fast doctor - you guys are the best. I know it’s been a while since I posted. But I always have these warm feelings toward fasting connection.
Intermittent fasting did the unthinkable for me. I had a terrible sweet tooth. I used to crave pastry, cakes, cookies etc all my life.
I did intermittent fasting for a long time, may be more than a year. This was like may be two years ago. I don’t have any cravings for those food groups now, I mentioned above.
I did not image for a second that intermittent fasting would have that much impact. It’s been roughly a year and a half, that I have cravings only for real food. I do not have to think to eat healthy food. Now it just comes naturally. As a result my health is better than ever. My energy is amazing.
Now I am not doing any fasting. My last fasting was 4 months ago. It lasted ten days. It was the most - easy 10 days fasting; it must be that my diet is mostly on row food. I hope this post encourage a brave soul who wanted to fast but thinks otherwise.
Warm Regards,
Mrs. L.

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23 Jun 2013 05:42 #17195 by TheFastDoctor
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Good for you. Indeed few people are aware of the fact that practically all carbohydrates and most amino acids taste sweet, albeit delicately so. But, because the taste buds never gets time to rest, they become exhausted and unable to perceive these delicate tastes. Regular fasting gives the taste buds a rest, whereafter they can sense tastes that those poor every-day-eating people can only dream of.

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23 Jun 2013 09:10 #17196 by Breadandwine
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If you have your hot drinks without sugar, plain water tastes sweet I've noticed.
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23 Jun 2013 19:15 #17198 by CherryBomb
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It is shocking yet true. Green veggies taste so sweet to me now. I can't stomach fruit or processed foods. I can have stevia in tea, etc., yet veggies are so sweet that I don't want more sweet (I eat a lot of veggies).

Thanks for this lovely thread. #happyfasting

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23 Jun 2013 22:09 #17200 by david
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Hello every one. Especially, David and the fast doctor - you guys are the best.


Mrs L I am delighted for you and thank you for sharing your experience and for the caring words. Do you think you will start up IFing again soon?

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24 Jun 2013 00:05 - 24 Jun 2013 00:07 #17203 by Mrs. L
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The Fast Doctor wrote: Good for you. Indeed few people are aware of the fact that practically all carbohydrates and most amino acids taste sweet, albeit delicately so. But, because the taste buds never gets time to rest, they become exhausted and unable to perceive these delicate tastes. Regular fasting gives the taste buds a rest, whereafter they can sense tastes that those poor every-day-eating people can only dream of.

André

Thank you, for your warm welcome.
As I mentioned above I did intermittent fasting for more than a year. By the end of the 14 month mark, I noticed that I did not eat any kind of sweets for two weeks. For a second I thought, “Too good to be true”. One month passed. Still, I was not convinced. I was even concerned that, the craving might return with vengeance. Later as time passed, it downed on me that, the long term IF not only zapped gluten/ carbohydrate, chocolates and sweet etc. addictions out my system, but gave me a sense of direction too. I noticed a shift in my mind about my eating habits.
May be, you would not believe to what I am going to say. Now, I HATE CHOCOLATES. You heard it right.
I used to spend a lot on sweets. I know my wallet is happy. But on the other hand, I think my baking pans and my mixing gadgets must wonder, what possessed me to abandon them. I still have bags and bags of sugary stuffs winking at me, whenever I opened my pantry.
It’s just a good feeling to be in control. Food addiction was the culprit for my out of control chocolate consumption. I was blaming myself for nothing.
Warm Regards, Mrs. L

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24 Jun 2013 00:14 - 24 Jun 2013 00:21 #17204 by Mrs. L
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David wrote:

Mrs L I am delighted for you and thank you for sharing your experience and for the caring words. Do you think you will start up IFing again soon?


Hi David, Thank you for your warm welcome.
For your question, if I am thinking about going back to IF – I say who knows. But for now I do not see the need.
Most days, I start eating after 4pm. I start with a bowl of fruit salad. By the time I go to bed, I will have a salad bowl or a good hearty soup. I eat cooked foods too, once a day.
I feel satisfied. I throw my scale away. I still fit in my jeans comfortably. My energy is amazing. Aches and pains knew, they’re not welcome.
Warm Regards,
Mrs. L.


