"Fasting of the body is good for the soul."
I know you guys have heard all the recent rage about fasting. Water fasting, intermittent fasting, the daniel fast, there are so many. Intermittent Fasting (IF) is known as one of the most popular weightloss trends in the fitness and health industry today. This is certainly not an actual "diet" because there are no restrictions as to what you can or cannot eat inside the non-fasting window each day. IF is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. I'm sure some of you are thinking, why would I ever want to do that? Well, here's a little background on me, if you didn't know. During high school I suffered from an eating disorder. It wasn't as severe as many others but it was still absolutely an eating disorder. I remember not eating or trying not to eat for 3 days at a time so that I could be really skinny, that was my only objective. My friends would tell me I need to eat but I would lie and say that I wasn't hungry. During a cheerleading dance at half time of a basketball game, I almost passed out and when everyone was gathered around me freaking out, I was so embarrassed to tell them that it was because I wasn't eating. They gave me a tiny bag of cool ranch doritos and carried on with the game. There are tons of stories I could tell you but I'll stick to the subject of fasting this time. For years and years my digestion has been horrible. I have known that it was time for a change for a while now, but so much more pressure inside myself lately. I have been putting this off for years and years but at this point I just can't wait any longer. As of Tuesday, I've gone dairy and gluten free. However, I've decided NOT to give up eggs, because, well, eggs are life and I love the fat and protein you get from them. They are SO versatile. With that being said, I am also incorporating intermittent fasting into my life. I know I know, I can't believe I'm even saying these words. I've always gotten so annoyed with people who talk about diets or lifestyle changes or all these trendy fitness things. I have felt overweight and uncomfortable in my body since I was in high school. This has been a personal struggle of mine for as long as I can remember. I have been so self conscious of my body and really nothing has helped that. Even when I was 110 pounds I was self conscious. This has been a very long time coming. I have gotten past my eating disorder but instead of starving myself now, I tear apart my body and constantly feel uncomfortable in my skin. As a kid I took many many antibiotics and as a result of that, from the research I've done, it seems has given me digestive issues. Even with exercise, over a gallon of water a day, a semi-decent daily diet, probiotics, and kombucha, I STILL have digestive issues. Clearly I need to heal my gut, which means eliminating the two major factors that could be causing discomfort, weight gain, and my overall health to suffer for all these years. There are many benefits to fasting. Tuesday I chose to fast for 24 hours and it was definitely an experience. It absolutely NOT for everyone. If you've suffered from an eating disorder then please be careful before you choose to do a fast. It can trigger your past. Be very sure that you're in a good place mentally to experiment with this. During my fast, I felt really hungry but of course by body wasn't actually hungry at all. I drank liquids all day, but with no calories added. I had coffee, water, and blueberry green tea. It was pretty hard at times but I think I could do it again if I really wanted to. I've been feeling sluggish, tired, bloated, and just not very great overall. I think for the longest time I was just avoiding this, to be honest. I didn't want to be judged for dietary restrictions. I worried what people close to me would say. I really really love all things gluten AND dairy, but it's time. Yesterday I started IF (intermittent fasting) and cut the dairy and gluten from my diet. I chose to do the 16/8 fast. This means that I only eat between the hours of 12pm and 8 pm every day. I've already found that I have been eating more whole foods and absolutely more veggies. I had no idea this lifestyle change was an actual "thing". I started researching it on Pinterest and google and I've found so so many food bloggers that are gluten and dairy free so say hellllllo to recipes for days! I am so so excited to try this and see how it helps me heal my gut. And if weight-loss comes with it, then Praise the Lord. I think this journey will definitely help me shed the pounds and feel better overall. So here's to a new adventure!
Here are some health benefits of intermittent fasting:
-clears complexion and whitens the eyes
-can boost your immune system
-normalizes insulin levels
-gives the digestion system a rest
-reduces hunger levels
-can promote weightloss
-can reduce high blood pressure
If you're interested, there are several articles and so so much research on the internet about it. I will keep you updated on how I do and feel incorporating both IF and GFDF in my life. Let's get to the bottom of our issues, face them head on, and suck up those changes. What's the worst that could happen? xo
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