It had been approximately 51 hours since my last meal. I felt I could hold out longer, but after a trip to the store for groceries I began to succumb. Surrounded by food and having to think about meals triggered some strong hunger in me. But I had earned that hunger.
I decided to go to McDonalds and here is what I ate:
1 Bacon Angus Cheeseburger
1 Medium French Fries
1 Medium Chocolate Shake
1 Chipotle BBQ Sauce Packet
3 Ketchup Pakets
And when I got home a few minutes later I ate:
2 Store Bought Cookies
12 or 16 oz of Dr. Pepper
My estimate of calories from that meal is 2500. That is a day's worth of calories for a lot of people. I ate that in a single meal! Normally I do not get a chocolate shake with my burger and fries. That was an indulgence. I usually just get a soft drink...usually Coke. Eating cookies as a dessert is something I might have done an hour or two after eating the burger and fries, but not usually within the same meal time frame.
As I write this, that meal was about 9 hours ago. I haven't eaten since then. I'm not sure how long I will go before eating again. That meal still feels like it is being digested, so I'll be satisfied for a while. All of that sugar, fat, and protein is very satiating. But there was a problem. It sapped my energy.
After I ate that meal I felt drained. I just wanted to relax and rest. It could have been the type of food that I ate, but I have to experiment a bit to find out. Other types of food may affect me in a different way. I'll play around with it a bit and see if I notice anything. For me, that "drained" feeling is usually gone after about 12 hours.
51 hours is an unusually long time to go between meals for me, but I have fasted for as long as 7 days in the past. The difference now is that I know better what to do after a fast to prevent gaining all that weight back. I do not think going 51 hours or more is necessary or should even be a goal. It depends on how you feel after you eat. Although 51 hours is the longest I've gone so far, I have also gone as short as 9 hours between meals since I started this a couple weeks ago.
My meal sizes and compositions also vary. They all include protein, fats, and carbohydrates but the ratios are not consistent. I like Jon Gabriel's advice on adding "live" food and protein to a meal. By "live" food I think he is saying raw fruits and raw vegetables. He also recommends adding something with omega 3, but I think that is not good advice (since I am a PUFAphobe).
Since I started eating less often, I feel like I am starting to become much more discerning about food. It doesn't seem to be enough to just eat. It seems I am better able to determine which foods are affecting me in what way. I don't want to blow my treasured appetite on impoverished meals. I think I understand why the French are enjoying their paradox.