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05 Jul 2013 01:29 #17453 by Lisafast
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Mrs. L. Thanks for sharing your experience. What an inspiration. How often and how long were your weekly fasts?

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21 Aug 2013 17:22 - 21 Aug 2013 17:23 #18053 by Mrs. L
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Lisafast wrote: Mrs. L. Thanks for sharing your experience. What an inspiration. How often and how long were your weekly fasts?


I fasted every week, Monday's and Tuesday's for 14 months. Sometimes I started on Sunday's and finished it before Tuesday. I hope this helps.
By the way, now I started to do my IF a month ago. IMHO people have no business eating everyday and also 3 X a day. Just my two cents worth.

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21 Aug 2013 18:39 #18054 by TheFastDoctor
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Indeed dear Mrs L, I often wonder where the number 3 came from.. why 3 times per day? Why not 4, 5, or any other number? We have been brainwashed.

Like the Good Book says: Your slave and even your donkey is entitled to one day of rest per week.. so is your gut. People think your heart works all the time but if you look at an ECG, it only works about one third of the time, which is why it can do so every day..

You are an inspiration indeed.

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21 Aug 2013 19:36 - 21 Aug 2013 19:38 #18058 by Ockeghem
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"IMHO people have no business eating everyday and also 3 X a day. Just my two cents worth."

Mrs. L.,

I agree with this 100%. And I believe that it has been proven empirically (at least to myself) since I have done this for several years.

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22 Aug 2013 22:12 #18076 by danielle
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Thank you Mrs. L.

I am in the place you were before you recovered. A food addict with a sweet tooth. I mostly eat chocolate. Not much food. Gave up cookies and cakes and breads long ago (thankfully) but I keep Hershey's Kisses and M & M's on hand, and I dip into the jar all day long.

My gut is in horrible shape. I've battled a laxative addiction that has ruined my insides. I'm at a point where the only option I have is to fast.

I've been called to fasting forever. Just don't ever submit. I did once, for 5 days. Best feeling. I don't know why I'm so resistant to doing something so easy. Food has so much power over me...or the addiction to the madness!

Thank you very much for sharing. I believe it is possible to move forward.

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23 Aug 2013 18:09 #18084 by TheFastDoctor
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You obviously need to fast dear Danielle... start with one day at a time, at least once a week, and you'll soon find it easy to add days to that and/or move to the 0-1-0 pattern..

I made a "rule" decades ago that I will never willingly ingest anything containing Sucrose (often called "sugar").. that makes it easy to avoid many junk foods and rather have fruit or salads.

Practice makes perfect.

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26 Aug 2013 18:39 #18122 by Mrs. L
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Ockeghem wrote: "IMHO people have no business eating everyday and also 3 X a day. Just my two cents worth."

Mrs. L.,

I agree with this 100%. And I believe that it has been proven empirically (at least to myself) since I have done this for several years.


Only a fasting soul will know that, just to be on water or even better just on air for a day or two per week is very freeing.
Nowadays, when I am out of town, I will tell myself that "it's a good day to be just on air". No need to worry about where to find food - real food. And also that added bonus about making your wallet happier.
Happy Fasting
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26 Aug 2013 18:54 - 26 Aug 2013 19:02 #18123 by Mrs. L
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danielle wrote: Thank you Mrs. L.

My gut is in horrible shape. I've battled a laxative addiction that has ruined my insides. I'm at a point where the only option I have is to fast.

I've been called to fasting forever. Just don't ever submit. I did once, for 5 days. Best feeling. I don't know why I'm so resistant to doing something so easy. Food has so much power over me...or the addiction to the madness!

Thank you very much for sharing. I believe it is possible to move forward.


Real sorry to hear that you have gut problem. Like you mentioned, you know that 'your only option' is fasting.
I do not have a crystal ball in my hand, but from your writing, you sound like, you're ready to do fasting. Fasting is the way to go but not a quick fix.
At least you tried fasting for 5 days. That means, you know for sure that, you're still alive after 5 days fasting.
I am saying this for all the seriousness there is. Not a lot of people proved that yet. I know people, who thinks if they skip a drink, they will get dehydrated. Of course, not eating for a couple of days is un-imaginable.
Good luck!
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29 Aug 2013 16:33 #18144 by danielle
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Dear Mrs. L,

I was wondering how you were able to overcome the sugar and commit to fasting. I had a few periods this week where I was able to resist. Yet, I still have an addiction. I'm trying to fast today. It's been 1 1/2 hours. :P Really hoping to give it my all.

