Those who know me know that I am crazy about intermittent fasting!
It is a fantastic way to fast on a daily basis and get 80% of the results, with 20% of the effort.
The way intermittent fasting works is usually by picking an eating window.
So let’s say you choose to starting eating at 8am in the morning, and then have an eating window of 8 hours.
So by 4pm you have your last meal of the day. You then fast for 16 hours until 8am the next morning, and repeat.
Sound hard? It really isn’t.
My Intermittent Fasting Eating Window
Usually it is just about picking the right eating window for you. For example my intermittent fasting eating window is actually much later.
When I’m doing intermittent fasting I like to break my fast at around 1 or even 2pm in the afternoon.
I then have my 8 hour eating window which brings me to around 9 or 10pm in the evening. And usually I’ll be asleep by midnight.
When I wake up I am usually not hungry and actually very focused. So I drink some water, usually a nice hot water, and I get to work.
Intermittent Fasting is Great for Focus
When I’m on intermittent fasting or IF as it’s usually called. I have a lot more focus. When I start to eat and break my fast is actually when my attention begins to drift off.
Yet those morning hours each day while I am fasting, I have pure focus and can write or do some work that requires focus and attention.
Bare in mind that I usually do intermittent fasting everyday. And so I get into a very good routine of working in the mornings in my fasted state and then when I begin to eat more throughout the day (in my eating window 1am – 9pm) I begin to relax more.
Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss
Intermittent fasting has been shown time and again, to be a great weight loss tool. Fasting in general is great and usually on any detox plan that I do for myself or my clients, I always incorporate it.
Yet for those who know me and have attended my detox retreats, you know that I also like to do what I call a “everyday detox plan”.
This essentially is how I live my life day to day. My diet and the things I do are in a simple detox program that is easy to do and keeps me in great shape. Healthy and looking and feeling young.
If you have weight to lose then you should certainly be using tools like intermittent fasting, juice cleansing and detox in general to help you reduce your weight.
And while a juice cleanse or full detox retreat program is great to do on an annual or even on a monthly basis. Intermittent fasting is something you can do everyday to lose weight and ALSO enjoy elevated energy and feelings of health and wellbeing.
Detoxing and Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting in and of itself is a type of detoxification method. It causes something called autophagy which means “cell death”. It’s essentially what happens when the body recycles its own cells.
Out with the old, in with the new.
This is a very healthy process and helps your body to get rid of old cells that may not be functioning correctly, and produce new healthy cells in their place.
What’s more by fasting for 16 hours a day you are giving your body’s digestive system a break allowing it to full digest all the food in your gut.
The way most people eat is to continually throw food down all day long. This never really gives your body the chance to do clean up duty and that’s why fasting for some hours each day can be very healthy.
Starting Intermittent Fasting
When you’re first start intermittent fasting these are the things you should think about:
- When should be fasting hours and what hours should make up my “eating window”?
- What am I going to do in the hours that I am fasting so I maximize my productivity?
- What foods am I going to eat to break my fast and maintain energy throughout the day.
For the first question regarding the best hours to intermittent fast that is really up to you. Many prefer to eat first thing in the morning and allow later in the day to be their more productive hours.
Many in fact are perfectly productive having just eaten, so again that is also fine.
Yet also there are many people like me who are not that hungry in the morning and can fast until after lunch time. This is not skipping breakfast by the way. This is just taking a late break-fast.
You should also choose to do certain things in your fasted hours BEFORE you start. Make a plan of what you would like to work on, because when you’re fasting you will feel a lot better if you are being productive.
If you are just sitting around watching the clock then your fast is going to be a misery. So get busy doing something productive!
Do something, start a blog so you can document your detox journey!
Next up the foods that you eat while not fasting. This depends on many factors too, like are you doing a workout program. If so you may want a higher protein and higher calorie diet.
Or are you on a detox plan in which case you may be eating only raw food. It really depends on what your goals are.
For me on my everyday detox plan I am eating lean meats like chicken and fish. Lots of salad and vegetables, quite high fat from good fats like avocado and olive oil.
My carbohydrates are quite low as I like to eat a somewhat Ketogenic Diet.
The foods I am eating are lots of nuts and seeds too because these are packed with nutrients and give me a buzz when I’m eating them.
So I hope that gives you an idea about intermittent fasting and how it fits into the detox lifestyle.
Be sure to let me know how your first fast goes!
Sophie Jones Xx