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Friday, November 11, 2011

I think it's time for an obligatory fasting post, because I talk about it a lot.

I fast. For 1-2 days a week I take an 18-22 hour break from eating. I've actually been doing this for almost two years now.

I got the idea from a very smart guy named Brad Pilon who has written a book called "Eat, Stop, Eat" www.eatstopeat.com/index6.sht

Brad is not a proponent of things that make you lose weight super fast or fad diets. Brad has a Master's degree in Human Biology and Nutritional Science. He reads and cited peer-reviewed scientific literature on a regular basis. The book is about 84 pages of a simplified literature review on fasting research. There are 10 pages of references. I've chatted with Brad on twitter and we've shared scientific articles. He's a very smart guy. Try his blog bradpilon.com/

Therefore, after examining the literature myself and his review of it, I decided to try the Eat, Stop, Eat method. Fact is: I love it.

Some things you should know about fasting.
1) 24 hours of fasting WILL NOT ruin your metabolism
2) being hungry is often more psychological than physiological
3) short term or intermittent fasting has health benefits such as increasing insulin sensitivity
4) You can exercise fasting, I mean running, weight lifting, everything.
5) When I fast: I am not starving. Most of the time, I'm not even hungry. I can sit in a room full of people eating, sip on a cup of tea, and be perfectly content.

Yes, for me, this is a way to reduce my overall calorie intake. I have some issues where once I'm eating, I can tend to go overboard easily. However, if I choose not to eat, I find it easy to simply avoid food for a period of time and then go back to eating easily.

Sometimes, my life is so crazy, that having a fast day is awesome. I don't have to spend time cooking, preparing food, or worrying about eating every 3-5 hours so that my blood sugar doesn't fall (since I am on meds that can make that happen). FYI - when I fast, I don't take the blood sugar meds. No need if no sugar coming in.

Brad is also very clear: fasting is meant to be easy and flexible. If something changes on a fast day, then I make changes. I move my fast days around. I've stopped one in the middle because a friend invited me out to lunch and then picked it up the next day. I don't feel beholden to doing this. I do it because I like it, and it works for me. It's not a way to guiltily "make up" for overeating.

I'm always willing to answer questions about fasting. I can ask Brad the ones I don't know on twitter, but between his MS and my PhD in various biologies, we can typically find an answer.

I just want to emphasize once more: I do it because I like it, and it works for me.

Okay, information session over, Q&A to begin shortly.

BTW - post-fast weight: 157.3, generalized feeling: Awesome!

Onward and upward!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EAGLES_WINGS 3/13/2012 7:57PM

    I never thought I could eat as little as I have been eating today. I think stretching those boundaries and being less pyschologically dependent on food may be a good thing. I, though, believe right now that good nutrition is nourishing. I am learning about nutrition and have not succeeded with fasting in the past. It is something worth thinking about. Thank you.

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SUPERSYLPH 11/11/2011 3:16PM

    I don't understand the reasoning for doing this.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/11/2011 1:38PM

    It's all about what works for you! I have to echo your sentiment. For me, if I do not eat breakfast I just do not get hungry! I do not personally do the fast, but I could see how for me it would be feasible.

Have a good weekend.

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HOPESINGH 11/11/2011 10:51AM

    why, or how, does it improve insulin sensitivity?

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CIVIAV 11/11/2011 7:22AM

    Sometime life can actually imitate the way life is meant to be. Like this post!

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Every encounter thatís obstructionary comes in my name

Thursday, November 10, 2011

So, my lyric today is from MC Frontalot who does Nerdcore hiphop, and who I'm going to see tonight!!

My weight is holding right now at 159.4 and today will be a fast day. Well, I had breakfast, but I made sure it was super-low-carb and I didn't take my metformin, so now I should have no problem going through tomorrow morning. Since I teach until about 5:30 and the concert is at 8pm two hours away, not eating will be much easier than eating.

Yesterday, I went to a meeting with our Assistant VP and she provided a ton of delicious goodies, of which I ate too many. Tomorrow I will be at a workshop with food. Therefore, not eating today sounds fabulous to me.

I did my strength workout this morning, so woot! for that! Now, I'm off to work and insanity of preparing for being out all night and working again tomorrow morning. Gotta love it.

Oh, I might get involved in a learning community at school that's focused on refugees moving to America, and I'm thinking that my contribution could be to talk about what happens to people when they suddenly encounter American foods after being used to their, probably more whole food oriented, home traditions, especially in terms of nutrition and immunity. Sound good?

Okay. Time to get going.

Onward and upward!

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SUPERSYLPH 11/10/2011 1:22PM

    I don't whole-heartedly agree with the "not eating" thing. So yesterday you overate. Today is a new day.

