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Intermittent fasting...

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Wow! There is so much information out there it is scary! Cross-checking is important. My daughter Lana taught me the value of that. In the end you make up your own mind and do what feels best for you.

I overdid it all yesterday again. My friend Annie is too good a cook and hostess! Shame on you Annie:) I came home from a lunch with her and the lovely Bonita and couldn't move the whole evening. Good and bad foods (all tasty), I had them all. It was most uncomfortable and I felt like a slug. Uuuugh! Why do I do this to myself I wonder? Is it perhaps that switch that does not turn off?

This morning I found myself lethargic and lacking in really good energy. So I fasted and did some deep breathing through the morning until 1 pm and then sat down to a fabulous breakfast of 4 Woollies pork sausages, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of low GI seed bread toast with 2 pats of butter and a tablespoon of marmalade, finished off with a Tulsa herb tea.

There was no feeling of deprivation there.

I am full and my colon is working well, although I must admit that the low GI seed bread is warring a bit in my tum. No doubt some sensitivity to wheat but it isn’t too bad and I was slouching at my desk.

I have become interested in intermittent fasting. I read up on it and it makes some kind of sense to me. If you eat the last snack food at 9 pm then your next meal would be between 15 and 16 hours later, making the first meal of the day between 12 and 1 pm. This suits me very well as I so often am not hungry in the morning and would rather have a substantial meal at noon when the Agni (digestive fire) is at its highest according to Ayurvedic medicine.

Between 1 pm and 9 pm you can choose whatever foods you desire to make up 1200 to 2000 calories. Obviously it would be a good idea if you chose to eat healthy organic vegetables where possible, grass fed beef once a week, free range chickens without skin but with lots of delicious herbs (I like rosemary, garlic and lemon, with the lemon inside the chicken -up its bum- with an onion to marry with the flavours), and the occasional carb rich meal to bolster the serotonin.

The first meal of the day today was a mixed meal eaten in the space of an hour. An "anything goes" meal. I needed to work that into M O D because I love to sit with my hubby over the weekend at the kitchen table and enjoy a meal with him that I would normally not do for myself during the week. Pleasant stuff.

The nutrition tracker on Sparkpeople is ideal to keep track of the calories in each mouthful. It seems that it is easy for one to stay within the limits with intermittent fasting. So far I have not made 1200 calories yet and that includes a snack of raw celery and carrots and soaked almonds too.

Let us see what tomorrow brings...

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    Great! I'm looking forward to following your experiences here!
    1965 days ago
    1965 days ago
    hi woubbie
    I follow MDA and have read Mark and Stefani's take on IF for women while researching fasting. I am about to find out if it works for this woman:)
    Now I am off to my Water Babes class.
    Have super day...
    1965 days ago
    Low carb certainly makes it easier to go long periods without eating, but there are a few caveats for women. I read this a few months ago. Follow the links to Stefani Ruper's blog if you have time:


    The takeaway, is, I think, that men tend to get great results from IF, while women's results are more variable.

    Also, here's a link to Stefani's website, Paleo for Women. I haven't read much on it yet but it seems pretty interesting:

    1966 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 11:42:55 AM
  • JGRAY76
    Wow! I can't go that long without eating. For me, it's 4 small meals spaced throughout the day including an early morning breakfast. Glad you found something that works for you.
    1966 days ago
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