Fasting to Life Pt. 8

Fasting to Life Pt. 8

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Fasting to Life Pt. 8

January 28, 2016
Bill Haberman
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See previous parts for important information.

 

What is the Time for a Fast?

 

I will make a few suggestions.  This is not a complete list, but will give you some things to think about.  Remember an occasional fast is good just because it is so good for you.  I think of it similarly to getting an oil change for your car.  You get the dirty oil out regularly before it starts to damage your car.  

oil change

Here are some questions to think about.  They may indicate that a fast would be a good thing for you.

 

A. Are you waking up in the morning feeling tired or worn out?

 

This may be a sign that your energy has been used up in a sluggish digestive system.  This may be corrected by fasting.  

 

Another possibility may be that your cortisol,  another term for hydrocortisone, is out of balance. This steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex

major glands

is not functioning properly. You should have high cortisol in the morning because this helps you wake up, and in contrast low cortisol at bedtime to help you sleep. In this scenario though your pattern has reversed.

 

This is not medical advice or diagnosis, but …

 

Do you have morning fatigue and do not feel fully awake until maybe 10 am?

 

Do you have afternoon fatigue and do you become sleepy and have brain fog between maybe 2 and 4 pm?

 

Early evening is there a burst of energy around 6 pm?

 

Then in the late evening sleepiness do you get sleepy again between 9 and 10 pm, but you make yourself stay awake?

 

Then is there a night time wake up somewhere around 11 pm lasting until 1 am?   Through it all do you never feel fully rested, no matter how much sleep you get; low energy?

 

It just may be your cortisol is not functioning properly.

 

The answer for this adrenal fatigue is intermittent fasting.  [For this problem most do not recommend a long fast.]

 

Intermittent fasting is similar to what is done in some forms of yoga.   

 

One way to do this is the Martin Berkhan’s “Leangains” protocol. This form of fasting is for 16-20 hours, and then comes the eating window where you eat what you want for 4-8 hours. This is an every day deal.  You do not gorge during the eat time, and you eat a good balanced diet.  

Some call this the a caveman eating pattern.  No, they did not eat three, four, or more meals a day.   

Here is a quote from Dr. Khalis …

 

“The reason why intermittent fasting works so well is this: There are two fuels your body can burn for energy: sugar and fat. And you have about six to eight hours of stored sugar as glycogen in your muscles and in your liver.

 

Once you exhaust that, then you’re out of fuel for the most part, unless your enzymes are adapted to burning fat. Most people have plenty of fat to burn. The problem is that when you keep your glycogen stores consistently replenished by eating every six to eight hours, then the enzymes that are adapted to burn the fat get impaired, preventing your body from burning the fat.

 

So you get into a vicious cycle, which I think is exacerbated by having breakfast, as this doesn’t allow your body to enter that fat-burning zone. You need that 12-hour window (or more) where you’re not eating any food, which upregulates your enzymes to burn fat, downregulates the enzymes to burn the carbs, and shifts your body into fat-burning mode as your primary way of supplying energy.”

 

In the yoga form of this

yoga

you skip supper and do not eat until the morning and only in the morning.  Either way you give yourself at least 12 hours to switch on the fat eating harmons.  This would allow you two health meals a day.  It has been proven to be safe over centuries of practice in yoga.  Sometimes I eat an early breakfast and have a late supper.  Sometimes I eat only one meal a day.  But except for special occasions you eat where there will be a minimum of 12 hours of water fasting per day.  

 

Some do say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  They are looking a health from an intake perspective and not a fasting perspective.  When involved in an intermittent fasting pattern, this is not the case.

 

I personally prefer skipping the evening meal.  This allows you to combine the fast time with rest.  Rest and fast is a plus to the health purpose of fasting.  But that is just me.  
To be continued.

About The Author

Dr. Bill in San Antonio, TX, holds six degrees in religious studies including a Ph.D. and a Th.D. He holds several other certificates and certifications. He has been what some call a professional student.

Raised mostly in rural south and south-central Texas, he is equally at ease on the ranch, in the woods, in meditation, or metaphysical pursuits.

He was the author of two books now out of print and several that he has not pushed for publication. He has written numerous articles in pier review journals during his time in traditional ministry.

He was invited to be on the translation committee for a modern Bible translation but declined, for philosophic differences over translation presuppositions.

His studies in comparative religions led him into an in depth study of metaphysics.

He has a knack for noticing overlapping principles in different systems. It occurred to him that when things keep showing up in many religions that these maybe the secret truth past down from our ancient past that are applicable to us today.

As in folk lore Odin hung from the tree upside down and after nine days, came to know the secret runes. Today Dr. Bill strives to look at repeating truths in a different way. He is willing as needed to take the time to see the secrets that are ready to be opened from different directional considerations.

Dr. Bill was a traditional minister for 25 years, filling pulpits two times a week and teaching many classes.

Now he has centered his work on the metaphysical of spirituality.

Dr. Bill looks at the metaphysical and spiritual from a new eclectic perspective. This rare insight has been a boon to him and as he works to help you can be a boon to you

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