What is a Fast?

Fasting is the willful refrainment from eating and sometimes drinking (see Water fasting and Juice fasting). From a purely physiological context, “fasting” may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight (see the “Breakfast”), or to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal. Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting.” – Wikipedia.

That’s right. I’m into DAY 2 OF MY FAST. Cold feet. I am documenting this to keep me distracted as finding it harder than I used to. This could be due to medication I am on. Anyway, when one fasts, they have digested any food in them and are now entering a phase where the body will not be able to use outside calories to survive. Their bodies turn inwards and begin to devour glucose stores and such. Further down the line when glucose is no longer taken from the liver among others, which is not that efficient at keeping us going, our bodies turn to ketosis. Keto, or ketosis is a state where the body burns fat and is a more efficient way to sustain the body.

So when people say a high fat diet is bad, they should be saying when combined with sugar, which could result in cancer. High fat is beneficial especially for the brain. The brain will be healing from the lack of sugar and the ketones will boost mental clarity and cognitive awareness, I would say, after 3 days you really get big benefits but even skipping breakfast (breaking the fast) can be great. Our brains are made of around 60% fat! (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20329590/). That’s an astonishing amount. Keto diet is also very popular and you might benefit from this if you are intermittent fasting.

I am not abstaining from liquids like tea or water. I am drinking those in sufficient amounts to prevent any low blood pressure associated with not eating all the time… or should I say, stabilised blood pressure. Fasting could be difficult if you have diabetes, as you will be producing glucose for a short while from storage which could raise blood sugar levels, this will get better over a few days. I would not advise anyone in a health capacity but if you take insulin or anything else to lower blood sugar, don’t fast without medical advice or, use your fat brain and don’t use insulin because you won’t be eating. Insulin would impact the fast, because it will prevent your body entering a true fat burning state.

How do I feel? Thanks for asking, Wizard. I feel okay, but my lungs are trying to shift some kind of mucous from the cartilage or something because having a bit of pain there. Not something that used to happen. I haven’t really made a big deal of fasting in the past, but now I find it quite difficult and it is my fault for not following on with it. When I started to live alone and could actually have food and such I realised there was no reason to fast anymore. (But let’s not dwell on the vile scum perpetuating to care).

The ability to order fast food online is a big problem in the UK and I think other developed nations. The service is usually poor, the food of low quality and the whole thing is just a mess. Yet, people continue to order food from these franchises using an app on their phone. What happened to going out to a restaraunt or heck, making or cooking your own? People do need to fast but because it takes 2 clicks to order a big fast food meal, they don’t bother.

Ever tried it?

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