I Tried Intermittent Fasting - Here's What Happened

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You wanna know what happened??!  A lot of great stuff. Suffice to say - I'm hooked. [su_spacer size="20"][su_spacer][/su_spacer]

So, what is Intermittent fasting exactly? It is a dietary approach that has nothing to do with what you eat, and everything to do with when you eat.  Intermittent fasting is when you shrink your eating window each day, and therefore extend the period of time when you are not eating -aka fasting. The window of time you choose to eat is up to you and flexible day to day.  It seems the most common timing is to eat within an 8 hour window each day and fast for the other 16. An example would be you have your first meal at 11AM and your last meal at 7PM. That's it! Just make the window of time you eat each day smaller.  No counting calories, restrictive diets or tricky ingredients. Just massive health benefits and great results.

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I'm guessing you might be thinking:

Isn't breakfast important and eating more often good for your metabolism?

NOPE!

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I have not found any medical research proving breakfast makes you healthier or thinner ( I think Kellogg's got rich on the myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day). Nor is there any evidence proving that eating more often or eating breakfast actually boosts your metabolism. We've all been buying into that myth for way too long.

 However, there is mounds of research showing that intermittent fasting can dramatically increase your metabolism, help you lose weight, gain muscle, fight diseases and extend your lifespan.

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Once I got turned on to Intermittent Fasting, I started researching it like a healthy mo' fo. The science is astounding. I gobbled up every medical journal, article, and book I could find.  I encourage you to do the same.

A great book is The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jason Fung, MD

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What Happened When I Tried Intermittent Fasting:

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  • I fell in love with the lifestyle!!

  • I found it complimented my current lifestyle of eating plant based, drinking juice, and occasional juice fasting perfectly. And it will compliment however you eat as well because Intermittent Fasting is simply shrinking the window of time you eat - not how much you eat or what you eat.  Of course, science also says that you should be eating a diet rich in whole, plant foods and free of processed crap, refined carbs and processed sugar . . . but one thing at time. :)

  • I gained energy

  • I gained time (not having to make breakfast and snacks)

  • I saved money  (see point above). Plus this is Free! I am not selling you on a thing . . . this is why it has taken so long to gain popularity - no one is making any money off of it. Boom!

  • I gained muscle tone.

  • I lost inches

  • I was able to help someone close to me improve their health markers: after helping him implement intermittent fasting he lowered his cholesterol and his blood sugar levels.

  • It got me into the habit of closing the kitchen each night (no more night time snacking!)

  • I get to eat larger meals!

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Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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  • Reduces inflammation

  • Lowers your risk of heart disease

  • Lowers your risk of diabetes. It can improve insulin resistance, which, in turn helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

  • Lowers your risk of cancer

  • Can decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol

  • Triggers damage-repairing adaptions in your cells

  • Reduces signs of aging

  • Gives you more energy

  • Repairs the gut

  • Aids in digestion

  • Helps you burn more fat (even more so if you exercise in the fasted state)

  • Helps you gain more muscle (Largely due to the increase of Human Growth Hormone being produced in the fasting state - this also is a large part of why your metabolism increases with intermittent fasting)

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Does this all sound too good to be true? Then do your research! Dont just believe some article you read on the inter web . . .even from me! Obviously it is not for everyone. My hubby and I are thrilled with our new lifestyle and my bestie has absolutely no interest in giving it a go. The most important thing is to approach it with a thirst for knowledge and desire to be the healthiest (not skinniest) version of your self.

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For best results I would suggest easing into it.  Try having your breakfast an hour or so later than normal, and start closing the kitchen by 7-8PM each night - work your way towards 11-7 or 12-8.

Come see me at our juice shop located in Nanaimo North Town Centre to shoot the Sh*! about Intermittent Fasting!

Peace, Love and Health - Founder, Andrea Dershin