I did a 16 day water fast from August 16th-31st. I had done a 9 day water fast in June and I broke the fast with salty dry foods and I ended up on a month long cooked food run.
I promised myself that this time I would break my fast in a healthy safe way. It didn’t happen and I have to take a trip to the doctors office as a result.
The first day after my fast I drank coconut water and ate some watermelon. The second day I was attending my sister’s bridal shower. It was being held at a restaurant and I debated whether I would bring my own food or order a salad off their menu. Not to look like the odd man out, I decided to order a salad with no dressing. The salad was small and it had olives on it. I love olives but they are salty little devils!
I was still hungry after leaving the shower and instead of eating some fruit I ordered an avocado salad from my favorite Ethiopian restaurant. I ate the whole thing despite the fact I was full after a few bites.
I tried to do better and ate mostly fruit the next day, but my savory senses had been turned on and I was back to salty food. I made a raw vegan ceviche using hearts of palm, red and yellow peppers, jalapeño, olives and red onion. I bought some dehydrated crackers and went to town. This is what I ate for three days straight.
A couple of days later, I woke up like this:
Needless to say I was concerned and I tried to drink more water, but knowing I had messed up again breaking my fast, I got depressed and turned to food for comfort and punishment. 14 days after breaking my fast my body started to retain fluid. I swole up from my face to my feet. My legs are tight and heavy, my side is hurting and my stomach is distended.
I feel horrible and I am so mad at myself for letting this happen. I now have to visit the doctor to make sure I didn’t do any serious damage to my body.
My sister’s wedding is this Sunday. I’m a bridesmaid and my dress doesn’t fit and my feet are so swollen I can’t get them in my shoes.
My lessons learned:
- Breaking a fast is as important if not more important than the fast itself.
- Food addiction is real.
- I have to learn another coping mechanism for my emotions.