Reflections On My 7 Day Fast and Hunger Strike
April 8, 2014
My fast went well and I look forward to the next one. I’ll probably fast the first week of May, in some way, shape or form.
I liked varying it, but I paid the price, too. I guess I learned that the human body can’t subsist on just anything, even if it’s something very good for you. It has to be in balance with other things.
It is tough to strike a perfect balance, but I usually benefit the most from a balanced diet and lifestyle. Instead of getting all of my nutrition from one or two foods, it’s better to spread it around. I’m still curious about isolating different foods after eating nothing for a while, though. I think the human body might function in a unique way when it ingests only the right thing or things after eating nothing for at least a few days.
The flu-like symptoms the Santa Ana winds caused me about a week or two ago are almost gone. I still have a small cough, though. They blew pretty hard for about a week. Unfortunately, the winds bring some nasty stuff to California’s coast and the city of Long Beach.
I feel I’m at a good body weight, but not quite optimal. I still feel overweight in my mind, probably because I was an overweight child, but I keep reminding myself I’m a medium. I know it’s just in my head. I’m going to monitor my caloric intake until May 1 and eat about 2500-3000 calories a day.
The hunger strike was intended to draw awareness to the oceans, the way we’ve treated them and what we need to do now to protect and clean them. Such a huge and vastly important resource shouldn’t be left unprotected or to chance. People are polluting the ocean from the land and the sea every day and it absorbs the disgusting debris, but not without a consequence.
I’ve prayed for 68 different countries during 68 non-congruent fasting days. I’ve enjoyed learning more about these places and drawing awareness to their situation and needs. Eventually, I want to pray and fast a day for every country in the world. I typically research each country’s history and look for current news about the people there.
I’m going to stick with the dietary changes I considered. Throughout April, I will continue avoiding processed sugar, even if its organic. This means no granola, peanut butter, nuts or cereal with added sugar. It also means no cheat foods like organic cookies, organic chocolate or organic peanut butter cups. I rarely eat those things, but once in a while I’ll get a craving and I’ll eat one.
I’m reintroducing a little raw, organic honey to my diet. I’m also weaning myself from honey and agave, so I can simply eat organic bread or organic oatmeal with organic cinnamon and sea salt. It won’t be too difficult, but I’ll always enjoy the sweet stuff.
I’m still eating only organic food and avoiding canola oil. The first groceries I bought today included bananas, sunflower seeds, white corn chips, yellow corn chips, carrots, extra firm tofu, whole wheat bread, instant coffee, canned black beans and canned green beans. I’m going to buy some oatmeal, almonds, cashews, tortillas, applesauce, green tea, avocado and some yogurt, soon.
I’d like to eat some different organic food this month like blueberries and dark salad. They are exceptionally good for us. I’d also like to find some organic strawberries because they have vitamins and fiber and I was recently reading about their teeth bleaching properties.