I am exploring intermittent fasting as a lifestyle. It’s been an interesting experiment.
It started after Christmas 2018, a holiday season over-eat-fest full of self-reprimand and self-induced frustration. I was ‘pretty consistent’ (admittedly not perfect) with my newly adopted way of eating (no sugar/no flour/manage your insulin) and frustrated with a several month weight plateau. Only 10 – 15 more pounds to go, how can this be so hard? But after the holidays? Weight up – only three pounds, but I was full of disappointment. I had hoped I had developed the skills required to navigate the holidays without overeating on the sweet treats that abound. Nope. Glycogen and sugar stores were not only replenished but flooded. <<HARRUMPH>>
I had also been experimenting occasionally with intermittent fasting and reading up on it extensively. I am (holiday over-eat-fest-aside) fully fat adapted and have completed several 36 – 42 hours fasts and at least one 48 hour fast, without much difficulty.
Furious with myself about my holiday over-eat-fest-behaviors, I embarked on an impromptu 5 day fast, starting right after Christmas dinner. I enlisted the support of my coachy-friend Ann, who was also experimenting with occasional intermittent fasting and she agreed to daily chit-chat support.
The 5 day fast? Apart from Day 2, it was easy. I was astounded. Utterly astounded. It was not surprising day 2 was challenging. That is when my flooded glycogen stores from my holiday over-eat-fest, would predictably be depleted. But thereafter…. WHOOSH. Increased energy. Longer and more restful sleep. Decreased hunger. Prolific writing. And, the mental clarity that I initially experienced when I adopted the no sugar/no flour way of eating, easily doubled if not quadrupled. Seriously, slick thought processes. LOVE it. Just LOVE it.
What I did not notice, but was very evident to Ann, was the silencing of my inner critic. When she pointed this out to me, I was speechless. It was true. My inner critic, who is quick and deadly accurate with a soul piercing insult, was silent. I WANT THAT FOREVER. Who wouldn’t?
And so, my intermittent fasting as a lifestyle experiment began. The day after I broke from my 5 day fast, I started alternate day fasting – an approach to intermittent fasting discussed at length by guru Fung (Dr Jason Fung) in his book, The Complete Guide to Fasting. I am now, three weeks in… prolific writing; increased energy; improved sleep; broke through my weight loss plateau; slick thoughts. WHOOP, WHOOP!
My inner critic? I would describe her in disbelief, quietly watching, waiting to pounce. She has taken a few stabs, but they are not nearly as accurate or piercing as usual. I wholeheartedly believe, with continued intermittent fasting, she will be silenced indefinitely.
Silencing of my inner critic. Incredible unpredicted benefit of intermittent fasting. I am all in! ALL IN!
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