Why Fasting is My Favorite F Word
How many of you are still under the impression that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day or that you should be eating 6 small meals per day? If I was a betting person, I’d say most of you... because that is what has been drilled into us since we were little.
The good news is that people are starting to catch on that the only people benefiting from us eating like that are the food companies. If we stopped making breakfast the most important meal of the day, Kellogg's might actually go out of business.
I remember a time in my life, not that long ago, when I would’ve fainted if somebody told me I would voluntarily skip meals and go 16-18 hours/day without eating. Especially because if I did skip meals back then, I would experience huge blood sugar crashes and become seriously hangry (hungry+angry=hangry).
The Body Will Tell You, if You Listen
When I started the keto life, I never suspected I would incorporate fasting into my routine. It’s not like I planned it to happen, it just started happening without much thought or awareness.
What I realized was that when I was feeding my body satiating foods, full of good fats, lots of veggies, moderate amounts of protein and hydrating like my life depended on it, I found out a few things about myself:
- I lost cravings for sugar and other carby “treats.”
- I didn’t suffer from blood sugar crashes. I wasn’t eating things that would cause huge insulin spikes and then leave me in a puddle on the floor when they dropped back down a few hours later.
- I started to recognize real hunger signals versus eating out of habit - like, "It’s 8am, so I must eat breakfast!"
- I was able to go for extended periods of time without being hungry or even thinking about food at all.
- The need to snack throughout the day was diminished or nonexistent.
Being the ever-curious person I am, I dove into this to find out what this all meant and what I found confirmed what I was beginning to suspect; what I was eating was as important as when and how often I was eating.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Fasting has been around for thousands of years and has been used strategically for all kinds of illnesses.
Fasting was a natural part of life and our bodies are super efficient at thriving during times of scarcity. Can you imagine a caveman suffering from hypoglycemia? Or obesity and heart disease? In fact, it’s only over the last 100 years or so that we've had access to food whenever we want it.
How Do I Learn the Right Way to Fast?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a way of eating that allows the body time to go after the fat stores you’ve built up over time. It also allows cells to regenerate and is known to:
- help control blood pressure
- lower LDL and triglyercides
- help with insulin resistance/Type 2 diabetes
- starve cancer cells
- boost immune system
- help with weight-loss and fat burning
There are many ways to fast but I prefer fasting daily. I stop eating between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and then break my fast the next day between 10:30am and 1:00pm. Some days I go longer than others because I’m just not hungry, and other days I’m ready to eat earlier. I listen to my body.
Now that there isn’t any static noise from all of the junk I used to eat, I am able to interpret what my body is telling me and honor it by giving it what it needs, when it needs it.
You don’t need to stress or worry about adding this into your own life. I promise, if you are diligent with your keto lifestyle, you’ll start to experience a lot of the same things I did, all of my clients do, and when you’re ready, you’ll do it and it will be easy.
There is so much more on this subject and it's is one of my favorite topics, so there will be even more about this in my Get Keto Clear in 5 Days free program (sign up today and get started!). I’d hate for you to miss what might just be one of the most important elements in the ketogenic lifestyle.
Believe it or not, fasting might just become one of your favorite “F” words, too!