Warning: This article was written for entertainment purposes only. We are not medical practitioners, registered dietician or healthcare workers of any kind. This is merely a story of a leg in one person’s personal food journey. Please seek professional medical attention before embarking on this or any other dietary change or practice.
Intermittent Fasting and Me
Unbeknownst to myself, for years I practiced what is now known as intermittent fasting or IF. Unwittingly, I performed the 16/8 method, not eating anything after 8 P.M. and before noon. Any eight hour period where you eat what you want will work, but you cannot eat outside of that. I was never much of a breakfast person, and would often wait until lunchtime to eat my first meal of the day. In lieu of food, I contentedly sipped on hot green tea and felt quite satisfied. On the weekends, being the social person that I am, all bets were off. I ate what I liked and when I wanted to, without a second thought. I will tell you that I have always eaten a pretty healthy diet of lean meats, fish and vegetables and was never a big fan of pasta, bread, rice or fast foods. During the time I practiced intermittent fasting I maintained a healthy weight, had ample energy, clear skin and great hair. More importantly my annual checkups all returned great results.
However, over time, I allowed the so called “professionals” to convince me that maybe not eating breakfast was an unhealthily practice. I slowly but surely began to eat a little earlier in the day. I still need to be up for at least two to three hours before I begin to feel hungry, but I can usually eat something around 9 A.M., and still do not eat after 8. I struggle a little more to maintain a good weight now, but this could be due to other things. Everything else is on point so I do not worry too much about it.
Throughout my dietary journey I have learned several things. The most important lesson being that everyone is different. Every one of us has customized metabolisms, patterns, eating habits, lifestyle requirements and choices that cause us to eat in different ways. As individuals we have a responsibility to listen to our bodies and do what is right for us. There are many pro’s to the practice of intermittent fasting. Do your research and make sure that this is a practice you want to partake in. If you decide to practice IF, wean yourself into it slowly. Perhaps try to not eat for one hour later than usual every week until you have reached your goal “food time”. Sudden food cessation can cause headaches as well as other ailments that are unnecessary. For me, I think I am going to try this again. Please note: Draw the line at habits that create eating disorders. Binging and purging are dangerous habits that cause life threatening illness. If you or anyone you know is suffering with an eating disorder, please seek medical attention or call the eating disorder hotline at 1-866-550-7845 where professionals are available to talk to you.
Quote of the Diet: “Most cultures traditionally link food and spirituality directly with periodic restrictions and celebrations punctuating the year. Abstinence from particular foods or full-on fasting is part of many religious traditions and holidays.” – Marcus Samuelsson