What is Intermittent Fasting?
Y’all, don’t run when you see the word “fasting.” I’m going to give you a few reasons to consider intermittent fasting, a type of fasting anyone can do, to improve your overall health. I am not talking about food deprivation. I am not talking about fad cleanses that require you starve yourself. No juicing needed here. I’m talking about consuming the same amount of calories and food that you currently eat, but only eating these calories between a shorter window of time.
How does this work? I eat breakfast no earlier than 10 a.m. and I end my meals with dinner at 5:30 p.m. When I do this, any time I spend not eating outside of that window, my body is working to digest the food from earlier and rejuvenate my cells so that I am light and bright for the next day. You give your body everything, including the time, it needs within that shorter time frame and it gives back tenfold.
In my own experience, if I am forced to eat any later than 7 p.m., my sleep suffers. I wake up groggy and swollen and lack energy during the day.
Here are some benefits to intermittent fasting according to a number of studies:
Intermittent Fasting helps burn fat.
The journal Cell Research published a study that found that after 16 weeks of intermittent fasting, it was shown to prevent obesity. The benefits began to show up around week six. The research also shows that this type of fasting can boost metabolism and help burn more fat—particularly around the belly.
Intermittent Fasting boosts brain power.
According to a number of studies, many doctors and scientists contend that intermittent fasting can promote healthy brain function. In turn, many believe this type of fasting can help prevent diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. When you forgo food, your brain is challenged—it needs to find food. This means it kicks into high gear in order to take preventative measures against diseases. During the fasting period—16 hours based on my example—your body is burning fat which produces ketones. These are a major source of energy-boosting brain power. By intermittent fasting can put you in a good mood!
My friend, why wouldn’t we want to live lucidly in our lives of love and light? Your life is worth remembering. And if you’re feeding your body the right plant foods, why not get more regimented with your eating schedule?
Some studies show that Intermittent Fasting helps prevent diabetes.
Intermittent fasting allows the body to produce less insulin which may help those who are pre-diabetic. This insulin is also what causes fat to store around the belly. It seems more studies must be done to prove this; however, with all the other benefits listed here, why wouldn’t you try this?
Intermittent Fasting can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Think of an infected hangnail. It’s ugly, painful, and sometimes carries puss. It’s at risk of getting worse if you don’t rinse it, treat it, and reduce the inflammation until it heals. Your body is like one big hangnail on the inside if you’re eating nasty processed foods and all hours of the night. Chronic inflammation causes dis-ease and can eventually lead to weight gain. Intermittent fasting can help reduce this inflammation phenomenon. This means less pain in the body, less swelling, smoother, softer skin, and a healthy outward appearance.
Now, if you are considering intermittent fasting, I would definitely recommend speaking to your doctor. This can ensure raw vegan is a healthy option for you. We all have our own specific set of circumstances. According to many sources, it is not recommended for those with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, people with type 1 diabetes, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Certain prescriptions can also negatively affect your experience.
So, get all your ducks in a row and give your body some rejuvenating benefits with intermittent fasting if you decide this is right for you.