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Fasting to reset health and endocrine system - any advice?

I have never fasted or done paleo. But I want to try both for awhile as I start a new health regimen. Can you give me some pointers? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jul 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Colonoscopy prep filter: What can I eat when I'm not supposed to eat?

I'm having a colonoscopy this week. The prep instructions say no food the whole day before. I would usually follow their directions, except that: [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Jul 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Dog diet with a 3-day-cycle?

Is anybody familiar with a dog diet that employs a 3-day cycle, with one day being a fast day, one day being oatmeal with olive oil and flaxseed (or something like that), and one day with raw meaty bones? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Oct 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Hypoglycemia Filter: Fasting for abdominal ultrasound

My doctor is wanting me to have an abdominal ultrasound to rule out gallstones. This test requires fasting. I cannot go for long periods of time without eating because my sugar drops. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Sep 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Shhhhhh. My colon is resting.

I ended up in the ER on Thursday night with horrible stomach pain, lower left quadrant. After being scanned inside and out and subjected to other personal indignities I won't describe in detail (promise), I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Why does lack of food cause head/neck pain?

When I have gone too long without eating, I tend to get a neck-ache, often also accompanied by a headache localized at my temple. Why is this? What's going on, physiologically? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Alternate day fasting vs. caloric restriction?

Does anyone have information about the pros and cons (in terms of fat loss, metabolic effects, and anything else) of alternate-day or intermittent fasting vs. alternate-day or intermittent caloric restriction (e.g. in diets like the 5:2 diet or the UpDayDown diet where on your "fast" days you take in 20% of your normal calories)?
posted by shivohum on Nov 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Intermittent Fasting Schedule

Looking for recommendations or suggestions on how to continue intermittent fasting with my schedule and my desire to keep going to the gym 5 times a week. Also looking for help with doing intermittent fasting properly. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Sep 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Melatonin AND fasting for jetlag?

Melatonin supposedly works for jetlag. Fasting supposedly works for jetlag. Can I use both of these together, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Does fasting to hack your sleep cycle actually work?

I'm sick of going to sleep at 8am and waking up at 2pm due to a messed-up sleep cycle. I read/saw today that you can re-set your sleep cycle in just one day by fasting for 12-16 hours before the time you want to wake up. Has anyone tried this? Does it actually work? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Apr 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me pseudo-fast

Have you tried the 5:2 diet as discussed in this Metafilter thread? Did it work for you? Do you find it sustainable? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jan 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Does swallowing semen break your fast, medically speaking?

A question about oral sex and taking medication. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

By the time my cat gets to the vet, I may have to be sedated, too.

How can I keep my kitty from bouncing off the walls while he’s fasting? My 12-year-old cat Marty must fast Monday after 8 p.m. in preparation for teeth cleaning (and the requisite anesthesia) Tuesday at 8 a.m. (Sorry to fall down on the picture mandate – he’s all black, so taking a recognizable photo of him is … not easy!) [more inside]
posted by virago on Nov 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Afast me hearties

I'm curious about trying regular fasting for general health (not weight loss nor spiritual reasons) but I'm finding a lot of woo. [more inside]
posted by Katine on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Can I live on fruit smoothies?

I've begun a sort of juice fast / cleanse... How long can I subside on this? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Jan 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Does the feast before the fast matter?

Is it stupid for me to get a cholesterol blood test the Friday morning after Thanksgiving? My doctor instructed me to fast for at least 7 hours prior to the test, but I just read something else online that said I should fast for more like 14 hours, and not drink alcohol for 48 hours prior to getting the test.
posted by queensissy on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Friend wants to do a fasting/exercise regime to lose 1-2 lbs a day. She's adamant about this, so what can she do to minimize the damage to her body during this time.

A good friend is attempting to do a fasting/exercise regime where her main goal is to lose 1-2 pounds per day for at least 2 weeks by not eating anything and doing a lot of cardio everyday. I have personally (and constantly) argued against this as it is clearly unhealthy but she seems to be set on doing this. What can I do or recommend so that she doesn't cause serious damage to her body? [more inside]
posted by CreativeUsername on Aug 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Fasting in Ramadan - diet recommendation

I am Muslim. I will being fasting in two days. Fasting will be from dawn til sunset. I have never fasting in the month of August. Days will be long. Dawn will be at 4am and sunset at 8.45pm. What should I eat to keep myself satiated? I was thinking something like clam chowder at the pre dawn meal?? What about drinks? Hot or cold? Also, does anyone know what to eat at sunset to break the fast? Any foods I should keep away from? Drinks?
posted by alshain on Jul 29, 2011 - 29 answers

Not not hungry

How have you successfully decreased or suppressed your appetite? [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar on Feb 2, 2011 - 63 answers

Intermittent Fasting -- Does It Work for Weight Loss?

