SK13 – Types of Fasting For Fast Tracking Our Health

SK13 – Seen Kaaf Podcast – Unpacking The Different Types Of Fasting. Which One Is Right For You?

I’ve gotten into different types of fasting, because I’ve come to learn that there is not just one type. I thought that fasting, being a Muslim, would primarily be the Ramadan type fasting, where we fast from sunrise to sunset. We don’t eat or drink anything, and then we break our fast at sunset. 

And that’s a type of fasting that I’ve known for all my life. But there are other types of fasting which I’m quite fascinated with, as well as Ramadan fasting, which is also incredibly good for the health. One particular type is medical fasting. I guess you can call it that. Where you’re fasting for long periods of time, and that could mean days. 

So that means absolutely no drinking or eating for, say, three days. And it’s remarkable what it’s done for my energy levels, for my health, for my emotional and mental well being. It’s incredible, the level of clarity and the level of joy you actually feel. So there must be some sort of explosion of wellness and good health that comes with that type of fasting. 

I can testify to it myself, but of course, I would like to learn about it more. And, of course, the third type of fasting that I’ve really gotten myself into is the intermittent fasting. But I’m talking like long intermittent gaps. 

So, for example, I would fast for 20 hours and allow myself to eat within a four hour window. Or as of lately, what you and I have been doing is having one meal a day, the OMAD system, which is you fast all day long, and then you just give yourself that time for one meal a day, which you and I have been doing around midday. 

And in that one meal, you pretty much eat as much as you would eat for the entire two or three meals a day that you would normally have. I’m not sure which is the absolute best one, but I do understand that the right type of fasting would create something called autophagy. 

What happens in all types of fasting

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Ramadan isn’t the only – there’s different types of fasting

And I know that you taught me more about reaching this state. Maybe you can explain a little bit more about what happens when you reach autophagy in your fasting. Yeah, so we have a tendency tocall fasting many things that are different. 

The benefit we see when we abstain from eating comes from strongly ingrained physiological processes, because we have been evolving on this planet for millions of years, and it’s very new that we would have access to food all the time, several times a day. 

Right, because there was a hunter gatherer sort of most optimal way of eating, which was that you don’t eat until you go out, get your food and cook it. Yes, exactly. And let’s say the hunting was not always successful. So now you have to put yourself in a very realistic view of what happens then. 

If you were to become weaker, there would be no chance to get another hunt going. So our bodies are equipped to store energy. If we are lean, we have probably up to 40 days of reserves. 

You must access your internal storage of food

And this is something that is mostly rediscovered these days. But it’s a natural state not to be deprived of external food and then have access to our internal storage of food because all the fat we have from animals, has a function. It has a function of storing nutrients and energy. 

And some of that storage is also toxins, which fasting will help to eradicate. That’s one of the explanations of why people are getting fat even if they are eating low levels of food. Right. Low quality, which means not so nutrient dense. 

Exactly. If what you eat is toxic, the body has ways to get rid of the toxins up to a certain level. When these mechanisms are overwhelmed, the mechanism that the body chooses is to store these toxins into fat in order to get it out of the system. 

And when you access this storage, these fats, now these toxins, are released. Okay. So fasting takes care of what you don’t eat, which is nothing, not even drink. So you don’t put anything in your body in your most optimal, ideal type of fast. They have this thing called the water fast. But then that’s not a fast. That’s a water diet. 

If you’re just drinking water, that’s not optimal because your digestive system, your stomach, is still working. And the whole idea is to give that whole system a rest and not put anything in your mouth so that you don’t activate it. 

Yes, exactly. We are meant to have these two faces. It means one coin with two faces. One face is anabolism, where we construct things and the other is catabolism when we destruct things and use our metabolism. 

Our metabolism is the overall important thing. It’s both catabolism processing of anabolism. Right. So when you know that in a day, if you eat like, three times a day, 60% of your energy is used by the digestive system. It’s energy taxing. 

