I’m trying for two OMADs this week.
As for choosing to not eat with the family in order to make a 36+ hour fast, that’s a tough one. I have two teenage (ok, one teen, one 'tween who thinks she’s a teen) daughters. The pressure on them to be “thin” must be incredible. The last thing I want to do is to encourage some type of eating disorder.
For a 55+ year old male who has done extensive damage to his metabolism over 30+ years, I think fasting helps repair some of that.
For a teen girl, I’m not sure fasting is good. Skipping snacks? Probably fine. Eating two meals a day? I’m not sure that’s necessary, but it might be OK. OMAD? I don’t think with their normal level of exercise (and growth) that’s sustainable. Going one or more days without eating? Probably not good, if any of the impetus is because of a body image issue.
If I eat OMAD, my kids don’t have to know I haven’t eaten all day.
On the other hand, I would like to build up again to some infrequent 3.5-4.5 day fasts. Hard to do if the kids are home every night and we’re having dinner, but I might have to rethink. (When my wife and I were fasting before, it was years ago, and the kids were younger. Also, if it’s during the school year, they have so many events like dance, karate, etc., that we can pick them up from there, and they wouldn’t realize we hadn’t eaten.)
If I can figure out a way to introduce the idea of long fasts while at the same time not encouraging it for the kids, I might do it. I’m thinking about it…