Desiring a job in the medical field led me down an arduous path. I tried out for dental school after college and didn't quite make it. I then followed down the nursing path, and didn't feel that was a good fit either. A few years and conversations later after countless research on other allied health careers, I found myself linking up with a field that served me in more ways than I could count. I mean I finally got the hospital job I wanted that fit my technical wit and personality, sort of. Have you ever heard of sterile processing? It’s a department in the hospital that sanitizes the instruments needed to take care of people, especially those in surgery. Little did I know that this department is the heart of the hospital, and a well-oiled machine. Not only do you need the technical know-how to accurately and safely clean instruments, but you also need the interpersonal skill to work with the people in your department who help you do that. Because the department is split into many sections, it takes teamwork to make it all come together. You need to know all the surgical instruments which can be learned through flashcards. And then you need to learn all the sterilizers and cycles that they process. You learn the function of each section of the department by reading manuals that you can find online through a certification program. I did mine through The Sterile Processing University, over a two month period, for $800. This was the most cost-effective method for me, but a better chance at getting hired in a hospital is through a school that will give you hands-on experience. One I recommend is Asceptic Technical Solutions in the Greater Philadelphia area because my former boss owns the school, but there are others that are just as good.
I speak of this because I know the journey of weight gain, weight loss and everything in between. Cravings being at the core. As a technically obese person now, I speak firsthand about the success I have had from fasting. There have been 3 times in my life that I have lost significant weight from basically lowering my intake of food/calories. In short, all I was doing was fasting. You can call it OMAD or intermittent, but these methods allowed me to get out of the overweight category as a 12 year old in a month and a half time frame (losing 30 lbs). Into my ideal range at the age of 23 (60lbs), and on my way back there now at 32. The significance of me going through it now is that I have recognized my patterns and what I fail at and what has worked. In short, when I don't eat for a day, I lose two pounds by the next morning. If I do OMAD (one meal a day), I can lose 1 pound by the next morning or two if I don't overdo it and eat exceptionally light (like vegetables and a low carb). Keeping it up over time will allow me to reach my goal weight in a few months time frame if I can minimize my stress and navigate social food setbacks like seeing a treat on the kitchen table and avoiding big dinners. Taking in liquids that revive me like fresh water and mineral salts, celery juice, coconut water, or maybe coffee keep me in a steady and satisfied state. I am convinced that this works. I have lost 22 pounds so far in a month and a half and I feel great. The fasting has kept my cravings at bay, which in turn has kept me in a positive mental state. I'm not spiralling, yo-yoing back and forth, though I do think that learning about yourself is the greatest gain from that experience. Yes, fasting is the way for me, and it could be for you. Not for just losing weight but just for the mental clarity. It's a journey though, so be prepared for the long haul.