Feb 2022 IF/EF Chat Thread (All Welcome)


So a first for me today. I am approx 16 hrs in to a planned 36 hr fast and my energy is through the roof. I have already walked around the building at work several times and even helped our maintenance guy mop some floors at lunch and I’m still about jumping out of my skin. If it wasn’t 20 degrees, I’d go for a run.

I’ve been intermittent fasting for several months now and this is the first time I’ve experienced this energy boost. I’m not sure if I like the feeling. …lol

(Bob M) #22

That can happen on long fasts too. You’ll wake up and feel GREAT! It doesn’t happen that often, but it’s impressive when it does.


It is something that when you hear someone else talk about it, you almost don’t believe them. Until of course, it happens to you.

I’m thinking that I possibility I finally found the right combo of hydration, electrolytes, ect.

(Jane) #24

I’ll be joining you guys next week - Tue and Wed if all goes to plan.

(Jane) #25

Almost 24 hours in and no hunger yet - yay. We went to the butcher and stocked up as we will likely be iced in a few days after today. I put the roast in the sous vide for tomorrow as it can cook for 24 hours with no smell (which bothers me when fasting) but then I needed to brown it first in the cast iron skillet. Oh well - I did, ignored the smell the best I could and lit a scented candle to cover the scent


Hi guys, I am back! Took a break from my most problematic internet addiction places for a while.

I don’t remember exactly but I messed up things before the monthly group fast then it helped me (even not being here, just knowing it happens) to do OMAD again and I do that since. Kind of. A few bites later, elongated meals happen but everything is in a 3 hour eating window in the worst case and 95% of my food is in a way tinier one and it’s good enough for me.

It works so nicely now :slight_smile: I think less of food, I am never really hungry, I have early or not so early dinner OMAD, it’s convenient and chill. I try to keep at it (for the first time in my life, I had many OMAD days, even multiple ones in a row but it always broke eventually, I probably never did more than one week) and later… We will see.
This far I always feel the need to eat around 6pm or even earlier even if it’s not strong hunger. Today it was the usual subtle weakness and almost-dizziness at 4. I wonder if it will disappear one day.
But skipping lunch and not eating at night is the easiest thing ever!!! YAY! I had problems with both before so I am quite content now.

(Bob M) #27

That is good, because if you can move eating time back from sleeping time, that’s supposedly helps a lot.


My number one most difficult time of the day is just before bedtime. It doesn’t matter what time I’ve had my last meal of the day, I always get the cravings at 9:00-10:00 PM. This has to be my biggest barrier to long term success.

(Robin) #29

You are certainly not alone. Years of programming are being overwritten. Hang tough. If you give in, make it keto and you’ll be ok.

(Jane) #30

Broke this morning at 45 hours. Wasn’t hungry and could have gone longer but hubby wanted breakfast and I wasn’t going to keep fasting with the smell of bacon and eggs in the house!.


I’m at just shy of 23 hours right now with the plan to go to 36 by tomorrow morning. Having my 2nd bottle of water with a pinch of salt this afternoon after some black coffee this morning. I really can’t get over how my hunger just shuts off after a little salt intake.

(Jane) #32

Same here. I put some under my tongue and put a few crystals in my coffee and the hunger goes away - amazing.

(Bob M) #33

It does seem to work well a lot of times. I have some large salt crystals I use to go under my (edit: not tough but tongue).

I hope to get back to fasting, but we’ll see. I’m exercising 5 days a week now, which means really the only day for me is Wednesday, which is a day off, and where I pick my daughter up from dance late. It’s a perfect day to fast, but what I was doing was exercising Sunday and Monday, which gives me one day (Tuesday) to be normal, then I can fast Wednesday. Now, I’m exercising M, Tu, TH, F, Sa, so I might be asking a lot of myself to fast We. We’ll see. I’m hopeful.


One step at a time as they say. Thankfully, I have been able to pretty much maintain my workouts even after adding the fasting. I know that doesn’t work for everyone. But for some reason, it seems to be OK for me.

(Bob M) #35

I’m hopeful that once I get a few weeks in, I’ll be able to fast again. I really like at least one day of 36 hour fast, even every two weeks.

I think part of the issue is that it’s so cold when I go jogging. I’m going to go tomorrow, and it’s going to be 9F (about -13C) out. This makes it a lot harder to run, at least for me. Which I theorize leads to a more intense workout, meaning I’m hungrier.

I would also like to do a 4.5 day fast, as I think I only did one last year. But it’ll have to wait until after my 5k run in late April, as even if I dropped my body weight workout days (2 days/week) but kept my jogging 3 days/week, I don’t think I could do two of those during a 4.5 day fast. At one time, I could. But now, I’m not sure I could.


Little embarrassed to say that I had a little binge moment coming off of this fast. Just had an entire bag of almonds. Did you ever tell yourself that you are only going to have a few and then you realize that you just went overboard?

At least it was almonds and not something too out there.

(Robin) #37

I just got a little rush while reading that. Yes, been there, but it’s been a while. Nuts are dangerous. In general. Macadamias are like crack cocain.


It’s not very informative as there are tiny bag and big bags… It’s so odd to me when people use bags and pieces to express amounts when it’s impossible that way…

Well yeah I had my moments with peanuts :smiley: I had a serious peanut addiction, i.e. I just could not eat it. I had it way worse with dried dates as I simply ate them ALL (I never had more than 500g, thankfully)… I stop with nuts and honorary nuts eventually, maybe around 100-150g. It’s not a big amount, I had 150g every day for probably years when I went low-carb but it could be still a problem.
But I learned and anyway, carnivore solved it immediately (if I go off, that’s another matter but I never got too wild again).

I learned about my problem items and usually avoided to have too much of them or something. I couldn’t do it with my mentioned addictive item as we simply have a few kilos of it all the time, I see it in the kitchen where I spend half of my life. It’s good I am a natural IF-er so I never ate it all day… But I can overeat it in 2 minutes so I am glad those times are over.

Night time feeding is worse. My respect towards my dietary rules are the tiniest there. I had zillion cute originally carnivore(-ish) days which become carby at night… I am better now but if I lack proper food, night eating may become a bigger problem than it should (as if I am hungry at night, of course I eat, it can’t be avoided).

And that was last night :frowning: Oh well, I try to go back to OMAD again. I suppose having a small OMAD meal on my workout day wasn’t a good idea but I had too easy satiation so it couldn’t be really helped.

At least I skip lunch every day so my first meal never happens before 4pm, it’s something. I only can fit, like, 3-4 meals between 4pm and bedtime (but it’s usually 1-2). It’s way worse when I eat early, at 3pm, that almost always means overeating. Why am I this difficult? :smiley:

I don’t even know what macadamias are like. I am into pecans :slight_smile: But it’s exotic, rare and expensive so I don’t taste it every decade. I have walnuts but they don’t trigger anything. Oh well I don’t blur out everything, once we established no one here has problems with it or something? Of course there is a chance someone different pops up…
I like poppy seeds a lot too. But they are like walnuts: I typically eat them in sweet things.

Do I have things I can’t stop eating nowadays…? Maybe pork roast sometimes… I came a long way. Certain fruits do it occasionally but the total amount still isn’t so high. I just plan 10g and ends up with 80g, that happens.

(KCKO, KCFO) #39

All nuts can be easily overeaten. I keep pecans downstairs in the storage pantry so I have to really put effort into getting them and eating them. Otherwise, I’d be eating them all the time.

(Robin) #40

Oh, I’m not that disciplined. I’d be working those leg muscles on those trip us and down the stairs! Good for you!