So imagine you have 100 units of energy. 60 units are used for digestion. Then it is estimated that our brain, which is a very energy consuming organ, is using 20% to 25% of your energy. Okay, so now you have 60% digestion, 20% to 25% is your brain. 

Then you have movements. Your muscles are using probably 10% to 15% of your energy. What remains is at most 5%. Right. And this 5% is not enough for repair and maintenance. So if you stop eating, the digestive system gets a critical rest. And this 60% of energy is now dedicated by the body into very important tasks, which is to repair and construct the body. 

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Types of fasting and the impact on your cells and body

If it’s not eating something externally, it’s eating something internally, so to speak. So every cell in your body needs to be nourished every second, otherwise it dies. When you don’t get food from external means, meaning you don’t eat, you still need food, you still need energy constantly. 

But there is a mechanism. If food enters externally, your storage is not accessible by the body. Right. It’s not getting used up because you keep adding more. It’s like you have a system, you have a fridge. And the freezer, your fat, your storage of energy and nutrients, it’s in the freezer. 

As long as the fridge, which is what you get externally, what you eat, there is food, then the freezer is closed.  And this is managed through insulin in particular. So it’s only when you don’t put anything in your mouth that the freezer is open and you can now access this storage right. And start really cleaning house in your storage area. 

Fat and accessing your storage

Accessing the fat storage you have, and half of it is water. The fat is 50% water, and the rest will be transformed into ketone bodies. That makes your cells run even more efficiently than it does on glucose, for example. So this concept of returning to a natural state where it’s not normal that you’re always eating, because you need to dedicate part of the day to processes that the body needs to be able to put in place, to repair and to build. 

So what happens after two or three days of fasting? You are accessing your storage, and at one moment, the body will recognize that, it needs to manage this storage much more efficiently because apparently it’s a time of scarcity. 

So what it will do, because your body is very intelligent, it will scan everywhere in your body and identify tissues that are not functioning very well. That are useless. It can be excess skin. When people have been losing weight, they have this loose skin. It can be tumors, it can be many things that are not optimally functioning. And it will eat those to destroy them. 

Te beauty aspects of fasting

Yeah. I have noticed with fasting, the skin tightens, and it does optimize the beauty aspect of it. So at least you look more youthful and glowing. And the hair falls less too. So there is something remarkable on a health level and also on a beauty level. 

Because obviously, if you have good health, then the beauty does get more highlighted. It has always been a very natural process that you would recycle old cells in order to reuse the proteins inside them. Because fasting is sparing in terms of muscle, you need to access the fat, but you still need proteins. 

There are proteins that you need to get from external sources. And if you don’t, the body needs to find these amino acids somewhere in your body, but it will target the non functioning tissues. So the fasting takes care of what you’re not putting in your mouth, which is absolutely nothing. You shouldn’t even be putting a grain of salt or a drop of water in your mouth. Nothing. 

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Types of fasting and beauty

You absolutely do not take anything in because that would offset the digestive system from taking its break so that it can work internally. When you break your fast and you can eat and drink, that’s when you need to make sure that you’re absolutely putting nutrient dense, clean food into your system. 

What to break the fast with and how long to fast

What is recommended to break the fast with and to continue to eat until your next fast, should be fatty red meat. It is nutrient dense and builds you up remarkably. There’s a lot of myths out there regarding refeeding and preparing for a fast. I think these complex ideas of fasting are created by people who need to justify charging fees in order to consult, organise fasting retreats, and such things. 

I’ve read about those fasting clinics and whatnot, which I find to be a bit baffling, because fasting is: you do nothing, you eat nothing, you drink nothing. You don’t need to go to a clinic to implement that unless you’re really weak and you need some support to continue to not fast. 

But make sure it’s a proper clinic or retreat. They should not be telling you to eat soup all day, for example, and call it a fast! Maybe they’ll keep you busy, maybe they’ll keep your mind distracted, which you could do on your own as well. 

Is there such a thing as not eating and drinking for a month? Would a fast that long be necessary ever? No. Those are water fasts. Okay, so then that’s a water diet. Yes. I think dry fasting, where you don’t drink and eat, it’s limited to up to, I would say for most people, three, four days maybe. 