I've gained and lost and regained over 500 pounds in five years... will intermittent fasting help me keep it off?
posted by Chasuk on Jan 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Food that lasts forever! Well, not quite...

Foods that will keep you filled for a long time? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 18, 2010 - 30 answers

please help me to not starve

I'm having surgery in my pelvic/abdominal area on Friday, and since my doctor is expecting some bowel involvement, he is putting me on a clear fluid diet as of Thursday morning. I'm going to be STARVING by surgery time (noon Friday). [more inside]
posted by happy scrappy on Aug 31, 2009 - 23 answers

I think food and me need some time apart...

I'm a chubby guy with a chronic sweet tooth, and a problem with overeating. Will fasting actually do anything for me? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 14, 2009 - 32 answers

Any good books or web resources on fasting?

I've had some success fasting. Initially this was for weight-loss but I also felt much better -- more energy, and my sinus problems went away. The trouble is that it's hard to do well. Do you know of any good books or web resources that explain fasting techniques? I'm not interested in "detox", whatever that is, and this seems to pollute web searches making it hard to find genuinely useful information. For me, this is more of an overall wellness thing.
posted by humblepigeon on Jun 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Should I gorge prior to fasting?

How much should I eat in the days prior to fasting for a colonoscopy? My procedure is 2:00PM Tuesday (groan) so I'm being told "no solid foods after midnight Sunday night." I'm dreading working all day Monday with no food and then having to go all morning/early afternoon Tuesday. Does anyone know if it will help reduce the hunger if I gorge on Saturday and Sunday, and whether or not there are reasons not to do so. [more inside]
posted by robverb on Mar 6, 2009 - 17 answers

Fasting, metabolism, and weight loss?

Fasting, metabolism, and weight loss? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Oct 4, 2008 - 11 answers

What should I eat in the morning?

RamadanFilter: I'm fasting and I need to know what to eat so I'm not ravenous and faint by the sunset. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 8, 2008 - 12 answers

I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start?

I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Aug 31, 2008 - 18 answers

Detox Me!

I would like to detoxify myself. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Aug 29, 2008 - 39 answers

Please help me determine whether I can, in a healthy manner, temporarily reduce my percentage body fat or water weight for a big event.

Please help me determine whether I can, in a healthy manner, temporarily reduce my percentage body fat or water weight for a big event. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Jul 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Shake shake shake... Shake shake shake! Yuck.

Starting Optifast today (Medically supervised [yes, a real doctor] fast). Can anyone give me any tips on this huge endeavor? I think this might be the hardest thing I've ever set out to do... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2007 - 15 answers

Diet recommendation for fasting?

Diet recommendation for fasting? [more inside]
posted by raheel on Sep 25, 2006 - 6 answers

Besides ignoring the Girlscout Cookies in the freezer...

Any tips for a seven-day fast? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Apr 13, 2006 - 18 answers

Will fasting metabolize "waste material" before healthy tissue?

"Within 24 hours of curtailing food intake, enzymes stop entering the stomach and travel instead into the intestines and into the bloodstream, where they circulate and gobble up all sorts of waste matter, including dead and damaged cells, unwelcome microbes, metabolic wastes, and pollutants." [cite] Could this possibly be true? I know that eventually the body will start metabolizing itself, but is the process selective in its initial stages to only metabolize "waste matter" and not healthy tissue?
posted by Asef Jil on Oct 3, 2005 - 19 answers

What's the best kind of juice fast?

Fasting. I'm healthy and have a normal weight, but I've been overindulging lately and thought of trying a two day fast. Can you juice fast without a juicer? What about just eating nothing but fruits, veggies, and water for a few days? I'm not considering it for spiritual reasons either, I just feel gross. Any experiences or advice?
posted by rainbaby on Jun 24, 2004 - 22 answers

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