Saturday, 5 April 2014

My fasting experience

I got up early on Friday, made a bowl of porridge at 05.45, and commenced my dawn-to-dusk fast.

The thing I missed most during the day was tea - I've usually had at least 2 mugs by 9.00, so that was a bit of a shock to the system.

The hunger wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, but I did get light-headed and headachy during the afternoon.  By co-incidence, I was off work on Friday, so I could just potter around - managed to get a few little jobs done though.  Not sure how I would have managed if I'd been at work.

It was fun following the twitter hashtags through the day, and a few of us came together on Facebook to support each other - I found that encouraging.

We'd arranged to go to a quiz evening at our local civic centre on Friday evening - I arrived at about 7.20, and dutifully waited until sunset (7.45) before going up to the bar and ordering a pint of soda water.

I tell you, I've drunk fine wines, champagne, fine single malt whiskies, but nothing tasted sweeter than that soda water!  I found that I was far more thirsty than hungry, although I was warned not to go through the buffet supper like a plague of locusts!!  I restrained myself, and just had a few sandwiches.

Of course, I was able to go back to normal today - many do not have that option.  I hope that being a part of this movement will play a small part in making the government sit up and take notice of the hunger in Britain today, and move to do something about it.

A couple of things I learned:

  • I can fast.  I was worried about whether or not I could actually do it.  I did the "fasting diet" last year, but that's different from eating or drinking nothing for a day.
  • I eat too much.  If I can have nothing all day, and still maintain a level of functionality, do I really need a pile of sandwiches for lunch, and a bag of crisps mid-afternoon, with various biscuits etc in between?  I could certainly cut down, and replace the snacks with more fruit.
I found the fast to be a worthwhile experience, if only to stand in solidarity with people for whom having little to eat is a daily reailty.

1 comment:

  1. I allowed myself a few cups of tea, because I didn't want to get lightheaded or faint when I was responsible for a class of small children! Back home at 4pm I was decidedly grumpy - but kept reminding myself that this was just One Day. It was good for me to be aware of what other people are going through on a daily basis. I hope that lots of people have brought tins for the Foodbank collection at church today!