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Old 10-05-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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how much fasting is too much?

I've recently told a few people how I fast for most of the day and then eat a meal and I'm done. They look at me like I'm nuts. I try to leave a window of about three hours open, where I can eat low carb. Well, I realized that I eat (or don't eat) based upon my daily work schedule. I never eat more than two meals a day. And I've recently noticed that I'm actually eating only one meal 3-4 days a week. I'm not going crazy with food during any of my meals. I don't feel hungry (unless I've just gone nearly 24 hours without eating and then I wouldn't say I'm ravenous, more like rightfully hungry). Yesterday was one of my longer fasting days and I ate a meal around 4:30 pm, then tried to eat a few bites of chicken after a while and I couldn't do it. I realized I had put chicken in my mouth and was chewing it but I had no need for it. Lately I feel like my grocery bill has gone way down, too...

Anyway, I don't even know that what I do is considered IF. I just want to know if I'm taking it too far? I've battled anorexia in the past, so I just...well...need some outsiders perspective on it?
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:24 AM   #3
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You'll probably get more responses if you post to the main board.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:20 PM   #4
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I've recently told a few people how I fast for most of the day and then eat a meal and I'm done. They look at me like I'm nuts... Anyway, I don't even know that what I do is considered IF. I just want to know if I'm taking it too far? I've battled anorexia in the past, so I just...well...need some outsiders perspective on it?
Hey Heidi:

Don't know if what you're doing is IF, exactly. I can tell you I do a version of what you do, my body seems to love it. I have, over a number of years, starting in college when I took weight-training, at various times tried eating 6-8 small, high-proteins, meals a day and such, and my body HATES it. I always feel and look bloated and fat and like I don't have time to digest a thing before I'm stuffing my gullet again...

In contrast, now, I rarely eat more than 2-3 meals a day (right now I'm having 3 as I'm doing an brief egg fast) and sometimes 1-2, and my digestion works properly, I feel better, and am less bloated and inflamed. I'm a huge fan of be your own scientist, study your body closely and figure out what works for you. I know I need way less food than I used to think and I feel full, have energy, and am losing my fat/inflammation and healthier all the time.

I like that you are experimenting with what works for you!
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:44 AM   #5
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Look at the intermitent fasting or JUDDD threads. Turns out it is verry healthy
at least in animal studies leting mice only eat other days extends there average life
span about 40% feeding them only every 3rd day extends there life about 64%.
We live to long to have any human studies long enough to be positive but it does
look like fasting 20 hours or more does help your chlosterol, high blood pressure
and insulin resistance.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:56 PM   #6
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It sounds like you are doing something similar to "Fast-5."

There is more info. in the "Intermittent Fasting" thread under "Other Plans."
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:27 PM   #7
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Fasting...

I just remembered, I used to purposely fast one day a week (following Patricia Bragg's recommendation), and would only drink water (usually for 24 hours, but it sometimes ended up being 36 or so... evening to evening and then to the next morning). It absolutely was a great way to maintain, and cleanse on a weekly basis. I think the Bragg concept was to give the organs a rest. They make apple cider vinegar and liquid aminos and such.

Will have to check out those other threads.

I find that I naturally go for longer periods without eating as long as I AVOID foods that trigger me to eat when I am not hungry (that includes almost every processed foods, most grains, and such).

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What you are doing IS a form of IF--and perfectly healthy.

However, your own doubts and reference to your past ED might be a 'warning signal' that you should heed.

We're all different, and if the way you're eating is setting off signals that you might be headed to disordered eating, you need to pay attention.

I've read that people with ED in their past should avoid forms of fasting, including IF and JUDDD.

I've done JUDDD for over 2 years and encountered many women whose EDs returned because of that WOE.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:12 AM   #9
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I stepped it up to eating two meals daily, sometimes three. Thank you all for your input. Leo, that was exactly my thought. I figured I should listen to my body usually, but my head needs to win sometimes.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:00 PM   #10
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I don't know if it is "right" but I pretty much only eat at a set time each day, and the rest is pretty much fasting. ANd that seems to work for me. But I'm not on the IF plan or anything like that. It's just what I have been doing because it "feels" right for my body. And it has been working.
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