07 Apr Want a Hot, Cancer-Free Body? Then Stop Eating!
Practice Fasting to Achieve Fitness, Health, and Hotness.
To Enjoy Freedom We Have to Control Ourselves. Virginia Woolf
Want to know one thing that Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed had in common? Fasting. If it was good enough for some of the wisest men in history, surely there must be some value to it?
A couple of months ago, I ate nothing at all for five days. I got inspired by learning in Tim Ferriss’ latest book how doing this twice a year purges the body of precancerous cells. Although sounding excruciating, I was ready to trade comfort for skipping cancer.
But I first experienced fasting years ago, before it got trendy. It was an involuntary consequence of my struggles with compulsive overeating, which left my finances in ruins.
My food addiction was expensive and caused mood swings that weren’t conducive to responsible financial behavior. My self-destruction had destroyed my self-worth, and I was staying in an underpaid job. I could hardly pay the bills, but it didn’t occur to me for a long time to ask for a raise or switch career.
I Was Too Broke to Eat
The result was that for a couple of days on a couple of occasions, I didn’t have money for food. There are few things in my life for which I have felt so much shame.
There I was: an educated, Western woman who was wearing a suit and had a “corporate career” — and I was too broke to feed myself. Many people around me would gladly have helped me if I’d have asked. But I was too ashamed to admit that I had a problem.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a very pleasant experience. So when I decided to fast by choice for five days, I was scared. Food used to be my emotional crutch. Even now, when I’m eating healthily, I like to have the option of a healthy treat. The bare thought of not even having that for five full days was freaking me out!
It turned out that the biggest challenge with the fasting was mental. Physically, I was fine. I was surprised that I, during the five days, felt as energetic as per usual and hardly experienced any hunger. (Thanks to using Bulletproof Coffee and Brain Octane, as described below. This gives almost or all benefits of water fasting, explained here.)
Now, I Fast Every Day!
By the end of my fast, I felt amazing. It was so empowering to have faced my fears and stuck with my commitment. I was thrilled to realize what a good relationship with eating that I now have: my food fantasies during my fast were healthy and nothing like the junk food obsessions that I used to have. My body looked slimmer and better than ever, too (if only for a few hours until my feast).
Fasting is not for everyone (definitely not for pregnant and breastfeeding women), and it’s good to check with a doctor first. Five days might be a lot to start with, but why not try intermittent fasting by eating within a six-hour window? I’ve been intermittently fasting pretty much every day for a few years now, and I love it.
Decreasing the risk of cancer, getting stronger mentally, slimming down… Perhaps the idea of fasting is as unappealing to you as it was to me before I tried. But when considering the potential upsides, what do you think now?
How to Fast with Energy and no Hunger:
1. Bulletproof Coffee
Drink a cup of Bulletproof Coffee in the morning, to stay energetic and satiated for hours.
2. Himalayan Salt
Himalayan salt contains electrolytes, that will keep you hydrated. Drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of salt at least once a day or whenever you feel tired.
3. Avoid Temptations
Skip any exposure to food such as social gatherings, TV, and social media.
1. Weight Loss
Snacking every few hours is good for the food companies’ bottom lines, but not our bodies. Humans evolved by fasting, and we’re not capable of handling modern society’s excessive eating. Forget the expensive dieting pills and slim down by the obvious weight-loss method of skipping food.
Whatever we want to achieve in life, it requires not throwing in the towel. Fasting will make most of us want to give up at times, and resisting the urge cultivates discipline.
3. Save Time and Money
Your schedule does not have to revolve around eating. What can you spend your money and time on instead?
The best part of fasting is, of course, the feast to break it! In a society where food is so easily accessible, you will get a boost of appreciation by abstaining for a while.
My fasting back in my broke, binge eating days was associated with shame, guilt, and hunger. Now, fasting is a choice I make for my health and wellbeing. It’s a reminder about the abundance that I have to be grateful for, and that I finally have a good relationship food.
As a bonus, I’m hoping for a bit of Buddha’s enlightenment paired with a hotter body.
Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts on eating nothing. Are you curious about trying intermittent fasting as a weight-loss tool? Share it with me!