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I'm fasting for 24 hours. My friend is doing an MSc in Neuroscience (or something) and he asked me to take part in some tests for him. Part of the criteria was to fast for 24 hours. I haven't eaten in 10 hours now, it's nearly 10pm and the fast ends about midday tomorrow. I don't feel as hungry/tired/{censored} as I thought I would. Is there anyone here who fasts regularly? And is there any truth in the theories that it 'cleanses' your body, or is that utter BS?

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Well... hmmm, I am kinda specialised in this field courtesy of my rather insane teenage years as an anorexic. In the beginning before it spiralled out of control, it gave me a huge amount of energy. It's hard to describe but I likened it to my body using its resources more efficiently. Restricted calories made my body use them more efficiently and a little went a long way. I found I slept less but felt refreshed. I think day fasts are a good thing. It's only when you go for five-day fasts that you start to realise 'Doh! I have a problem here' :D

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Well... hmmm, I am kinda specialised in this field courtesy of my rather insane teenage years as an anorexic. In the beginning before it spiralled out of control, it gave me a huge amount of energy. It's hard to describe but I likened it to my body using its resources more efficiently. Restricted calories made my body use them more efficiently and a little went a long way. I found I slept less but felt refreshed. I think day fasts are a good thing. It's only when you go for five-day fasts that you start to realise 'Doh! I have a problem here'
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{censored}. I take it you're no longer suffering with anorexia? How did you beat it?

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{censored}. I take it you're no longer suffering with anorexia? How did you beat it?

 

 

Take up bolemia. All the fun of eating with none of the drawbacks!

 

Sorry.....not funny.

 

Anorexia is impossible for me to fathom, but is such a common problem and it can even kill.

There is a bill i read about in France that is going to prevent any advertising that promotes excessive skinnyness. Apparently.

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He realized he wasn't a 17 year old girl.



Nah, bulimia is the thing for 17 year old girls. The few men I knew with anorexia were much older, mid 20's to mid 30's.

I beat it through willpower I guess. Physically starving yourself does take a hell of a lot of willpower so when it came to sorting things out around 22, I resolved that if I had the willpower to get down to six and a bit stone (86 lbs was my lowest), then I could convert that willpower into something postive and force myself to sort my life out. It took about 18 months but it was the right thing to do. It's been nearly seven years since I felt I was better and I've not returned to that state. The actual psychology of it is interesting because it's a different midset to an alcoholic or drug addict. It is incredibly focused self-destruction rather than the more trainwreck self-destruction you get with booze.

If Zachman can have his rack thread, can I have a thread on the exciting world of emotional disorders? :D

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Take up bolemia. All the fun of eating with none of the drawbacks!


Sorry.....not funny.


Anorexia is impossible for me to fathom, but is such a common problem and it can even kill.

There is a bill i read about in France that is going to prevent any advertising that promotes excessive skinnyness. Apparently.



There's always someone who brings up the bulimic jokes :badump::D

I actually put much of the credit for getting over it onto a couple of eating disorder forums. Obviously the subject matter at times was different from HCFX but the actual 'illness' chat wasn't something that took up much of the time. The social aspect, the in-jokes, the bizarre episodes, the strange period when one of the founders of Vice magazine signed up and trolled for a while... there's always the scare stories about 'pro-ana' knocking around and kids being seduced into this {censored}ed-up cult but it's generally bull{censored}. I spent three years anorexic before I ever got online and finding that first forum and actually talking about my problems helped immensely. It was much lonely in the pre-Internet days basically {censored}ing up.

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I've fasted for up to 3 weeks and continued to go to work, hard labor work, and exercise, weight lifting. No problem, I fast for many reasons but mostly to clear my head and focus on a problem of some sort or another. I quit booze/drugs while fasting of course. The trick is in stopping and re-eating, you have to go slow, eat just orange juice for a day, then plain yogert with some shredded apple in it for a few days. You know, slowly get back into it, adding a bit more of something simple and easy to digest. If you were to fast for a week or two and then start eating again with a big old bacon cheese burger you would not have a pleasant time at all, dangerous to say the least. I fast for at least a week every year, Or every Monday for six months. I feel that it keeps my sanity up, and I feel great. I have not had a cold in 15 years, no {censored}.

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Nah, bulimia is the thing for 17 year old girls. The few men I knew with anorexia were much older, mid 20's to mid 30's.


I beat it through willpower I guess. Physically starving yourself does take a hell of a lot of willpower so when it came to sorting things out around 22, I resolved that if I had the willpower to get down to six and a bit stone (86 lbs was my lowest), then I could convert that willpower into something postive and force myself to sort my life out. It took about 18 months but it was the right thing to do. It's been nearly seven years since I felt I was better and I've not returned to that state. The actual psychology of it is interesting because it's a different midset to an alcoholic or drug addict. It is incredibly focused self-destruction rather than the more trainwreck self-destruction you get with booze.


If Zachman can have his rack thread, can I have a thread on the exciting world of emotional disorders?
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Go for it. I'll raise you an OCD. Right barrel of laughs that is.

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I've fasted for up to 3 weeks and continued to go to work, hard labor work, and exercise, weight lifting. No problem, I fast for many reasons but mostly to clear my head and focus on a problem of some sort or another. I quit booze/drugs while fasting of course. The trick is in stopping and re-eating, you have to go slow, eat just orange juice for a day, then plain yogert with some shredded apple in it for a few days. You know, slowly get back into it, adding a bit more of something simple and easy to digest. If you were to fast for a week or two and then start eating again with a big old bacon cheese burger you would not have a pleasant time at all, dangerous to say the least. I fast for at least a week every year, Or every Monday for six months. I feel that it keeps my sanity up, and I feel great. I have not had a cold in 15 years, no {censored}.

 

 

Very interesting. I was thinking that perhaps I could fast for one day a week or something.

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I've fasted for up to 3 weeks and continued to go to work, hard labor work, and exercise, weight lifting. No problem, I fast for many reasons but mostly to clear my head and focus on a problem of some sort or another. I quit booze/drugs while fasting of course. The trick is in stopping and re-eating, you have to go slow, eat just orange juice for a day, then plain yogert with some shredded apple in it for a few days. You know, slowly get back into it, adding a bit more of something simple and easy to digest. If you were to fast for a week or two and then start eating again with a big old bacon cheese burger you would not have a pleasant time at all, dangerous to say the least. I fast for at least a week every year, Or every Monday for six months. I feel that it keeps my sanity up, and I feel great. I have not had a cold in 15 years, no {censored}.

 

 

So one days fasting a week makes you feel better? This sounds interesting. Also when you do the week long fast do you literally eat nothing? Or do you have water and fruit?

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ah OCD, used to ruin my life when i was a kid! had a 2 hour routine before bed that i could not sleep without. One day i realised it was ridiculous and was a lot happier after.

 

 

I sometimes wish my OCD (rituals) was like that instead of obsessive intrusive thoughts and rumination. It can be very hard. Did you get therapy?

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i used to get these horrible allergies in the summer, where my throat would just kinda swell up and hurt like you wouldn't believe, so much so that i wouldn't even swallow my spit..cause...well, did i tell you it hurt?!

 

anyway the constant spitting wasn't really a big deal cause i was doing landscaping and such outdoors, but i can tell you after about 3 days of 0 calories and no water while working in the heat, you get light headed lifting a single roll of sod. on a side note after about 36 hours without liquids i didn't piss and spit production took a sharp down turn.

 

i can say that in my experience i didn't feel healthy at all and my ability to do manual labor took a nose dive, luckly after about 4 1/2 days things got better :thu:

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