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HOPESINGH 11/10/2011 8:21AM

    I don't think I really understand what "not eating will be much easier than eating". No such thing in my book!
Enjoy the concert and good luck with these plans. Any chance you'll put some summary of this future food-lecture on your blog? Sounds very interesting.

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Set an Open Course for the Virgin Sea

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Day 2 of blogging, that's good.

I'm part of a challenge this week where I'm trying not to eat after 9pm. So far, I'm 2 for 2! Woot!

Yesterday I had to go to the DMV in the afternoon to finally get my new plates, and I ate lunch there, but totally forgot about snack in the afternoon since I was home and not at work. I also forgot to nap. Fortunately, it all seemed to work out, but at about 5:30pm, my body was like, whoa, wait a minute and do something!

I didn't work out yesterday afternoon/evening, but I did a whole lot of book moving and sorting, so I'm hoping that burned some serious calories. On that note: I've now unpacked and set up a whole shelf of Star Trek books, a crate of children's books, I organized the academic books (including my husband choosing ones to donate), and I set-up a whole two shelves of old scifi books. I'm actually down to just three boxes of books not unpacked. I think that means we only need one more bookshelf! I may need another crate as well, because I have a few more music books that I thought.

Okay, today I need to get some kickboxing done and then this afternoon, some running.

Onward and upward!

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-LINDA_S 11/9/2011 2:14PM

    I hope I never have to move again. there would definitely have to be a major book purging! Most of them are cookbooks...

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2011 11:11AM

    Oh my . . . book moving DEFINITELY burns the calories! Glad you got through the day.

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DOTSLADY 11/9/2011 9:52AM

    How bookish of you. I've been bookish myself - packing 'em though. They're heavy, but seeing a nook on the shelves would be unsettling - lol. I try to not eat after 7 or 8. I seem to like to eat something at 9 and I don't lose. Good for you for 2 days of doing it! WoOT!

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It's a New Craze

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

So, I've been lax in being here. I've also been busy, stressed, and eating too much junk. It would appear that Project lose-ten-pounds-before-Thanksgiving is a bust, and now I'm settling for project don't-gain-weight-before-Thanksgiving. Halloween candy didn't so much help, nor has work related insanity nor scary priced car-fixing money related annoyances.

It's a good thing I fast, or I think I would have gained 10 pounds instead! As it is, I'm holding this morning at 159.8, so that's good. I failed to exercise last week pretty much at all, and this week I've done yoga and strength, so I'm getting it back together.

That's about all I have time for because I'm still a little nuts, but I wanted to pop in and do what I'm suppose to do!

Onward and upward!

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ANNEVIOLET 11/9/2011 8:13AM

    Do people give you a hard time for fasting? I was working with a trainer that acted like it was the worst thing I could ever do. But I'm just not hungry all the time and hate force-feeding myself every few hours. I'd rather eat when I'm hungry. I'm never hungry in the morning and the trainer was basically like you HAVE to eat breakfast. I tried to force myself for a few weeks but it never got any better. I felt like a little kid forcing down food I hated!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/8/2011 7:44PM

    I can relate to the crazies. It seems I am trying to juggle too many balls in the air here lately.
So, all I can say is Hang in there. It will all work out.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/8/2011 10:34AM

    Glad you're hanging in there despite the crazies! Must be in the air.

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HOPESINGH 11/8/2011 9:50AM

    Work-related madness is my new middle name! I so know what you mean, and we're in the same boat (hardly any workouts during the last week or so).
I hope we'll both return to sanity soon, keep doing what you're supposed to do! emoticon

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She's Got a Ticket to Ride and She Don't Care

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So, that thing that happens to my life where everything goes insane at once is back. Started this weekend when a friend who I hadn't seen in four years came to visit, and then I have 3 major deadlines this week that AREN'T class stuff. Yikes!

Suffice to say, my habits and timings are a little thrown, and my weight is, ummm, scary up.

I'm getting it together though. I'm still working out. Still mostly eating okay, though not great. Probably not going to have time to blog this week, though. Did kickboxing this morning: Pow!

Now, I'm off to take the car to the shop for some basics, new tires, fix the heat again, check out the brakes, etc. Eleven year old cars are oh so much fun.

Okay, keep it up, I'm here in spirit even when not in person.

Onward and upward!

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SUPERSYLPH 10/26/2011 6:58PM

    You'll get through it, just hang in there!

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HOPESINGH 10/26/2011 4:09PM

    Good luck with this pile of fun stuff emoticon
Will wait patiently for your return!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/26/2011 8:52AM

    Take care of yourself. At least you're not alone with having insane days, weeks or even months! You've got company!!!

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NANCYBOAT 10/26/2011 8:06AM

    I'm with you on the insane weeks - I think I'm on week #3 of that. It's hard to eat right and exercise when you have so much going on. Hang in there - this too shall pass!

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