Over the past couple of years I have contemplated intermittent fasting but never seem to be in the right frame of mind to go ahead and start. My journey of major lifestyle changes has presented an array of permanent adjustments and I felt I needed to tackle this one when I was good and ready.
Making Postive Lifestyle Changes
7 years ago I quit smoking, 6 years ago I quit meat, 2 and a 1/2 years ago I quit dairy and eggs (became fully vegan) and a year ago, I quit coffee and alcohol. Over the course of all these changes, I had slowly been working on reducing my sugar intake as well.
I have two more major lifestyle changes to make and they are my food consumption and exercise. Whilst I eat really healthy food 90% of the time, it’s the time and the amount I eat and whilst I do exercise, it’s not a patch on what I was used to before children.
Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia
Just for some background on why I have chosen the intermittent fasting lifestyle… I used to have eating disorders and have always struggled with my body image and look. I used to see fat and ugly (sometimes I still do), others see something different but I just think they are being kind. Twice I have been told I have body dysmorphia, but I’m a firm believer that the majority of us suffer a degree of this.
Now in the present, for me, it’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy. Health is the number one factor when it comes to making all these changes that I have made. That’s why I chose intermittent fasting to help with my food consumption issue and take advantage of the amazing health benefits it has to offer.
As I said before, I eat healthily but it’s the times and the amounts and there was no real structure to my meals. I was also eating way into the night, snacking at 9/10pm at night.
This has all stopped thanks to my new way of eating with intermittent fasting. If you aren’t sure what it is I will explain.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
There are a few intermittent fasting methods and I personally prefer the 16:8 where you fast for 16 hours and eat within 8. The beauty of this is that you can choose your hours – I choose to eat between 11 am and 7 pm. Read more about what intermittent fasting is here.
What Are The Benefits to Intermittent Fasting?
There are numerous benefits to intermittent fasting and I have been researching into human growth hormone and cellular repair, which I find the most fascinating. Check out 10 evidence-based health benefits to fasting here.
As I was researching intermittent fasting, I came across Dr. Eric Berg who helps you understand why and how intermittent fasting works and benefits you.
Going forward, I plan to make intermittent fasting a permanent part of my lifestyle. Once I have gotten used to the new routine, I need to establish an exercise that I really enjoy and that I want to incorporate into my daily life. I start ballet soon and I will be rejoining the gym and I plan to do more HIIT training and running as well.
I’m super excited about the next lifestyle changes and will be sharing my progress here on the blog and on my social media channels.
Light and love,