The Hardest Part of a Liquid Fast

It’s day sixteen of the forty day fast. No solid foods.  Absolutely no coffee.  Only liquids. And get this, I am drinking decaffeinated green tea. I can’t speak for anyone else on the forty day fast journey with the Warrior Nation; it has been surreal. You know that saying, “You’re not you when you’re hungry”…  It’s an understatement!

On a blistering cold winter day like to day, there’s nothing better than comfort food, drinks and food that will warm you up inside. I am excited to share I made it pass the two week mark. What a milestone?

Giving up solid foods for more than a week is harder than I thought it would be. I am making it by drinking plenty of liquids. However, there is one thing I truly miss. I’ll get to that momentarily. You all have to know how challenging this is when you live with other people who are not fasting. You can’t eat all the delicious foods or treats that others have and they let you have it too. Why do people offer you food when they know you can’t eat it? Anyway, I did find myself walking in the kitchen to see what was in the cabinets and fridge. Every time someone cooked something that had the house smelling good, my stomach said,

“Feed Me… I’m hungry!” 

Sneaking in the fridge to get some food
There’s no sneaking in the fridge to get food either!

The first couple of days, it was easier to manage. Towards the end of the week, I suffered from a bad headache coupled with pain on all over the right side of my face. I wanted to sneak in the kitchen, grab anything I could find to shove down my throat.

Ibuprofen to the rescue! I believe you should take your meds while fasting. In fact, every morning I wake up long before the crack of dawn and take mine.

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My schedule is weird. I usually wake up around 2 am. I can’t sleep. I stay in bed as long as I can then get up about 4 am. I read a devotional, write in my journal and study. Right now, I am studying Javascript. Since I am fasting, I drink a 310 plant based meal replacement shake with my meds. Yummy!

Sometimes I only drink half of the shake and drink a hot cup of green tea to warm up.  I try to stay on a schedule, so I won’t miss a dose. After about four hours, it’s time for another dose. I usually have a tomato based drink like V8 unless I’m having the remaining shake. Lunchtime is the best time of day when I have soup at home. I love hot creamy soup. My favorite is organic tomato basil.

This month, I have tried a variety of new soups. I love the organic soups Imagine Foods offers. The creamy sweet pea soup, potato leek soup, butternut squash soup and tomato basil soup are to die for. On the fast, I can only eat soup that is all liquid meaning there cannot be any chunky nuggets floating around in it. Still, that’s the best part of the day. I can’t wait to warm up a cup everyday.
img_1556The hardest part of my forty day fast thus far is giving up coffee. I love coffee. I am trying my best to make it through the entire fast without it. I can’t drink soda, lattes or anything with caffeine either. It is hard…. Starbucks coffee is one of my favorite things. It gets me going and when it is brewed right, puts a big smile on my face.

This is a caffeine free fast. Therefore, when I stay up too late, the next morning I am really feeling it. Just the other night, for example, the 49th NAACP Awards was on. Although I was fighting sleep, I stayed up late to watch the entire show. Man, why oh why did I do that? I paid for it the next day. Although my eyes opened at 4 am, my mind and body was elsewhere still sleeping. I don’t think I ever truly woke up that day. All I thought about was getting a hot cup of Starbucks coffee. I knew nothing else would help. I went bed early just to catchup on my sleep. Anyway, I’m back to my normal self.

Since January is national soup month, people around the world are celebrating by eating a soup. On a cold day like today, celebrate with us. Grab a bowl. It will keep the chill away, help you keep warm and feel satisfied all day long!

If you are fasting or have been on a lengthy fast before, I want to know what’s the hardest part for you? Did you stick to the fast the entire time? And if you enjoy soup while fasting, I want to know what’s in your bowl.

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