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Are you going to do a water fast? Participate in an online study on the effects of water fasting on depression

October 4, 2010  ·  Category: Water Fast

Received this e-mail today: My name is Randi Fredricks and I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. I am conducting my doctoral dissertation research on the effects of water fasting on depression. I have done a lot of investigation in this area and believe that my research will show that water fasting can lessen the symptoms of depression. I am aware of your work and your knowledge about the benefits of fasting, so I thought you might be interested in my research. If you know of anyone between 18 and 75 years of ...

Water-fast Blogging – Day 5

March 21, 2007  ·  Category: Water Fast

I got to bed a little later than I'd hoped last night (1:30) and woke up much earlier than I'd hoped (8:30) which has left me feeling weaker than usual today. I had energy to make it through the morning, but I started to tank pretty hard in the afternoon. I took a nap, but I don't feel fully refreshed. Drinking some more water now has begun to help. Interestingly, while it's normal for me to need to take a nap in the afternoon, I commonly forget to take naps entirely when I'm fasting, and don't notice any difference. Wouldn't you expect the ...

Water-fast Blogging – Day 4

March 20, 2007  ·  Category: Water Fast

Wow, my day has gone by quickly and I'm determined to shut off my computer soon. But here's a quick update. Day four has gone exceptionally well. I woke up with the vague antsyness in my body -- which is characteristic of a fast for me -- but otherwise all systems were "go." I spent the day at full-steam productivity, doing computer and telephone work (no errands or other physical exertion). Felt very clear-headed. Not feeling hungry at all, though I am also being careful not to think about food. In fact, things are going well enough that I may ...

Water-fast Blogging – Day 3

March 19, 2007  ·  Category: Water Fast

This, my third day of my fast, proved long and tiring. I woke up with a faint feeling of upset stomach, likely from the macaroni and cheese (yeah, I know) that I ate on the last night before my fast. Probably the only thing left in my intestines after all the enemas. I spent much of the day on the phone and/or doing business-related activities. My productivity was at 100%, but I feel woefully tired now. Overall, this fast continues to go much better than my last one. I should be in full ketosis by now, which will provide interesting ...

Water-fast Blogging – Day 2

March 18, 2007  ·  Category: Water Fast

OK now I remember why I've always failed to blog my previous water fasts: Blogging is a very public activity, and fasting tends to make me feel shy -- or, at least, not very public about my personal activities. That said, here's a quick update for day two. So far the fast is going very smoothly. Last night I got to bed around 1:00 a.m. and I slept well (actually, quite well for a first day of fasting). To provide some context, I got to bed at 3 a.m. the night before, and 5 a.m. the night before that ... so this ...

Water-fast Blogging – Day 1

March 17, 2007  ·  Category: Water Fast

Today I'm on day one of what I expect will be a five-day water fast. I do this twice a year, as a way to cleanse my body, drop a few pounds, and generally get more deeply in touch with my physical and emotional self. I often find it a spiritual experience, in the sense of feeling more in contact with my own essence, psychologically as well as physically. So it's been a worthwhile practice for me in general. During my fasts, I generally feel more clear headed and serene than normal. Because I'm not spending time preparing, eating, and ...

On Finding a Doctor to Supervise Your Water Fast

February 6, 2007  ·  Category: Health, Water Fast

My posts on water fasting, interestingly enough, have become some of the most popular and active posts at Mudita Journal -- at least, in terms of traffic and the questions these posts have generated. One reason for this, no doubt, is the fact that there is so little good information available about how to safely conduct a water fast. I've tried to address this topic, to some extent, in my own posts. That said, despite the fact that I've conducted 8 or 10 fasts personally, I don't consider myself an expert on fasting, and I strongly encourage my readers to consult with ...

How to Break a Water Fast (Without Gaining Weight Back)

June 25, 2006  ·  Category: Health, Water Fast

In response to my first water fast entry, Tara asks: I have started a water fast and have yet to decide how long I will be doing it for. I know you can lose weight by fasting, but I've heard you nearly always put it all back on. I was wondering how you can keep the weight off once you finish fasting, and what's the best way to come off a fast. [edited for grammar] I typically lose about two pounds for each day that I fast, and rarely am I eager to return to my original weight. Fortunately, you don't ...

A Therapeutic Water Fast

May 6, 2005  ·  Category: Personal, Water Fast

PLEASE NOTE (3/12/2007) - I'm getting a lot of e-mails, several each day, from people seeking advice about undertaking a water fast. In general, I no longer answer any such inquiries unless it is clear that you have already sought out a doctor to supervise your fast. I am not a doctor -- and I am not a replacement for finding a doctor! Sorry. I'm currently on day 2 of what I expect will be a 7-day therapeutic water fast, where I'll be ingesting nothing but large quantities of water for 7 days. Several of my friends have expressed curiosity (to ...