Today is Thursday, October 27, 2016 which means it’s been 27 days since it’ve eaten and more importantly only 5 more days of fasting left to go. With less than a week remaining, I’ve hit the point where it’s smooth sailing and there’s no possible way that I will stop fasting because I’ve come so far.

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I can’t stress enough how amazing I feel. I’ve been loosing just under 1 pound per day and feel completely renewed!

While my intention was to post fairly often about my fasting journey, however it’s been so uneventful that I’ve struggled with having anything to say. I’ve been doing my best to keep busy around the house and haven’t much felt like ‘working’ here at HSITK. While this isn’t a place only dedicated to food, most of what I choose to share are food-related.

Keeping Busy While Fasting

One of the biggest keys to successfully fasting is to keep really really busy with things other than food. And along with some personal emotional growth, I’ve embarked on an epic DIY journey this month!

It’s been so hard to not post about the behinds the scenes stuff this month, wanting to keep the big reveal a secret, but I’ll give you a sneak peak (since you’re kind enough to read this post and follow my fasting journey).

My Holiday Kitchen Makeover

I’m so excited to be updating my dated oak kitchen with a brand new look, just in time for the holidays. And the part that’s the most exciting is that my entire budget is just $500!

Here’s a photo of my kitchen BEFORE I got started…… CLICK HERE For the BEOFRE Tour

My Holiday $500 Kitchen Makeover: BEFOREMy Holiday $500 Kitchen Makeover: BEFORE

For far too long, I’ve dwelled on the aesthetics of my kitchen, failing to realize that the bones are solid and the layout isn’t too bad. And I’ve been paralyzed, dreaming of an expensive complete remodel and putting minimal effort into making the best of what I have.

And right now, about 50% of the way done with my makeover, all I can say is WOW! I was so stupid to not have done this years ago!

Of course I’m not going to show you any progress photos – I want you to be excited for the big reveal in a couple weeks. But I will tell you that my kitchen is amazingly light and bright. My kitchen has a completely new look.

AND 99% of the work I am doing myself with my very own hands. Ray hates home improvement projects and frankly, isn’t very good or helpful, unless it requires heavy lifting or chain saw accuracy.

*******UPDATE click HERE for the Finished tour of our $500 Kitchen Update!****

My Post-Fast Plan

I’ve been on the fence as to when exactly I will resume eating and I’ve decided it will be dinner on October 31st – making my fast exactly 31 days (fasting from roughly 5 pm on 9/30 to 5 pm on 10/31).

Also, November 2 to 6, I will be traveling to Jamaica for the Click Retreat (blogger photography conference) and I wanted to make sure that I got a few meals under my belt before I left.

Dinner 10/31

I’ve already planned out my first meal, of course. Right?!? Who wouldn’t be thinking of eating again while fasting?!?!

While there is much controversy with what to eat when ending a fast. Like with all aspects of my healthy lifestyle I’m sticking with basic common sense & logic.

When humans fasted for millions of years as a part of their survival, say for example through a cold winter where food was scarce. When he/she finally had access to food, he/she didn’t whip out the vitamix and make a green smoothie.  He/she ate whatever was available to consume, most likely in my basic logic it was scoring some animal protein.

So, keeping with that same logic, my first post fast meal will be in respect to eating seasonally and locally – from our own land.

  • Wilted Lettuce Salad (homegrown lettuce)
  • Venison Lollipops (think pretty bone in rack of lamb)
  • Roasted Butternut Squash (homegrown)
  • Green Beans (homegrown)

My first meal will be Delicious, Healthy and Seasonal!

Perhaps most important things to consider when ending your fast (whether a short intermittent schedule or prolonged fasting) is to eat in a HEALTHY manner. Please do not flood your body with a bunch of junk food in celebration! Use your fast as a catalyst for change, no matter how clean or healthy you ate previously, there is always room for improvement AND for realizing the errors in your way.