I was pretty shocked during this entire day, as it was completely different to what I thought it was going to be!
Watch my video to find out what happened!
Hi, Katherine Kyle here from GreenThickies.com.
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This is day one, I’m sharing with you, of my three day water fast.
If you haven’t already watched the video that explained why I’m doing that, go and watch that first.
In this video, I am sharing with you what happened on day one.
I’m actually on day two right now, but I wanted to wait until the end of day one to share how I was feeling yesterday.
On day one, now I have prepared for this fast in advance.
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This is not something that I have jumped into lightly, because I think I have tried fasting in the past. I found it really, really difficult.
I couldn’t last more than half a day.
I was so hungry. I was moody.
I just couldn’t bear it.
I thought, “I need to prepare myself better.”
What I’ve been doing for a while now, maybe about half a year now, is I’ve been doing intermittent fasting.
That means that I avoid eating at certain periods of the day.
I have done this maybe once or twice a week.
Some weeks I did it, and some weeks I didn’t do it.
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I wouldn’t say I was consistent doing this every single week.
I did it for quite a lot of times, maybe 10 times in total perhaps.
What I did was I started off by not having my breakfast and I would wait longer.
I didn’t actually feel hungry at all.
Then, I would eat my lunch as normal.
It got to the point where my blood sugar levels were stabilising.
I thought, “Wow. I’m not even hungry when I get up in the morning now.”
That showed me that it was time that I could progress onto the next level of intermittent fasting, which was to not eat for the first two meals of the day.
It’s not necessarily cutting down your calories, because you can eat all your calories in the full meal of the day.
It depends whether you’re trying to lose weight or not.
For me, weight loss was a bonus.
For me, it was more about the health benefits.
For quite a few times, I managed to go without breakfast and lunch, and just eat my dinner.
I’d done that quite a few times, and I got quite used to it. It felt fairly easy to me.
I knew that I could manage my hunger just on that most of the day until dinnertime.
What happens is, most people think, “You’re going to get so hungry, and it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse and worse until you’re going to explode with hunger.”
I just wanted to put it to the test.
It’s quite interesting, actually, if you’ve never done it before.
What happens is you do feel really hungry, that sensation that you get when you just need to eat, and where most people go and eat. It does feel quite uncomfortable when you’re that hungry.
If you just wait for just two minutes, it’s really interesting but your hunger just naturally starts to decrease and decrease and decrease.
Then, you just don’t feel hungry anymore.
Then, it comes in waves like that.
Maybe a few hours later, your hunger starts to come up again.
If you just wait a little bit longer, it just dies down again.
It never really gets to a really, really uncomfortable feeling.
It just feels manageable when you’ve got used to it.
I knew that I could handle that much worth of fasting, but I’ve never done three days with fasting.
I was really scared to start it.
I was kind of putting it off, waiting for a good moment.
Now, it’s a good time
How did I feel yesterday?
I was kind of thinking, “All right, I need to fast for three days.”
I started this on Wednesday, so that means I was thinking that I need to fast all day Wednesday, all day Thursday, all day Friday, and then I’ll eat again on Saturday.
Then, I did the math.
I thought, “No, actually three days is 72 hours,” so I fasted from Tuesday dinner, because I haven’t eaten after my Tuesday dinner until Wednesday dinner.
Then, I got to Wednesday dinner and I thought, “I’ve already fasted for 24 hours.
I can’t believe it never occurred to me before, but I’ve already fasted for one whole day.
That actually means I only need to go until Friday evening and I’ll have something to eat on Friday evening, so that doesn’t feel like anywhere near as long.
I thought, “That’s much easier than I thought it was going to be.”
It’s cut down the time in my head that I thought I was going to fast for, which is good.
That felt easier on day one.
How did I feel on day one?
I got up in the morning, and as I was saying to you that I don’t normally feel hungry when I get up in the morning, but strangely I was hungry.
I thought, “This is typical. On the day I’m fasting, I’m actually hungry first thing in the morning when I’m not normally hungry.”
I thought, “Is it psychological, or is it because it was pancake day on Tuesday?”
I did have a healthy dinner, but then afterwards, I had one pancake and some maple syrup and lemon juice, like healthy pancakes.
Still, the last thing I ate was the sweet maple syrup.
I thought, “Maybe, that’s what it is. It’s making me feel hungry, because I’ve had a sweet thing in the evening.”
I thought, “I’m just going to ride it out and I’ll be fine.”
I just waited a few minutes and it did just decrease.
The rest of the day, I felt absolutely fine.
I had less hunger than I normally do, actually, for some strange reason.
