I have never been one to fast at all other than for church And that kind of fasting was totally for a different purpose Then for the other fasting purposes other people do it for.
It wasn’t until early fall of 2019 I started researching and utilizing resources to find out what this intermittent fasting was all about.
It wasn’t until I started doing my own research and utilizing the resources of those who already knew a lot about it scientifically and personally. I finally opened up to giving it a try not for the purpose of trying to lose weight but more importantly because of the health benefits it gave and it made so much sense.
I have been doing the intermittent fasting method since October of last year and have seen a lot of benefits, 3 huge examples that I was hoping to see a difference was 1) less inflammation and 2) less or no bloating and 3) more energy. It has proven to be a success.
Without trying to go into a full blown in-depth explanation, I want to try and keep it simplistic in the reason I chose to look into intermittent fasting. The principles we were taught years ago about eating more often throughout the day would help increase metabolism and keep your energy up. Realistically that method/principle applies more to the athlete demographic who’s job is training the majority of the day therefore they have to fuel themselves in order to keep their performance up to par.
For the average demographic in the working world, which is way more stagnant, you find a lot of people who cannot keep up with 5 to 6 meals/snacks a day. It’s hard and some people are still full from their previous meal/snack! Why? the meal they just ate May take way longer than 2 to 3 hours to digest. Plus, We are not moving as often to use that fuel. When you continue to eat more often and you’re not creating a deficit of burning those calories, your body Becomes lethargic and is starting to work twice as hard just to digest the food that you ate 2 to 3 hours prior on top of the next meal or snack that you’re about to put in your body. It becomes a continuous cycle.
In addition to that, the food choices that are being consumed are increasing the insulin in the blood that’s why statistics are so high with diabetes, hormonal imbalances and obesity.
It makes complete sense. In order for someone to regain metabolic increase, decrease insulin sitting in their blood and allow there weight to go down, you have to allow your body the time to actually do that!
To put it in more realistic terms what is happening to our body is like we are running A continuous marathon without any rest and pitstops aren’t enough. The body needs rest to recoup, Otherwise your body just starts shutting down and that is what a lot of people are experiencing…a shut down. Hormones aren’t working efficiently effecting so many areas within our body. Old cells are being flushed out and new cells aren’t being introduced in because there is such a back up. So what gives to break this torturous cycle? The fast and feast method, aka intermittent fasting. Obviously, intermittent fasting is NOT for everyone, it’s not a one size fits all answer BUT it’s one of the safest, most realistic and flexible methods to follow.
There are so many methods to doing intermittent fasting, and I have recommended this method to most of my clients because it’s not a strict diet, it’s just rethinking our relationship to food and our body (especially internally).
All of my clients who have made the choice to follow the intermittent fasting method have seen some great benefits and although everyone’s benefits vary, the most important thing is they can tell a difference.
One app my husband introduced me to is called Zero and it is a great accountability measure for those who choose to do intermittent fasting. It will keep you on a time schedule, reward you for your discipline, give you the flexibility to change a different intermittent fasting Method, as well as provide articles that keep you up-to-date.
If you are in a period of your journey where you are looking for a better connection/relationship into your nutrition habits and health, look into intermittent fasting.
if you have any specific questions for me, please let me know!