What happened during my 24 hour water fast.


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Before we start, I'm not a doctor, and this does not constitute as medical advice.  This post is about my first experience without food for a full day.

Over the past couple of months, I've heard a lot of good things about doing a twenty-four-hour water fast. These supposed advantages ranged from resetting my cravings for sugary foods, cutting calorie intake to sleep benefits. I was intrigued by the supposed benefits that came with consuming only water for a whole day, so I thought "Why not?".

9 AM - Breakfast - I had finished a bowl of oats when I started having a conversation with my colleague. He informed me that he wasn't having anything to eat as he was fasting for the whole day. Intrigued,  I joined him on his no food adventure.

12 PM - Lunch Time - Water. More water. Toilet.  More toilet. All I was doing was typing at my desk, drinking water and going to pee in an endless loop. I looked at a few articles online that advised me to steer clear of caffeine, so I stopped drinking coffee. I felt fine, I could concentrate on my tasks, and my mood was focussed. I was in a great place until...

4 PM - The Dip - I couldn't stop thinking about food. The thoughts would come and go, but at this moment I couldn't stop thinking about all of the delicious meals I could have the next day. My tummy was rumbling, and I decided that I would go home to sit it out. 

8 PM - Sleep - This is the point where I found out that food is fun. There is an art to preparing, cooking, pairing and eating food. It's not just something to keep us alive; it makes us feel alive too. Slightly drained, I drifted into the land of sleep gorging. Every single dream brimmed with cakes. It was glorious. 

The next day I had a light breakfast consisting of more water and two bananas. Then I eat another two meals, lunch, and dinner. I felt tired the whole day, almost lethargic. Probably a mixture of caffeine and calorie withdrawal.  It wasn't all negative though. I was proud that I managed not to give into temptation and I was happy that I could function (semi) normally without food. 

The following day was when the benefits kicked in. My mood had drastically improved, my cravings for sugar and all things sweet had declined. I felt satisfied with two meals throughout the full day, and I felt sharp. Coffee was now a tool in my arsenal as I could feel the benefits of caffeine that before I had grown used to. 

The best thing was knowing that I accomplished something that I thought I could never do. I just had to put my mind to it and believe that I could do it. Using the same method, I could apply this to almost anything which is empowering.