I’ve been drawn to the concept of intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating for a long time now. Many years ago, I read a book by Deepak Chopra called Perfect Weight. He talked about weight loss principles, one of which is time-restricted eating. In the book, he suggested not eating food after 7 p.m. I followed this protocol for years, easily fasting for 12 hours per night.
Over the years, I tried to fast for more extended periods and just was unable to with any success. I believe it was because I did not have my blood sugar under control at the time. However, now that my blood sugars are balanced, I have been easily fasting for 16 hours with an 8-hour eating window.
When I began this journey 30 days ago, I had no idea what to expect. I went into it thinking this would be an experiment, and when it was over, I would know whether or not it was right for me.
I immediately noticed more energy, better skin, and, my favorite result, better sleep. The other thing I noticed was food freedom. For most of my adult life, I have been obsessed with diet and food. I have tried every diet you can imagine, and none of them were quite right for me. In full transparency, I eat relatively low carb. I do not count fat, carbs or calories anymore though I am mindful of how much fruit and grains I eat. If I overeat, my blood sugars can get out of balance.
I have also recently begun eating, what I call, the As Close To Nature As Possible (ACTNAP for short!) diet. This way of eating is simply eating whole foods with no natural or artificial ingredients. If you have ever tried this, you know how hard this is. In these modern times, most foods have added ingredients such as flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. I do a lot of from-scratch meal prep as a result.
Because I am creating my meals from scratch, I am no longer eating processed foods. It makes meal time pretty simple around my house. I eat meat, veggies, fruits, and clean fats like butter, olive oil, and a few whole grains.
I feel more balanced and know that intermittent fasting is the central part of that balance. Therefore, I will continue with it as it is perfect for me. In future posts, I will discuss why I use a 16:8 protocol instead of a longer or shorter fast.
Have you tried intermittent fasting? If so, how did it work for you? Leave a comment below.
Resources on Intermittent Fasting
The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung
The Complete Guide To Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung
Intermittent Fasting Made Easy by Thomas DeLauer
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