We're both going through the same thing with hypo. We NEED longer fasts or a complete fast.
If you're in great shape and healthy, shorter fasts are great for maintenance.
But when you're dealing with disease, as we are, longer fasts are necessary.
Chrisb1 wouldn't be here right now if he limited himself to short fasts.
Shelton fasted all of his patients to extended intervals.
It's my opinion that a 5 day fast doesn't do much. It is far better than nothing and if it is a starting point, that's fine as well. But I certainly wouldn't want to give anybody the impression that a 5 day fast is going to help with much. That would be misleading. I've done weeks and weeks of fasting in the last several months, and I STILL have a long ways to go. So I'm speaking from my own experience. If this isn't support, I don't know what is.
Support is not telling somebody nice things that are false. That's not support. Support is sometimes harsh.
I believe that if you're only doing 5 day fasts, it will take you ages to recover from your condition. If that's OK with you, then that's your prerogative. I'm just not that patient, and I'm looking forward to you posting that your hypo is gone.
I feel your pain. Fasting takes a tremendous amount of will power, but I'm pretty sure you can do more than 5 days.
Have you ever had a trainer? Sometimes they yell at you and sometimes they praise you. It takes both. Have you ever raised children? Same thing.
Doesn't it motivate you to hear of all the people here who done extended fasts? Doesn't it make you say, hey if they can do that I can at least do a week or two?
I guess my objection with your approach is that it seems to be more pessimistic than optimistic. If you're going to do a fast, instead of saying "I can only handle 5 days" rather say "I'm going to try to go as long as possible, but 5 days will be my minimum."
As for preaching:
"For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."
Please don't denigrate church, it's a mistake you'll regret for eternity.