I am going to do something that many will consider radical. That is OK, I do a lot of radical stuff. 😉
Really and honestly, I am actually already in the middle of doing it.
What am I going to do?
I am going to fast continuously for about 10 days. Well, I am going to try to fast for nearly 10 days. Can I do it? I think I can. What I know for sure is that I am going to do my best to achieve this.
In the past month of Intermittent Fasting, I have enjoyed it and found it pretty easy to do. I am eating just one meal per day these days. But, I want to go nearly 10 days without eating at all.
Why am I going to do this?
Well, on Saturday, March 25, I have an appointment with my Endocrinologist, Dr. Ho. That is 10 days from March 15. I started this fast on March 15 at 7 PM. At the time this article is published that means I have been fasting 40 hours.
Dr. Ho knows that I have been eating a Ketogenic diet for abotu a year now. He does not know that I started Intermittent Fasting in February. Last time I saw him was in January.
Dr. Ho has been concerned for about 7 or 8 months that my blood sugar is too low. He worries that I am going to experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because my glucose level has been maintained at a low level. This has not been a concern for me, I find my glucose level to be good and have not experienced episodes of hypoglycemia. But, it is a concern to him.
I am pretty sure that when I see Dr. Ho on the 25th, he is going to be very concerned about the fasting, especially because of his fear of hypoglycemia. However, I feel that if I walk into his office, tell him that I have been fasting for nearly 10 days (just a few hours short), and my blood sugar is normal, what can he say? Ten days of fasting, no hypoglycemia, and a normal level of blood glucose when I see him. That cannot be disputed.
So, this is why I decided to do 10 days of fasting. Actually, it gave me a reason to do it.. truth is that I have been wanting to do a prolonged fast for a couple weeks now. What I had in mind was a 5 day fast, but I’m going to try to make it for 10 days! I have heard and read that on a long fast like this the hardest day is day 4, so I am preparing myself for that!
Is it Dangerous?
I don’t feel that it is dangerous. This, though, is a question that a lot of people have asked me. I have not really told others about this, except for my family. Each person that I have told has expressed concern.
Thing is, I will be monitoring important things like my blood sugar. If my blood sugar goes too low, I will know it. Firstly, because there are symptoms that I am familiar with. Secondly because I check my blood sugar several times each day.
If I start feeling bad, I will re-evaluate. Truth is, though, since I started fasting I am feeling better than I have felt in decades. I am enjoying the fasting, it is making me feel great, and that is why I want to see if I can prolong it. I think it is a good thing, not a dangerous thing.
One of the doctors that I follow online has a patient in his care who did fasting for more than 300 days with no side effects. So, I think that with a 10 day fast I will be good! But, I will be watching for any signs that it is causing a problem.