Water Fasting Trial: Update

Sharine Borslien

Here it is, 37 hours into my water fast.

I published the initial story about my plan to fast while drinking only water for 39 hours here. Now, the update!

What has been easy

I have experienced no real hunger. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, whose work in human nutrition I began following in 2009, real hunger is felt in the throat, not in the stomach. Yes, I’ve felt a few tummy grumblings, but I’m pretty sure that is part of the detox process. Acids are rebalancing, etc.

Drinking plenty of water has been a no-brainer. We installed a Hague Water System in our house in 2007, and our reverse osmosis water is like the best water on the planet. Or pretty close. Fizzing it up with our SodaStream makes it perfect as far as I’m concerned.

Also not hard at all: Seeing yummy food everywhere. My husband and I made delicious vegan grilled pita pizza (we call it “Pitza”), which was my last meal before starting the water fast. I packed his lunch (smelled so good!) and saw these leftovers in the fridge, but it did not make me hungry. I also saw a half-ton of other super-tasty food in our fridge and a bowl of my favorite food, cherries, on the counter, and seeing these foods did not make me feel hunger.

Surprisingly not hard: Having band rehearsal in our living room, during which I usually sip Champagne, and watching my husband and our bass player sip a couple of cold beers did not make me want to drink cold, refreshing, bubbly alcohol. Shocker of the experiment!

“Champagne Saber Grunge Glow,” an original image that I edited for a massive photo-journal project in the works.

What has been hard

Hands down, the hardest to endure has been the constant brain fog. If you don’t know what brain fog is, firstly, it’s a real thing, and secondly, it sucks. It literally feels like someone threw a big cloud around my brain. For example, I had to look at my browser bar favorites to recall the name of the bubbly-water-maker that we have had for over a year now (SodaStream). Not cool. The brain fog also extends to writing = typing lots of errors in syntax, grammar, and so on, that drive me crazy. I just found three egregious errors in above paragraphs, and it’s so easy to judge myself, but I won’t do it, because the brain fog is temporary. (I know it’s temporary, because I went through it when starting a vegan diet. I am not 100% vegan any more, but the experience is still valid.) In addition, brain fog has made it nearly impossible for me to meditate because it mitigated my desire to do anything except watch YouTube videos, all day and night. (Although I have to give myself credit, because these videos included deeply esoteric teachings and advanced concepts of our Earthly reality and were presented much like classroom material. So I’ll lay of the self-criticism because learning❤️.)

Next most difficult was last night’s sleep. If you could call it “sleep”. Mostly, it was a long evening of listening to my mind chatter on about weird stuff, trying to return to sane, loving thoughts — and all this scattered with bizarro dreams. Not that my non-detox night’s dreams are mellow and rational, but these detox night dreams are extra challenging to unpack. I did work very hard to approach the long night from a meditative standpoint, simply observing my thoughts. But when they got real strange, I intervened heavily with positive, loving mantras. You know, just to make sure I wasn’t going non compos mentis or encountering psychic attacks. I’ve had similar experiences when doing alcohol detox, but I have to say now that it seems easier to endure while in a full detox (from alcohol and food, that is).

“Bridge to Pacific Half-Dome,” a dreamy composite I created for the aforementioned photo-journal project.

Further, having brain fog and detox brain simultaneously means I slept until nearly 10:30 both Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Not judging myself for this has been hard! I’m already a sleeper-in-er, but 10:30 is late. Of course, I wasn’t missing breakfast or preparing for lunch, so I deem it a necessary part of the process.

What has been fascinating

Aside from the wacko dreams, I find it interesting that both of our Persian cats stopped eating their regular food. And the youngest, our 15-month old ginger, had quite the howling session last night after I went to bed. Maybe he was having hallucinations or weird dreams, too. My husband also seemed to toss and turn (and snore) more than usual throughout the night. I do believe that we’re all connected on a soul level, and it makes sense then that they would experience indirectly some of the effects that I experience straight on.

As far as my spiritual experience, nothing major happened: No epiphany, no angel visitations, no spontaneously speaking in tongues. But I do feel more deeply connected to the part of me that doesn’t need food or wine. And I feel like my meditative sleeplessness plugged me in to a level of Divinity that will manifest in some unexpected, joyous way.

Wrapping it up(?)

I’ve got about 2 hours to go until completing the 39-hour water fast, and I’m still not truly hungry. But here’s the funny human thing:

My husband and I have a music gig tonight at a local restaurant, and the owners pay us in food and wine. Part of me would like to continue the fast, and part of me wants to get paid. Either way, I’m pretty sure that I will have some cherries, a bit of unsweetened coconut milk yogurt, and maybe steamed cauliflower around 3:00 today. I will probably forego food at the restaurant. But I’m still undecided about the wine! I have to decide what makes me feel more joy.

Thanks to everyone who followed and commented on my water fasting trial run!

Sharine Borslien

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Ever-evolving human into a better, more loving me, loving you. Favorite playgrounds: the stage, page, studio, Photoshop/ON1, cities, and open talk tables.

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