It’s been a little while since I fasted.
It’s maybe been at least a month, maybe even two months, I think before Christmas probably.
It has been a while since I fasted.
I didn’t know how I was going to feel.
Strangely enough, I felt better than I’ve ever felt with fasting.
I had to make the dinner for my family, as usual.
I was kind of stirring the dinner.
All these nice smells were wafting up.
I just thought, “I’ll be fine.”
I told myself that sometimes it does help to be determined to do something no matter what.
On this occasion, because I’m feeling quite ill anyway, I thought to myself, “I’m not going to force this.
I’m going to do it if it feels right.
If it doesn’t feel right and I feel like I’m getting a lot worse and I can’t cope with it, I’m not going to force myself to do the three days.
I’ll do as much as I can, and then I’ll try it again some other time in the year when I’m feeling a bit stronger.”
I thought to myself, “If I really need to eat dinner, I’m just going to eat dinner.”
At that point, I will have fasted 24 hours, which is really good for my body anyway.
What I’d heard, why three day fasting is good, better than the one day, is supposedly on the first two days, your body is burning the glucose that’s already in your body.
That’s why on the first two days it can feel difficult.
It can feel hard because your body is just using more of that glucose and you’re depleting it.
Your body’s saying, “Give me more. Give me more,” so you can actually feel hungrier in the first two days.
When you get to the third day, your body starts burning the fat in your body.
Supposedly, it’s a lot easier to cope with.
Your hunger goes away.
You get this big surge of energy, which I really want right now because I’m feeling really sick and lacking energy.
I really am curious to find out if I get that on day three.
I thought to myself, “On day one, I’m just going to see. If I feel hungry, I’m going to eat.”
Strangely enough, I didn’t feel hungry.
My kids were saying, “Why are you not eating dinner, mommy?”
I thought, “What am I going to tell them?”
I said, “I’m just not feeling so well at the moment, so I’m just not feeling like eating.”
I didn’t want to explain the whole fasting thing to them.
I just made myself a cup of hot water.
I just sat there while my family ate with them at the table, just drinking this massive, big mug of hot water.
All I’m drinking is water throughout the day.
I just drank that, and it really warmed me up.
I felt really nice, because supposedly you can get a lot colder when you’re fasting.
I’m a cold person anyway.
That felt like a treat, because I hadn’t eaten all day.
Then, I was still fine.
Then a couple of hours later, my husband said, “I’m going to make some toast because I just want a snack.”
I thought, “That is the worst thing to smell,” not that I really eat it usually anyway, but if you can smell toast and you smell that sugar in the toaster, and it just smells so sweet and so nice.
He said, “No. It’s all right. I won’t eat it if you don’t want me to.”
I said, “It’s okay. I’m not going to eat toast anyway, but I’ll just see how I cope.”
I didn’t even feel hungry when I smelled the toast, which was crazy.
I couldn’t believe it.
This was just really not me at all.
I actually felt really positive the whole day.
I’ve been feeling quite down because I’ve been feeling so ill lately.
I felt really positive.
I actually went out for a walk.
I didn’t have very much energy.
I was kind of dragging my feet a little bit.
I only walked for about 10 minutes, and I came back.
I just felt really good. I took it really, really slow.
This is what I’m like anyway at the moment, so it was no different to that. I just felt strangely positive.
I thought, “This is a really good day. I’ve really enjoyed this first day of fasting.” I went to bed and I thought, “I’m not going to be able to sleep,” because you hear that when people are fasting that they can’t sleep because they’re so hungry.
Also, because you’re not digesting food, you don’t need to sleep for as long.
You’ve got more energy, and you just don’t need to spend that time digesting the food and sleeping.
I was wondering if I was even going to be able to get to sleep, because I have had a history of insomnia.
I did get to sleep, no problem whatsoever.
I did wake up about four hours later.
I had a really bad headache.
I did feel really ill.
I thought, “I don’t feel good at all.”
Then, I woke up feeling a little bit better in the morning.
This is day two now.
I haven’t gone through the whole day yet.
Tomorrow, I will record another video and let you know how I felt on day two.
Hopefully by that stage, I’ll be so close to ending my fast.
It’s very motivating for me to do these videos.
I really hope that it helps you, as well.
Just a disclaimer, get yourself checked out by a doctor before you start these fasts.
Like I said, I really built up to it for a long time, because I know that I never used to be the kind of person who could do a fast.
I read that most people can do one to three days no problem.
Still, for me, it felt better to build up to it.
I just wanted to share my story.
I will see you tomorrow.
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