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I'm a bit biased - I don't believe in fasting that much. Cutting back the splurges and luxuries, sure, but it is not healthy to fast like that. (Sorry - I'm a nurse - Catholic - had to say it)
If you insist on the fasting, I would make sure your meal is consisting of good complex carbs, protein, and some fat. All things that will help support your body and help avoid it from going into starvation mode. Think things like brown rice, beans, starchy veggies, lean meats, olive oil, avocado, nuts, eggs, lowfat dairy. Avoid anything refined and white. Since you're not eating during the day, you want your solid foods to be unrefined, to help keep your blood sugar stable.
When are you doing your workouts? I hope in the evenings, so you can eat right after to help recover your muscles. If you are getting light-headed, shaky, and suddenly nauseated, your blood sugar is probably too low - drink some chocolate milk (sugar for a quick rise, protein to stablize). If this happens frequently, you may need to eat some snacks during the day. I understand the religious side of the fasting, but I don't think God wants us to land in the hospital for passing out.
Hi, LOKI001. If you're allowed to have nutritious drinks more than once a day, what's the problem with making a balanced-nutrition shake or smoothie more than once a day, then have a meal that includes balanced nutrition in solid form after sundown? Or, alternatively, what about a dinner right after sundown, a bit of a lunch an hour or so before bed, and breakfast before sun-up?
These meals could be lighter than you might normally have during the day if you weren't fasting.
i finished p90x a little over a month ago. i've been doing insanity for about 4 weeks now and have always had a hard time keeping up with the dietary requirements for both p90x and insanity. some weeks i can/could do it spot on, others i'm just too dang busy to keep the 5 meals a day schedule.
now it is lent, and i am fasting... the possibility of eating 5 meals a day for me is NIL... i am allowed to drink (water, juice, milk) and eat one BIG meal each day. for my drink i have been doing a milk/protein/yogurt shake after workout at lunch, drinking tons of water and praying for 6pm to roll around so i can EAT SOMETHING...
so... if i can only eat one big meal each day, do any of you nutrition expert types have any suggestions/recommendations on what that one big meal each day (for the next 40 days) should consist of?
thanks for your time/attention.