It’s been two and a half weeks since I finished my fast – and I feel so much better for having done it. Fourteen days now, in retrospect, doesn’t seem that hard.
So what’s changed?
Have I pigged out and put back on all the weight I lost?
Well, I haven’t weighed myself since completing the fast – so I don’t know how much weight I’ve put on – I suspect a couple of kilos, but that’s all.
What about all the vows I made?
Have I kept to them?
Here below is what I said I’d do, and here’s what I’ve actually done!
- I’m cutting sugar from my diet, entirely.
Yep, done this – but Easter’s coming up and there’s no way I’m not going to have some choccy Easter eggs!
- I’m cutting dairy from my diet, entirely.
Done this too – except for some organic yoghurt occasionally.
- I’m cutting fruit from my diet, entirely.
Done this too – except for some grapes occasionally.
- I’ll reduce my carbohydrates to a minimum.
Done this – shifted pretty much to a Keto diet.
- I’ll reduce alcohol to a bare minimum, if not entirely.
What was I thinking?? I love wine too much to ever give it up!
- I’ll eat more fish.
I’ve done this.
- I’ll eat more salads, nuts and seeds, and fresh vegetables.
I’ve done this.
- I’ll restrict my red meat consumption to about 2-3 times a month.
Let’s make it 3-4 times a month.
- No more roast potatoes, no more chips, no more pasta or noodles.
Yep, kept to this.
- I’ll limit rice to brown rice only.
Haven’t had any brown rice at all.
- No more coffee for the foreseeable future. (I’ll see how long that lasts!)
Strangely, I’ve had no desire to go back to coffee. I’m drinking my Darjeerling tea instead, and much prefer it.
- I’ll do intermittent fasting in some form, not sure what yet.
Yep – but after Easter!
- From now on, I’ll eat mindfully, not randomly.
This has happened. The discipline of doing the fourteen day fast has given me the discipline to eat more mindfully.
Overall since doing the fast I feel fitter, lighter, I have more energy, and I feel more confident. That’s odd, isn’t it. I’ve never really lacked confidence, but the fast has given me more oomph.
The fast did what I hoped it would do – it reset me physically and mentally. It cleared me out – it detoxed my body and detoxed my thoughts.
But now I’m back to regular eating – muesli for brekkie (home made, full of really healthy stuff) with almond milk. Salad for lunch or sometimes grilled chicken with cabbage, fish or chicken or lentils with kale and cabbage or cauliflower for dinner. No dessert. That’s how I’m eating now, and I love it.
Was it all worth it?
Would I do it again?
Yes, but probably next time I’ll do a 21 day fast. I think that extra week could really turbo-charge things – or it could kill me!