Any tricks/advice/insight you could share would be most appreciated.

Danielle :)

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04 Sep 2013 07:36 #18186 by bettyxblue
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Hi Danielle,

I hope you're fast is going well, and I am here if you need a buddy.

I just wanted to tell you that I am fasting from today and this will be a 7 day fast for me, I've decided not to overburden myself with committing to such a long fast right now but i'll see how it goes. My tummy really needs a rest. I have been slowly losing weight by changing my diet and doing shorter fasts. I would love to do a longer fast at some point but for now I'm just going to work on improving my health with shorter fasts, I have found the last few fasts I have failed after a few days because I was overwhelmed with the amount of days I had committed to. After the 7 day fast I'm considering doing intermittent fasting for a few weeks - 1010

Good luck with your fast, drinking boiled water/sparkling water really helps me, as does avoiding the kitchen entirely :)

Jen

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04 Sep 2013 19:15 #18195 by danielle
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Hey Jen!

Thanks for sharing and for the support. I am going to try to fast this week. Keep me posted on your progress, and I'll do the same.

xo

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04 Sep 2013 21:01 - 04 Sep 2013 21:12 #18197 by paullikethesaint
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Danielle- I have been a total chocolate fiend and have had a major sweet tooth in the past. Fasting regularly (which for me currently is a 24-36 hour dry fast once a week) plus regular exercise (running, biking and strength training) seems to have fixed my problem. I still enjoy some sweets from time to time but I haven't touched chocolate in a LONG time which seems odd to me considering how many bags of M&Ms I could rip through in a day! So like the doc said take it one day at a time and consider it a life change not just a one time event. I like doing it once a week because it's easy to manage with my life. Some folks like doing longer fasts but I find with my body type (lean, low fat) and lifestyle (work, kids, social outings, etc) that doing it once a week works well. I dry fast because you get the most bang for your buck so to speak (i.e. deeper detox) but that was only after having water fasted few times for longer periods. For me dry fasting seems to work better because I don't get obsessed with the act of drinking water or tea (or whatever no calorie drink I can think up), I just take a complete break and focus on other things in my life (it actually helps my productivity at work a lot because I don't take any breaks and just focus on work). Fasting every week is great because I always know my fast day is coming up if I eat some crap during the week. It totally helps me not be too obsessed with my diet knowing that I will be detoxing and resting my digestive system within 7 days at the longest.

I would definitely encourage you to start small (12 hours, 24 hours, etc) and as your body and mind get used to the fasting process, go for longer or just go until your body tells you it's time to stop. The doc always says bio feedback is the best way to gauge how long you fast and that's a good idea if you can manage it with your lifestyle. Otherwise just pick a day and decide no eating, see how it goes and adjust if needed but stick with it. Like seeing results from exercise results from fasting come with time and consistency. After time your body will correct itself and your cravings for garbage food will decrease. Go into the fast knowing you can and will do it, again this is where starting small helps. Succeeding at a one day fast feels good and trust me if you do it over and over again you'll be able to go longer when you feel the need.

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04 Sep 2013 23:24 #18198 by danielle
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Thank you so much. I know I have the power to do it. The food really isn't the issue. It's deeper than that. Major life changes and things that have happened that really have gifted me an entirely new existence. I guess fasting feels like death. I don't want to fast for one day here or there. I want to do it and not stop. Maybe ever. Maybe I just feel this way right now.

Giving up food is the hardest thing, because it has been my main addiction. I have given up meat and most things, and I never go out to dinner. But, I keep the m & m's on hand, and dip into them throughout the day. There's some weird psychology that goes along with that. Wish I could figure out why I'm so damn stubborn.

What I am realizing, however, is that I am only robbing myself of joy and benefits. Each time I go to the candy, or late night binges (big challenge b/c I don't sleep and no one is around and I'm alone and so I eat), I always feel awful. It's only when I fast that I feel REAL and relaxed. I exercise a lot, and am so tired of putting my body through the ringer.

For so many reasons, fasting is the only way. Thank you so much for reaching out. Everyone on here is so brave and smart and supportive. Everyday I get a bit stronger. I cant wait to report that I made it 24 hours and make others proud !

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