Yesterday I shared what I did after my holiday in order to get back to “myself”, that has been intermittent fasting. I do this without planning it but this time I made sure I planned it and was conscious of it. Due to my eating habits in Jamaica, not because they were extreme but I consumed a lot of bread and dairy. Gluten is a no and no for me, dairy works even better but still under the same umbrella. The type of dairy products I consumed were desert, hummingbird (a proper nice alcoholic shake) and butter. I ate plenty of food every day, I don’t snack normally and over there it was just food every where at the resort.
Anyhow, like I have preciously stated, my stomach is extremely sensitive even when it comes to healthy foods. I don’t eat chick peas or overly spicy food. Gluten is something I remove 90% of my time because it gives me the worse indigestion of all times. I should just understand that I should keep my foods clean and stop messing around.
So over to the intermittent fasting, everyone is talking about it and it is now very trendy. I have been doing intermittent fasting on and off since many years back, more so when I moved to London. Intermittent fasting is actually a cheaper way of living, honestly. I will tell you why.
There are various way of intermittent fasting. It all depends on what you can do and what you want to do, and what your purposes are.
There are many ways of doing intermittent fasting, such as 5:2 which includes 500-600 calorie intake only for two days, some fast the whole day and eat a big meal at night. That is some warrior-diet fasting.
– 16:8/18:6 method (14:10 works also). This type of fasting includes not consuming food after 8pm and no breakfast or any food until 12 noon. Some people extend there fasting to 20:4 and only have ONE big healthy meal.
14:10 is usually recommended for females, although females aren’t less stronger it just has to do with us losing blood for a few days every month.
People who are used to eat breakfast EVERY morning find this very hard to get used to it.
You can drink water, coffee (without sugar or milk) and other non-caloric beverages during your fasting. Once your eating window is open, be careful with what food you consume. A few healthy meals are essential in order to take the advantage of the fasting. Many find this way more natural, and easier to adapt themselves to. Myself included.
18:6 or 16:8 intermittent fasting is not for everyone and not everyone has to do it. If you are happy with the way your body feels and everything you are doing, no need for this. Even thought I do think we could benefits from this. I would never suggest this type of procedure to someone who has eating disorders, therefore you have to be careful with what you advice people on. I don’t like when people who haven’t even studied Nutrition properly start willynilly throwing advice. Always say, please research before even trying for your own sake. Intermittent fasting, isn’t just stop eating for 16-18 hours and then eat whatever the body wants. Eating unhealthy will not be beneficial for you at all, the fasting will be wasted in order words. If you want to lose weight, please do not consume unhealthy means during your eating hours.
There is one fasting method that my parents do often, I think I have previously mentioned it. 3 days fasting with non-caloric liquids. The body automatically regenerates itself after 3 days, your cells are being renewed. Again I wont go too much into details of what happens in the body because this is after all not a bio-medicine lecture. This post was more to increase your interest about intermittent fasting.
In regards to my intermittent fasting, I stop eating different times in the evening. Sometimes 5pm, sometimes 6pm, sometimes 8pm and start eating 11.30AM sometimes or 1PM. My fasting period is between 16-18 hours average. I do stop my fasting after 4 days and then go back to normal. I want to gain weight, so intermittent fasting may not be for me at all times. That is why I cut the intermittent fasting in the middle of 4 days doing it. When doing intermittent fasting with the purpose of loosing weight, please do research first what you can eat during your eating window. The best is to keep an healthy “diet” and when it comes to the drinking part. In general, drink lukewarm water as it is more gentle to your stomach. I have for a week now been drinking lukewarm water and as much as I hate it my body is actually loving it. I will explain on another post why lukewarm/hot water is good for you.
I get all my facts by reading and from my senior faster to Step dad, I experience the fasting myself and I make sure I do my research before jumping on any type of “diet”.
These points above are the benefits with intermittent fasting, there are other benefits and greater benefits when you water fast for several days. Fasting has always been in the human history so it is not something we would not be able to master even though it is not recommended for everyone. I will educate myself a little bit more about this. This is basically just a brief post about intermittent fasting.
Send me question or anything that I have missed.