What is it called when a carnivore doesn't eat meat?
I've recently had a renewed interest in fasting,
no doubt because of seeing Jason Fung speak at Low Carb Vail last month.
Shortly after that
chatting with a friend about it.
I said that I don't fast on a schedule,
but that I often eat only one meal a day (most often two meals).
I did mention that I've long thought it would be fun to fast once a week for a whole day —
that would be more than 24 hours, since I don't eat during the night.
So for the first two Mondays in March, I did just that.
(That is, I ate no meat. I did drink my usual coffee, and I had a few spoons of tallow in the afternoon when my energy was dipping.)
In practice the first fast was 48 hours, and the second more like 42.
I enjoyed it.
Under a fat-based metabolism, one doesn't normally feel hungry throughout the day.
The liver takes care of glucose and all that,
much better than for those on a glycolytic diet.
So I wasn't hungry.
I lost a few pounds, and was down to my lowest weight in decades.
I know from experience that weight loss from short term fasting is often transient,
so I wasn't really worried about it, or counting on it staying off, but it was still fun.
This past week, however, I have been ravenous.
My policy is always to feed my body when it's hungry.
Fighting hunger is a losing battle.
If you're hungry, there's a hormonal reason.
It's a signal.
You can't change it simply by not eating (except insofar as not eating changes your hormonal state).
This is counterproductive.
You have to change the signal.
Anyway, today I intended to fast again, but I was hungry and the tallow didn't help and by the time I got home I was ready to eat.
So I did.
Besides, I had ribeye jerky waiting for me.