I have fasted for three days (twice). I have fasted quite a few times for just one day and once for two days. And even though fasting is sometimes difficult, it has improved my mood overall, and the research seems to indicate it improved my health too.
A study in Utah found that those who fasted one day per month were 40 percent less likely to have clogged arteries. That's a pretty big difference.
always, if something is good for your health, it's also good for your
mood, and this is no exception. If you've never tried it, I recommend a
simple one-day fast.
Do it on a day off (you may not
feel very energetic). Don't eat anything at all from the time you get up
in the morning until the following morning. Don't drink anything except
water, and drink plenty of water. You will be thirsty. Don't do a lot
of strenuous activity. Just take it easy and relax, but keep yourself
busy on tasks that don't require a lot of physical energy.
you normally drink coffee, stop drinking it a few days before your fast
so you are over your withdrawals before you begin fasting.
times, fasting doesn't feel good, but it is surprisingly easy, even for
someone like me who usually never even considers skipping a meal.
Occasionally throughout a fasting day, you'll feel really hungry. And
then it goes away and you get involved in what you're doing and forget
The most amazing thing is how much time you
have when you're fasting. A day without food seems twice as long, and
not because you're suffering. It's because food preparation and eating
the food takes a lot of time.
Anyway, I recommend it.
You'll appreciate food more in the days following a fast, you'll be in a
better mood, and you'll be healthier.
Adam Khan is the author of Self-Help Stuff That Works and Cultivating Fire: How to Keep Your Motivation White Hot.