I thought that now is the perfect time, while we’re all locked up, to experiment a bit more with fasting. I’ve written a few times in the past about time-restricted eating and the benefits that you can get by doing it regularly, and even sometimes practicing prolonged fasting.
Fasting is ancient healing method, and we should never forget how powerful it can be.
Here’s some of the health benefits of fasting:
- Improve your mood
- improve your blood sugar levels
- Decrease your hunger
- Help you to lose weight
- Prevent chronic disease
- Potentially heal type-2 diabetes
- Decrease inflammation
- Reduce your risk of cancer, and help in healing too
- Improve your skin
- Cleanse your body
- Add a few more years to your life
- Increase your energy
- Improve your awareness
- You will be more grateful
- You will find happiness in small things in your life
And in addition, you will save money!
I personally practice fasting regularly, it is part of my lifestyle. I don’t have any particular fasting routine, although I always do at least one 24 hour fast each week. It really depends on my exercise and work schedule. Recently, I have also started doing more 72 hour fasts too.
These longer fasts can sound like a lot, but I know my body and I listen to it too. So If I don’t feel right with a fast when I’m doing it then I just stop and repeat it again later. But I do just LOVE the feeling. During my fasts, I find that I work more productively and have more energy to do many other things than cooking, cleaning and eating.
You will be amazed at how much extra time you have when you’re not doing anything related to food! It also helps me appreciate food so much more, and I find myself really looking forward to my next meal.
Just think, how many times each day, including little snacks, do you eat something? How many meals do you eat each day? How much time you give yourself to digest? You may be shocked how few hours each day you normally go without eating.
If you’d like to give it a try, then here are some tips to how to start fasting.
- First, try to not overeat carbohydrates the day before your fast.
- Start with small steps, maybe 18 an hours fast a couple times a week. If you the hours that you sleep in to that then 18 hours is really not too challenging.
- If you find yourself thinking about food all the time, then eat and start your fast again when the your mind is ready.
- Make sure that you consume lots water, and not too much coffee or tea.
- Be committed.
- And don’t worry, you’ve just stopped eating for a while. You will start to eat again soon.
- Think “I don’t want to eat right now”, rather than “I can’t eat right now”.
I promise each fast will get easier, and this is a lifestyle so enjoy experimenting with it. And remember everyone is different, so listen to your own body. Our mind can be our own enemy some of the time, but you need to show who is in charge.
Let me know how it goes, I would LOVE to hear your experiences!