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This is my third month of water fasting for 5 days. To understand why and how I'm going about this fast, read my first post. Also read my second month of fasting to see how last month went, and how I felt a month out from starting the first water fast.  From here, I'm going to assume you have the necessary background to jump right into my 5 day water fasting results. ...continue reading "5 Day Water Fast Results of a Type 1 Diabetic: Month 3"

A month ago, I did my first ever 5 day water fast.  To understand why and how I'm going about this fast, read my first post. From here, I'm going to assume you have the necessary background to jump right into my 5 day water fasting results. ...continue reading "5 Day Water Fasting Results of a Type 1 Diabetic: Month 2"

After posting my first fasting results, I got a comment on it about how drinking tea negated the benefits of fasting.  As this seemed incorrect to me, I wanted to gather research about why people fast, the different types of fasts, and the different benefits of all these different types.  The main goal here was to prove to myself that all variations of fasting have benefits.  So lets get on with the research. ...continue reading "Fasting: Why, Types, and the Health Benefits"

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Why A 5 Day Water Fast?

There are many reasons why one would fast.  Let me explain to you the journey I took in the last month that brought me to this fasting experiment.

I'm a diabetic. It's been over 20 years now since I was diagnosed in 1996 at the age of 13. I see the doctor every 6 months, give or take, and have my HbA1c taken. Mine is usually in the 7-8 range. While this is high, it's not something I've worried about a whole lot. Over the years, I've done low carb, paleo, gluten free, almost no carb, but have only once in this time gotten an HbA1c result below 7. The last doctor's appointment in February had my HbA1c at 8.6. The doctor was not happy, and I decided I was going to show him. ...continue reading "5 Day Water Fast Results of a Type 1 Diabetic Female: Why, How, And What Happened"

I was watching Switched at Birth today, and was really offended by the misinformation portrayed in the episode. One of the characters was participating in a hunger strike and passed out in the episode. All of this was fine, but after she got back from the hospital they went over her symptoms. This is when I got upset. Her symptoms were low blood pressure and ketoacidosis. Let's discuss how fasting affects the body and the cause of those symptoms. ...continue reading "TV show spreads Misinformation about Fasting"