I’ve heard maximum benefits would be by the 7th day, but you shouldn’t fast beyond seven days Is that correct? For dry fasting, the real benefits begin with day three. Okay. But I would not push it too much if you are not in a dire health condition that requires it. 

It’s for the really unwell that would probably want to push it further because I have heard of people reversing their cancer and really, really serious, I mean, terminal illnesses by just fasting for a long period of time. Those patients do dry fasting, which means no food, no drink. 

But you can’t do it for a really extended period of time. Because dry fasting is super powerful in our healing process, seriously ill people undergo it with tremendous results. However they must monitor the duration of days they do this.

I personally think long periods of fasting are really not necessary when you’re not in a dire situation because this autophagy is something natural. When you enter this state of autophagy, your growth hormones are multiplied by 1000’s. That’s remarkable. 

Fasting is the real stem cell therapy

And stem cells are released everywhere to build because the body recognizes that it needs to build. So it’s the real deal stem cell therapy. Dry fasting is actually how you get stem cell therapy implemented into your body. 

And I’m floored by that because, as I said, I’m new and thank you so much for teaching me this and introducing it to me. Since I’ve been learning and even self studying, I’ve learned autophagy is an essential to the immune system. And it happens when you give your digestive system a rest. 

Typically it’s by obviously dry fasting, which means no food and drink for a minimum of three days. I’ve almost gotten to the three days and I’ve hit that autophagy phase! And you can feel when you’ve hit it because something clicks and you are unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. Yes. 

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Feeling great on different types of fasting

Most people today are addicted to sugar. So, I mean, pushing through past two days, you may encounter some signs of withdrawals from sugar. Yes. It’s really like a drug. Sugar and caffeine are the two things that you probably will feel withdrawals on most during your dry fast. 

It’s difficult for those hooked on it. Yes. For people like that, hopefully there’s few of them, they will struggle temporarily, then it’s a sense of euphoria. How liberating to be free of that from your system. It’s like someone who hasn’t had his dose of cocaine or marijuana. Sugar and caffeine are true addictions. 

When people are in the state of withdrawals when not fasting, they can put salt in their mouth and all these signs disappear immediately. Mostly it’s due to the fact that it’s purely psychological. You have definitely not digested the salt, yet you are relieved. 

Know that it’s not hunger

Yeah. It brings us to the theme of hunger. When we have grumbling in the stomach, we are told since a young age that we are hungry. No, this thing that happens in our digestive system, little bubbling and noises, it’s a type of cleaning process. It’s the digestive system that is cleaning itself. 

The real hunger, when you pass your addiction phase, that disappears and you see you indeed are not hungry. The real hunger can appear after 30 days straight of not eating. And in this case, it is at the throat. 

So when you are actually hungry, it’s not in the stomach or in the digestive system. You feel it in your throat and you can’t sleep. So most people don’t actually really even know hunger. What they call hunger is likely withdrawals from their carbs and from their food. 

We can go on without food, no problem, for 40 days. So it’s actually our withdrawals that are making us believe that we’re hungry, when we’re actually not. We’re just desperate for our fix.

You can stop eating and drinking for three days just to break the spell and the fear. It doesn’t need any special equipment or supervision. Try to push through and then you refeed on clean food, meaning food that is very dense, nutrient wise. That would be animal products. So eat eggs, meat, especially ruminant meat which is red meat. Eat a good steak. 

Healing on high fat red meat

High fat animal products will heal. Anything where the animal fat is cut out, is robbing you of the chance to recover and be your best. If you can get full fat, real deal butter and tallow and of course, fatty red meat, you’re golden. 

We’ve learned that 30% fat in red meat is the most ideal. So a great ribeye steak with 30 or 40% fat is always wonderful. That’s what I eat in between my fasts. I also learned about mitophagy, I think I’m saying it right, is when your body can metabolize old and damaged mitochondria, leaving space for new and healthier mitochondria. 

