A couple of months ago I decided to embark on a three day fast for several reasons. I wanted to build mental resilience, cleanse my body of toxins, and lose a few pounds. It wasn’t easy but it certainly wasn’t the most difficult thing I’ve ever done either.

So, recently I decided to push my limits a little more and try a five day water fast, and I’d like to share the experience with you. To be honest, on day one I didn’t really notice a difference. Probably because I had absolutely gorged myself the day before (a large quarter pounder meal, a McDouble, another large fry, and about a case of beer. Yikes right?!?! I went a little overboard.)

On days two and three I started feeling absolutely fantastic. I honestly felt little to no hunger and noticed substantial increased mental clarity and mood. Day 4 was when I started having trouble. Mainly due to the enormous amount of fatigue my body was experiencing. I had trouble getting out of bed and moving around for the majority of the day, but I managed to make it through.

I’m currently on day 5 and I’m back to feeling pretty good. My body feels cleansed (although still slightly lethargic) and my mind feels pretty sharp. To be honest, the fast itself has been relatively easy – it’s reintegrating food that will be difficult. Of course, my first instinct when I break my fast is going to hit up Taco Bell to reward myself, but that would be rather counterproductive.

It’s important to break any fast slowly and with healthy foods. Come Friday morning I will probably kick my breakfast off the some berries and salad so that I don’t erase all of the work I’ve just done.

But after a couple days, you better believe I will be devouring those tacos. All in all, I would recommend this experience to anyone who is looking to get in better shape. Five days without food sounds daunting at first, but I promise it’s not as hard as it sounds.