“Hunger is a state of mind, not a state of the stomach” – Dr J.Fung, endocrinologist
One more step towards the liquid fasting days! Did you already notice some changes in your weight or your energy? Sometimes, changing few things lead to great results.
Today, let’s talk about hunger and satiety.
One of the most common fears around fasting is hunger. However, this is not true you will be overwhelmed by hunger during your fasting days. Hunger does come & go. It is not solely a response to an empty stomach, it is also a conditioned response to time or environment and the result of a hormonal signal.
The best natural tips to calm hunger
– Staying busy is often helpful. Lying on the couch during your fast is a sure way to set yourself for failure.
– Drink, drink and drink: use water as an appetite suppressant (staying hydrated helps prevent hunger) If you get cramping, try sparkling mineral water.
– During the preparation phase, take the time to chew your food. Put your fork down between every mouthful to let the brain knows that you have reached satiety.
– Be aware that hunger may come strongly during the first one or two days of fasting, generally peaking on day two. Then it subsides. Get ready to get busy and have some delicious herbal teas to comfort your mind on those days.
Find hunger 101 here.
Assess your digestion
With yesterday dietary changes, you may experience some intestinal issues.
Check the Self-Massage technique of the Belly described in your Vitality Fasting Tool Kit to attenuate symptoms such as pain or bloating. Practice this technique after meals and before going to bed.
To calm your digestive system down, you can prepare some peppermint or fennel tea.
If you experience an acceleration of your intestinal transit, this is related to the increased amount of fibres in your plate. Check your Vitality Fasting Toolkit.
If you are still constipated at that stage, get your intestine moving before you start the liquid fast. Ensure you get correctly hydrated and check your Vitality Fasting Toolkit to overcome constipation before starting.
If constipation persists, address it first before you start fasting.