Sometimes you’re forced into changes and sometimes they happen naturally. This story is a little of both.
One of my biggest issues is that I’m always trying some new product or method to live a healthy lifestyle and achieve optimal wellness, and it’s hard to tell what exactly is working. But all in all, something I’m doing is working, so I’m going to keep trying new things until I’m truly happy (or run out of things to try).
I’ve talked about fasting for a few years now. I’ve tried intermittent fasting in a 30-day self-challenge and I’ve done a 24-hour water fast, but recently I kicked it up a notch and really pushed myself out of my comfort zone. This is when I saw and felt some pretty immediate results. Results don’t happen overnight, so contact The Movement Warehouse to join a fitness community that will support you in pursuit of your goals!
It started on a Sunday night after enjoying a meal for my friend’s birthday at one of our favorite restaurants in Ocean Beach. That night, I ate some “chicken” that didn’t really feel like chicken. When I bit into it, it felt pasty and fell apart in my mouth — like I could have eaten it without teeth. It was unappetizing, and honestly, a huge turn-off that ruined the rest of the meal.
Earlier that morning, I received my first shipment of Isagenix products (a supplement company with thousands of proven results all over the world – I will write a separate review of this product in a few months), and one of the products called for a deep cleanse. This deep cleanse required a two-day fast paired with the Isagenix powder mixture 4 times a day.
I was so turned off by the “chicken” I had that night and the way it made me feel that I decided this was the perfect time to not eat for 48 hours. So I finished that meal Sunday around 8pm and I wouldn’t eat again till Tuesday at 8pm. My job and my healthy lifestyle requires me to constantly push my body to levels of extreme discomfort, so I could handle a two-day fast.
The first day was a piece of cake, no big deal at all. Anytime I got hungry, I drank water. Anytime I got thirsty, I drank water. Anytime I got sad, I drank water. Anytime I felt anything….I drank water. As it was Monday, I even got a heavy leg day in and my post workout…water.
Day 2 though was a little different. This was the longest I’d ever gone without eating, but I still hadn’t lost strength so I lifted pretty heavy at the 11am Strong class. It wasn’t until around 3pm (five hours before the conclusion of my fast) that it hit me really hard. At this point in my journey, I’m pretty good at understanding what my body needs, and I think I could hear my tiny muscle fibers screaming at me for fuel. Now this was just a mental game. What did I do? I CRUSHED WATER and made it to 8pm.
I know this isn’t a level of discomfort most of you are interested in experiencing, but living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come easy. When I talked to my chiropractor about what I was doing earlier that day he gave me a metaphor that might make you want to reconsider:
“Every organ in your body has cells. Liver cells, kidney cells, spleen cells… and in every one of those organs those cells are at different points in their lifespans. You have 1) brand new, “drive off the lot” cells, 2) late model, no dents, great condition cells and 3) clunkers that are constantly needing repairs, all banged up, but for some reason you’re holding onto it cells.
When you’re body is constantly fueled (and in America it’s usually excess sugar and processed food) it feeds (gases) these “clunkers’ ‘ up and keeps them around for a few more miles. When you fast and restrict the fuel your body receives, it “eats” these weaker, run-down cells for energy — forcing your body to generate new cells and optimizing the way your body performs.”
Who doesn’t want new, premium-model, 0 miles on the odometer cells performing the daily actions of their body?
I’m going to do a 48-hour fast once a month for the rest of 2019 and see what the long(ish)-term effects are. It’s all just a game and when you think about your health like a game, it’s all about tweaking and adjusting to find the diet or lifestyle that keeps you playing at the highest level the longest. Thinking about it this way makes living a healthy lifestyle way more fun and interesting.
I guess in the end, this article was meant to inspire you to take more risks and have more fun. There’s no “right” nutrition plan that’s the same for everyone, but if you keep trying new things you’ll find something that will work for you — and your life will be more interesting because of it. An interesting life is a fun life. Let’s have some freaking fun!
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