Monday, July 22, 2013
I joined Spark a bit over a year ago, lost 25 lbs through healthy eating and exercise and was looking to lose more; I gained over the holidays and by this last June was starting to creep up even more by a pound a week. I heard about this eating plan called 5:2 where you fast 2 days a week - 2 non-consecutive days- and eat "normally" the other 5 days. Because I had just done a colonoscopy and had to have only have liquids the day prior, which was easy, I thought I would try it out. My plan was to eat 500 calories on fasting days and the other days would be a day off from thinking about what I can and cannot eat but not be binge days. Since I'm retired, I don't think this would be possible if I had the busy workdays I used to have, plus in the first weeks, my body really cleansed and I needed a lot of bathroom breaks! My fasting days, I had fruit smoothies with protein powder, my coffee, nuts, soup, sometimes a small piece of entree for dinner, hot herbal tea before bed and 8 glasses of water. The payoff at the end of the day was the feeling of empowerment that I actually did it and I felt even better the next morning, clean. Coming off the fast the next day, I've learned to start it healthy, a piece of fruit, yogurt, not a big omelette, even tho it's a normal eating day. The fasting day stabilized my appetite and give me the ability to resist tempting choices on my normal day even though I could and sometimes did.
But the reason I'm blogging about this today is this:
I researched a lot tips for so-called fasting days and found that most folks choose non-processed foods for that day of fasting. So I did more shopping in the organic section and choose more natural foods, yogurt, fruit, veggies, Ezekiel Bread made from sprouts, not refined flour. It's a bit spendy, but I think you make up for it because you're not as hungry and you eat less food. My normal days are becoming non-processed days as well so I seem to be craving less and eating less.
My weight on the scale matches my ticker again and I've managed 2 road trips without too many bad choices.
This might not work for everyone and doctors don't recommend consistent fasting (no food at all), but I've discovered what works for me for the moment and I'm feeling pretty great working toward a healthier me!