Fasting Day 8 & 9: Ravenous
So, being utterly exhausted, I didn't get to my blog last night, so I'm combining day 8 and 9 of my journal on today's post. Yesterday was the end of the first seven days and the beginning of reintroducing food. This was a good thing because around lunch time I was totally ravenous, which probably meant my body was really ready to eat. So, I had a banana in the afternoon and it tasted great!
I was really craving a Honeycrisp apple, which is my favorite. I had one of those around lunch time today and it really hit the spot.
I'm definitely ready to start eating again. The difficulty with fasting is that it teaches you lessons about yourself, good and bad. The good is that it teaches me to be more mindful about what I'm eating. The bad is that I have to do so much thinking about it that I see how thoughtless and gluttonous I have been in my life around food, how the abundance of American life has taught me not to be thankful but to take all these good things for granted.
I was in an incredibly bad mood this morning, I must have woken up in a bad spot in my sleep cycle because I felt like I never really woke up. I never wanted to ever fast again and I was just done with everything. I finally took a power nap around mid-day and I felt so much better.
The next step is to reintroduce fruits and vegetables and practice self control. It's easier in my opinion to totally abstain from food. You don't have to think about it if you're not eating at all. It's more difficult to eat but not get exactly what you want. So the rest of this endeavor might be more challenging.