Episode 16: Mastering Hunger While Fasting [Mindfulness + 3 Practical Strategies]

Here I explain hunger, what causes it, and how to deal with hunger when you’re fasting.

Topics Addressed:

  • Preview of this episode (00:04)
  • How do you know when you’re hungry? (00:46)
  • 2 main things that contribute to hunger (2:00)
  • 2 ways to deal with hunger (05:21)
  • What is mindfulness? (5:34)
  • Key phrases related to mindfulness (6:29)
  • Dealing with hunger on a normal day (8:27)
  • Dealing with hunger when you’re fasting (9:45)
  • Step 1:  Observe (10:27)
  • Step 2:  Electrolytes (12:01)
  • Step 3:  Training Wheels (13:18)
  • Story:  Getting hungry on an ER shift (15:01)
  • Story:  Fasting on my way back from Hawaii (17:13)
  • Summary (19:50)
  • What to do with this info (23:13)

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Ben Tanner, PA-C

Ben has been practicing as a physician assistant (PA, or PA-C, similar to a doctor) in emergency medicine, urgent care, and family practice since 2014. Since 2016, he has developed an avid interest in various forms of fasting, using it to improve his own health while helping friends, family, and patients do the same.