• Mon, Jun 18 2012

Water Fast: Day 2

I have roasacea, which causes my skin to break out in little red bumps all over my nose and cheeks. It looks more or less like this:

rosacea

Normally I treat this by applying a cream called Finacea twice a day. However, the first night of the water fast I forgot. Normally, if I forget I wake up with my cheeks a little dry and red – but this morning, nothing! My skin feels normal for the first time in ages. I’d always heard that you could make dietary changes that would clear up rosaea, but I did not expect those dietary changes to be “eating nothing, drinking only water.” It has me wondering a lot about what I normally eat that triggers it – refined sugar? Alcohol? Caffeine? I mean, probably all of those things. Probably I should cut out all of those things.

Not going to.

However, in spite of that, my skin is itchy in ways you would not believe. Itchy in every single part. Supposedly this is because skin is the largest detox organ, and some discomfort is to be expected when your body is dispelling built up toxins. Lots of people also get a little rash.

Not me! I’m glowing!

So – my skin looks great and feels awful. Also, I smell like cocoa butter. Tons of cocoa butter. Because I smeared it everywhere.

I was also pretty interested in whether or not this fast would mean that I would be laid up on a fainting couch, basically just swooning for hours on end. That doesn’t happen!

That doesn’t happen at all actually. I’m not sure why – maybe it has to do with the fact that you really are just consuming water as opposed to anything like Diet Coke or coffee with sweetener that triggers a lot of hunger pangs. So the hunger is more of a dull ache than any acute pang.

I went out in the evening with some friends, and the weirdest thing I noticed was that a bunch of guys asked for my number, which does not usually happen. I think – this is weird – but I think it might have been because I looked sleepier and more susceptible than usual. Normally I’m fairly alert, and talkative, but – while drinking only water for two days will not mean you cannot go out – it does mean that you will spend a lot of time nodding and smiling at people and probably making less jokes than usual.

I mean, it certainly was not because I looked more attractive than usual what with my bloated belly and the fact that I was constantly scratching myself. Although I suppose a study has not yet been done on how attractive men find frantic itching, and perhaps we can do a real talk on that this week.

No. Probably not.

It might have been all the cocoa butter.

So, in essence, if you’re thinking of trying a fast: you’re not going to lose weight from this, you’re also not going to be laid up in bed for the entire day, but, wow, if you have a weird skin condition it seems like this can definitely help with that.

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  • Maggie

    After your fast you should consider switching to a diet of mostly raw fruits & vegetables and whole foods, would probably help your skin, plus wouldn’t have to worry about gaining weight

    • Jennifer Wright

      I mean, yes, but it would also deprive me of a good 70% of the pleasure I get out of life. (I was recently asked what made me happiest and I replied “buying a chocolate truffle from the Lindt store and eating it as I walk home from the gym.” Turns out the right answer was “friends and family.”)

  • Tania

    “Probably I should cut out all of those things.

    Not going to.”

    That make me choke on the coffee I was drinking that you aren’t allowed to drink.

  • kjon

    I have to say that I’m glad you stuck it out despite it all. I still have to implore you to not go a third day if you haven’t already.

    I guess I was a little surprised at the hate in the first post because fasting is something that truly feels natural to me. I don’t want to get into what I feel exactly, because I fear that would be triggering, but let’s just say that I’m definitely not binging on crap – I crave protein – the day after my fast. I eat when I’m hungry and I stop when I’m full. I eat food that is filling and satisfying. I cook, I go out to eat and I occasionally indulge in french fries like a normal fucking person.

    This was never a weight loss technique for me… mostly because I’m naturally thin but within the healthy range for my height so I’ve really never even thought of losing weight in a serious sense. It just kind of happened. I guess that’s why I was surprised (but boy do I get it now and I’ll try to be more sensitive promise!).

  • Miss C

    I’m all about the personal experiments, however can I just check that you and anyone thinking of doing this are au fait with the “Minnesota Starvation Study” – which, long story short showed that the symptoms of restrictive eating disorders such as concern with body image, neurosis, self-harm, and obsession with food (including binges followed by severe guilt) are all simply symptoms of starvation – this is a good primer: http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2009/12/the-minnesota-starvation-experiment/

    Obviously you’re not doing anything LIKE that duration, nonetheless this study is not that well known in relation to extreme caloric restriction – previously many of these things were considered some weird offshoot of anorexia mentally, not starvation physically, and treatment centres would attempt to address them in isolation.

    Oh, and the participants in that study were all male, and carefully evaluated as psychologically healthy, yet they ended up going absolutely bloody loopy by the end: I imagine the dangers to a woman in our society who’s been virtually weaned onto ideas of dieting and food = sin / “naughty but nice” might be rather more severe.

    Probably not you, and almost certainly not on so short a period… but y’know, just sayin’ – I read a lot about this stuff and I’m not sure most people have any idea how closely food intake and mental state are linked, both in fasts and in excess amounts, which can create addiction-like habit pathways.

    • Miss C

      PS just looking at comments on #1, I’m not a hater here, I used to fast for 24 hours solid every week myself, although I did drink juice, and kept that up for about 8 years – it increased my self control around food enormously too – just clarifying that though.

    • Geraldine

      That is such an interesting link! Thanks :)

  • LaLa

    What a coincidence. I’m actually an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Raptors.

    • Anne

      Latter Day Raptors… That made me LOL.