I realize I’m an n=1 guys, but I’m on day 5 of a fast and planned to break it tomorrow morning.
Not sure I can make it. Why?
My partner Kevin and I are literally at home waiting for call #2 from the hospital. I cannot even begin to describe the shot of adrenaline I got from the first call which was to tell us there may be a kidney tonight. (For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Kevin is on the transplant list as his kidneys have failed due to damage from T2DM. He reversed his diabetes with the ketogenic diet and fasting, but kidneys do not heal. Read his story at www.akidneyforkevin.com , in addition, the men who started this forum, the 2KetoDudes Carl Franklin @carl and Richard Morris @richard , have had Kevin on for their Thanksgiving special podcast two years in a row. 2017 and 2018 just published Monday. Give them a listen.
This is my quandary: if I KNOW the chain of events that causes hunger under stress, why can’t I control it? Talk about having first hand experience for my IDM clients! Within 30 minutes of the transplant team call, I became very hungry, thinking became unclear, I even felt physical energy lessen. I am uncomfortable. It’s like someone stole my mojo. Stomach is noisy, headache is threatening, feeling cold.
WTF. Trying all my tricks to get back on track. But I’ve never experienced this level of stress before.
I know some of you will say, just break the fast. I don’t want to. Lol. Maybe I’m stubborn? AF? HAHA
The effect of stress on the body:
Stress causes the release of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol blocks the function of insulin. Insulin is not able to shuttle energy into cells. We become lethargic, we even become physically cold and thinking is impaired. As a result, more insulin is released. This rise in insulin causes a release of the “appetite and hunger” hormone grehlin.
Domino effect of stress.
VERY difficult to fast under these conditions.
I persevered. 3 hours later I was back to fasting comfortably. 11 hours to go. We’re waiting for a third call. If it comes in the middle of the night, I may eat. I’m okay with that.
Managing a fast during life’s stresses is doable, but honestly, extremely difficult. I leaned on my fellow IDM educators for support, and they were stellar. They understand this phenomenon is real.
Support is everything on this health journey.
Keep Calm and Kidney On