I haven’t eaten in twenty two hours.
At some point, hunger transcends physical discomfort. It stops feeling like what we usually think of as hunger – i.e, low blood sugar – and becomes something else.
After two skipped meals, your body stops feeling sorry for itself and enters a state of hyper-awareness. You feel light and focused. Adderall plus ambition. If you have a project you want to get done, do it while you’re hungry. An Ev Psych just-so story would go something like, your body interprets the skipped meals as a crisis, one that may require the sum total of your concentration to overcome. It reacts by shedding the laziness and risk aversion that would normally keep us holed up in a cave (a sensible decision, when food was abundant) and forces us out into the world.
Fast for a day each week, and you’ll learn to appreciate your hunger. Meditate on that hunger, capture the feeling, and channel it into your life. And when you do eat, savour that meal as one of the best you’ve ever tasted. Nom nom nom.
In addition to my hippie rants about psychological hunger and meditation, fasting is actually a healthy practice for most. The touted life extension may be crap, but in every article I’ve read on the subject (even those that trashed it) the comments were full of IF practitioners with good things to say.
Most importantly for me though (as with all things pertaining to my health) I trust my body more than a bunch’a fancy book-learnin’. And as of tonight – twenty two and a half hours into a fast – I feel fucking awesome. And now I’m going to go eat a package of bacon and a 6-egg omelette. GRRRRR
So try it out. If it works for you, it works for you. Any personal experiences and/or useful links related to IF? Comments are open.