16 (Fri) April 2021
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
Spring Cleaning (Day 5 of 5)
Years overdue, I have successfully completed a water fast – nothing but water – for 5 days this week, Monday to Friday.
- Day 1 (12.097 Water)
- Day 2 (12.098 Taste Test: Mineral Waters)
- Day 3 (12.099 500 ml of Water)
- Day 4 (12.100 Taste Test: Sparkling Waters)
- Day 5 (12.101 Uisge)
At the end of Day 5, I’ve had enough. In addition to dizziness, I had a headache all day. I was worried that I’d be safe enough to drive home. But I was never hungry.
My longest fast was 12 days. I did it in 1998, when I staying with my parents over the summer to study for the LSAT. After a week, the body had been reduced to a shell, incapable of doing anything beyond shuffling very slowly to and from the bathroom to pee. But the mind and soul had achieved nirvana – or maybe it was just lightheadedness. In any case, I recall being extremely focused on my studies – no other worldly matters to worry about, which is likely why monks do it – though probably the lack of nutrients in my brain prevented much retention. I had been aiming for 14 days, a full 2 weeks, but my mother got worried – said that I could barely lift my head, even to study – and shoved a chunk of watermelon in my mouth on Day 12.
Did you know? The term “whisky” derives from the classic Gaelic “uisge,” which means “water.” Early forms of whisky were called “uisge beatha = water of life” – a translation of the Latin “aqua vitae” – until it was shortened and Anglicized to “whisky” by distilleries in the 18th Century; “usquebaugh” is still used today by Gaelic speakers in Ireland and Scotland. Bonus: “vodka” derives from the Slavic “voda,” which is closely related to the Old English “waeter.”
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