Last week I blogged about a friend who derived great benefits from alternate-day fasting. There were several reader questions. I put them to my friend:
Q How does exercise fit in with all this fasting?
A I do Iyengar yoga every day, about 2 hours.
Q I assume he drank water. Did he consume any liquid calories or probiotics (Yakult?) on his fasting days?
A Yes, water. I replace electrolytes, but that’s for other reasons. (I don’t regulate electrolytes well.) There may have been 8 or 10 days in the last 9 months when I had a very small amount of food on a fasting day — a little yogurt or a little rice & sauerkraut, maybe.
Q What did he eat on non-fasting days?
A Breakfast of stir-fry + egg + some fruit & yoghurt & nuts & flax seeds. Maybe I break that into two meals or maybe not. Dinner of … veggies/rice/chicken or … something like that. [He didn’t change what he ate when he started alternate-day fasting.]
Q Something is missing in the story. He didn’t get to be an Ivy League math professor by being confused, exhausted, overwhelmed and depressed all the time. Were his indigestion and tiredness increasing in severity before he started the diet?
A I was severely ADHD all my life, and collapsed in the early 2000’s. I turned out to suffer from heavy metal poisoning: mercury, lead and a little bit of arsenic. I’ve been detoxing for a number of years with steady improvement. As to how I managed to become an Ivy League math professor, that’s not unusual. There are a lot of us. There is a subtype of ADHD called “with hyperfocus”. Hyperfocus is a mild form of the Asperger’s “little professor” syndrome, in which a person is completely consumed by one subject, at the expense of anything else.