I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z April (2016) Challange.
My theme is Low Carb High Fat.
(#LCHF on Twitter)
But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health.
It is about two women.
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.
As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.
Here we go…
I is for Intermittent Fasting
Do you ever take a break from eating?
Is fasting part of your lifestyle - religious or otherwise?
Back in July 2015 I introduced IF (Intermittent Fasting) to my daily routine by following a 16/8 program.
16 hours of NOT eating, followed by an 8 hour window where I could eat.
This translated to 12 noon - 8 pm being my eating window where I usually fit 2 meals in this time frame. (Lots of flexibility as needed, if I was eating later, the fast ran later the next day.)
Then, from 8 pm to 12 noon I DON’T eat. I have water w/ACV (apple cider vinegar) first thing in the morning, followed by coffee (black w/cinnamon).
When I first started IF, I would have a Rocket Fuel coffee, or two, until noon. Now, I’ll have the Rocket Fuel after my 16 hours are finished - before I have my first meal. It’s great when I’m on the go.
This is the Rocket Fuel recipe I use:
2 cups freshly brewed coffee (can be instant or even decaf)
1 Tbsp MCT oil (MCT is derived from Coconut Oil - only consisting of the 2 smaller molecular chains C8/C10) or you can simply use Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Milk (full fat, at least 11%)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (non-alcohol) or Vanilla Bean
I don’t add a sweetener - if you need to, please be mindful of what you choose - Erythritol or Xylitol would be preferred.
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 1 minute, then enjoy!
One of the first sites I found, back in July 2015 when surfing the net for stuff to help Mom, was Healthful Pursuits - Leanne is funny and her videos crack me up; she does have some interesting insights I liked, and used.
For serious IF folks the fasting state is all about having nothing but water and black coffee.
Dr. Ted Naiman’s Intermittent Fasting page is one of the best out there. I am a huge follower of his advice.
Another guy I think is brilliant is Martin Berkhan (on Twitter @MartinBerkhan). He’s website, LeanGains is one of the founding sites dealing with all things related to Intermittent Fasting.
Through Martin I came across his buddy - Dr. Bojan Kostevski. He wrote his PHD thesis on The Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Human and Animal Health.
I have read a ton of excellent information about fasting and personally just come off a 26 day fast where I existed on water, coffee, marrow bone broth and chicken broth, and the occasional cup of tea.
I lost 18 lbs and 19 inches, of which the bulk of those inches were from around my waist (4 inches around the thickest part).
Yup, I loved it. Just started one day, March 11th, and everyday just kept going.
First two days were odd - felt sort of lost with not eating - like I should be doing something with my mouth besides talking. Then there was the bit about feeling lost with not chopping and dicing.
But once those first three days passed I was cruising along. Weird to say the least. Anyway...
Finally, on April 6th I decide to reintroduce food to my life around 3 pm.
Quite frankly, I really liked fasting and will start adding a week here and there as needed.
The thing most notable for me was the results seen in my liver tests - total reversal of numbers that has spiked in February. My liver specialist was quite surprised with the improvement. I’ll be seeing him again at the end of April. It will be interesting to see how the numbers hold up.
Not that one can fast indefinitely, but I will say this - my head space was excellent, clear, focused and tuned in. So much so that I managed to get all my tax related paperwork sorted and filed without the usual stress that comes with that chore.
Also, given my car accident, my overall sense of optimism was improved. Though I am in lots of physical pain, my head space is much more positive then it was pre fasting.
And… as a funny note - it’s really affordable. Hahahaha!
Anyway - it was an experiment that I will be undertaking again, probably starting April 15th, after my daughter’s birthday. I’m baking a coconut flour cake and look forward to helping her celebrate by having a slice.
Since I still have a few more inches to lose and one of my liver enzymes still needs to come down a few points I want to do another fast to jump start those issues.
INTERMITTENT FASTING IS QUITE LIBERATING TOO!
Okay… that’s all for now, seems things are moving along smoothly as we make our way toward the middle of the month. But don’t get too relaxed, some tight hairpin turns await you.
Question for this post - Have you tried Intermittent Fasting?
Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.