I read recently that a fit man with a body fat of 10% has enough body fat to fast for a month.
But the key to fasting, as Joseph pointed out, is to be fat-adapted, so that your body is readily able to take up fat as fuel. Carb adapted people feel like hell when they fast because it can take days, even weeks for the body to learn to use fat.
Joseph, are you a vegetarian, or that just happens to be the bulk of your diet by happenstance?
I have been doing a lot of research on this as I am trying to control/reverse my diabetes by diet and lifestyle change. Kind of life or death important to me as I live in the sticks of Africa without access to medical care.
If you feel unsatisfied on a vegan diet, it's probably not the lack of protein, its the lack of fat. Fats are what keep you full and satiated.
Last year I was eating an almost vegan diet, almost entirely off the farm. We have animals and eggs, but since that's a source of income, I was selling them instead of eating them. It was what most people would consider an extremely healthy diet. But I felt awful. I would bonk (hit the wall, run out of fuel) after just two hours of hard work. I didn't feel well all the time. My diabetes, which had been sort of in remission for about 5 years, reared its ugly head, and I started to gain weight.
I have been making changes and trying to convert to more of a keto diet. It's hard because all of our staple food stuff are starchy - sweet potatoes, cassavas, taro, maize, bananas. I stopped eating wheat entirely, and that alone made me feel a LOT better. It makes me really sick and gives me a lot of digestive problems. I have a disability, and wheat was aggravating the hell out of it, but I never knew, because its something I always ate.
Where I was crashing after a couple hours after a high carb breakfast, I can now take a cup of tea with a spoonful of coconut oil and work until mid afternoon without feeling tired or hungry. That's why your friends put butter in their coffee.
I eat a lot of greens and eggs, since that's what I have on the farm. I am trying to rebuild our poultry stocks and livestock o that I can add in more meat. My last hatch of chicks gave me 8 roosters and only one hen. You know where those roosters will be going!
I have a harder time now with boredom than hunger. I have always loved good food, cooking, trying new recipes... And this lack of variety kind of sucks and mentally I sometimes feel deprived.
Maureen: Good job on being aware that food and lifestyle choices can reverse type II diabetes. Awareness is often the first step towards healing. When I started counting calories, I was astonished at how many carbs are in the foods I was eating.
For me, another key to easy fasting is drinking plenty of fluids. I was raised in a tradition where fasting meant no water, so fasting was always associated with being sick from dehydration.
I am an omnivore. I eat plenty of vegan meals, because I often browse in the garden while working, or gather things from the garden to turn into soups or stir-fries.
Staying with a vegan friend in Turkey, and as a yogurt loving all American gal I'm picking up some new tricks.
First that is enormously delicious is the bean omelette. I call it "the bomblette." Chick pea flour and pinto beans (maybe a few extra ingredients like salt) fried in local olive oil topped with caramelized onions. Fat and protein galore.
For dinner one night I made a beet pesto pasta. For beet lovers this is an awesome no brainer. Pasta topped with essentially steamed beet, soaked almond and oil pesto. I had three helpings. For function stacking, serve with oil and vinegar beet green and tomato salad side.
Not sure if I'm spelling it right, but Chee Kofte (raw meatball) is so good. There are some that are wheat based, but I had some that were based with red lentils, spices, and lemon. Gurrr so delicious. And filling. Again, beans are major protein.
Still, I take the daily walk that just happens to go past the grocery store with the best yogurt in the neighborhood.
Heh, belatedly after I posted my question Joseph I remembered reading you eat some of your garden pests. I am not quite that adventurous, but my husband did get me to eat termites this season.
Tonights dinner was a vegan veggie stew from the garden. Cabbage, potato, onion, garlic, tomato, okra, cilantro with dumplings. Carb heavy, but very filling. I don't eat the dumplings because of the wheat flour, but the kids love this.
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