So the new healthy cells and mitochondria build your body and health back up. These make you resistant to stress, inflammation, pain, and disease. You can starting moving away from everything that makes our life worse. 

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Building your health – with all types of fasting

I can’t recommend it enough, but this mitophagy is actually what can only take place once you’ve reached the autophagy phase. Is that correct? Yes, it is. It all boils down to the health of your mitochondria.

Okay. And it was recently discovered that in the phase of autophagy, mitochondria also are revamped and. These are renewed so that they optimise the power energy of the cell. And any chronic disease, even cancer, can be boiled down to a disease of the mitochondria. So when this is healthy, you are healthy. 

It boils down to cleaning out the toxic mitochondria. Simplistically put of course. But fasting, as you said, increases the human growth hormone. So after day three of your dry fast, you have now exponentially increased your human growth hormone to catapult our health.

And that’s across all levels from tissue health, heart, cognitive function, bone and mineral density, asthma, weight, diabetes, like you said, cancer. Especially those severe life threatening conditions.

And the more case studies that I look into, the more I am amazed at how simple the approach is. People think that they have to go through all these experts and whatnot. Of course you are encouraged to consult the expert that you trust on this, but the process is not difficult. 

The fasted exercise

This is just my own experience and findings and through what I’ve learned from you. But of course people should do their own research. A part of fasting is also there’s a fasted exercise that’s important to know about. 

I learned that fasting and exercising at the same time boosts your body, your state of health. I personally don’t know if I would have the energy to do that. I haven’t come to that point where I also exercise with my fasting. But I’m assuming it wouldn’t be a really strenuous type of an exercise. It would be more like basic muscle toning. 

Maybe some stomach crunches or push ups just to tone a little bit. That’s probably the maximum I could do while I was fasting. And I will try it. Well, there’s no counterindication in obviously using your body when you’re fasting because again, let’s put ourselves into a natural environment. When people needed to hunt for food, of course they needed to move, right? 

They had to exercise in order to catch an animal, even in a state of fasting, of course. So it doesn’t make sense that we would have to lay down when fasting, except when metabolically sick. That’s when you want all the energy available for the body to repair. 

So in the case of illness, I would not recommend exercising. And of course we should listen to our body to prevent it from exhaustion. It’s not good to push ourselves to a point of danger. It is obviously not done in nature as well. When an animal is sick or hurt, whether a dog or a lion, they would just go into a quiet place and stay there and not move for several days and not eat. 

They can’t make money off you if you do this

So it boils down to us finding our way back to the natural ways of healing. And there’s nothing faddy or trends driven about it. Fads largely come and go, where here it’s just going back to a natural way. The thing is, you cannot make money out of this. Yeah, that’s why it’s not talked about. 

That’s why nobody really knows much about it from any of the companies that may have an interest in our health. They would like to sell us something. Yet the results we see with this, are spectacular.

There was a German doctor who said that in Nambour in Germany, in one of the main hospitals of Europe, they have dedicated a full floor to fasting. They have tremendous results. And this doctor said, if I had discovered a pill that would give these results in people, I would have the Nobel Prize. 

And because it’s fasting, nobody in healthcare is really interested. The funding for research, et cetera, is not coming because who’s going to make money from it? Because if you had a pill to give you the same results that fasting gives you, then you can sell that pill. 

Of course. I think that’s why there’s fasting clinics and all these fasting retreats and whatnot. Because that’s the only way you can make money off of fasting is by convincing someone that, oh, you can’t do it alone, it’s so dangerous, you must do it under supervision and therefore come and stay at our clinic for a week and we’ll help you to get through it. 

Replenish with salt or short fasts

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Replenish with salt after your favorite types of fasting

But you and I know that’s absolutely not necessary. You can, of course, fast anywhere at any time and it’s not that difficult and it’s completely under your own control. So if you feel like you’re just not going to make it, you can of course, replenish yourself with a little bit of salt, which I haven’t done yet. 

But I know a couple of people that feel like they need some sort of electrolytes. Salt is a great way to get that in. This allows them to continue their fast. And of course that is one way to get through whatever time frame of fasting. 

