Thoughts on Fasting and 48 hour protocols
It’s Friday night here, after a long week. I don’t know if anyone else has ever had a problem with this, but back in the day, Friday night would be the night I bought/cooked/ate something “special.” It was often a “reward” for surviving a challenging work week (and most of them were, it seems, when I was hooked on carbs and morbidly obese.)
It was like clockwork. Go to store on way home, or order something, or plan to eat some sort of carbage-rich substance. And I wouldn’t do this alone. I would bring the kids and spouse along for the “treat” too.
Fast forward. I began changing my habits a few years ago because it became glaringly obvious that weekends (starting Friday night) were my kryptonite. It was a food free-for-all, and I was not reaching my health goals. I would work really hard during the work week, only to sabotage my progress in a few bursts of bad choices.
I started buying new varieties of herbal teas to try on Friday nights. A new magazine. A new brand of decaf coffee. Something out of the ordinary, to give me a sense of celebration. I was still buying stuff, but at least it wasn’t food.
Last week, I had my Friday night planned meal (LCHF) and jumped into my first 48 hour fast ever. ON.THE.WEEKEND. Six months ago, this would be completely alien and terrifying. I completed that fast.
Today, my 48 ends in about 10 minutes. But I’m not hungry, I don’t feel deprived, and I have something else to do later.
So, it looks like I will be riding this new wave into morning, completely avoiding purchasing any kind of “treat” to satisfy my need to reward myself. Fasting aka Healing is becoming my reward. That buzz after going enough hours for some sort of chemical buzz. The feeling of “I’m doing it!”
THAT’S the reward. Feeling good. Feeling empowered. And, with the help and gracious assistance of like-minded individuals on this journey, feeling supported.
And also, inevitably, feeling and becoming much healthier. That’s my Friday Night Special right now. I’m glad to be here.