I’ve been hearing a lot about prolonged fasting on various podcasts I follow. Recently, I discovered The Keto Hacking MD podcast that is hosted by Jimmy Moore featuring Dr. John Limansky. I started with the first episodes covering intermittent and prolonged fasting as biohacks. I was immediately convinced that even I could survive an extended fast. To this point, I’ve only don’t intermittent fasts ranging from 18 to 24 hours. Apparently the autophagic benefits are only gleaned from fasts 3 days or longer.
Although this topic has intrigued me for some time, I was a little fearful of going there. I felt able to brave my own prolonged fast after listening to the data presentation of Jimmy, Dr. L’s, and even
Mrs. L’day fast where they described the experience in addition to their blood glucose (BG), Ketones (K), insulin, and other numbers
Originally, I wanted to start on Monday but I deferred after theMAN asked to have lunch with me. He has been out of town for several days so it seemed like a good idea. The following day was my son’s 20th birthday. He took the day off and was cooking up plans to meet with as many friends as he could since he’s been working nearly every day (across his 3 jobs) for several weeks now. We had tentative dinner plans so it seemed that Wednesday would be the day to jump on board. I wanted to shoot for 3 days, with the option to extend beyond if I was feeling amazing (as Jimmy and Dr. L had described – post
Day 2). The hurdle was the weekend with theMAN as we generally eat dinner together on Friday and Saturday night every weekend.
As it turned out, the availability of YaYa’s friends left lunch as the best available meal for me to share with him. Not only did he want to have lunch with me, he also wanted to bring our oldest dog, Ronin, along for the experience. I tried to nix that idea but ended up caving when my boss said that I could take an extended lunch break. So we all had a lovely lunch on the dog-friendly patio at the restaurant where YaYa works. I wish I’d taken a photo of all of us together as the outing was more precious than I could possibly know.
Once I returned to work, I began thinking about my fast again. If YaYa was going to be busy the rest of the day, I figured that I might as well begin my fast then. In doing so, I would hit the 3 day mark around 12:30 pm Friday which would allow me to enjoy dinner with theMAN (unless I felt compelled to keep going). I set my mind to it and decided not to change the plan unless I had to for physical/health reasons.