|one of the lookouts in the Wissahickon today|
|I generally try to wear as much metal as possible|
I wonder how the re-feeding is going to go, because apparently breaking the fast can be just as challenging as the fast itself. Joel Fuhrman states that the faster's stomach stops the production of digestive enzymes, in addition to the fact that the mucosal lining of it thins out during a long period of dormancy, so you have to be extra careful of what, how much, and how often you consume post-fast. Celes had tremendous difficulty with breaking her fast, although hers was 21 days, which will be twice as long as mine. They say fasts longer than 10 days can be very difficult to break. Well, I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I have to get through 2 more days of work, then a beautiful rideless fall weekend punctuated by a few social engagements I can't excuse myself from, then 1 more day of work before I can have that 2 ounce piece of watermelon next Tuesday September 27th. And Boss #1 will be back from Ireland on Monday and popping into my office every 15 minutes with one problem or another, so I'm hoping I will have achieved some non-characteristic Zen-like patience by then or I might have to lock my door.
I guess it would not hurt to state that my primary goals of this fast are:
- to heal my intestines. By doing so I hope to heal my hypothyroid issues too, as thyroid issue go hand in hand with leaky gut syndrome. 20% of T4 is converted to T3 in the intestines, but only in the presence of healthy gut flora, according to Datis Kharrazian.
- to greatly diminish my asthma and allergies and get off those medications, especially the inhaled corticosteroid.
- to give my body some much needed rest. I've been pushing it to it's limits for years and never getting enough rest.
- to lose the excess weight I've put on through these medical issues the past year which I can't seem to lose as long as my body refuses to burn fat because of my out-of-whack hormones and hypothyroid issues.
- to have time to write and read while I rest my body. I'm really loving all this learning which I don't have time to do often as I would like.
- to research and prepare my body and mind to incorporate even more raw food into my diet.
- to enjoy relaxing, resting and healing; that is to say to calm my mind to the point where I'm not thinking about what I could be doing, but instead savoring the present moment.
|its not unusual for me to have 3 helpings of raw vegs on|
my plate at one meal: here is raw celeriac, raw sunchokes,
and raw thai papaya salad. Lots of slicing!
And as for #7, well that is a big challenge for me, but I'm pleased to report as I get through Day 5 of consuming only water that it is happening much more easily than I had imagined. There really is something to this fasting thing! My biggest fear now that I've clearly entered ketosis and clearly don't have a MCAD deficiency is how long it will take me to regain my strength after I've started eating again so I can resume cycling, weight training, running, and swimming. My other fear is of course that my IBS will still be an issue after this is all over but I suspect that will not be the case, in light of the changes I have already seen. But I won't know for sure until I resume eating. Even the juice fasts I have done suppress the IBS greatly for a month or so, but each time it has returned with a vengeance. It never completely goes away, but for the past 17 years it has been quite tolerable the way I have adapted my diet, and I would like to push it back into "remission" so I can resume a normal life. Normal for me that is.
That's about it for today; I'm looking forward to reading some more of Ted Kerasote's beautifully written epic, Merle's Door, as well as working on a half-written poem that has been languishing on my computer since the snowstorms of January. More tomorrow, I'm sure I will be feeling a bit less depleted then.
stats: weight in am = 121.2 saliva PH = 6.5 urine PH = 6.25