Day 1 of Intermittent fasting

Day 1

Starting Weight – 168.6 pounds.

Woke up in the morning feeling full after last night’s heavy meal of rice and lentils which I had at 10.30 pm as a buffer against predictable hunger that I may experience in the day from fasting. Went straight to the kitchen and made myself a cup of coffee with milk and sugar ! Oops! I guess old habits die hard. Started my first day of Intermittent Fasting on the wrong foot. But forgave myself soon enough to continue what I had started.

Thankfully, the whole day went on with me drinking ‘gallons’ of water and other water-based drinks with zero calories/low calories to soothe my stomach from acidity.  Coffee on an empty stomach had done the damage by irritating my stomach lining. By afternoon, I was feeling mighty hunger pangs and was drinking water frantically. On the whole I had two cups of green tea, one glass water with honey and lemon and bottle gourd juice with ginger and garlic in the afternoon. The last one did the trick by easing my discomfort from drinking coffee.

By 4pm I had my first full meal of the day consisting of dry dates, cashew nuts, oats, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And mind you, food never tasted so good before. I felt a genuine appreciation for food after staying hungry and thanked God for it.

Now, I had an eight hour window from 4pm till 12 pm to eat maturely. In the evening I had tea with milk and sugar with two cream biscuits (a luxury that I thought I could afford for staying sincere (well, half-sincere) with my intermittent fasting.

Took my daughter to park in the evening and walked for almost  30 minutes at moderate pace (that’s the maximum exercise I can do considering the present condition of my back).

At around 10.30 pm in the night, I had a hearty dinner of a big bowl of cooked vegetables (cabbage, capsicum, carrot, tomato,onion, lemon, ginger, garlic, with a little bit and pepper), oats, flax seeds and an egg.

To round up my first day of intermittent fasting, I think the only mistake I made was in the morning when I had that big mug of coffee. It almost jeopardized my fast and irritated my stomach linings till afternoon which I tried to flush out with plenty of water. Another thing is that I peed like a pregnant cow the whole day, which may have been a good thing. I don’t know for sure. Anyway, before going to bed, I promised to myself that I won’t have any coffee or tea indulgences (other than green tea) the next morning.

P.S :- Firstly,  I don’t know if skipping breakfast is legit or not. But since I have decided to try Intermittent Fasting, I feel that I should keep going for at least four days to see the results, positive or negative of it.

 Second is an important fact about bottle gourd. In my previous post, I had mentioned that bottle gourd juice has helped me lose a little of my water weight. The bottle gourd or calabash (Lagenaria siceraria), popularly known as lauki or dudhi in India has been touted for its various health benefits including weight loss and regulation of blood sugar in people suffering from diabetes mellitus. However, there have been reports of suspected toxicity associated with consumption of bitter bottle gourd juice. In October 2010, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, constituted an expert committee to study the same, by the Department of Health Research at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). 

bottle gourd
Image of bottle gourd/calabash excerpted from

Bottle gourd is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family which contain cucurbitacins which are toxic tetracyclic triterpenoid compounds, responsible for the bitter taste of bottle gourds, cucumbers and other members of the family. (i) A small piece of bottle gourd should be tasted before extracting the juice to ensure that it is not bitter. If bitter, it should be discarded. (ii) Bitter bottle gourd juice should not be consumed at all. (iii) Bottle gourd juice should not to be mixed with any other juice. (iv) In case of discomfort after consumption (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or any feeling of uneasiness), the person should be immediately taken to a nearby hospital.

To be on the safer side,  bitter tasting bottle gourd should not be consumed regardless of whether it is cooked or fresh.

Excerpts: ‘Assessment of effects on health due to consumption of bitter bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) juice,’ by S.K.Sharma, 2012,


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