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Food – the Addiction

I have come to realize how often I eat for entertainment/socializing, personal pleasure, or just out of habit. This recognition came as a result of my fast that ends today. “Can I Rebuild Myself” explains my motivation.

Today is the final day of the fast and I will begin to transition back to food. For nine (9) full-days I did not eat anything. I consumed only water, one daily glass of water mixed with sea salt, one cup of tea, and a daily 60-ounces of a lemonade recipe. I understand how shocking that might sound to some. I had similar feelings. Would I get sick? Could I last? I had no idea if I could do one-day without eating – I never had. Nonetheless, I did nine days and could do more if pushed.

Never was I hungry. Say what!? It’s true, I never felt hungry as strange as that is to say. The first two days I had a bit of craving (and maybe withdraw) for sugar and caffeine, but nothing intense. I wanted to eat, but it was out of instinct or pleasure. As days passed this became easier to manage.

The only difficulty came with depriving myself of eating for pleasure or entertainment, and breaking my habits. I had every regular meal with my family. I just sat down with an empty plate and fork, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and talked and drank – no eating. As a result, an illusion was created for the kids, in that they never noticed that something was different – thus I didn’t have to explain to them what I was doing which might have been challenging.

I exercised, through more moderately than usual, because I was unsure how my body would respond. All along, I felt strong. Never did I have the weak feeling that you get when sick. If anything, my energy level elevated.

I endured a Superbowl party – that dip looked good! Managed shoveling and snow-blowing the driveway for three storms. Went to hockey game. And did everything else as normal, but without food.

I slept fine, if not better than usual. My skin got clear. I lost 13 lbs in total, going from 178 to 165 – but I am sure I’ll pack several back on.

The long term benefits are yet to be determined, but I am encouraged. My major issue, back pain, has improved greatly. I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. Is it because I lost 13? Maybe, and if so, that is really good to know. Or did my body actually heal itself, as I was hoping? Too soon to tell, but I’ll let you know.

Can I rebuild myself?

I tend towards being a ‘tinkerer’. I like to figure out how things work, and then make them work for me. If I change that, what will happen? Can I make this, do that, instead of its original intent? That is the fun.

Over the years I’ve attempted the same type of things with my body.

Sleep deprivation – How little sleep could I regularly take without it affecting me significantly? 6.5hrs (that was when I was in my 20s.)

Sinus infection – For a period of time, it seem ed as if I were getting sinus infections frequently. I didn’t want to keep relying on antibiotics or doctor visits. Was there another way? I found one, similar to this, but simpler. By eat and drinking just fruits and vegetables for 24-48hrs, the infection was eradicated. Quite amazing.

Pain – Yes, you can raise your threshold for pain. Don’t worry, I didn’t do anything too crazy here.

Muscle growth – Building muscle on my tall & lanky frame has always been a challenge. Maybe I was doing it wrong. Tim Ferriss showed me another way that is proving itself.

Arthritis – I’ve been diagnosed with a disease that affects my spine and joints. I’ve always felt that yoga provided more relief than the prescribed medication. I’ve since dropped all meds to see how I can do on my own.

Homeopathy – This past summer I got introduced to homeopathy, which in my words is ‘micro-dose medicine that encourages the body heal itself’. Myself and family have seen some very encouraging results by using it to fight the flu and colds.

This leads me to my next experiment. In addition to my arthritic issue, I have other aches and strains, like everybody else my age. You have ’em too, right? If not, stay quiet.

I’m doing a fast. I’ve learned that when your body is not busy digesting food, some say it can repair and heal itself. Will it help my aches and pains? I don’t know, but I’m giving it a shot. The Master Cleanse is the approach of choice. Goal: 10 days. I started yesterday. I’m 48 hours in – so far so good.