What’s on my mind
I’ve been thinking a lot about fasting. In particular I’ve been thinking about intermittent fasting, which is one of the hottest topics in nutrition, energy, and weight loss.
Intermittent fasting and fasting in general is nothing new, used therapeutically at least since the 5th century BCE. But, you can imagine that fasting was a very regular part of our history as human beings, unintentionally going hours, days or weeks without food. And our bodies get a ton of benefits from fasting, which I’ll get to.
If you don’t know about intermittent fasting, it is essentially skipping breakfast 🙂 but I don’t think the intermittent fasting community would like me to describe it that way, so I’ll try again. Intermittent fasting is really going some period of time without consuming calories. It’s considered intermittent because it’s not an extended fast across multiple days or weeks, and you do it regularly.
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One of the most common forms of this is the 16-8 fasting schedule because it is relatively easy to do and 16 hours of fasting is enough for the body to get the benefits. A 16-8 schedule can look like this:
- 7PM Dinner
- 8PM stop consuming any calories
- Morning skip breakfast, but you can have black coffee
- 12pm break your fast and have lunch! That’s 16hrs w/o calories now.
According to the book Fast This Way, you can actually have MCT oil in your coffee which will help keep you satiated, and your brain focused in the morning. The reason why MCT oil is ok is because it does not spike your glucose and cause inflammation, and it converted directly into ketones which are used by your brain. Basically, your body still treats it like it’s on a fast. Good news for you!
Anyway, let’s get to the benefits of intermittent fasting:
- Insulin levels drop and your body begins burning fat
- Autophagy begins, helping your body clean up dead cells and regenerate new ones. This is great for your skin and helps aid in anti-aging.
- Helping fight inflammation
- Increase focus by putting your body into ketosis
- Benefits your heart health, your brain, and much more.
Ok, so all the hype around fasting has something to it. In “What I’m listening to” I’ve got some podcasts & videos that might help you learn even more about this.
What I’m eating
Funny enough, this last week I was not intermittent fasting. Most weeks I at least do a few days of intermittent fasting, but recently I was getting very tired and having headaches in the afternoon, so I was wondering if skipping breakfast could be the cause.
Every morning for breakfast I had:
- Butter coffee: This is a variation on a Bulletproof Coffee, which is meant to kickstart your metabolism in the morning and give you a lot of energy. I’ve been using only grass-fed organic butter, no MCT.
- Superfood yogurt: I created this recipe this week and I’m loving it! It’s very simple, grass-fed yogurt, blueberries, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs. Checkout the full recipe for the details..
I’m happy to report that I actually did feel very good through the afternoon last week, and these new habits might be a part of that.
In the next couple of weeks I will transition to testing the MCT Oil coffee and go back to fasting in the morning. I’ll see how that feel and looking forward to reporting back.
What I’m listening to (and watching)
- I’ve been really enjoying the Drs Farmacy Podcast. Dr Hyman is a very famous functional medicine doctor and there are tons of interesting conversations happening on this podcast. Here’s one you can start with on reversing heart disease.
- Dive deeper into fasting
New tools I’m trying
Both of these are apps you can download for free on your phone.
- Tapping Solution: This is a tapping meditation app. Tapping meditation is an ancient form of medicine that can be used for anxiety reduction, sleep, and more.
- WHM: The Wim Hof Method. This has been an incredible thing to try. I tried the breathing exercises a few time last week and held my breath for almost 3 minutes. It’s a but uncomfortable, but there are many apparent benefits to the WHM so I will continue trying this are report back.
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