Well, I got through my fast and to my surprise it was so much better than what I had experienced during the last fast I did like this. I had over prepared because of the experience I had before and the truth is other than feeling light headed, I really felt great. Last time I said I would never do this again, but here I am. I made it through and I'm glad I did it and I will do it again, perhaps around the same time next year.
|This is not the way to break a fast, though it may seem tempting!|
Breaking the fast is just as important as the fast itself. What you eat, when you eat and how much you eat are so important imperative after a fast. The first week or so after is primarily fruits and vegetables and oddly adding foods back in can be somewhat difficult and that blissful feeling during the fast usually subsides once foods are added back in and even if you aren't overeating, which you shouldn't do after a fast, you can experience dips in energy when you add foods back in, but that will dissipate. Not only does it take quite a bit of energy to digest foods, it may be that the fruits and veggies are pushing additional toxins through your body and this can result in energy depletion.
All in all, I feel great, my metabolism is working better than it has in a long time and things in general went much smoother this time. I'm still in the process of adding foods back in to my diet, but I'm nearly back to a normal healthy diet.
Fasting can be a nice break from everything. I know this may sound weird, but it was an oasis at a very stressful time in my life and it was just what I needed. I wouldn't necessarily recommend that someone go on a fast while experiencing high levels of stress, but this had a lot to do with me listening to exactly what my body needed and there isn't really anyone that can know your body any better than you.
I'm feeling good and still aiming for hiking a fourteen-er in the early fall and I'm still in the conditioning phase. Things are progressing and I feel confident I'll be ready by the time early fall rolls around.
I feel like this is the year my health will improve by leaps and bounds and many goals that I've been hanging on to will finally be attainable. Stay tuned!