Modified Fasting – EB Day 4

NOTE: Pls remember that these blogs are being posted a couple days behind…they were written, but not published, in real time. 

Oh boy. I woke up HUNGRY. That rarely happens.

Interestingly, I got my coffee and started working and 30 minutes later, I wasn’t hungry anymore.

It’s such a powerful reminder to NOT immediately react to hunger. Just chill. See what happens if you ride the wave without reacting. I’m really grateful for that reminder! Don’t trust the immediate onset of hunger…

11:00am: bulletproof coffee with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp MCT oil

I don’t think BP coffee is as effective at managing my hunger and sustaining my energy as it once was.

I had a conversation with my girl Ella today & told her that doing this modified fast has decreased my confidence in our upcoming 5-day water fast.

She made a really great point. She suggested that a modified fast might be more difficult (for some) than a full fast. I immediately disagreed with her but as I thought about it, that’s what I’m seeing over these past few days.

The hours before I eat something (4:30am – 11 or 12) are way easier than the hours after I break my overnight fast. And, the hours between my last meal/snack and bedtime feel far easier than the eating window hours.

I think I might believe her…

Once I start eating, I’m thinking more about food and I’ve awoken that hunger urge. Another lesson I’m glad she helped me learn.

2:45pm A couple ounces of cheese (it was tasty but I noticed my fingers feeling stiff & puffy within 20 minutes of eating. Dairy doesn’t love me back, a lesson I learn over and over)

I’ve decided that today is the last day of the modified fast. I’ll be going back to my balance of non-starchy veggies, protein & healthy fats tomorrow. I’m moving, which is stressful, but I’ll also be doing lots of lifting and movement & travel. I’m not trying to be a hero with this modified fast, I always want to make choices that make me feel my best and I know eating in a more conventional way starting tomorrow is part of that.

5:50pm: Quart of bone broth with added MCT oil

I’m going to bed early tonight. I’m hungry and I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow to eat some veggies & protein!

The primary lessons I’ve learned in this modified fast:

  • I’m excited about and nervous for the full fast with Ella
  • I probably eat more than I need to on “normal” days
  • Focus is everything – if I focus on food, I think about food. If I don’t focus on food, I don’t think about food
  • Be patient with hunger, the first signs are often false (for me)

Stay tuned for detailed accounting of the March full fast I described in episode 300 of the podcast!

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4 replies
  1. Diana Archuleta
    Diana Archuleta says:

    I have been doing intermittent fasting for almost 2 months. I have actually found it to be easy. I love the freedom of not constantly thinking of food, when my next meal is, what to eat etc. I have also found I don’t have near as many cravings and am learning to eat when hungry, not just because it is “time”. I have been throwing around the idea of doing a 3 day fast, I do believe your upcoming March experiment will be my motivation. I have listened to Jimmy Moore discuss fasting on a few different podcasts and have read his book. I think this will be the next step in my journey and outside my box. So in March I have scheduled 2 three day fasts. the first will start after my meal on the 9th and go to my eating window on the 13th. The second starts 23rd and will run until my eating window on the 27th.

  2. Michele Taylor
    Michele Taylor says:

    These 4 days were interesting. Thank you for sharing. I have bee intermittent fasting on the weekdays and it is getting easier to wait until 1pm or so to eat. I am looking forward to seeing how you and Ella do on the 5 day water fast. Again, thank you for sharing.


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