I began this current fast on Friday, May 31 and my last day will be the New Moon, which falls on Saturday, June 8. I began and will end as I usually do with juices and smoothies to ease my digestive system into the fast. Usually I
I felt really pleased to have made the decision to fast. It was a quick decision I made it on the Tuesday of the week I began the fast. Usually I have these planned out at least a month in advance but not this time around. I felt guided by God Herself and I don’t ignore such guidance. I knew it was time. I could feel myself indulging in unhealthy eating habits and justifying why I was doing so when in all honesty I knew it wasn’t benefiting by overall well being. It was time.
The first three to four days of the fast were psychologically challenging. I had a very strong impulse to eat but the impulse didn’t originate within my physical body it was an emotional and psychological desire. When I saw others eating I wanted to eat and when I was preparing meals for the family (which I am still doing while fasting) I wanted to sample the foods as I had been doing. I had to consciously remind myself that I was fasting.
The next few days were difficult physically. This is when I could feel the decline in energy and the physical withdrawing from food. I was aware of my physical body and its functions. When I drank my lemon water I could feel how cold it was in my mouth, I could feel it as I swallowed and as it traveled down my esophagus and into my stomach. I could feel the water inside me. And the aromas! My sense of smell, which is usually keen, was heightened. The fresh cut grass, oregano, basil, garlic, outside barbeques; all smelt heavenly! Even the lemon for my water had such a fabulous natural scent. This was also true of the not so pleasant aromas of the world like garbage and dog poop.
At this point I am on day seven, which is my last day of distilled water and lemon with tomorrow being my first of the two juice and smoothie days. My energy level rises and peaks throughout the day, which is normal, I’m just more aware of the flow. I am only sleeping in four-hour intervals, which is not normal as I usually sleep seven or eight hours a night. The sleeping helps boost my energy level since I am not consuming calories but it does interfere with my usual routine. Last night, for example, I went to bed at eight o’clock but was awake at midnight unable to fall back asleep so I got up and didn’t return to bed until shortly after six o’clock. I slept until eight. I imagine that around three this afternoon I will be exhausted and ready for another nap. I have experienced vivid dreams this week some of which I believe were unintentional astral projections.
I do enjoy the distinct awareness that I have about my physical body however the fuzziness that my mind is experiencing I do not enjoy as much. It is difficult to multitask as I usually do since it takes more energy to do so. I find that I can only focus on one task at a time and it is somewhat frustrating. I have a plan to have a Reiki session later this afternoon, which I am looking forward to.