I’m 8 hours into a 24-hour water fast right now, and while I wouldn’t exactly say I’m struggling, I am having some really interesting mental stuff going on. I attempted this last weekend, but only made it about 5 hours before I kind of panicked or something and binged big time. I’ve been reading about fasting and contemplating it for a long time but haven’t ever decided to really do it for real. So what I’m noticing is that the physical sensation of being hungry isn’t actually that bad, but the little voice in my head telling me to EAT SOMETHING RIGHT NOW is getting very insistent. Honestly, it’s kind of taking me back to the days when I was drinking and struggling to stop. I’ve been sober for almost 4 years, and I know on an intellectual level that the cravings will stop, but emotionally I’m feeling a little freaked out. I was expecting this from last weekend’s attempt, so I’m able to deal with it this time and just sit with it and experience it instead of being weirded out by it… but boy is this harder than I thought it would be. Do any of you with water fasting experience have any thoughts to share? I think I’m not looking for advice so much as just what it was like for you. Is the mental battle this hard every time, or does it get easier? I’m determined to do this. I keep thinking about all the people who don’t have enough to eat, like EVERY DAY, and how much food I usually consume, and how I’ve never in my life been REALLY hungry… 24 hours isn’t going to kill me, and the cleansing benefits are so worth it. OK, I admit, basically I’m just obsessing about food, LOL!