Saturday, January 19, 2013
More on intermittent fasting...
If you look at the big picture, intermittent fasting of any kind basically boils down to eating less for a little or a long while, the length of time your choice. Some do anything from 20/4 to 14/10. Muslims eat a little before sunrise and then again after sunset and they fast twice a week I have heard. Others do Alternate Day Fasting or 5/2 or Fast 5. I eat at noon every day unless it is a feed day, then I will have a smoothie or a green drink at 10 after yoga or Water Babes.
Isn't it simply meal restriction?
I imagine being Ayla in the Clan of the Cave Bears, hunting for berries and roots, and mammoth. Some days there is very little to eat but happily I have water to drink. Water; that alone assuages the hunger pangs and is my drink, hot or cold, along with my herbs, for I am Ayla.
No matter what the dietitians might say, I no longer eat breakfast. I see it as cleansing time for the innards and what better cleanser than clean water? When I eat breakfast I eat all day. When I don't, I don't.
Today my first food was a banana at about one and a full meal at two. (Ayla slaughtered wild boar today) so I had what our family would consider normal: Scrambled eggs, pork sausages, bacon, sweetcorn fritters, two slices of toast, butter, rose petal jam (gotta LOVE it!) and a cup of Earl Grey tea with milk, something I haven't had in a while. I reckon this meal is a fairly high caloric meal, but I am not even going to track it because today is a Feed Day. The hunters were successful!
I must just add that I cook with little oil and add water to help food not stick to the pan. If I am doing fritters, I will use a basting brush to coat the pan lightly with a film of oil, and the cooked bacon is put on paper towel in the warming oven so that the fat content of the meal is lowered. Instead of cream or milk in scrambled eggs, I use a tablespoon of water, a hint from a great chef.
On the menu tonight is Spaghetti Bolognese with beans pureed with garlic and onion and added to the minced beef as a Low GI addition. I shall be making steamed courgette ribbons because I want to try them with the meat sauce instead of spaghetti. The salad is a Greek one with olives and feta with a lemon and olive oil dressing. Dessert is a small frozen yogurt.
This meal is a lower calorie meal as I will be having only one palm size of meat and two or three palm sizes of steamed and raw vegetables.
I do love bowl food...it's that Ayla thing again.