Fasting is one of the least known, but most effective ways to improve your health. The reason I decided to fast was to detox, and stress my body.

What is Fasting?

In Antifragile, Nassim Taleb talks about how fasting forces the body to adapt to extremes. Balance is overrated. Would a human 200,000 years ago have had steady food 3 times a day? This is how the human body developed.

You might be surprised to find out that humans can operate without food for more than 25 days. The body goes into a state of ketosis, where it burns excess fat reserves. Most significantly, it allows the body to detox, because it gives the digestive system a break. Fasting has also been shown to improve the immune system, and treat cancer patients.

My Experience

I started my fast after eating a breakfast of buckwheat and tofu. The first few hours were easy. By the evening, I had started to become hungry, but by that time it was time for bed. The biggest barrier to my fast was not the physical challenge. That was easy. By day 2 and throughout day 3, my mind was as clear as it has ever been. There was absolutely no brain fog from the moment I woke up. My sleep quality was excellent on those two nights, and I even woke up a half hour before my 6 am alarm.

I only made a few changes. I walked slowly wherever I went. I took the elevator instead of the stairs. I dressed more warmly (Yesterday was minus 12 degrees). By the third day, I had lost 9 pounds (131.2 to 122.4).

The biggest challenge for me was the habit of eating. It is so ingrained in our culture to have meals every few hours. It feels good to have food in your tummy, and get powered by glucose.

I ended the fast by eating a couple starfruit. Within minutes, I felt the glucose back in my system, and was able to walk more quickly. My digestive system restarted very quickly. The second meal was the best: cooked beans and vegetables. It feels amazing to have the salt in your mouth, and the act of chewing is bliss. Most of the time we eat for comfort, and out of necessity. I hope that this experience will allow me to eat less in the future.

Are you ready for the challenge?

For me, my fast was very easy. I wish the same for yours. But to make it easier, here are a few things to do:
  • It is good to first give up any addictions. The biggest addictions are alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.
  • Make sure the water you drink is warm water. Drink as much or as little as you deem you need. I ended up drinking 2 litres in 3 days.
  • Avoid areas where people are eating. It is not smart to drain your willpower.
  • When food comes in your mind, think about all the great foods that you are going to be able to eat after your fast.

Good Luck, and Happy Fasting!