This is not a prescription. I am not a doctor. This is a common sense approach to making Intermittent Fasting work for you. I am a Natural Foods and Supplementation Specialist certified by Bastyr College and the Natural Products Association. I am sharing the results and wisdom gleaned from my own experience.
- If there is no medical reason why you shouldn’t fast, you can do Intermittent Fasting.
- Going regularly without food does not make you hungry. In fact, quite the opposite.
- If you haven’t cleaned up your diet, don’t jump into extreme IF. Take some time; start by losing the sugar and the crap carbs. Eat everything you’re going to eat in 12 hours, leaving your body 12 hours to process everything completely.
- If you have been on multiple courses of antibiotics over the past few years, and/or if you have a suppressed immune system, you probably need to do some cleansing and detoxification (which you can do from home—you don’t have to have professional assistance, but that is optional if you can easily afford it) before you start any kind of fast. See this post.
- Anyone can find any excuse not to do something they don’t want to. IF works for men and women, when it’s done right. Don’t look for excuses not to do it; don’t do it half-assed.
- Smelling food, cooking breakfast for the kids, being around others who are eating won’t make any difference.
- If you’ve been considering it and have no medical reason not to fast, you owe it to yourself to try it.
- Once you’ve cleaned up your diet, killed off what’s eating you, and been doing the 12 hour thing, jumping into the 18 hour fast is NOT difficult.
- I’ve never once felt deprived while doing this 18 hour fast. I’ve been doing it for 6 weeks now, every single day. It is not a hardship. I have no intention of eating any other way from now on.
- What is considered extreme IF is not really extreme. It’s normal and natural and you will understand that after just 48 hours of trying it. You don’t have to restrict your calorie intake, but you must eat right. Stop eating processed crap.
As always, your mileage may vary from my personal experience. Do this because you want to, because it sounds right to you and seems like the answer for you.
My high blood pressure is gone; my sugar stays in the right range. My head is clear. I have much greater focus and concentration than before I started IF. My energy level is fantastic, and I have not had a single hypoglycemic episode since I started this. I would bet that my insulin resistance is broken, completely. I will know if I am able to lose weight for the first time in more than 20 years.
If you want to know about my past experience in natural health, read this post.
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