I was drawn to intermittent fasting because it was the next healthy thing to do. I have begun to embrace the healthy living position – veggie smoothie twice a day, morning ritual of a full glass of pure, freshly squeezed lemon juice with drops of oil of oregano and peppermint oil, deep breathing and meditation, and so forth. And now it was time to push the envelope further, eliminate toxins from the body and maybe lose a few pounds along the way.
I’ve learned that there are a number of variations to intermittent fasting. There is fasting for 16 hours a day, or 2 days a week, or every other day, or 24 hours a week. I chose the latter.
I psyched myself the night before and I woke up with a headache the next morning. So much for psyching. Of all the days to have a headache. But nothing could distract me from fasting. So I had to make it happen.
Throughout the day, I drank nothing but water. Warm water, actually. It had a soothing effect on my stomach. And my nerves. Although black coffee and clear soup were allowed, I managed pretty well with just water.
The headache accompanied me throughout the day, but it was not as strong as my commitment to complete 24 hours of fasting. Even the hunger was kept at bay, no shaking, no pangs to speak of.
With a water diet, trips to the bathroom were necessarily more frequent than usual. That’s alright. I was prepared to stay home all day. I also needed to conserve my energy, so when the husband asked if I wanted to go for a walk, I quietly declined. Even talking was minimized!
I slept through the night and I knew I was about to complete my 24-hour fasting. The next morning, success was written all over my face. Surprisingly, the headache was gone. And best of all, I was not even hungry!
I made it to my first fasting day!