But speaking of time frames, there’s also the shorter fasts, right, which we’re talking about the intermittent fasts. In my case, I try to eat one meal a day if I’m doing the intermittent. So I try not to do anything shorter than say 22 hours or 23 hours. Because I think if I fast for 22 hours or 23 hours and then just eat for that 1 hour. I will sit and just relax and eat and drink, I feel optimal. 

And I’ve gotten myself to a point where I eat a lot so I don’t feel hungry for the rest of the day. And of course, for a part of that I’m sleeping anyway, so it works out. But are we expected to reach autophagy in intermittent fasting and in shorter forms of fasting? Or does that only happen in the long form dry fast. 

The research is still going on. We currently know very little about the functioning of the body. However, I think that autophagy is always there. It’s a main function of the body. It is really exacerbated. After three days, there’s probably a multiplication of this process. But it exists constantly. So I would not call it fasting. That term should only be used when you have exhausted all your reserves of sugar and that happens within 24 or 48 hours. 

Who came up with meals timings?

What we call intermittent fasting, is a bit of play with words. It wouldn’t be considered real fasting. It is more like returning to a normal way of eating, if you assess it correctly. And a common way of eating, which is several days, several times a day would be gorging. 

So we are gorging and we go back to eating normally when we do the intermittent thing. But eating several times a day is a new concept anyway. Relative to recent generations. They’ve introduced us eating several times a day. 

Now you must have a breakfast, you must have a lunch, and you must have a dinner. And of course, that really does keep the grocery stores and all the retail stores busy, right? With us buying things for preparing our meals and preparing our various foods and dinners and social activities around food. 

Traditionally, or optimally I should say, it’s not three meals a day. No, and it has never been. First, because food was scarce, and second, because it’s not necessary when you eat nutrient dense food.

You definitely don’t need to eat several times. And that’s actually a good deal here. Most people that are trying to lose weight or they’re told in order for you to be healthy, you have to deprive yourself somehow, like eat less or eat smaller portions or don’t do this or that. It’s always the don’t dos. Right? 

But in the case of eating optimally, you should eat and eat and eat! Which I do outside of my fasting. But I just eat the fatty animal based food which goes to all the right places and it gets rid of the toxins and it replaces the toxic fat with a healthier fat. 

You not only get your optimal body, your good figure, but you’re amazingly fit and you feel incredibly healthy. There’s this myth around depriving yourself in order for you to feel better and be better. Absolutely. And this is why the several times a day thing. It’s because the food that is proposed today is not nutrient dense.

So you eat and you don’t feel satiated. The body doesn’t have what it needs, so it’s asking for more. The point is to give the body what it needs to work and leave it alone so that it can do what it needs to do in terms of repair, in terms of functioning. 

Mitochondria health

We need healthy mitochondria more than anything. Chronic inflammation is one of the results of all our toxins, hence being unhealthy, has the biggest impact on our health. And people don’t realize chronic inflammation is what leads to all the problems that they are suffering with. 

All the signs of aging, including, like you said earlier, sagging skin and wrinkles and even our eyesight and just the health of our eyes and glow in our skin, body and so on. This is also very much so impacted by all of this and chronic inflammation.

Once we can handle it, once we can get our mitochondria healthy again, it reverses age related neurodegenerative conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and the risk of stroke. So, apart from visible signs of aging, eating well and sleeping well alongside fasting is kind of like that full picture to complete that process of staying healthy and alive. 

Absolutely. I mean, the body is meant to work in a specific way and each time we try to work in a different way, we just introduce parasites. Parasitic processes make the life of the body more complicated.

So a food that is optimal in dense nutrition. And again, let the body work and don’t tax it constantly by these digestive processes. Another thing I noticed is, as we’ve discussed before, I’m not a huge workout person and I love that you and I go for walks. We really do try to be manually oriented.

Tone naturally

So we’ll walk up an incline and try to be as active as we can. But apart from that, I wouldn’t say that I work out. What I find fascinating is that my muscles are building and toning almost automatically. I remember I mentioned that to you before too, a couple of days ago when I was looking at my muscles and I was like, wow, this is really taking shape in a beautiful way. 

