There have been a few times in my life, especially this last year, where I have experimented with 24-hour fasts. When done correctly, fasting can be very therapeutic and healing for the body. I was interested in experiencing these benefits, so I decided to take on the challenge of a 24-hour fast.
Granted, there are many types of fasts, from dry fasts to juice fasts, and they also vary in length. Given that I was, and still am, a newbie, l figured a whole day with just water would be challenge enough.
I was extremely correct. I was tired by mid-day, took a nap, had a difficult time getting things done, and by 7pm, I had a headache. However, much of this can be attributed to the detoxification process. One of the reasons people often feel awful during a fast is due to the fact that toxins that have been stored in the body are finally being released into the bloodstream so that they may be disposed of.
I must say that the lack of focus was not surprising. The moment that I am the slightest bit hungry, I can no longer work on anything. The fast definitely intensified this, which is why I chose to fast on a Sunday, when I didn’t have much planned other than clean and relax.
I often bring up consistency when discussing fitness. However, it is just as important when considering one’s health. Through my research, I have learned that a weekly 24-hour fast can be very beneficial. However, with all of the work that I have, a whole day where I am completely zonked does not sound practical.
This could be an excuse, and I have often struggled with time management, which better time management seems to be the solution to many of life’s problems. I am juggling quite a bit of things, and I have the desire to do much more.
I must admit that one full day of relaxation and self care does also seem appealing. I am not done with fasting. I want to work it into my life in a practical and consistent way. The benefits just seem too appealing.
Have you tried fasting? How did it go for you? If you’re curious to learn more, the Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is a great resource!
Peace, Love, and Sol