Progress Report – Mark (Orion)
Reasons for Fasting: About a month ago I had a HUGE inflammation of the muscles of my upper back, combined with a flu and a fever that went over 41C/105F. Took me almost an entire month of extreme discomfort to get through it. First time any illness/discomfort ever lasted that long for me. Near the end, looking for possible causes and cures, I found myself becoming completely fascinated with detoxing and through it, fasting. The feeling was too intense to ignore, so I’ve chosen to fast. Primarily for detox, but after reading so much about it, I’m also very curious about the effects it’ll have on my mental and spiritual development. The fat loss is a side benefit.
Intended Length of Fast: At least 10 days, aiming for 30 to 45.
First Name: Mark
Site User Name: Orion
Country: The Netherlands
Weight: 105kg/230lbs, Body Fat approx. 21%
Fasting Method: Water (Supplemented with juice if I can’t keep up my daily routine).
Fasting Experience: None whatsoever, I just REALLY like a challenge.
Present Diet: Mostly raw vegetables and whole-wheat products. Rarely cook, sometimes steam. Almost never eat meat, except on bread. Do eat chicken sometimes. Take vitamin, omega an protein supplements. As for the bad ones, I’ve been known to go for MacDonald’s, pizza, wine-gum and some Chinese about once a week, usually as a treat in the weekend (Not all at the same time, obviously).Why? Because I just really like how some food tastes.
Relevant Medical History: None that I know of. My left optical nerve died for lack of blood flow when I was 14, I’m still trusting in a miraculous full recovery, no matter what the doctors say. Given the choice, it seems better to have faith in something good, than accept something bad.
State of Mind: I’m always relaxed and rarely give in to stress. I currently have a childlike curiosity about this whole process.
Limitations: I have a desk job, it’s mentally demanding, I don’t yet know if it’ll interfere with the fast. I have a very high discomfort threshold, so I can pretty much weather through everything this fast is going to throw at me. I post my experiences here, so that the experts can tell me when I’m experiencing something I shouldn’t (I might dismiss a red flag as a detox symptom).
Story So Far: As I’m posting this, it’s actually already Day 4. Although Day 1 was a sort of a false start. I didn’t eat all day, but I had some guar supplements, and I couldn’t resist finishing the chocolate milk in the evening. It seemed so sad to waste it. Near the end of Day 2 the hunger pains started, together with an annoying head-ache. On Day 3 I went to a spa, where they served me fresh white tea, gave me a massage and hooked me up to the oxygen bar with a very healthy smoothie (cheating again?). I was disoriented for 20 minutes after I left the place. As for today, I can’t stop thinking about the incredible explosion of taste that is fresh oven-warm whole-bread. I’ve been feeling tired in my bones, as the expression goes. Just tired limbs that would rather not move. The need for food is gone, it’s just the enticing longing for its taste.
Why is it that I feel so worn out, but my body won’t let me fall asleep? Shouldn’t it be happy when I lay down in bed, giving it time for other things?
How come I haven’t experienced any significant detox? Given how I spent 6 month of my fairly sedentary life on a steady diet of MacDonald’s and Coca Cola, and another period on 200gr/7oz of wine-gums every other day, I was anticipating a near-death experience. Does this mean my body is already fairly clean?
I scoured this site and others, and I really would like to know what’s so magical about 21 days? Why not 30, or 47? 21 days is also the time it takes to lock in a new habit. Does it have a religious explanation/origin?
Answer by Tom:
MM nice work. If I was handing our prizes for progress reports, you would be getting one Mark. Some people do not feel and negative effects of fasting due to how their body detoxes. I find that people with slower metabolisms with excess body fat go through negligible negative reactions.
Just imagine 50,000,000,000 cells impacted with 100,000 chemicals and each have to be cleaned individually. That will answer the “am I clean question.”
The amazement is that we are still alive. 21 days for me where the big changes started to happen and it seems to be the same for many fasters. It takes that long to get the body clean enough that is starts to heal. From 21 to 40 it is just pure paradise. No drug could ever compare to the bliss for juice fasting after 21 days. Day 30 to 40 are almost the same. But 21 to 30 that is the wow factor. I think it is totally physically, mental and emotional but when there is peace and harmony in the body, we feel closer to God. More in tune. More sensitive. More aware.