So they’re just kind of looking more fit and it’s shaping the body in a more healthy manner. Is that because of the animal based food, the protein? Yes, absolutely. I mean, probably 90% of the shape of your body is determined by what you eat. 

Sure. The nutrient dense food, which includes obviously the red meats that we talked about, the fatty red meats, of course full fat yogurt, full fat milk, full fat cheese. We primarily want to stick to those things that come from an animal. 

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How all types of fasting keeps your fitness on track

Yes, absolutely. Because these foods are devoid of toxins, natural toxins. While some people do add seasonal fruit, that has to be managed because it has to be genuinely seasonal from the region that you are in. Absolutely. 

And now we can go to supermarkets and get fruits from all over the world all the time. And that’s not seasonal, nor is it healthy. There’s much excess in places like that, so unnecessary. Fructose is processed by the body exactly as alcohol is, through the liver. 

We see cases today of fatty liver disease that was only seen in alcoholics; but now children have this liver disease. This is very scary because of all the orange juice they’re given. 

We are told that fruits are so good for us, so we are juicing and overwhelming the body. It’s incredibly harmful, these are not healthy substances. That’s got to feel strenuous, too. Just like, again, exercising, I think over training can be strenuous on your body. 

Find your daily protocol

From what little I’m studying so far, we want the light resistance type of exercise, like the walking as much as we can. And then I’ve also added, or starting to add the squats and the lunges. I’ve been doing push ups and sit ups. I’m just trying to do things that are kind of natural movements which I can focus on a daily basis.

I’m trying to stay away from what could be overly stressful on myself and hence dangerous. But one area that’s a bit gray to many people, it’s very clear to me now, is the area of supplements. Is it advisable to take supplements, herbals, essential oils? 

People tend to incorporate that into their daily protocol. Yes, and I always wondered about that. How can we try to get these nutrients most natural way in terms of our food? We’ve been on this planet for millions of years. Who had access to any of these chemical supplements produced in the same factories that produce all the products of Big Pharma. 

Not to mention how toxic the capsules are. And the unhealthy ingestion of them. And all these vitamins are isolated. Okay, so you take supplements of vitamin E or vitamin A or whatever. The thing is that there are many forms of these same vitamins in nature. 

They are always associated with other substances and they work in synergy. They are all perfectly balanced with the food we’re supposed to eat. Now, we take one of these elements that we have identified as lacking for whatever reason, and we ingest that. How is that healthy?

We are only creating imbalances in our body. So protein shakes, green shakes, all this trendy stuff that people are doing is almost ridiculous now, by my standard. After learning what animal based food can do for you, which is equally, if not more than the shakes and the smoothies, etc.

And let’s look at a lion in nature or a wolf. Do these animals need any supplement to be in perfect health? No, so why would we if we are shooting for optimal health? Any need for any supplement, except if it’s a temporary crunch. If we really put ourselves in a dire situation. Then it’s like a pharmaceutical, where we reload some of these nutrients that are missing. 

But until you’ve given yourself a chance on these natural foods and really tested the proposition, people shouldn’t mess with supplements or smoothies or shakes. No, because we are really creating imbalances. Not to mention, creating other problems alongside that. 

And herbals should be an absolute no no. Especially the herbals in the essential oils, even the spices. Must be stopped. These are chemical compounds that are very powerful. 

Fasting in pregnancy

What about pregnant women? Can they fast? Of course. During pregnancy? Of course. No doctor will say that openly or as straight as I do. Again, imagine yourself, we are 50,000 years ago and there’s no food for four days. Do you think that all pregnant women will die or the baby will die? Absolutely not. 

But then how is it good for the baby that the mother is fasting for long periods of time? The baby is getting his nutrient anyway from the reserves of the mother. Okay. And the mother has reserves on her. So the fasting probably fast tracks her health because she reaches autophagy a lot quicker because the baby is helping her to eat up her reserves.  

