Last week, on Thursday, I had been fasting for 8 days, and I started feeling sick. I did not feel that my feeling was fasting related, but I did decide to go ahead and break my fast, so I ate a small meal on Thursday evening.
On Friday when I woke up, I was very sick. I was very nauseous, had a very bad headache and aches and pains all over my body. I also had a fever. With these symptoms, I felt almost certain that I had picked up some kind of a flu bug, even though it is not the season. It even made me more certain that the sickness was not due to fasting.
By Friday evening, just over 24 hours after feeling sick, I felt much better. Again, this, to me, even made it more clear that I had picked up a 24 hour virus, and it was not about the fast.
I decided to go ahead and eat on Saturday, though, and to resume fasting starting after dinner on Saturday. For the next few weeks, I plan to fast starting at 6 PM on Saturday evening through 6 PM on Friday evenings. So, for the next few weeks or more, I will do 6 days of fasting each week and see how I like that. Changing things up is important, so that your body does not fall into a routine, which tends to reset your metabolism and make it hard to lose weight.
During this sick time, I told a few people that I know about my experience. The first thing that almost every one of them said was:
See, I knew that fasting was bad for you. The fact that you are not eating is messing up your health!
They said that or something quite similar.
I got thinking about this statement. People are very critical about fasting, and I get a lot of negativity from people about it. That’s OK, I know that it is improving my health vastly, and my doctors feel the same. But the statement stuck in my mind and put a kind of reverse statement into my head. Maybe I should start saying this to people.
If somebody is eating a “normal” diet, and they get sick (we all get sick, right?), maybe I should say:
It is probably because of the types of food you are eating!
LOL. Well, it fits in with what they are telling me!
The thing is, we all get to decide what is best for us to eat. Funny thing is that over the years of my life, I have been criticized so many times because I am obese, I am fat, I am unhealthy, etc. Now, I make huge changes, and most of the same people who criticized me for years due to my obesity are not criticizing me for fasting! You can’t win. I really don’t care, though, I am feeling good, seeing huge changes in my body (not only weight), and generally feel good about myself. So, the effects are both physical and mental.
What do you think? If you get sick, is it because you are not eating? Is it because you eat junk? Or is it just because you were exposed to a virus? Of course it depends on the sickness. I doubt we can get the flu from not eating, though.