Intermittent Fasting: Take 2
About a week ago, while talking to a friend who was trying IF, I realised I currently eat within the definition of intermittent fasting.
I never officially ‘tried again’ with IF. Maybe that’s why I found a workable balance.
It happened gradually, as I found out what felt good in my body. Snacking for me is a real struggle, I know I’m not alone. When I start snacking, I can’t stop. So, I avoid starting. I make sure my meals are nice and balanced and I remind myself that I have plenty of fuel in my body. Now, I rarely get the nibbles.
Because of the good fuel I eat (healthy fats, protein, slow-release carbs), I don’t wake up starving hungry. At around 11am, I start to feel the first pricks of hunger. My first meal tends to be a hearty early lunch.
Dinner happens when I am next hungry, which is usually around 6 or 7pm. And that’s it for the day!
That’s how I, Naomi Pyburn, accidentally found myself intermittent fasting.
So, from my initial abysmal IF experience, I have two top tips:
1. Don’t start with the most extreme window possible. 4 hours is not for IF first-timers.
2. Make sure IF doesn’t get in the way of enjoying your life. Life really is too short.
This second point is important. No diet or pattern of behaviour is ever going to stick if it makes you miserable.
Consider exercise. I absolutely love practicing yoga every day. It brings me joy and feeds my mental wellbeing. I know I’m far more likely to keep going with yoga long-term than any crazy 45-minute high-intensity interval training workout video. Sorry, Insanity. Your endorphins are fun, but I don’t see us having a future together.
In reality, I don’t want fast abs or crash diets. I want to be healthy, inside and out, and body confident. At the moment, that takes the form of intermittent fasting, however inadvertently it came to be.