Yet everything is a matter of proportion. You don’t need to go there if you are healthy. But can you do intermittent just to maintain? Absolutely. If you look at things objectively, what counts for the body is what you eat in a week. So if you could eat, for example, on Saturday, all the food you would eat on the six other days, it would be as good as if you were eating seven times a week. 

So we are really brainwashed in thinking that we need to eat every day. If we fast, like two, three days, then on the fourth day, we can eat if we want. Just be sure to catch up on what we have not eaten in the previous days. So don’t miss out on the quantity of the food that you’ve missed out on during your fast. That’s very important, you must not give up your nourishment. 

A formula for good health

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Can you achieve your goals with the different types of fasting?

It was hard for me to eat a lot of food. I just don’t have a huge appetite. But doing the intermittent, I realized that I can eat one day’s worth of food in one sitting because I’m not a big eater anyway. So for me, it’s collectively not that much food. 

But I’ve managed to get myself to be that hungry. And then you just don’t get hungry the rest of the time. It’s a matter of habit. The essential point is not to deprive the body. It’s to not reduce the quantities we need to provide the body of what it needs. 

It has needs, objective needs. And we need to provide that. It’s a responsibility. If you go below these needs, you will make the body react metabolically. It’s like an engine that cannot work at a certain speed, that now is going to a lower speed. And now you feel tired all the time. You can adjust and live with less food. But now when you start to get back to normal eating, the body still works at this lower speed, and the excess food, which is between what you were depriving and the normal will now be stored as fat. 

So this is why cutting back calories, et cetera, never works. You need to work on eating proper food and proper quantity and provide the nutrients the body needs. It totally makes sense. This is a game changer. The fasting, then eating nutrient dense, animal based eating and adequate exercise is what gives you good health and impacts your higher level of happiness. 

Perpetual inner joy and mental state

For me, I have this perpetual inner joy. One just feels really alive. And I’ve read that it actually has cured a lot of people’s mental illnesses and among, of course, the horrible diseases, no matter how serious. So this mental state really does optimize quality of life. 

I wonder and I don’t know any direct cases myself about depression and psychosis, etc but I’m assuming it’s really made a difference in people’s lives. Oh, yes. There are research and testimonials that are endless to support that. There is a documentary out there called The Science of Fasting 2012. We saw that, didn’t we? Yeah, I remember that. 

The first part of this documentary is about research that was conducted in the Soviet Union. Russia has a huge tradition of fasting. And one day in the main hospital of Moscow, the chief psychiatrist, he had a schizophrenic person come in. And this person was totally aphasic, didn’t want to speak, and was totally reserved and prostrated. And because the patient didn’t want to eat, the protocol was to force feed every day, even through IVs etc.

He just said, okay, if we don’t force feed this person for some days, it will not be a problem. Since he is aggressively refusing, they left him in his room. He constantly refused after some days. And after ten days, he sat on his bed, and the next day, he asked for food. Though he was a schizophrenic patient, now he was totally communicating in a healthy manner. 

They were so intrigued, these Soviet doctors. Because earlier they took the Marxist approach to medicine, trying to measure everything objectively. It was a very material approach. They then measured the levels of hormones, the levels of nutrients, etcetera, in people fasting. And the results on mental health and fasting were remarkable. 

But of course all this research is ignored, right? It was never translated in any language. You don’t find it in any mainstream sources, but it’s finally being rediscovered now, fortunately. By whom? Who are the type of people that are now bringing it back to the forefront? Or are there any people successfully doing that? Yes, of course. 

If you want to know more about the mechanisms of fasting, the way to benefit from it, there’s a wonderful doctor nephrolog in Canada. His name is Jason Fung and he is one of the best sources for this. He has a clinic in Canada and is mainly focused on fasting. He wrote several books that are really interesting, if you want to know more. Amazing. It’s nothing short of a miracle. And the most exciting part is the best miracles in life are right at our fingertips. We need not go any further. We are fully equipped to live a fulfilled life, feeling healthy and happy. And it’s all right there, within our own means.

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