I have adopted intermittent fasting as lifestyle with target of 19 hours fasting and eating window of 5 hours. And I have been achieving 20 hours on average with occasional one meal a day.
Yesterday was Good Friday and I started the day with fasting from 3.15 pm on Thursday. That’s when I realised that one of the disciplines I learned from my mother was observing one meal a day on Good Friday.
I can’t be called very religious, but I follow some good things that I was trained through the childhood. Eating once only on Good Friday is one of them which was observed with some difficulty with occasional deviations.
It’s a shame then that I don’t find it difficult or forced by custom to do intermittent fasting and one meal a day.
So I decided to do some penance on Good Friday and extended fasting to 36 hours for the first time in life.
I did good, had only one black coffee on the 25th hour. Felt energetic and did 200 meters more than usual in the swimming pool.
The only thing noted was the 36 hours was to end at 3.15 am today. Sleep was affected and I raided the kitchen at about 3.50 am. Autophagy must have worked for about 20 hours and some of the damaged cells would have been repaired and age reversed to that extend etc etc.
Now I can look at a 3 day fast, say once in 6 months which would reset my metabolism positively.
Goal post can keep shifting.