Fast Forward – one mans 10 day journey without food

Sunday 25 May 2014

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Following my ignoble false-start, I had to pick myself up, dust myself down, and start Day 1 of my 10 day fast with renewed vigour!

The previous 2 days of no dairy, no meat, no processed food, was plain sailing on a sea of steamed vegetables and kale soups.

I start the day as I will do everyday for the next 10days with 500ml of water, 4 tablets of Essential Amino Acids, and 20 tabs of Cracked Cell Chlorella.

‘Essential’ means they can’t be manufactured by the body, – and there’s no calories in them so nothing to digest – so it seems sensible to include a supplement.

2 hours later I’ll have more aminos in the form of spirulina and wheat grass powder which I’ll mix into 500ml of water.

That green drink is accompanied by 15 drops of what tastes like battery acid but which I’m informed is a very concentrated mix of sea and plant minerals – largely magnesium.

Actually I’m informed that it’s ‘Supercharged activated fulvic acid; ocean and plant derived magnesium with over 72 ionic trace minerals’ but I prefer my description!

I do this water/aminos/minerals ritual 3x per day in all, and each night I have a tablespoon of powdered fibre blend – I don’t want the bacteria in my gut going hungry – they haven’t signed up for this!

And finally the cherry on top night-cap -literally- is 2 tablespoons of super concentrated sour/tart cherries in 200ml of water.

There is about 70calories in this powerful hit of antioxidants but I feel important to include for a couple of reasons…

One, the surprising levels of melatonin will give me a good nights sleep each night which may or may not be a factor when trying to sleep on an empty stomach. Two, and perhaps more importantly it will assist with uric acid metabolism – serum uric acid will has been shown to be elevated during prolonged therapeutic fasting.

We’re getting into technical waters but uric acid has a main role of protecting high-oxygen tissues such as the brain from damage (fairly important then!).

Hopefully the nitty-gritty above is useful information for anyone attempting their own fast (although it doesn’t need to be technical, plenty of people do water only fasts), but for me the important thing is remaining mindful over the 10 days.

Mindful of why I’m on this journey of self discovery and mindful of any shifts that may come my way whilst I’m on it.

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Invite Yourself to Move with Purpose

Doing stuff in the gym in order to look fit is putting the cart before the horse.

Nothing wrong with wanting a body that looks like it has a purpose but just start with the purpose.

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Purposeful Movement A body built for show will look different to a body built for ‘Go’!

If you didn’t understand any of the above just consider training ‘movements’ not muscle the next time you workout. 🙂

Trying to Find Yourself…? Get Creative!

After years spent patiently waiting to ‘find myself’, it occurred to me that it would be far more prudent to actually ‘create myself’, just in case i didn’t like what i found. Not only would this mean i didn’t have to wait a day longer to start realising my potential, it would also mean i had the final say in the end product – me!

What would you attempt to become if you knew you could never fail?
What would you attempt to become if you knew you could never fail?

If your thinking about planning a similar journey then you’ll want to start with the end-product in mind – this will change a million times as you grow and level-up your shit but at least you’ll have a starting point for now. Who knows, maybe this continued metamorphosis is the real journey to finding yourself -and if not at least you’ll have had fun trying!