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One of the similarities among groups that Price observed was a form of fasting:
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Each group observed periods of partial abstinence from food, or regulated periods of under-eating. For some, this came about as a natural result of summer crops being in short supply before the new crops were harvested. For others, certain rituals began or ended with days of fasting. Still others taught the value of periodic under-eating by taboos or other means.
Do you think this applied even while nursing? Nursing a toddler? How about with adrenal fatigue?

I'm guessing that partial fasting wouldn't be that bad while nursing a 2yo, and I keep coming across the benefits of fasting. It's not something I've ever done before, so I'm trying to chart the new territory

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Fasting while nursing is a bad idea- when you detox, all of the toxins escape through fluids (ie: breastmilk).

I'm sad as well. I want to do a raw diet detox but can't yet.
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My goal isn't detox so much as improving digestion. I wonder about fast-5 sometimes too - then there isn't really a reduction in calories, but your gut still gets a break. But then I worry about my blood sugar and adrenals.

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Muslims fast during the day (sunup to sundown) for one month out of the year.

It does change your perspective on food, it helps you realize how *little* you really need to survive. Doing it while nursing a toddler is no big deal. Can't say about improving digestion, I tend to fast for reasons other than that.
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FYI nursing Muslim mamas generally do not fast during Ramadan. Neither do pregnant women, very young children, the very old, or the very ill.
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I would also advise caution if you have any kind of overeating/emotional eating disorder, or you think you might be kind of on that spectrum. I found fasting to be easy from a "just not eating" perspective, but it made me obsess about food a lot more and was entirely counterproductive for weight loss and healthy eating habits. Once I get my overeating in hand I may try again, because it does make you FEEL very good, but it wasn't good for my brain's relationship with food.

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My goal isn't detox so much as improving digestion. I wonder about fast-5 sometimes too - then there isn't really a reduction in calories, but your gut still gets a break. But then I worry about my blood sugar and adrenals.
I tried fast 5 toward while I was nursing my almost-two-year-old. She was only nursing a couple of times a day and I wasn't worried about detoxing. Really, nursing moms fast all the time when they're sick out of necessity, and it doesn't seem to bother nurslings at all, so I personally think that the worries about detoxing through BM while fasting are overblown Anyhow, I can't say that fast 5 improved my digestion (which is why I was doing it) but it didn't cause blood sugar problems, and I do tend to be prone to blood sugar problems.
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Really, nursing moms fast all the time when they're sick out of necessity, and it doesn't seem to bother nurslings at all, so I personally think that the worries about detoxing through BM while fasting are overblown
I tend to agree with you. I have a good friend who's an herbalist and she says that toxins really don't leave through breastmilk that much. That's what we have a liver and kidney's for.
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