Intermittently, I tried to fast during the day this week. I wanted to see how fasting feels. It feels quite different. It was easy on the first day. I skipped breakfast and did not eat until noon, then I stopped eating after 8pm. It’s one of the online formulas. When I tried again the following day, it was a little difficult. I started craving food. I realize I am one week before my next period, when my body chemicals tell my brain to stuff my mouth with food.
Food dances in front of my eyes. I am the only one who can see it. I seem to be able to taste it even though it is only imagined. I drink some tea. I chew the tea leaves in my mouth and imagine those leaves are chicken wings, crab legs, omelet, fried rice, … I talk about cooking with friends. It helps. It feels like I have already eaten all the food I pronounce in the air.
I learned there are YouTube channels where people show they eat food. They eat, film their eating, post their videos online. They make money from it if they get enough viewing. They can eat food from restaurants who are willing to sponsor their YouTube career. They get to eat free food and the restaurants get advertised. Win win! All they need to do is to eat and show how they do it. How nice! Another way to bring income. I am already full just talking about it. Go for it, Eaters! Eat all you can for us who are fasting.
So the revised plan is like this:
Vegetables and tea for Tuesday and Wednesday
Juice and tea for Thursday and Friday (Real Fasting Time!)
Eat lightly on Saturday and Sunday
(This is one of the best green tea ice cream I’ve ever eaten. From a Thai restaurant in Medford)
1. I found some intermittent fasting plans included skipping breakfast. This contradicts with what I was told before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
2. While I learned about the effect of fasting on menstruation pain relief from the paper copy of a nutritional book, I did not find any online articles that say the same thing.
I made Laure a button pin today. I hand wrote the word “love” in transitional Chinese. The character has a heart in the middle and a friend underneath. I can’t think of anything better than love and friendship when thinking about how she graciously invited us to her home when we were in danger from flooding in Eugene.
When I close my eyes,
I examine how I feel.
Am I happy?
What made me happy?
How can I continue to feel awesome?
If I’m unhappy,
I try to figure out why,
and change it.
For quite a while, I have been contemplating the concept of happiness and how to measure it. Is it wealth, marriage, age, education, location or time? These can all seem possible. However, there is one other factor that plays a critical role in the measurement of happiness.
The more pain one feels, the less happy (s)he will be. At least, this is true for me. In this sense, I’d like to replace this saying “No pain, no gain.” with “No pain, you gain.” What you gain from having no pain is a welcome to become a happy person. Your choice.
Having experienced pain by various causes, I am now motivated to do many things which my younger self would think is odd and boring. Such changes mostly involve diet.
I’ve reduced the amount of food intake, increased the vegetable portion and decreased meat. Binge drinking is not in my dictionary any longer. I don’t actively drink cow milk, but I do eat yogurt and cheese. I avoid super spicy food. I cook with ingredients as fresh and whole as possible. Tea is my water and I drink a substantial amount daily. These methods have helped eliminate pain I felt at night and sometimes in the morning. Success!
But there is one pain that is still challenging my methodological mind. It’s the pain from menstruation. Even though there are only 12 months a year, 12 is a lot! I’d like it to be zero. Could it be possible?
I welcome you to an experiment journey with me to this rather ambitious and complicated project. I am not biologically, medicinally or psychologically trained, but I have a curious mind. I’m gonna give it a try, by doing something new. Fasting!
This is my plan:
April 8-15 (Research) – Any ideas are welcome! Click here and write to me.
April 16-18 (Plan and Preparation)
April 19-21 (Fasting)
April 22-26 (Report)
I will keep this blog active throughout this trial period by updating content in each phase as I go along with the experiment. So, stay tuned!