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Fasting is Fun!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Spark People posted an article about Intermittent fasting, and my eating disorder senses started tingling. Of course I read the whole article. My instinctual reaction to it is...

You want to see fasting? I'll show you fasting!

(For the record, I have no intention of fasting, but as someone who has had eating disorders since...forever, I see articles like this as some sort of dare.)
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    First off, IF won't work with a standard high carb diet. You'll be surviving on sheer willpower most of the time.

    Second, there are a number of templates for IF, and one of them may work for a lot of folks, but there are many people who don't find them helpful.

    Third, the real point of IF is to eat only when truly hungry, and that is dependent on a bunch of things, including having your blood sugar under control, having food addictions under control, drinking enough water so you're not eating from thirst rather than hunger, recognizing emotional eating patterns, etc.

    Having said that, IF comes pretty naturally to people on a Paleo or Primal eating template, cause you're just not hungry as often and your blood sugar is rock steady.

    I'm no purist about Primal (which is what I follow) and even I can now safely go 7 or 8 hours with no food and have no negative consequences. I used to melt down after about 3 hours. It felt like I was constantly needing something to eat!

    Fasting really is something that our bodies are crafted by Nature to handle.
    1083 days ago
    Agreed.... It seems to 'feed into' (no pun intended!) disordered eating... Your critical thinking is dead on, in my opinion.
    1084 days ago
    I don't do well at extreme anything. Not a "cold turkey" kind of gal.
    I'm much more into the small steps, build habits slowly that Spark represents.
    Glad it works for somebody. We all have to find our own way, not short term, but for life.

    Thank you for sharing the link
    1084 days ago
    Interesting article, and I know this works well for some people.
    I'm wondering how this plan helps to "eat normally" on the non fasting days,
    and most of us want to lose weight gained due to overeating.
    Eating "normally" may be harder than sticking to the low calorie plan on the fasting days.
    1085 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2017 1:38:34 PM
    Interesting read.
    For me, I do better if I stay in habits and do just about the same thing every day.

    But, of the 4 of us on my team who have lost weight, 3 of us did it with calorie counting and the 4th has done it with intermittent fasting.
    1085 days ago
    Recognizing the challenge is the first step to conquering it!

    Keep on keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your lifeā€¦
    emoticon Until tomorrow!

    1085 days ago
  • MUNSON019
    I've been hearing a lot about intermittent fasting lately. I think the longest I could fast would probably be an early dinner (6pm) to a late breakfast (10am). I'm not totally comfortable going longer than that, I'd break the fast with a binge.
    1085 days ago
    Can't click the link, but I can totally relate to what you're saying I am notorious for not eating. I can go days without food I try not to but it happens from time to time. I almost have to force myself to eat. ...
    1085 days ago
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