Have You Tried Intermittent Fasting?
NEW THING #71:
I watched Nas Daily ’s video about intermittent fasting during Ramadan to practice compassion & self-improvement.
And I found this tradition super inspiring.
So I decided to try it for 1 day.
Not for religious purposes, just to show myself what I'm capable of, to stretch my "hungry-AF" comfort zone, and to feel for those who are less fortunate, which seems even more important during the global pandemic.
And it's supposed to be good for health anyway. (Obviously, it's not for everyone & I'm not a medical professional, so as always if you have any medical concerns, consult with your physician.)
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How Did It Go?
First of all, I made it. Which is kind of a big deal for me. And I think that I wouldn't have been able to do it a few years back.
Why? For some reason (maybe because all my grandparents are Polish war survivors), I had this unconscious belief that if I'm hungry for too long, I'll die. I know it's ridiculous to think I'll die if I skip a meal, but hey, those fears usually don't make sense. Especially the ones that we don't know we have.
Anyways, I started drinking bulletproof coffee instead of breakfast a few years back, and that's how I learned I even had this fear. So I believe that I worked on it before, and showed myself that being hungry is just a feeling, and nothing terrible is happening if I just don't eat till lunch.
So again, small steps turned out to be working for me. And I was able to go 24 hours intermittent fasting without freaking out. I felt pretty good throughout the whole day. I'd say that, for the most part, I was even more alert and focused than usual. But I had a few hours in the afternoon when I felt a bit weak, hot, and distracted. But it didn't last too long. Also, I had a coffee and drunk lots of water. And I think that helped a lot.
Now, I can't even imagine doing that for a whole month and without anything to drink. So I really respect people who do it. And I think that I'll start adding those 24 hours intermittent fasting into my routine.