I get asked a lot why I practice intermittent fasting, and some people ask it with a little bit of horror, some with a dose of pity, as if I am depriving myself from something, or worse, as if I am starving myself.
I came across intermittent fasting quite by accident (I know, I’ve been under a rock). Ever since I can remember I have disliked eating in the morning, and getting me in to a moving vehicle right after eating in the morning makes me feel ill. But as most people, I was raised under the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that if you don’t eat breakfast your body will go in to starvation mode and you will become overweight and will also die. Does any of that ring a bell?
I took my chances until I got pregnant with baby boy, and then I taught myself the eat in the morning, but it was always a chore. The only way I could get through it was eating a few hours after waking up, but what happened was that I was then hungry all.day.long., and then evening came and I was craving food. Baby girl came along and I kept on making myself eat in the morning.
A few years after she was born I set out to lose some weight and the hardest part for me was mornings! I didn’t want to use any calories, or food groups, or whatever in the morning, I wanted to use them later, but since I HAD to eat in the morning I would, and that would kind of derail my day, turning most days in to cheat days.
One day I literally googled (I know, I know, google isn’t a doctor, but you’ve done it too) “is it ok to skip breakfast”, and the world of intermittent fasting opened up to me.
I discovered all these interesting studies on intermittent fasting (good and bad), and read and listened to both sides of the argument, and discovered as well that what you eat is more important than when you eat (some resources below). There’s also a lot of information about not fasting when you’re pregnant or a child (so good thing I taught myself to eat breakfast pregnant). 🙂
I tried it. And the first 3 days were miserable. Because I had taught myself to eat in the morning, I was sooooo hungry by lunch time, but I had promised myself to give it a fighting chance, so I did, and by day 4 the morning went by without me thinking of food at all.
I was hooked.
I went to see my doctor and hesitantly told him I was trying this and he was immediately supportive and enthusiastic about it (he does it too) and pointed me towards some excellent resources.
Is it for everyone? No.
Will you lose weight? Maybe.
Is it easy? For me it’s been SUPER easy after an adjustment period.
Is it worth it? For me, the answer is absolutely yes.
I’ll write more later about how I practice intermittent fasting, but for now I’ll say this: health is not about doing what everyone else does, health is about finding the magic combination for your body to be the best you you can be. In my case, being the healthiest version of myself includes intermittent fasting.
I sleep better, I eat better, I have more energy, I work out harder than before. And since I’ve been doing this for over a year, it’s safe to say it’s sustainable.
Also, just to be clear, I’m not a medical professional. This is just my opinion and the reason why I do what I do.
Keeping it simple,
About intermittent fasting: