Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Low Carb Alternate Day Fasting Experiment - Day 3

Update: This is a photo of an Italian Basil Egg Bake I made this afternoon. I have no problem cooking and serving Mad food while fasting. I figure that's part of the deal. This is my choice. And that choice requires living a normal life minus the frequency in meals - every other day. It's really not that difficult to do, especially when you know you can eat as you please the following day.

I guess I should have entitled this project, "My Low Carb Alternate Day Fasting Experiment". I suppose I could go back and change the two previous titles. Done. If only all of life's necessary changes were that easy. Not done.
  • Fast Day #2 - Woke up at 7:00 AM.
  • Had a cup of organic black coffee at 7:30 AM.
  • 9:00 AM - Blood Pressure: 109/69. Blood Sugar: 79 mg/dL.
  • 9:15 AM - Current Weight: 185.6 lbs - 23.5% body fat
  • 10:00 AM - Traditional Medicinals' Every Day Detox tea (2 bags)
  • 1:00 PM - organic black coffee
  • 2:15 PM - Meal Replacement Pudding/Shake - 1 scoop of Natural Chocolate Egg White Protein, 8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 3 Tbs of organic peanut butter (unsweetened), 2 scoops of chocolate "greens" formula, 1 scoop organic sprouted flax meal and a dash of NutraSalt
  • 4:15 PM - strong cup (3 tea bags) of organic white tea w/ organic mint
  • 6:00 PM - organic black coffee
  • 10:30 PM - Traditional Medicinals' Every Day Detox tea (2 bags)
The plan is to have my (solitary) meal replacement somewhere in the mid-day range. I'm flexible with the timing. And frankly, I'm looking forward to not having to slow down much to eat, prepare and clean up after myself in the kitchen. One less thing to do.

Notes: I'm not getting enough sleep. Maybe 6 hours if I'm lucky. I'm feeling pretty tired but it's unlikely to be due to the ADF. We've been working late into the night and waking up rather early. The ADF doesn't seem to negatively impact sleep quality. Can't say that it's helping in that respect either - as of yet.


anne h said...

Same here - but I don't clean the kitchen anyways.
Bad habit?
Are you walking or working out a little on the fasting days?

Harry/JP said...


I'm not great about cleaning but I've gotten better over the past 11 years ... Mad and I recently celebrated out 11 year anniversary. :-)

I run around a lot - chores, errands, etc. But I haven't been doing much actual exercise. When I start back up again, I'll likely do it on the days when I'm eating "normally". That's the plan anyway.

Mad recently got a new job and there are a bunch of other things going on that make it hard to fit in important activities such as exercise. One day soon, I hope! In the meantime, I take the stairs and park far away from my intended locations. I also aerobically fold clothes and put away dishes. ;-)

Will be by to check in on your progress this evening. Looking forward to it!

Vadim said...

I am contemplating on joining you too. I wanted to do for the longest time. I think I will take a plunge as well. Not sure how long it would take though, but hey worht a try. And today I ate stale nuts or whatever is making me sick to my stomacj so I am already mini-fasting.

Harry/JP said...

It would be great to have you on board, Vadim! I'm sure you can do it and you might even enjoy it on some level. Seriously!

Today is my second ADF cycle day and I'm doing just fine. Life feels pretty rough right now but my resolve is strong. :-)

anne h said...

Just asking, JP...
But when you are tired,
despite getting (at least) some sleep....
Well, that's when I would always end my fasts.
Too tired, too hungry...
Or if I woke up wearing a tu-tu!
Good signs.

Harry/JP said...


I'm confident that I'm tired because of the degree of stress we're currently experiencing and the relative lack of sleep. I do well with a minimum of 7 hours/night. Lately we've been getting something like 4 to 6 nightly. Relatively speaking, a big difference. Heck, I even feel more energetic this morning (after a day of ADF) because we slept for about 6 hours!

PS - The hunger is completely manageable so far. No concerns in that department so far.