thanks for the tip! i will try the ice thing, although i am also frequently cold on this fast, lol. i plan on fasting in the spring again when it is beginning to warm up. i wanted to fast before autumn hit, but life didn't allow it.
surprisingly, handling food hasn't made me want to break my fast, but you are all right, it certainly does stimulate the hunger, real or perceived.
so, day 14 today. thanks for the input and support you guys. i really need it.