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Friday, June 08, 2012

I am learning about and toying with Intermittent Fasting. emoticon
Google it- there's tons of info online.

I am finding it shockingly easy to go 16-18 hours on nothing but water and Green Tea.
Sure, I have some hunger pangs, but they come and go, believe it or not.
I observe them, drink another cuppa something, and life goes on.
My latest attempt is two days in a row- no problemo!
No headaches, no light-headedness, no shakiness.
I think knowing I can have a small late lunch (about 2 pm) and a regular supper makes the hunger totally bearable.
If I'm starving- I take 3 small bites of nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
Here's a funny thing-
I was trying to keep this a big secret from DH who I know would not be happy about me trying one more 'weird' diet or some such-
but he doesn't even notice it when I'm fasting!!! emoticon
I guess as long as I'm preparing and sharing our normal (healthy) dinner, he just doesn't notice. They're clueless, aren't they?

Will keep you posted. emoticon

*addendum: I am not advocating this for anyone else- remember, we are all on our own journey and there are many many right paths. I have never been able to fast before, either!
** second addendum: I did it one day the first time-
two days the next week (Wed and Fri)
and three days this week: Sun, Wed and Thurs.
The biggest problem is boredom, actually.
I've had a lot of time to catch up on sparking, paperwork, and reading.
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    Tell us your results???? Did you see anything on the scale? Hope it works for you. I am doing and have been doing WW and love it. Wished I would have joined long before I did. Good luck, Elizabeth.
    2110 days ago
    Elizabeth, it amazes me to no end how very different every-body is....

    I used to believe that there was only one 'right' way to do things, dietetically speaking - the much-vaunted 6 small meals a day approach. And I probably thought it was the 'one right way' because it's the way that works best for me....I did try IF for a while, but it was a total bust on every level...thus reinforcing the thought that 'my approach' was 'best'.

    But I have learned a lot since those days, and have read from others around the 'net and so on who handle their daily eats differently, and find that it works beautifully for them - both for loosing weight and for just generally feeling good.

    My biggest lesson has been up close and DH has been struggling with his weight as long as I've known him. He was always telling me that he was at his best when he would go all day without eating much except for lunch - which I poo-pooed and repeatedly tried to get him to do things 'my way'.

    Fast forward....December 2011 he put his foot down and started eating the way he used to when he was slimmer. Today, he is looking and feeling the best I've seen in a long time....and is 14 lbs slimmer.... emoticon Granted, he exercises regularly now too (thank God!), but I believe in part that the discipline and focus of his eating approach (and the fact that he feels better eating this way) has helped him to stay on track.

    You know yourself and your body...and you are experimenting with something new to see how that feels, and I applaud you and support you in this.....wear this for a while and see where it goes. You'll know what to do and when to do it, of that I am sure!!!!
    2111 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2012 3:10:32 PM
    it is not for me these days now I am diabetic.
    2111 days ago
    This girl has been blogging stuff that reminds me of your situation:


    I think she's going to have something soon. She has been stuck for a long time at calorie restriction + cardio, and has recently incorporated heavy strength training, and apparently more food.
    2111 days ago
    2111 days ago
    Best to you -- I don't know if it's for me, I haven't tried fasting since the 1980s. There's been a LOT of water under the bridge since then -- including gastric bypass surgery. We'll see. In the meantime, I want to support you in whatever way I can -- but I'll have to look into it more before I participate.

    2112 days ago
    I have lowish blood pressure so I can't fast or I faint! I hope it works for you in losing some pounds.

    2112 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    I understand where you are coming from. I know I would eat *far* less most days, if I weren't the primary "go-to" meal planner/cook in our family. It forces me to think about food WAY MORE than I want to! When I was single, I averaged between 150-165 (granted, before kids), which is my set-point weight.

    I DREAM about the days when I don't have to plan meals for everyone! Or have hot dogs/pasta/tacos/pizza etc., b/c it's "easy and what the kids will eat". (that's only the case about half the time, but still....doesn't fit into my plan!)

    (and I'll be joining you ASAIPC)
    2112 days ago
    I'll be interested in hearing how it goes... I've considered fasting one day/week. I don't think it can do any harm (if I get shaky or light-headed, I'll stop).
    2113 days ago
    Yeah, I'm with all of them. I used to try fasting of all sorts in the 70's and 80's. It only led to an overall unhealthy obsessive/compulsive relationship with food. I love the philosophy Sparkpeople promotes. It has reinforced my desire to keep food in it's proper perspective. It gives me fuel and I enjoy it and use moderation as my key. No more extremes for me.
    Good luck and we'll be anxious to know how it works for you.
    2113 days ago
    Interesting. I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your fasting. How long of a time are you planning?
    2113 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    I used to fast - juice fasting that is - in the 80's. I would make a vegetable broth (made from strained boiled potatoes, beets, greens) and that was my main drink - at least 3 times a day as well as diluted 50/50 natural juices (from the health food store) and of course water. The longest I did it was 14 days, but had to use enemas every day (I know repulsive to most) to get rid of "toxins". I couldn't do it now because of stomach and sugar issues and I'm not certain that it really did me any good as any weight lost eventually returned when I slowly went back to eating solids. I remember reading years ago that Michael Jackson juice fasted on Mondays every week. Some people are strong believers in fasting and others are strongly opposed to it. You're your own best judge. Let us know how it goes please.
    2113 days ago
  • CTOMEK1-123
    huh i am with mexgal my low blood sugar gives me the shakes when i try and fast.
    2113 days ago
    Let us know how you get on, I would never fast..
    2113 days ago
    I can't do that. As much as I'd like to as a diabetic i need protein and carbs. good luck to you. but please be careful.
    2113 days ago
    Hum, interesting. Let us know how it goes. I get too lightheaded...blood sugar goes wacky.
    2113 days ago
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