Friday, May 6, 2016
Water fast update: suspended for a few days
For those following my water fasting efforts, I found my blood glucose level was dangerously low when I tested it yesterday afternoon. I've been watching that carefully, and knew what to do. I immediately suspended the fast, and ate some berries and cherries for a quick sugar boost. My blood glucose recovered to a safe level within an hour. I had a green salad (with very little dressing) for supper, and a so-called 'protein scramble' at a local diner for breakfast (eggs, meat, and no carbs at all except what few were in the vegetables involved). For the next three days I'll be on a low-carb, high-fat diet with moderate portion sizes, to ensure I stay in ketosis; then I'll go back to the fast on Monday.
This wasn't an unexpected development. I researched likely problems very thoroughly before starting the fast, and I've had medical input as well. I know the danger signs and what to look for, and I'm monitoring everything I can at home. I did extensive blood tests before I began, and follow-ups are planned every month. Some commenters on my previous posts about fasting have expressed concern, but really, folks, I wasn't born yesterday. This has been planned for a long time.
My blood glucose levels (and my insulin resistance, which is high and is one of my metabolic problems) will determine the way forward. If I can continue with a long-term fast, I'll do so. If not, I'll switch to a 5-2 fast; fasting for 5 days on water alone, with an occasional glucose booster if I find I need it, followed by two days of eating moderate-portion low-carb high-fat foods, then back to another 5-day fast. That way I can potentially achieve results almost as good as a long-term fast, but put my body under less stress. The latter will be the deciding issue. I'll go with what my body tells me will work for me.
So far, so good. As of this morning I'm down over 18 pounds since I began. That's a stellar result compared to every other diet and exercise routine I've ever tried. I think this is going to do good things for me, provided that I'm sensible and don't try to exceed my body's limits. Keep your fingers crossed for me.