What is the longest that you have ever gone without eating?
What were the circumstances? What were the effects?
when i was between 13 and 16, i was a runaway and it wasn't uncommon for me to go a few days at least without any food. at 16, i went to jail and when they weighed me i was 97 pounds. the nurse thought the scales were messed up so she weighed me again. still 97 pounds.
This must have been a time of despair. How did you recover? Did you make a journal to review such past events? What temporal effects of starvation did you accrue?
Going hungry is a terrible thing -- hard to ignor. I wish no one had to go without food, especially children whose bodies are still developing -- can't go back and redo the damage.
3 days! Relationship Drama was the reason. The effects were interesting because I phyically felt really well after the 3rd day. Would like to try it again without any drama.
It is unfortunate that relationships have the potential to actuate such an effect, however it is very interesting that you had a positive effect from the fast. Please post your observantions and results if you decide to go forth with another fast.
Some christian fasting with my ex. 3 days. Hypoglicemic shock with very low blood pressure.
Never repeated such nonsense.
This is the second response regarding Hypoglicemia; please provide more details into what hypoglicemia is. I have performed several fasts of which I went several days without food, during a couple of these occassions I felt shaky, as if I was slippin
Exactly. Being shaky is one of the symptoms.
It is a part of body's survival mechanism. When you are hungry, your awareness goes up, your eye sight improves.
When your blood sugar goes too down, your adrenal glands inject adrenaline.
12 hours. I'm already slightly anorexic, so the effects were not pretty. Passing out, throwing up nothing, vision dissipating, headaches, etc. It's a lot like dehydration, maybe because that's part of it.
I am hypoglycemic so going a long time without food is not good for me. I become mean and angry. Many years ago in the early seventies when I was about twenty-four my husband and I were traveling on a train through southern Spain, because of the train schedule we were unable to get anything to eat. It arrived at stations when all the restaurants were closed or there were none. When we started the trip we hadn’t eaten all day thinking we could get a meal later.
I was so frustrated, and so hungry and getting nastier by the minute. Each stop with no available food made this quaint train – a steam engine with passenger cars made out of wood that looked like something from the eighteen hundreds a nightmare.
I could not think of anything except food. I think I could have eaten a lizard raw if one had scamper by.
Finally on the third night the train stopped at a small village in the middle of nowhere. Even though it was late at night the restaurant was open. It was the only restaurant in the village. It had four tables and we were the only guests. Since this was a remote area the two waiters were delighted to see foreigners and determined to make us happy.
The menu had five choices, #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5. We spoke a little Spanish but not enough to know what the names meant of each dish. So I chose number one, the waiters said it was wonderful. My husband chose number three. Let me say right now I do not like fish, or seafood of any kind and in Spain seafood is the main dish in most restaurants. I especially do not like anything flavored with fish like rice or soup.
Finally our food arrived and the waiters were hovering over us beaming with pride having doubled up on their effort.
What did I see in front of me? A big bowl of rice laced with fish eyes – lots of fish eyes, extra fish eyes. Like I said before I could have eaten a raw lizard … so I dug in. At first it was good, OK, I mean I could eat it, but the moment my hunger was gone I could not eat another bite and the reality of the fish eyes sunk in. Fortunately my husband loved fish and weird food. When their backs were turned he ate the rest.
What I learned is when you are hungry enough you really can eat almost anything.
Thank you for your very interesting story. I am not sure what hypoglycemia is, so if you could explain what it is to myself and others who may not know the meaning of it, I would appreciate it.
Eighteen hours on a train seems like quite a long time,
Hypoglycemia: drop in blood sugar. Usually due to not eating. Dysphoria sets in. Dysphoria is a change in mood, depression or iritability. Then shaking. A sweet drink can help restore blood sugar. I have even fainted on several occations.
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