I’ve intended to do an extended fast for some time.
I lost a lot of weight (13kgs) a few years ago and felt mentally sharp using intermittent fasting where you fast for 16 hours and eat only in an 8 hour window.
There’s growing evidence that fasting ‘resets’ our stems cells and promotes brain function
New Year = good time to do it.
My plan was to stop eating Sunday evening and do a fat fast through to Wednesday evening. Only consuming fat and letting our body convert them to ketones has the same effect but without the overwhelming hunger that ends up dominating the experience.
We went to a New Years day BBQ on Sunday. The metaphorical Last Supper. I ate a solid amount and had a few beers. When we got home Michelle and I opened a bottle of wine. Fatal mistake.
To accelerate ketosis the plan called for a long walk Monday morning. When I got up at 4.45 I didn’t feel too bad considering a solid amount of booze having been consumed. Comes with practise…
Walked for two hours and came back. As yesterday went on I felt worse and worse. Dehydrated, zero energy and the fog of hunger.
Alcohol strips us of nutrients and dehydrates us. Not a great scenario when you are entering a fast and not consuming nutrients or water via food..
I messed it up completely.
I hadn’t optimised for the situation and suffered the consequences.
This scenario plays out in online businesses in a similar manner. People dive into paid ads and sending traffic to sites that haven’t been optimised. They get substandard results and blame the channel rather than their lack of preparation. Without adequate trust factors and engagement systems the traffic you get is much less effective.
You need to push the reset button. Go back to basics, prepare and scale.
I aborted my fast with a huge amount of veges and nutrients last night. Up again for a 2 hour walk and I feel 10x better. Not eating real food until Thursday night isn’t daunting at all.
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