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3 Feb 17
As my title states, I would be really keen to hear from anyone who had had mental benefits from the fasting diet, whether that be every other day or 2:5 and low carb.
Hi, Queen! Always great to see you!
I don’t know that my mood has improved. I’ve always got my inner b*tch fired up and ready if she’s needed. But I *certainly* have a much improved sense of well being — both physical and mental — and that must translate into being a more positive and happy person.
As for whether I’m anymore tolerable or less eccentric… I’d really need my family to weigh in on that one. 😂
I certainly have. Over the past few years I have been extremely anxious. I have developed different ways to cope but the fasting seems to have really lifted much of the load from my shoulders as it were. I feel so much better! I am doing low carb, well at least low sugar and low processed carbs, and ADF. I am also hurting less.
4 Feb 17
Chubster hello! nothing like sneaking onto other forums 🙂 Thank you both for replying. I really appreciate it.
Fatrabbit I also have anxiety and find I can compulsively eat when anxious, and although counterintuitive, anxiety makes me tired so then I reach for coffee.
When you say you are hurting less, what type of pain did you have?
Chubster I have the inner b@@@ too at specific times of the month. Maybe I’ll send a note to your relatives for review!
Thank you of answering, and something especially something so personal too. I have suspicions food greatly affects my mood, and slight worry coffee may be causing “downers” for me too. I feel very tired and low in mood after breakfast (have varied the content of breakfast in terms of macronutrients so whether protein or carb makes no difference, protein slightly better). My mood plummets then I eat more as lethargic and feel down. I am obviously a binge eater/compulsive eater but I don’t think it’s connected to weight/eating disorder it’s because I love food and food lifts my mood. I have developed an unhealthy habit, but a bt scared what will happen to my mood if I remove my upper! I need to get out of the habit of turning to food, I could do with losing some pounds and my GP has suggested I try controlling my insulin through diet….as ironically he thinks it’s worsening my monthly bad moods! So here I am debating again. Fearful of anything that may make me feel worse. So…. if I knew for sure my mood and energy may improve I would give it my 100% ….but it’s very tough!
I have fibromyalgia, which is why I have a lot of pain. It isn’t gone but it is reduced as long as I don’t overdo things (which I did last week and paid for it with more pain.) I also have arthritis in my hands. Those have just about ceased being painful. Knocking my knuckles used to feel like being stabbed but it isn’t an issue any more. I had gotten to the point where I couldn’t hold a pen or type with more than one finger but I have regained some function and the swellings have visibly reduced. If only the fibromyalgia had improved as much, but the improvement there has been is very welcome and losing more weight is bound to make life easier.
I am trying to reduce my coffee intake because I have trouble sleeping for more than four hours. But it raises my mood rather than lowers it. I get a bit of a mood boost from food but I realise more and more that it actually makes me feel unwell while I digest it and that it is the activity of eating that I like not the feelings it produces. Which is helping me break the comfort eating pattern.
I have acute social anxiety, and used to want to hide from people. but since starting to fast I have coped far better and have dealt with people who I would have avoided like the plague before. I am also far less anxious about the future.
5 Mar 17
Late reply but I thought I would chime in.
I have been fasting every other day (with a break last weekend for a trip). I find it does improve my mood, which was surprising.
I feel like I have more energy and drive than I did before. Hunger has always been something I’ve tended to avoid before and I’ve always believed it made me irritable. Now, I have to be mindful about it – and I find the irritation goes away.
Also, I have noticed that my attitude to using food as an emotional coping mechanism is starting to shift. Because, I have to find a different coping mechanism on fast days, I’m learning things about myself, and because I don’t have to do it all the time, it is not overwhelming.
Would love to hear if others have similar or different effects.
1 May 17
I have only jet read the replies, I am sorry. Thank you for posting fat rabbit and Sky.
Ske you are doing every other day- amazing. Are you doing it for weight loss?
I was trying to fast to just get my mind off food, but hadn’t been able to do it correctly again until recently. I was miserable without my daily goodies (chocolate, bread etc) by the evening I felt great
2 May 17
Intermittent fasting has improved my mood, but results vary depending on your mindset at the time of the fast.
Food is a basic necessity. We all know this. In every celebration, day out, party, holiday etc. the food is always one of the most important things. From the moment we wake up we are often thinking about food, and while at work, wondering what we are going to have for dinner when we go home. This is even when we are not fasting. Yet despite this, we all take food for granted the majority of the time.
