As a wellness consultant, I am constantly preaching on the benefits of intermittent fasting and block fasts. Research supports that intermittent fasting has health benefits including fighting inflammation, balancing blood sugars, improving cognitive functioning, balancing hormones, fighting diseases and, of course, weight loss. However, if you have never fasted or intermittent fasted for longer than 8-10 hours (the typical number of hours many people sleep), this strategy might seem daunting to you.
Here is my suggestion; take a look at your current eating patterns or habits. If you wake up and start your day at 6AM with a cup of coffee and some food, try pushing that meal to 7AM, Let’s also assume that you finish your day eating a snack at 9PM while you sit in front of your television or laptop. Eliminate that snack and replace it with a large glass of water instead. (Unless you frequent the restroom during sleeping hours, then just avoid any food or drink prior to bedtime.)
The goal here is to continue shortening the amount of time that you eat or drink anything, NOT the amount of food that you eat. This is not about calorie restriction. You want to eat until you feel full or satisfied with each meal. The goal is to find a window of time that works best for you to sit down and enjoy a good healthy meal. For example, my personal intermittent fasting plan most days of the week is to eat between 12:30PM and 7:00PM. Some days are just 7PM-8PM. Outside of my eating window I drink water or decaf-tea, however you can also have black decaf-coffee if you desire.
Prior to any large family gathering or company party, I always fast the day before and/or the day after the event. This way I can indulge on treats and food without feeling like the black sheep at the party. That being said, I still do not generally eat or drink anything that I do not eat or drink on a daily basis. For example, I do not drink alcohol, so I am also not going to drink alcohol at a party. But I might make an exception for a brownie or cookie, although the gluten, artificial ingredients, and sugar content in cookies gives me heartburn, so I definitely won’t go overboard here either.
In summary, if you are planning on attending or hosting a holiday event or party this year, plan ahead and try intermittent fasting and daily fasting to keep you and your health on track so you won’t have any regrets afterwards.
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