After a long week of school and work, I was exhausted by the time I got home on Friday night. I slept in very late on Saturday morning so half of my day was gone. Then I planned the day with many shopping trips as we were in need of groceries and shoes and other things. We were amazed at how many restaurants we noticed in our neighborhood! I was acutely aware of each restaurant and fast food chain store as I drove to each shop. I guess it was a very normal reaction to hunger.
After shopping, we came home and started spring cleaning. I wasn't sure it was a good idea as I scrubbed my bathroom clean, hearing my stomach grumbled. I pushed on and focused on the task at hand. I was more productive with house chores compared to most days, cleaning and doing laundry. I was proud of myself. After I was done, I actually counted how many hours left until midnight as my brain contemplated of eating food at the very minute Saturday ended.
I went on and distracted myself by watching Contagion movie and a documentary about vaccination. Good stuff! In fact, I agreed with the PBS vaccination documentary completely and felt like everyone should watch it to get unbiased information about this topic. Movies and documentaries are great ways to learn things! It was then 11pm and I went straight to bed, resisting all urges of waiting for midnight snack.
I woke up on Sunday morning with a light headache. I was actually happy to eat a croissant in bed. We did it! We successfully fasted without cheating! It wasn't as hard as I thought, considering someone loves food like me. I didn't experience any crazy things, psychic or not, no vision or hallucination. I did notice my senses more sensitive and how I was acutely aware of things. However, most of my awareness and my thoughts were centered around food so I didn't get any enlightenment. ;P
Overall, it was a good experience and I would do it again. If you've been wanting to fast to see what it likes, do it! Here are some tips for a successful fasting:
- Make sure you're medically healthy to fast. If you're diabetic, it might not be safe for you. Please check with your doctor first as fasting can cause serious hypoglycemic episodes.
- Determine the type of fasting you want to do. You can choose to fast with only dried food such as nuts and water. Also determine beforehand how long you want to fast for.
- Suggest the idea for someone to do it with you. I have no doubt my fiance agreeing to fast helped tremendously. It'd suck to see someone eating while you're fasting.
- Plan the day with activities to distract yourself but not too strenuous that you'll exert yourself. Good activities can be light shopping, watching movies, reading a book, etc.
- Meditate and see how acutely sensitive your senses are! ;)
Let me know about your fasting experiences!