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Eating food is a tough habit to break – fasting day 20

Today marks the 20th day of my 2024 January fast. I still have not eaten anything this year – and may not resume anytime soon.

Last night I was reading my fasting journals from 2020 (9 days), 2021 (10 days) and 2022 (11 days). My physical reactions are similar each time I put my body into super-self-healing mode. Several of nature’s regeneration tools join fasting’s hyper production of Human Growth Hormone and Autophagy system to search-and-destroy invaders trying to compromise my health, while rebuilding healthy cells from toenails to hair, piece-by-piece.

I still get tired early and have a slightly elevated temperature in the evenings. The body says “bundle up and rest”. So I bundle up and rest. Some directives even I am willing to follow. I am still expelling dead enemy combatants via coughing up phlegm. My lymph node swelling is down a bit, but not gone. My tear and sinus weeping seem to be gone.

In August of ’22 I figured it would take a 20 day fast to complete a cure. It took a bit for me to psych-up for that, but here I am at Day 20 and know I must go a bit further to complete the kill of whatever enemy my lymph nodes are trying to fight off.

I really looked forward to eating

I have to commend those guys for holding the line at Thermopylae for a year-and-a-half or more, but really ought to help them finish this off so they can go back to normal. All it takes is self-control. Easy-peasy, eh?

I tell myself that the second ten days without food is easier, but between my normal evening eating times of 4 and 7, I seem to be weakening… I keep thinking that it just seems harder, but fershur it is not getting any easier.

This sort of faith in fasting as a superpower and ability to resist the sensation of hunger is not average in our culture… but not unusual for our hunter-gatherer bodies. I hang onto that thought … tenaciously … regardless of modern naysayers in my life.

“Eat, Ted. Go home and EAT.” Ah, were it only that simple …

I sure as heck do not want to go through a repetition of the first four days just to reach the place my healing system is in today. Each day I delay resumption of consumption is 100% healing mode. No time or spirit wasted just getting there.

… and that little fat loss thingy that so many fret about … well, the reserve around my middle has visibly shrunken. I kind-of like it like that. It helps, but not decisively.

For more of my publications here on fasting

Therapeutic fasting is not a mystical or magical cure. It works because the body has within it the capacity to heal when the obstacles to healing are removed. Health is the normal state. Most chronic disease is the inevitable consequence of living a life-style that places disease-causing stressors on the human organism. Fasting gives the body an interlude without those stressors so that it can speedily repair or accomplish healing that could not otherwise occur in the feeding state.
Joel Fuhrman