• Welcome! It’s great to see you.

    If you'd like to talk with people who know what it's like

    Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life.

fasting for depression?

geekchic182

geekchic182

Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2009
Messages
9
Location
Manchester
I was wondering if anyone had tried fasting as a healing process, there are many testimonials that its a spiritual experience, i personally am an atheist (although i have fasted for religious reasons in the past but I dont believe in it anymore) but i know faith is an important factor in overcoming hurdles-mental illness being a rather large one!
I tried fasting for a few days but I've found that over a few days I start to get incredibly frustrated, depressed and not even that tired but on a major 'low'. I would like to know if anyone has tried fasting and their experiences, especially emotions related to it


i also posted this thread in the ED forum, the two areas are combined

((I have been recently considering using fasting as a tool to overcome eating addiction and also for physical healing. I have researched that water fasting and juice fasting are ways to give your body time to heal itself, and the less you put into yhour body the faster the process. I've fasted before (for religious reasons.. ugh) and attempted a two day fast recently however on the night of the 2nd day... last night actually, i found that all i could think about was the foods i turn to for comfort. i felt incredibly depressed and incredibly miserable, i suffer from depression anyway and realised that because im in college doing a levels the stress im going through came out clearer in my mind when i was fasting
im sorry if that doesnt make sense!
i just want to know if anyone has tried fasting as a cure, not to lose weight but to achieve mental clarity and healing, how their experience was and if its ever helped overcome food addiction? i've read testimonials online but its difficult to decipher whats true and whats exaggerated.
i want to fast to lose a bit of fat iv put on through comfort eating and hopefully to break a cycle of binge eating i'm going through, so that i can learn to function in a 'non-drugged' state, i feel like my entire life revolves around my issues with eating and its getting incredbily frustrating!!! its hard to make my close friends understand because i went the complete other end of the scale last year and lost a lot of weight, im not anorexic at all, im not underweight and i love eating- thats the problem! my ED is non descript, i think i've partially covered all areas ))

enough rambling! just wondering -in short- has anyone tried fasting and what were your experiences like? how long, mood swings etc. =]
 
iffybob

iffybob

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 20, 2009
Messages
4,858
Location
England
Not

I dont fast as you have described it, but I dont eat when I get in some depressed staites... I will tell you that it is not good, esp doing it on a regular basis, in the end you get stomoc problems,..

.. also that euphoric staite can be caused by a lack of sugar in you blood...

.. the only thing I have hear consistantly is a "healthy" diet, all things in moderation, and plenty of fresh fruit and vegatables...

... if you want to lose the extra weight, try regular exersise, which is also said to be helpful for depression ....

... in all not a good idea to try and controle your depression with diet..

.... boB ........ :eek:
 
Y

YellowBrickRoad

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 2, 2010
Messages
81
Location
North wales.
My therapist told me High fibre, low fat is good to help mood swings. Not eating at all causes a massive loss of iron and sugar (not to mention all the other nutrients we need to survive). Iron you need for healthy blood count low blood count causes anemia (spelling?) and low sugars cause fainting and dizzy spells. Also, not eating will make you feel even worse because your hungry. Exercise is a great way to get you into a better mood. Swimming I find is the best way (personally). It helps you lose any extra weight because you use pretty much your whole body while swimming and also it's fun. I love the water in indoor pools in the evening when it's quiet my pool does lane swimming only times for about 2 hours every other day. Stay positive :) I know it sounds hard to do this but really it will help. x
 
M

mrksmth786

Guest
I think depression is like any other pain physical or emotional feedback mechanisms that's critical for our survival. And My view is that the loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities, sense of withdrawal, etc is nature's way of taking your attention away from the outside superficial world and onto yourself, your desires, your expectations, and where your life is off track.
 
D

DELATEXT

Guest
not into fasting !!
Had a female friend who nearly died because she became fixated on fasting !!
Think it can only be done under strict medical supervision ???
 
L

Lil

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 6, 2009
Messages
114
Interesting article. Though personally I get really moody when I'm hungry so I'd be interested to if i got that tranquil feeling the article mentions!
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
MarieRose Severe depression and isolation due to 3rd lockdown. Depression Forum 2
D Hi I'm new here and have suffered depression since early 90's Depression Forum 6
The_Sun_Shines Advice for you on loniless and depression Depression Forum 5
S obsession with depression Depression Forum 2
T Depression and studies Depression Forum 6
H Husband has depression Depression Forum 3
IcyShadow Poem about Depression Depression Forum 2
A Sexually based depression Depression Forum 9
A Suffering from a depression whose reason I don't realise. Depression Forum 13
P Cheating Spouse and Depression Depression Forum 6
Hardknocks88 New normal depression Depression Forum 1
M Depression and Narcissm Depression Forum 2
Barny67 Clarity after depression. Depression Forum 4
C Am I causing my girlfriend's depression? Depression Forum 11
J Depression and misguided actions Depression Forum 10
E Excessive sleep+depression+OCD= lost Depression Forum 2
C Loneliness and Depression Depression Forum 8
S My boyfriends depression has become worse and now he’s acting mean? Depression Forum 63
H At a loss - Not sure what else to try to help depression Depression Forum 6
L My Depression...and Yours Depression Forum 5
Carol1952 Sleeping a lot due to depression Depression Forum 11
M Agitated Depression Depression Forum 6
J Hello All. Living with someone in depression Depression Forum 1
J Depression and University Depression Forum 9
R What are signs of depression? Depression Forum 3
P Depression? Depression Forum 5
P Being Lonely With Depression Depression Forum 14
S How do you get out of a depression? Depression Forum 5
F Sleep and Anxiety / Depression Depression Forum 5
C Depression & new relationships. Depression Forum 6
M Mild but chronic depression Depression Forum 3
N Depression and or eating disorder. How do I begin to get help? Depression Forum 13
Z Did anyone experience the same depression? Depression Forum 1
N cause of depression are from past lives Depression Forum 1
G Ex with depression Depression Forum 3
M Do you use another platform about depression besides this this forum? Depression Forum 1
R insane depression and hopelessness non stop Depression Forum 11
R Can you function with depression? Depression Forum 8
Z How was your first depression? Depression Forum 12
M How depression feels like? Depression Forum 9
trojan New partner's sudden depression - how to deal with it? Depression Forum 35
M Depression sucks Depression Forum 8
P Probably have depression/A little bit of a vent Depression Forum 4
M My narcissist father is antagonising my depression Depression Forum 4
LolaMontez Struggling badly with my depression with a 4 year old Depression Forum 4
R Why have I been treatment resistant so far? Is there any hope for me overcoming depression? Depression Forum 2
G Can depression cause these symptoms? Depression Forum 2
E I think I can be in a depression, please I don't know what to do Depression Forum 3
M Depression is like cold turkey Depression Forum 1
Dais Workbook about anxiety and depression I personally found useful. You may like it too. Depression Forum 2

Similar threads

Top