Still Fasting

All of a sudden a month has gone by without me publishing anything on here. I’ve drafted a couple of other, longer, posts but nothing ready for prime time yet (if any of this jibber jabber can be considered ready for prime time… but that’s another discussion…)

Anyway, perhaps “still fasting” isn’t quite accurate. My intermittent fasting experiment has been very intermittent. I practiced a 16 hour +/- fast for a couple of weeks pretty steadily. Then I tried a few days of 1 meal per day with about 23 hours of fasting. If 18 is good then 23 is better right?

Not really. At least not consistently in my (limited) experience.

I started feeling run down, got a cold, and then resumed shoveling pretty much whatever food I could find into my gob for the next few weeks. I have no idea whether getting sick had anything to do with fasting, but eating more felt right at the time.

But for the last week or so I’ve been back on the approximately 16 (fasting)/8 (eating) schedule and it’s been working well.

This time I’ve tried to be a little more lenient, especially on days that I lift weights. On rest days I will eat lunch around noon, then shut down the food train after dinner (around 6 to 6:30 p.m. usually). But days that I lift I will eat again after my workout, around 9 to 10 p.m. Usually a tin of sardines and some peanut butter with oats and honey (sort of a homemade granola bar mush – trust me it’s amazing).

I’ve also tried to put some intention towards cycling both carbs and calories. On rest days I try to eat less – both in total amount of food and of carb heavy stuff. On workout days I pretty much eat everything I see, but try to focus on good proteins and fats.

Much of my effort here is inspired by this James Clear post on fasting lessons learned.

I’m Trying Intermittent Fasting

After stumbling on some articles discussing intermittent fasting (like this one) a week or so ago I decided to give it a try. Started with a rough 16-8 routine of 16 fasting hours and 8 eating hours. I noticed that was pretty easy and it was more like 18 to 20 hours fasting most days. So the last two days I’ve done a full 24 hours, eating just one good sized meal each day and feeling great. It’s been an eye opening experiment from a mindfulness standpoint, challenging many assumptions I held about food, diet, and nutrition. Much more to come on this.