When fasting food becomes increasingly appealing and feels like the answer to our problems more and more. However much of this is the mind pestering us and kidding us. We think eating again is going to be the most sensational experience ever as we have been so deprived of food. Only to eat again and then realise in no time that we feel just the same as we did before starting the fast. The feeling of deprivation during the fast can lead to a low mood. But, lets now discuss the positive mood changes fasting can cause.
If we manage to put this niggling desire to eat away for a while then we feel in many ways more free. I am not saying it is easy, but the prize is worth having. More worthwhile that the feeling we will get from eating that sausage roll we have been eyeing up. If you manage to somehow cut off the desire to eat by focusing your mind on the good points of fasting such as what I’m discussing right now, then you will find it easy to detach yourself from other niggling thoughts which hinder your concentration. Many people, myself included, want to fidget and lose concentration easily. It can be for something as simple as feeling you have been looking at this screen for too long. Fasting is like spitting in the eye of anything that might try to distract you. Be it the need to eat, drink, or dwell on negative thoughts. So therefore fasting can be a welcome break from having things controlling your life. The focus during a fast in on you and something you are doing for yourself. You also find that you have so much free time to get so much done, which would usually be spent preparing food or eating. Of course you can use the time to rest, sleep or meditate.
I am not pretending that fasting is easy, and sometimes I have had unsuccessful fasts where my mood has got worse rather than better so I have had to break the fast. However I keep trying and that is how I have achieved many successful fasts and been doing it for almost one year. I fast for 2-3 days once per month.
My 60 hour fast:
This is how I do it:
Start of Fast – I eat dinner and then start my fast. At the start I usually feel relieved that I am on a cleansing process. I typically pick a time where I know I have been indulging too much or drinking too much alcohol.
Full Day 1 – This is a bit of a cheat but on day 2 I am always working a night shift. This allows me to rest during the day time, thus avoiding stresses. On my night shift I am busy, plus my body is not used to eating at this time of day.
Full Day 2 – I am so exhausted after my night shift that I manage to sleep. Once I wake up I know I do not have to worry about getting to sleep again while I am fasting. I simply eat breakfast before I go to bed.
Full Day 3 – After my second of two night shifts I get home and break my fast with a light breakfast before sleeping. By this time I have fasted for around 60 hours and only had to sleep on an empty stomach once. Once I wake up after around 3-4 hours sleep I resume to normal eating. I then go to bed at a sensible time that night. I chose only to have a little sleep in the day so that I get a good nights sleep.
Until I break my fast I take no food. Only water. I find that allowing myself a little bit of food makes me feel as if I cannot manage without some food so food is still controlling me. I prefer the feeling to be free from food. This also makes the fast work better. High protein, low carb is good, but no food means our body starts to break down its unwanted protein to repair itself. Skin tags can fall off during fasting and blemishes can begin to fade. It’s good for the body. The key is its only intermittent. You can look forward to eating a normal diet when you are not fasting!
30 Mar 19
My husband and I are both on the 5:2 fast. We’ve had 4 weeks of it and are feeling a lot better. I just turned 66 on the 20th and am in poor health. I have bad sciatic in both legs, a Morton’s neuroma that hurts like crazy on my left foot, and lumbar spinal stenosis, as well as lots of arthritis in my back. I started this for my health to see if it will at least help my arthritis and then my weight. If it helps anything else, then that is okay too!
But we fast every year at the Day of Atonement and have been for a long time now. It’s a complete fast, so this one that we are doing now is done for a different reason. As far as getting hungry, I usually get hungry around 1:30, 2 pm, but we bought some Millie’s sipping broth from Amazon, which is so good. It has 5 calories. We’ve found out we like the curry spice. This stuff seems that it stops my hunger for some reason. Then I usually have my larger meal at around 6 pm. We started out fast at 10 am on Friday and finished it 10 am Sat., this morning. I had butterbeans last night. My husband had soup.
5 Jan 20
I’m sorry I didn’t reply thanks to these responses that were written a long time ago! Thank you. I consistently have a better mood with IF but some mornings have found the hunger overwhelming. The curry spice sounds great. I think soup and beans is definitely the way to go with food choices. X-Ray Rob not sure if you’re still on the boards but I agree sometimes being free of food is liberating. I haven’t been doing low carb – I eat lots of bread and wonder if this is why my appetite of late is overwhelming. I find a salad for lunch or evening meal not filling enough.
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