Last night I got home from work at 9:30pm and was preparing to make something to eat. My last meal was 24 hours prior. So, I was in the midst of an effortless 24 hour fast. Then I realized that I wasn’t that hungry and was about to just eat out of obligation to a schedule.
I decided to see how long I could hold off without eating and then see if I could fall asleep. The real hunger never came, which I found unusual. Normally, once I start eating after a 24-hour-ish fast, I end up eating a giant meal. Perhaps the flow of ghrelin didn’t get started last night because I didn’t eat. Took a little salt, and ultimately fell asleep around midnight.
I’m on the Dreaded Day Two now, but feel fine, other than the mental anxiety of dinner-time tonight. Took some salt under the tongue just now, am hydrated, and will add some potassium tonight. If I feel the need to “eat,” I have some bone broth in the fridge.
If I make it to tomorrow night, that’d be a solid 3 day fast, a first for me. It’s interesting (liberating?) not to have a pre-set length of fast in mind. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but we’ll see. It was also interesting that I spontaneously started fasting, which I think was helpful. Otherwise, I would have had unnecessary anxiety over “starting.”
I’ll report back…