Fasting: Getting in Touch with Hunger Queues

So I fasted successfully today.

I am hoping the experience will help me reset my hunger queues, and help me see that I will not die of hunger if I don’t eat the second I feel hungry.

As a disordered eater, one would think a self-imposed fast (even for religious reasons) would be detrimental to my progress. But I think it served me the opposite.

Today, I surprised myself when I listened to what my body was telling me. For example, I didn’t feel my first hunger pang until about noon. And then by 2:30, they dissipated entirely. Around 4:30 I felt some more pangs, and tried to nap — genuinely feeling weak. I honestly don’t know how people starve themselves every day.

And by the time it actually was time to eat, I really wasn’t hungry at all. I felt cleansed both mentally and spiritually, and felt like food might corrupt that or something.

But logically, I knew I had prepared a nice dinner for my husband and I, and wanted to break-the-fast for that reason. Because it’s all about balance.

The no-drinking part was the hardest for me, as it always is. It was also pretty hard to core apples for homemade applesauce and not snag a slice. But in reality, it was a fairly easy fast.

The sun dipped behind the clouds around 7:20… and water had never tasted so good!

Dinner was salad, Core meat sauce, whole wheat pasta and green beans. Earlier this afternoon I’d put apples in the crockpot with a little cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar and the “apple sauce” came out absolutely perfect. (I love apple pie filling but hate crust — this was HEAVEN for me). I served the apples over light vanilla ice cream. It was perfect.

In all, I ate only 12 points today, but I’m ok with that — yesterday I’d had 27 points, and it’s not like I was deliberately trying to starve. I just couldn’t fit anything else, and didn’t need to eat if I am full just to meet my daily target of 20 points.

Actually, my stomach really hurts from having eaten “so much” at once. And I think had I had a lighter, smaller dinner, I’d have only ended up noshing the night away…so it was the better option to enjoy a real meal.

I’m satisfied and happy, proud for having made it through yet another Yom Kippur fast. I hope to keep some of the tools in my toolbox.

How about you? If you fasted, how did it go?

9 thoughts on “Fasting: Getting in Touch with Hunger Queues

  1. Being LDS (Mormon), I know exactly what you mean. Once a month we abstain from food and drink for 24 hours. This fasting has two purposes: to help us focus on spiritual matters and also we donate the money we would have spent on food to the poor so it helps us focus on serving others. i have found, like you, that I often get a little nervous before the fast starts but once I’m into it, it feels all right. Hunger is not an emergency. And I think it really does reset your hunger signals and help you feel closer to God.

    PS> You are so right about the water!!

  2. Thanks, Charlotte!

    SOOOOOOOOO easy.

    10 apples, sliced or chunked (I used apples with skin–fiber)
    1/3 c sugar (could have used less, recipe called for 1/2-1 c)
    cinnamon/nutmeg to taste
    sprinkle of brown sugar
    1/2 c water
    I added some raisins, too.

    Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stir at the end, and the apples will be soft and turn into a chunky sauce as you stir.

    Basically it was a healthier, less-sweet PIE filling — my fave! 🙂

  3. I am Catholic and the only fasting we do is during Lent, only on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. I have to say, it’s not nearly as trying as what you have to do! Our version is just eating a very small bfast and lunch (combined they should make a “normal” sized meal), and a “normal” sized dinner. And no snacking. This is hard enough for me….I can’t imagine all day! I had to fast one time for surgery in the afternoon and was SO grouchy. 🙂 That is awesome you pulled through – I know it must be an amazing feeling!

  4. Thanks, Hollly!! It did feel good. And it felt good to feel genuine hunger again today at meal-times. I need to keep that feeling going; it’s ok to be a little hungry.

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