What’s this? My play by play through the day of a mini-fast a la Eat Stop Eat.
That means 24 hours max, dinner-to-dinner, a couple of times a week for me. I’ve been in this habit for the past 6 months, and have had numerous requests about how a day like this goes, which has prompted this blog entry PLUS the soon-to-follow “Mini-Fasts: A Six Month Report!”
I’ve found the IMF (intermittent mini-fasts as I call it) to be a very positive experience (more on that in the 6 month report).
Here is my post-by-post experience – with a few embellishments!
5:00 a.m. Awakened early this morning with the thud of an animal on the front porch (we thought it might be our long lost dog! 🙁 but no….), turned out to be a cat (we don’t have a cat) and back to bed for a few more zzz’s
The rain had started early, and it was just so cozy to snuggle in for a little while longer. Up at 6:30.
6:30 a.m. fresh grind (gotta have fresh grind when it comes to me java!) and a quick read of the SF Chronicle, which just happened to be packed with fitness- related articles. Which inspired me to pop into my blog and post about GoodGuide.
8:06 a.m. computer check-in, blog posting and readying for walk in the early morning drizzle.
9:45 a.m. blog broadcast SENT, time to brave the rain and fog. Glass of water, empty stomach, great energy!
From there it was off to a morning walk, then back to a hot bath
10:56 a.m. back from foggy hike to lake, a little hungry but easy not to think about food – off to hot bath. Treating myself to green tea masque sent by friend Kitty, it warms your face as you apply!
12:00 Noon, back @ work writing; lots of work on computer today, readying Modules for Woman’s Fitness BluePrint group coaching program as well as other documents. It’s so foggy outside that it is a good day for indoor work!
1:00 p.m. light hunger, made some green /fennel tea and a quick T-T Twist stretch, ready to go! Writing and client coaching calls all afternoon. Need to organize office!
1:33 p.m. listening to audio of my teleclass interview with fasting expert Brad Pilon of Eat Stop Eat fame. The focus of this particular interview was the psychology of short fasts.
3:17 p.m.; readied rice cooker for dinner; finishing writing project; dinner a short 2 hours away! Chill the red! Did 10 “glamour squats” ( my name for “prisoner squats”, sound so much more – well, glamorous!)
This afternoon, concurrent with my Twitter tweeting and Facebooking about the mini-fast experience today, I’m writing “Mini-Fasts: My Six Month Report”. Yes, 6 month of mini-fasts under my belt! I see no reason not to continue.
I DO find, however, that this day I have been more conscious of hunger than ANY other day of fasting over the last 6 months. And I know exactly why – my attention has been upon reporting in about it all! Usually, I’m busy with projects, writing, coaching, and even doing a workout so I don’t think about it all so much. THIS experience is different! In that way, today is not a typical fast day – the steps are the same but the process is different mentally.
4:15 p.m.: punched “cook” on the rice cooker for start, laced up and we’re off to a pre-dinner stroll through the woods.
5:00: the grains are almost ready!
Put the veggies on to steam, poured glasses of GreenBridge Organic Zinfandel, and prepped small plates of edamame hummus with carrots and a side of pistachios.
Progressed to mixed greens of arugula and romaine with Italian dressing, then on to quinoa with broccoli and veggie sausage with my super sauce…
…and a chunk of dark chocolate for dessert!
The Mini Fast process sharpens the taste buds, dinner on these days is ultra-enjoyable!
How’s your experience? Share if you like in “comments”!