well, people read my disclaimer- no doctor, no dietician, no scientific nothing. do what you want, eat what you like, basically, do your own thing, this is my experience, I have no idea what’s good for you if you don’t know either- then consult someone that you believe does know.
now to the point. so after my vipassana course in September, I realized skipping dinner was a valid option for me. actually, I felt much better when meditating on an empty stomach.
So for a few months, I continued to skip dinner, though I did snack in the afternoons.
Approaching January I stumbled upon an article about intermittent fasting and suddenly it hit me- all the benefits mentioned made sense- i already knew that from vipassana…
So i decided to give it a try.
Intermittent fasting has many variations: 18/6,16/8,20/4,omad- all named after the fasting/eating windows you decide on.
Omad stands for one meal a day.
My choice- since I am clearly a morning person ( i get up at 3 or 4 am every morning- no alarm clock), was 19/5, meaning 19 hours of fasting and a 5-hour eating window between 7:30 and 12:30.
Many times this becomes 18/6, but usually, I can manage pretty well with my 5-hour window.
Am I hungry?
First, I sure was.
I was so hungry during the first two weeks that I was afraid to exercise, thinking hunger might do me harm.
Turns out the opposite was true for me.
Again, use your brain to decide if this is good for you, for me If (short for intermittent fasting) even enhanced my exercise performance!
I workout early in the morning and only drink one cup of black coffee – no cream or sugar of course, and a glass of hot water with 1-2 tbsp of acv.that is apple cider vinegar.
Both are totally acceptable as part of fasting and even recommended.
I eat when I get back from training, and enjoy a hearty breakfast of rice milk or almond milk I make myself, heated for a few minutes, and to the bowl, I add 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds and 2 tbsp of homemade granola. and a sliced banana.
If I have apples I make apple stew with dried prunes boiled with the apples and use the water from the stew instead of the vegan milk. here is a link to the post explaining that genius idea. Flax- point! how I simplify my healthy eating with minimum cost!
Some days I am so hungry (or feel hungry- not necessarily the same you know) that I continue to snack: a few almonds, a few walnuts, a Medjool date (or 2. let’s be honest many times 3. I can’t help they are so good . they are the best sweet treat I know, seriously, and I’ve eaten my share of sweets) , a few spoons of granola drizzled with a tahini-agave sauce I make (* simply mix 1:1 ratio of both and add water until you like the taste and consistency. that simple. yes. it is), a cookie, maybe 2. most likely 2, a banana. enough. this is getting ridiculous.
As you can see, some days my breakfast kind of blends into my lunch through the connecting bridge of “the snack”.
As for lunch- most days I eat no later than 12:30 many days earlier.
I eat a protein-based meal: beans, lentils, chickpeas, with vegetables and a small side of carbs: a piece of whole wheat bread with tahini, rice, some pasta. potatoes.
I make sure I am feeling full when I finish eating, knowing that I won’t eat again until 07:30 the next morning. because my meals are protein-packed, for me – this makes sure I am fine not eating anything else for the next 19 hours or so.
I drink ginger-infused hot water or add herbs to my hot water, ACV (apple cider vinegar) infused water, and that cup of black coffee first thing the next morning. no sugar added to any of the drinks, no fruit, not even my beloved apples. The idea is that the body needs to stop digesting for a substantial amount of time so it can concentrate on using the food we already put into our body, which as you can see in my case- is quite a lot.
after practicing intermittent fasting for more than 2 months I can say that this is a method that works really well for me.
less stress over what to eat at dinner
more free time since not preparing- eating-cleaning dishes
my body feels lighter-yet my exercises improved!
can’t forget the frugal point of view- less food to buy -keep-prepare etc
at first I had some trouble being the cook in my household: fasting and preparing food for others- this is only for the bravest of them all. sorry- can’t do that. no way. so I started organizing everything for my partner and my son’s dinner -ahead. they heat their food and clean up after themselves- so I don’t have to deal with that.
I think people have gotten so used to the idea of 3 meals a day- that they never stop to ask themselves -is this really what works best for my body? my eating habits? my needs?
For me- as of now- this method works great.
love to hear if you tried it- and if not- what your stand is on this issue.
ciao- the cooliflower.