Water Fasting – Day 7

by takuin on Saturday, February 7, 2009 · 4 comments

Outer Focus

I have a little bit of catching up to do, but not much changed over a period of two or three days.

Day 5

Energy levels were fairly even, but still low compared to a non-fasted state. A few times during the day I felt close to vomiting. Well, not really close but maybe a 6 out of 10.

This was the first day with absolutely no desire for food. It just was not there.

Day 6

I woke up again with no desire for food. It was a very “even” feeling. No ups or downs; just a clean morning awakening. I felt good.

This feeling continued until the evening, around 9:00 pm. Then I crashed hard. My perceptions were very confused, my vision was a bit shaky from time to time, and I had an almost constant “out of body” feeling. But through all of this I still had no desire for food.

On the plus side, I fell asleep in no time and was able to wake up much in the same way.

Day 7

Energy Levels

I woke up with no problems. The beginning of the day was slow, but after a few hours energy levels spiked sharply. This surprised me. I went out for a walk for two hours, and after returning home had no problems at all. As I write this I still feel fine.

I may be over the hump. From what I have read, it takes the body 4 to 7 days to adapt to this new way of living.  Now at day 7, this seems to be the case. I feel almost “normal.” ;)

Calories In Liquid

I have done some calculations, and each day I am taking in 100 to 150 calories. This is just from the various drinks I make for myself throughout the day. I guess, technically, it is not a water fast, but this is fine and suits my purposes well. (I drink mostly tea, by the way)

My tip for water intake during a fast: slightly more than enough. If you go crazy drinking massive amounts of water, it will come out…possibly in a way you might not enjoy. Let’s call it a kind of over-consumptive diarrhea. This was the case for me, as during the first few days I drank liters of water every day. But after I adjusted my intake, it resolved itself nicely.

But don’t worry too much about your water intake. Drink at regular intervals and don’t be  stingy with the amount. You’ll do fine.

Focus

Attention is regulating itself and one’s focus is lifting back into place. I can’t be sure (yet), but I think tomorrow will be the first day of “regular” functioning. We’ll see how it goes.

Concentration on the words is not a chore like it was a few days ago, and the gap between the mental and the physical is closing up. I feel I can finally get to work soon on the purpose of this fast. Of course, reporting the effects of fasting on the mind includes this information, but the real reason is to see how things arise after the adaptation period has passed.

Clarity

I don’t know if I should call this “clarity,” but creative ideas seem to arise easier. I have only noticed a very small change (or alteration?) in how these things come and go, so it is too early to say for sure.

The Rising Dragon

The morning breath is not as bad as it was before, but it has not completely subsided. It still rises up from time to time throughout the day. And as far as the coating on the tongue, it is not as bad either. It is still there somewhat, but is reduced with each passing day.

I am still quite friendly with the toothbrush. :)

The Process

It is very important to allow these things to happen as they will. This process of fasting is not really pleasant (so far), but I can’t wish for it to be any different. If you are hungry, you are hungry. If there is pain, there is pain. The body has enough work ahead of it and your resistance will not make matters any better. Just accept that these things may come to pass.

I am excited to see what happens tomorrow.

{ 4 comments }

Dave February 8, 2009 at 2:28 am

I’m glad to hear the latest.

I believe that the most important part of fasting is what it does to our perceptions. We think, see, feel and focus on different things than we do than when we pay less attention to food and eating. As you have said, you want to really explore your thoughts once fully enveloped in this experience.

I am glad to see what you have written and am eager to keep following along.

I have read a few other accounts of longer term fasting, and it very much interests me how changes that come and go vary in their intensity and duration. Things like: hunger, comes and goes then eventually disappears; the breath and mouth grunge, comes and goes, some days are bad sometimes it is only bad for a part of a day and it can also disappear altogether; and the same for energy, mental clarity, periods of frustration and unsettledness, etc.

I have yet to feel the pull of needing to start my own long fast but I am quite curious about these experiences.

You mention wanting to explore thought and mental aspects of your experience “after the adaptation period has passed.”

I might offer that the adaptation period will not end. Your body and mind is entering into new territory each and every day. Effects of the fast will present you with novel jewels at every turn. Perhaps it is not so much waiting for all this adaptation to end so you can get to what you want but walking through the experience of new adaptations and experiences – and seeing how your mind and thoughts want to follow along with this roller coaster.

Perhaps an analogy might help me to draw this up better.

When I fast, I forces me to think about food in a much different way AND this carries over after I return to eating. What I learn about my mental and physical habitats in relation to food when I fast just cannot be found in any other way. I become a little more enlightened in a new way that sticks with me.

If I was to go through the physical aspects of a longer fast, I think it would help me to see my attachments to thoughts and experiences in a way I cannot do in any other way.
If I break my leg and it hurts, I recognize it as pain. In some ways I am used to that experience. Yet if I was to produce some serious self imposed physical chaos in my life by a long term fast, rather than a simple my leg hurts and can nonchalantly believe I understand that, would it help me to gain clarity in seeing how I mentally deal with my physical self? Is this not valuable, enlightening and potentially something to carry forward…..creating real change in how I would deal with my next “broken leg?”

Just my thoughts and reactions of the moment, coming from what you wrote. Maybe I would see this differently tomorrow : )

takuin February 9, 2009 at 11:32 am

Thanks Dave. It just keeps getting easier and easier.

I might offer that the adaptation period will not end. Your body and mind is entering into new territory each and every day.

I’ll find out how it falls together. Physically speaking, it is in the body’s best interest to adapt to exterior conditions. Otherwise humanity probably would not have survived it’s earliest meanderings.

Like you alluded to, I am more interested to find out if things arise differently in a fasted state. But I have not yet seen any real difference. There are amazing differences related to physical functioning, of course. But nothing new or exciting as far as simple observation.

It may continue on like this with no real changes. But we’ll see how it goes.

Yet if I was to produce some serious self imposed physical chaos in my life by a long term fast, rather than a simple my leg hurts and can nonchalantly believe I understand that, would it help me to gain clarity in seeing how I mentally deal with my physical self?

It might. It might not. What keeps you from seeing now?

It could be a valuable experiment; to introduce a kind of conflict and observe what takes place. But you may also find an even stronger attachment to the non-fasted state. In other words, you might be so personally involved that you cannot see clearly what might be taking place.

Whatever you decide to do, let curiosity lead you into it. That may be the saving grace, because if you are honestly excited to see what lies on the other side, you are more likely to stick with it until you arrive.

Only 19 days left…

Dave February 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm

What keeps me from sometimes seeing now is habituation.

takuin February 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

That very well may be.

It is a kind of callousness, isn’t it? Instead of clarity, or whatever, there is this reliance on what has come before. Even if it is called and expectation, it is what has come before.

On whatever level, one would rather sit in a place that gives the illusion of comfort. And within that illusion, an image of freedom or liberation can be built. It is a built up idea of freedom, brought on by one’s need to have a familiar continuity. Even though one thinks one is free, the illusion is complete because one can never know it, at least in the way we are speaking of.

A disregard of any other possibility other than what is known. But you probably already have some insight into this.

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