The past week’s been pretty much a non-starter for my water fast and diet program. My blood glucose levels were fluctuating pretty badly at the start of the week, and that’s a danger sign I don’t want to ignore; so I didn’t start fasting on Monday as I normally would, rather waiting to see if things stabilized after another day or two.
Unfortunately, they didn’t. I had an attack of severe gall bladder pain in mid-week, sufficient to keep me up most of the night, wishing I could rip the damn thing out with my bare hands! This is a not unexpected consequence of the diet and fasting program – I have gallstones, although they haven’t previously manifested any problems, and it’s a known risk that they can act up during rapid weight loss. Oh, well. I guess I just became that well-known comic character, Statistical Norm.
I’ve eaten more or less normally this past week. Of course, my weight’s increased slightly, but I’ve kept off most of what I lost in the preceding two weeks. On Monday, all being well, I’ll start another 5-day water fast, and see about getting back into the routine. I’m in no hurry. I expect this process to take most (if not all) of a year, and I’m only three weeks into it. I’ll let nature take its course, and allow my body to dictate the pace at which I press on. So far, so good.
You're wise to play it safe. You'll get back to it.
I wish you luck but the going from plentiful eating to fasting and back again puts a severe strain on the body so I'm glad you are being careful. I lost 45 pounds 3 years ago, after the knee injury packed extra weight on, by simply adding a piece of low carb fruit to breakfast and lunch and making my dinner meal 3 ounces of protein, a small baked potato with a dab of low fat cottage cheese or sour cream and all the steamed veggies I wanted. No calories after 4 pm but that and the weight came off about a pound a week.
Glad you're doing everything on your end to stay safe. Best of luck! 🙂
Prayers your way!
Gall bladder pain is like that. You would gladly undergo surgical removal without anesthesia just to be rid of it. A woman once said that it is the only thing that men can experience analogous to child birth. Mine has been gone a year – good riddance.
PLEASE continue to keep us posted on your fasting journey. It is fascinating, at least to me. I admire how methodical you are being. Is there also a spiritual side to your fasting (suffering)? I hope so; and if so, I hope that you will write about that as well, when the time is appropriate.
I'm wondering if you have ever heard of the use of Potato to control blood sugar? I know it sounds counter intuitive, but apparently with some people it can work if you do it right.
The author of the book Potato Hack (find it on amazon) maintains a blog:
Where he covers a lot of the info, albeit in a more distributed fashion.