It’s funny, because I never actually thought that this would be a major problem (distracting yourself while fasting). When I was attempting my first long-term water fast, I did think about how I would distract myself, but it wasn’t really about staying busy, it was about keeping my mind off of my rumbling belly. What I’ve come to find out is a lot of people eat out of boredom, I mean, we eat just to have something to do. So in this post I’m going to attempt to take away that need to eat in order to occupy your time.
Now, in the video, I did speak on this topic; I mentioned that education, learning or research was extremely vital for me during my water fast. In general, educating yourself about this water fasting process has a positive effect on different levels. Firstly, lack of education or lack of understanding of the process will have you wondering why you’re even doing what you’re doing. I mean, we all know what we want to accomplish, but during that time when your stomach is speaking to you, you tend to forget LOL. What I found is that by seriously digging deep, finding out exactly what I was doing and why, learning how the foods that I thought I loved were actually extremely harmful for me. These truths helped me push through some of the hard moments.
I also mentioned that I didn’t want parasites making decisions for me. This idea of parasites being able to release a neurotoxin that causes me to crave different foods, drove me through the ceiling. And it’s funny, because this information stems from the first point I made, which was to educate yourself. During my fast I was learning about parasites and of course I was wondering if I would see any come out. But learning about how they control us drove me insane. I mean, would you want something inside you causing you to desire foods or causing you to have an attitude. The thing we have to realize is these chemical imbalances in our bodies control everything, even our mood, so it’s of vital importance to balance all of that out.
Another good tip is to plan ahead. Now oftentimes we want to jump into a water fast without planning. But what you’re going to want to do is plan for your fast! Think about activities that you have coming up that you’ve committed to, think about how you may feel doing these activities while not eating, as a lot of our activities are associated with eating. Also plan your pantry as well. What I mean by that, is make sure that you do not have your favorite bad foods in the house, get rid of them. Depending on how long you’re fasting, you can replace all the poor food choices with healthy food choices or if you’re going to do an extended fast, plan a trip to the grocery store right before you break your fast. It’s a good idea to plan meals for yourself and to learn about the foods that you’re going to want to start transitioning into eating on a regular basis in order to maintain your healthy lifestyle. See, the reality is you do not want to put in all of this work fasting and then revert back to the same style of eating that got you in trouble in the first place. We have to understand what these foods are doing to us.
All in all, you’re going to want to hop outside your comfort zone a little bit, there are many different activities you can do that don’t involve food, such as going to the park, doing something creative like origami or painting, as well as many, many other options. Don’t look at this as a clock that is ticking down to the time when you can finally eat again, change your perspective and look at it as an opportunity to explore new things. I hope that these words help you all in some way and that you continue to fight the good fight. Be blessed my friends.