Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity

This is day 1 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

Today I found myself opening the fridge for no good reason. Thankfully nothing other than raw eggs and orange juice were in there. Those aren’t that tempting to eat. But if the refrigerator roll my grandma used to make all the time was in there, I would have been miserable. I would have daydreamed about it to the point of insanity. There are some perks to traveling and having nothing in your fridge after all.

Because I used to practice intermittent fasting, the first part of today wasn’t that different from many other days I’ve had. The key difference was not being able to drink coffee. A few hours after waking up I craved coffee – especially because everyone around me was drinking it. Working in a co-working space with an espresso machine that’s constantly humming is hard when you can’t partake. I go over it fast though. I opted for a mug of hot water instead.

Day 1/3 of water fast. A mug of hot water at the work station to curb the appetite.

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Around 5:30 is when I started to challenge my body more than ever. I have never not eaten for 20 hours without having something like coffee or tea at my side.

Time Log

5:30pm: Opened the fridge and looked around for no good reason half an hour ago. Hunger ebbs and flows. Not too hungry now but a little antsy. I think I’ll go for a swim.

7:00pm: I didn’t end up going for a swim. Instead I went for a 3-mile walk/jog. It felt pretty good. I had plenty of energy. When I got home, habit told me have a snack. Nope. Just water. I just have to remind myself that I don’t actually need food. It’s all habit.

10:00pm: I’ve been working for the past 3 hours. It occupies 50% of my mind. The other 50% is on not being able to eat and the fast in general. I’m pretty miserable.

11:00pm: Doing laundry right now. After this I’m going to bed.