5 ways fasting for depression has helped my mental health

5 ways fasting for depression has helped my mental health

fasting for depression - 5 ways fasting has helped my mental health

Hey how are you doing? Welcome to my first water fasting update blog post in roughly three months.

Are you wondering if water fasting for depression is for you?

There really isn’t a whole lot of information on the topic which is partially why I have decide to write another blog post about it.

If you are looking for some sort of well research fasting article explaining the ins and outs of fasting, this isn’t it. This is just an honest update on how things have progressed in the past few months, and my opinions on why fasting is working to help keep my depression under control.

FEW MONTHS?! It is hard to believe that just 3 months ago I decided to make the giant leap from the standard american way of eating to my fasting protocol.

It has been a really interesting journey, and I am really enjoying it.

BTW, Feel free to share your experience or opinion on the comment section at the bottom of this page.

In this fasting for depression article I will be covering the following topics

  • What is fasting for depression really?

  • 5 ways water fasting for depression has helped my mental health

  • Conclusion

  • Comment section

What is fasting for depression really?

I thought I would go over something about fasting that I initially thought I had discovered.

Fasting is not a cure for depression, it seems to be more of these things.

  • A distraction technique

  • A guilt free form of controlling your food

  • A microbiome reset

  • A method to give your body a chance to heal and rejuvinate

Fasting as a distraction technique

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety like me, I know that you are a survivor. You are here because you are looking for knowledge that is going to take you past the point of just surviving.

Surviving, isn’t living.

As survivors of these conditions we come up with various techniques to help cope, and honestly I think that fasting is another distraction technique for me, but with that being said I have noticed positive mental health improvements since starting to fast, and I plan on fasting in some way, shape, or form for the rest of my life.

5 ways fasting for depression has helped my mental health

#1 Fasting has helped my mood become much more stable

PRO TIP - Fasting is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. I fail and eat like I use to, but I now have a way to undo those failures which makes those failures no big deal.
— Adam Coleman

I use to be hungry CONSTANTLY, and when I wouldn’t get food for a few hours, I would get extremely irritable.

Fasting has helped keep my mood much more stable, and has given me a better understanding, and appreciation for food in general.

#2 Fasting is a guilt free form of controlling your food

Fasting is a form of control

Fasting gives you the strength to take back control from the menacing little microbes in your gut that are causing you to make poor food choices. I believe there is a reason that you feel like your stomach controls your mood, and your actions, because I think it does.

#3 Fasting has improved my will power

Fasting isn’t easy

After my 4 day fasting for depression experiment things actually got more difficult, not less.

Fasting is not something you normally just hop into. It takes practice to gain the willpower to overcome the signals being sent from your stomach
— Adam Coleman

I ended up having ease back into the fast with a few 24 hour fasts then bumping my fasts up 24 hours each time until I reached the 4-6 day mark.

Once I was easily able to fast for 4 days consistently my willpower and overall mental health has improved.

#4 Fasting gave my body a chance to heal

I believe that my fasting gave my body a chance to heal and rejuvenate itself. I intentionally gave myself high quality nutrients when I broke my fast in order to give the good bacteria of my microbiome the chance to the over come all of the bad bacteria that was causing all the problems.

#5 Fasting has helped me shed a large amount of weight very quickly

This one may be a little bit vain, but I don’t care. My clothes fit me so much better now which makes me feel better. In 3 months I have dropped 4 pant sizes without doing any intentional exercise, and that is very empowering to know that I finally KNOW how to get rid of unwanted fat instead of putting in a TON of exercise and getting very little in return.

Conclusion to this fasting for depression article

  • Fasting is not a depression cure like I thought it was.

  • It takes practice and will power to be able to fast consistently.

  • It is ok to mess up and go back to old eating habits because fasting should be a lifestyle, not a diet.

  • Fasting has stabilized my mood and positively impacted my mental health, and I hope you give it a shot, and it helps you as well.

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