Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for Intermittent Fasting


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?


Cheers, Jenny


 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.

15 comments:

  1. I'm a type 1 diabetic so modifications would have to be made. Thanks for sharing!

    Laura Hernandez
    @VoluptuousBDiva from
    The Voluptuous Book Diva
    YA Book Divas

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    1. Things are definitely different for type 1 diabetics. I do know it can be done. Thanks for dropping by and taking a read. Cheers, Jenny

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    2. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to boost metabolism, blocks the body’s storage of dietary fat plus breaks down and dissolves existing body fat. A study at Australia’s University of Sydney in which subjects who consumed two tablespoon of ACV daily experienced fewer surges and crashes in blood sugar levels. Read more at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/apple-cider-vinegar-acv-helps-to-boost-metabolism/

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  2. My fasting has been for medical reasons getting colonoscopies. Actually the fasting part wasn't so bad and started feeling good after a while. I haven't intentionally done intermittent fasting other than when I've been sick and didn't feel like eating. I need to fast more often.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi Lee - varying degrees of fasting are used for medical testing. And, it's just part of our natural physiology to not eat when we are not feeling well - seems our bodies are way ahead of us when it comes to stuff like that.
      I think you would like IF if you tried it for a couple of days - definitely seems to be something that agrees with me.

      I hope you're having fun with the A to Z - I'm enjoying this year!

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  3. Very interesting mum! Thank you for sharing! I might give it a go one day too hehe...

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    1. Thanks Miss CP - I'm glad you're reading along. Yes, you might like a fasting day or two… you never can tell with us Pearson Girls, eh!

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  4. Interesting. I do this often without calling it fasting. I'm just not hungry for long stretches of time. Nice to know it's a good thing.

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    1. Hi Leigh - I not surprised that fasting is part of your routine. I think our bodies, when we take the time to listen to them, actually guide us into and out of fasting periods. They are something we, as humans, have done since the beginning of time.

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  5. I used to do it more often. I still go long stretches without eating, but I will drink things.

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    1. Hi Ruth - I could see you being someone who fast - I drink and enjoy broths when I fast for longer than 3 days.

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  6. I sort of did when i was leaning up for Cancun. A shake in the morning and for lunch and a sensible dinner. Took awhile for my body to adjust, as I'm a big eater, but it worked. Sad thing is I hated every minute of it.

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    1. You did a great job with "leaning" up for Cancun - definitely noticeable in your scrubs! Hahaha Now that little Corabella is here she'll keep you hopping so no extra pounds will be hanging around for long.

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  7. There is no way I can do this. I need to eat every 2 hours since I am hypoglycaemic. I would faint if I did this. I know a couple of people who did this and swear by it.

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    1. You'd be surprised how fasting can help with hypoglycaemia. If you ever get a chance to read Dr. Fung's book, The Obesity Code, he explains how it works and how it helps diabetics and those with low blood sugar as well. Quite a fascinating book.

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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