I feel I have reached a new phase with my fasting. There is seldom a time where I have to snack - even after a fast. The fasts are truely instinctive. They don't really feel like fasts as I will abstain for a 24 hour period (running from evening meal on day one to evening meal on day two), so I do actually have at least one meal each day.
I have mentioned elsewhere that I get a feeling of slight hunger at some point on a fasting day, but nothing too uncomfortable - especially when compared with my hunger pangs as a refined carb eater. In those days, five hours from eating a low fat, wholemeal, complex-carb lunch would see me getting withdrawal-symptom like hunger. In addition, where as I used to get occasional weakness and shaking with hunger - there is none of that now. On a fasting day I can gladly work-out at lunchtime and in the evening hit a kick-boxing class without a second thought. On my return home I feel ready to eat.
I fasted today. I mentioned to a colleague at work that I couldn't wait for my evening meal. I made a similar comment on leaving work for the day to the same colleague. She claimed I was obviously starving and had been 'talking about food all day'.
This is a classic response from those under the spell of refined carbohydrate. Such people would find it uncomfortable to fast. I however, can fast with ease. My comments (and there WERE only two of them), was actually driven by the appeal and anticipation of food. This wasn't in response to hunger (although I am sure the smell of food at lunchtime might have driven some thoughts of food), it was simply an appreciation for how good my evening meal was going to be (organic roasted chicken with stir fry vegetables). Such quality fare inspires me (and I write this having just eaten).
That is another significant step in my paleo journey. I really do appreciate the flavours of foods now. Carb food can often taste the same - so much of what we eat is artificially sweetend. But eating 'close to the ground' develops a broader palette.