Woke up at 5.10 am and had my best sleep in more than half a year. Scored 88 on the FitBit app, where I usually score between 75 and 85. I usually sleep best on an empty stomach (everybody does, really) and I’ve been slacking with that the last half year where I’ve been re-gaining muscle and body weight. I’ve had my last meal at 7.00 pm for a long time now, and that has hurt my sleep.
Anyway, I woke up with tons of energy. I felt really good. This morning the temperature outside was -2C (28 F), so putting all the winter clothing took about ten minutes, but we had a lovely walk for about 1.5 hours.
Morning weight at 72.2 kg (159 lbs.), that’s a drop of 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs.) after the first day and about 36 hours of fasting total.
And yes, yesterday evening I actually had very slight cravings for raw meat, especially steak tartare. And for raw liver. My body knows what is truly nutritious. Today however, nothing yet. I’m just cruising.
As for activities, I’ve been writing on my book about fasting for a couple of hours and done some reading. I also went shopping with my dad, so he gets outside and do something fun. And as usual, I’ve answered questions and messages. And if I haven’t got back to you, it’s simply because I’m swamped with messages. With that being said, if your message is simply “ur hot” or “hi” followed by several emoticons, you are way down on the priority list. Just sayin’.
Energy and mental clarity have been really good all day. At times, you get that “fasting high” – the feeling of euphoria, as you would have popped one of them old stackers with pure ephedrine. This is very common during ketosis.
When fatty acids reach the liver they’re converted into acetoacetate, an excellent metabolic fuel that belongs to a family of chemicals called ketones. Acetoacetate break down to carbon dioxide and acetone. A healthy liver minimizes the acetone lost via breathing by converting most of the acetoacetate to a more stable substance, called beta-hydroxybutyrate or BHB. And this is where those euphoric feelings could come from. BHB is almost identical to gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a naturally occurring neurotransmitter. During deep ketosis, BHB can reach high levels in the brain, where it can bind to the same anxiety-reducing receptors as GHB.
That is it for today. Still feeling frikkin’ fantastic! 49 hours into the fast as of now.
And as for the picture, that’s only me doing my daily hour or two of reading.