Night Eating, Intermittent Fasting Days 5 & 6
Both today and yesterday I notice a similar pattern coming up which is a tendency to eat more sweets than normal throughout the day. I guess it’s my way of making up for the fact that I’m not going to be getting my evening indulgence in. I’ll have a decent lunch, that runs into dinner time and just before my evening fast I’ll end up eating more sweets to “make up” for what I won’t be eating later.
Obviously, I do not want to replace one not so great habit with another not so great habit. My intention is to bring more awareness and discipline into the foods that I eat – not just to eat whatever as long as I stick to the intermittent fasting regimen I have agreed to. Sweets will have their place as I am not choosing to sugar fast yet (when I say “sugars” they are mostly homemade raw vegan goodies….and sometimes my hubby’s goodies get nibbled on by yours truly too), but I do intend to cut them down to an amount that feels more reasonable.
Dr. mercola just sent out another article on intermittent fasting that is very informative. There is quite a movement going on right now (that i was oblivious to) in terms of intermittent fasting. One Doctor (Dr. Mosley) has a book out called “Fast Diet” in which he promotes a 5 days on 2 days off diet. The 5 days on he says eat what you want and the 2 days off you eat just about a quarter of your normal food intake. Another book “the 8 Hour Diet” by David Zinczenko and Peter Moore, restricts your eating to an 8 hour period of the day. Neither of these books seem to put any emphasis on the quality of foods you do eat, but then again I did not read either of them. With the excellent results people are having just doing the fasting I can only imagine the added benefit of actually eating a very wholesome diet during the hours and or days one is eating.
According to Dr. Mercola’s article there a number of in-depth studies that have proven impressive health benefits from adopting intermittent fasting. The health benefits that come to mind first off are the putting off of dementia and Alzheimers by up to 20 years, normalizing insulin sensitivity, weight loss (bringing your body into fat burning mode), and normalizing the ghrelin hormone or “hunger hormone” as he calls it.
From Dr. Mercola’s article:
It typically takes several weeks to shift to fat burning mode, but once you do, your cravings for unhealthy foods and carbs seems to disappear as you’re now actually able to burn your stored fat and not have to rely on new carbs for fuel.
Reading the above quote gives me hope in terms of my own sugar cravings.
For now, my anxiety around getting to eat at night is decreasing dramatically, and I feel much more in control mentally, physically and emotionally. I look forward to the possibility of a decrease in my actual hunger and craving for sweets!
I want to add this invitation from Dr. Mercola’s article as it certainly inspired me:
Give Intermittent Fasting a Try
Consider skipping breakfast eat lunch and dinner and make sure you stop eating three hours before you go to sleep, so you’re eating within an 8-hour time frame every day. In the 6-8 hours that you do eat, you want to have healthy protein, minimize your carbs like pasta and bread and potatoes and exchange them for HEALTHY fats like butter, eggs, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and nuts. The type of fats the media and “experts” tell you to avoid.
This will help shift you to fat burning mode from carb burning mode. Remember it takes a few weeks, and you have to do it gradually, but once you succeed to switch to fat burning mode, you will be easily able to fast for 18 hours and not feel hungry. Your cravings for sugar will magically disappear and it will be much easier to achieve your ideal weight.
The other “magical” benefit that occurs is that you will radically improve the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Why is this a good thing? Because supporting healthy gut bacteria, which actually outnumber your cells 10 to one—is one of the most important things you can do to improve your immune system so you won’t get sick, or get coughs, colds and flus. You will sleep better, have more energy, have increased mental clarity and concentrate better. Essentially every aspect of your health will improve.
Hopefully these new books and studies, along with my own pleasant experience and positive results with intermittent fasting will encourage you to give it a try. It’s another powerful tool to help you and your family take control of your health.
I have not taken on Intermittent fasting to the level they are describing above which is 8 hours of eating and 16 hours of fasting. This morning I decided to give it a shot and ended up eating by 9 am which is 14 hours of fasting and 10 hours eating. As an active Momma that wakes early the 14 -10 is something that I can work with. Perhaps I will work my way up to 16 and 8, but for now I am upping the fast period by 2 hours and that feels pretty good.
Is Intermittent fasting something you might try or is it something you have tried out? If you have already, what have your results been like and how do you feel? Would you recommend others to try it out?More in the next couple days!
Link to Dr. Mercola’s article: “Intermittent Fasting Finally Becoming Mainstream Health Recommendation”