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Intermittent fasting – Day 7

Day 7 of my new reality. Let me tell you, it’s a not a bad reality by any means. While I had no doubt that I was going to make this work when I started on Monday, I didn’t expect it to feel so easy and so natural. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it so much either. I have also learnt a bit thus far.

Eating all the time is stressful

Do you realise how much time you spend thinking of food when you are eating all the time? Mornings are a breeze because I only break my fast after 11am. Then I generally eat again between 5 and 6 pm and that is it. What a pleasure! Essentially I fast for a minimum of 16hrs and a max of 18. In between I drink ice water or black coffee. I am so thrilled that my response when asked “how do you take your coffee?” is now: “Black. No sugar.” Makes me feel hard core and like I am in a movie! Hahaha! I used to snack a lot in the afternoons and I do still get the urge. Water and coffee are my go to’s when the urge strikes. I think that if I wasn’t allowed coffee, I would never have coped. It’s my drug of choice, my crutch, my friend. It keeps me sane. Back when I was still a stick figure, I used to happily live on coffee and toast for most of the day and then have a decent meal for supper. So yes, at least I still get to drink coffee.

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I feel great (mostly)!

My head feels very clear. I haven’t reduced the carbs at each meal as much as I had planned as yet but perhaps, since I am taking in less overall over the course of the day, it has an impact. I wonder if, now that my body is spending less energy digesting food, there is more for my brain to use? I have also being doing better than normal on my scrabble games. (Yay!) It could also just be that I am rested since I am still on leave. Who knows. Time will tell I guess. I have been crabby though and this is not usually a crabby week for me from a hormonal perspective. (I have very distinct periods in my cycle where I am grouchy AF so I try to stay in my corner on those days). I am really hoping this is just a minor adjustment period I am going through.

I see a reduction in inflammation

My face is often quite puffy and it drives me insane. I had noticed a while ago that it is related to the amount of carbs I eat. Clearly just the reduction from removing a meal is enough to make a visible difference to the puffiness. This thrills me to no end. 😁 I also see an 800g loss on the scale which I am very happy with so so far so good! (doing the dance of joy…whoop whoop) Even my blood sugar levels are looking pretty decent over the course of the day. I think once I am fully low carb than the readings will be pretty steady all the time. 🀞

All in all this new reality has been a pleasant surprise. This is great because it means it will be that much easier to stick to. As I mentioned in a previous post, back in the day I ate to live and I did not live to eat and it feels good to go back to living that way. It feels right for me. I would definitely recommend giving it a chance if your doc says it’s ok for you to try. My bestie is also doing it so now I have 2 buddies to keep me motivated.

Let me know if you got a chance to read the book and if you have started intermittent fasting as well and you are finding it. Thanks for reading.

6 thoughts on “Intermittent fasting – Day 7

  1. I just started intermittent fasting and found it to be quite effective. I lost some pounds and what you say about mental clarity is absolutely true. I am not fan of black coffee, so I am still trying to get used to it as I love a tea with soy milk in the morning. I always felt that digestion takes up a lot of energy from some reading I did on ayurvedic eating a while ago. So this fits right in with that I feel. I am now trying to find a balance as I feel my body has adjusted to less meals and now I feel I need to reduce more calories to see further improvement. So I am trying to introduce a couple of cheat days each week so the body doesn’t adjust to one extreme. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Congratulations on your weight loss and thank you for sharing your experience. I have just discovered Dr Eric Berg on fb who does a great job of explaining how all this works in the body. He should be on YouTube as well. All of what he says is what my dr has explained to me already but he does it with diagrams and goes into more detail. If I have understood him and my doctor correctly, cheat days may undo all the good you are already doing. Enjoy your journey 😊

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