I really LIKE fasting, for maybe-weird personal reasons. I like using myself as a guinea pig. I like making changes to see what will happen. I like new sensations.
Cleaning some junk out of the old system is always good.
Fasting sharpens the senses. I notice that fasting upgrades my sense of smell and touch.
I walked by Pizza Hut and the smell was... repulsive. Because of the fake and nasty ingredients they use!
I walked along, pondering this. When we are in a heightened state like this, we can detect the smell of chemicals as being very unattractive. I'll bet if there was a real pizza, with a handmade crust with fresh ingredients and oregano, and the toppings were higher quality, the smell would be nearly irresistible.
And then about a mile later, I walked past the Pizza Time. HOO boy, Lord have mercy.
Fasting improves my cooking skills!
All of a sudden I can think of a hundred different wonderful cheap meal ideas :-)
This one doesn't look like much, it's just rice cooked in chicken broth, with fried onions and corn, and cheese on top. Boy did it smell good, though.
I wanted some.
Here's where I surprised myself. Cooked chicken breast then wiped out the pan, cooked corn at the bottom, the sliced chicken breast over that, then some flour and milk mixed together, and a lot of chopped spinach.
I got unsolicited, flowery compliments from all the kids.
Karen said it was "ultra yummy"
My nose knows what it's smelling here.
The kids had some while it was chilling and some more once it was frozen. And wanted more.
I told them I may not be your STANDARD mother, but there's no mother on earth is going to let them have ice cream three times in one day!
Dave told me that was my chance to be a really SPECIAL mother!
Oh, and I was wearing a muumuu :-)
That part is cool.
I would love to eventually do one of those epic 40 day fasts, in order to experience something I've never experienced before, "true hunger."
I'm really curious about that! A physical sensation I've never felt?
I need to know.
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True hunger is a sensation in the mouth and throat, similar to thirst, and not a gnawing pain in the stomach. The way it will get your attention is that comes after many days of experiencing no hunger. Seemingly out of the blue, you'll have an intense desire for food.
When food is taken at this point, it tastes extraordinarily wonderful, a real sensual treat. And the act of eating itself is fulfilling, creating feelings of contentment and pleasure. This is the experience eating is supposed to be.
Having once experienced this "true hunger", you will no longer confuse it with the emotional desire or physical discomfort we usually associate with hunger. Such physical "hunger pains" felt either in the stomach, or as "hunger headaches", are said to actually be withdrawal and detox symptoms from rich foods, chemicals, and stimulants.
Most Americans have not felt true hunger since they were toddlers...
If you only ate when truly hungry, it would be almost impossible to become overweight. True hunger is a signal to eat to maintain your muscle mass.
True hunger is not uncomfortable. It does not involve your stomach fluttering or cramping. When you feel it, you know it is a normal reaction that signals a need for food. It makes food taste much better when you eat, and it makes eating much more pleasurable. People are consistently amazed at how good the simplest foods can taste when they are truly hungry.
True hunger requires no special food to satisfy it. It is satisfied by eating almost anything. You can't crave some particular food and call it hunger. A craving by definition is an addictive drive, not something felt by a person who is not an addict. Remember, almost all Americans are addicted to their toxic habits. A disease-causing diet is addicting. A health-supporting diet is not.