Being healthier, happier, and still keeping it simple.
I’m a very busy person. I work, I run this blog, and I try to balance my social life with my love life. Within the next few weeks, my fall semester classes will be starting. The point is, most of us have a lot to do already. And most of us wish we could be healthier on a normal basis.
It can be so hard finding a good way to fit being healthy into your already buzzing schedule. So today I wanted to talk to you about a technique I’ve taken up, and so far am in love with.
It’s called intermittent fasting. Fasting has such a negative stigma to it, but it really isn’t like that. This isn’t a “lose weight fast” technique. It’s an easy way to insert some discipline into your life, as far as eating and dieting goes.
Basically, with intermittent fasting you pick an hour split. I personally chose a 10/14 hour split. So for ten hours a day, I can eat, and for 14 hours a day, I do not eat. Some people decide to do a 8/16 hour, and I’ve even heard a 4/20 hour split. I decided 10/14 was best for me because I’m just starting this, and didn’t want to dive into it head first.
My start time (when I can begin eating) is 9:30 a.m. I picked this time because right now it’s rare that I get hungry any earlier than this. My end time is set at 7:30. This is kind of on the later side, but as the fasting continues, this time seems to be getting earlier and earlier to me. It’s like “what?! It’s already 7:30??!” I decided this was best for me because I tend to eat later, and if my parents cook, it could be around this time and so on. Basically, when you’re picking your times, you want to think about the times you, and your favorite people eat. It will hard to hold onto your schedule if you and all your friends eat at 7:30 in the morning, but you decided you now want to wait. You’ll miss the social interactions, which will make you cheat on your fasting schedule.
The cool thing about intermittent fasting is that there are no food restrictions. You can eat whatever you want. That’s what makes this a very nice beginning stage diet. I still eat sugary foods sometimes, and I don’t need to feel “guilty” as long as it’s within my time range.
BENEFITS I’VE NOTICED:
Starting this journey, I did not think there were going to be much of any results. I kind of just wanted to see how it would go. But I’m actually surprised about all the differences I’ve noticed, not only physically, but mentally as well.
1) I am more aware of what I eat.
Along with fasting, I also starting writing down what I eat everyday. I started fasting 2 weeks ago, and have made good on documenting every meal and snack I consume. Over the course of the 2 weeks, I’ve noticed that Im eating less, but feeling more full. My body is starting to get used to my eating schedule and adjusting itself. This is good because it means that I can eat less, but my body is still burning enough calories and energy to keep me going throughout the day. You all know what that means!! I’m losing my body weight, without even doing much.
2) I care more about what I consume.
Being conscious of my eating schedule means that I need to eat foods that will keep me full. This has basically made me go cold turkey on all fast food places, a lot of plain old junk food, and late night eating which usually involves chocolate. When I go to eat something, I’ve automatically started to think “well, I AM trying to be healthier, so should I really eat that?”
Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve noticed I have been eating more smoothies, which means more fruit. And also, once for dinner my boyfriend and I shared a salad. And that was it. Usually, that wouldn’t even be enough for a snack for me, but I was satisfied. Plant based foods are the best source of carbohydrates, a very good source of energy, and your body forgets this when you constantly load up on sugars.
3) I’m getting more hydrated.
During my fasting period, I sometimes get cravings. This was normal, especially when I first started. Since I don’t want to eat anything, I drink water instead. I find this to be great because my body is getting hydrated, I end up flushing all my toxins by the end of the day, and it’s healthier than drink sodas late at night. That was a horrible habit I had for such a long time.
4) Fixing my sleep schedule.
With it being summer, it is so hard maintaining a good sleep schedule. I always end up staying awake all night, never getting anything done in the morning. Fasting has helped with that because I stop eating earlier. That means I stop consuming carbohydrate and sugars. There’s less fuel for my body to burn late at night. I’m getting tired earlier, which means I can sleep better.
5) Weightloss I can notice.
2 weeks ago when I started, I had been bummed about my body. I just felt like I was so sluggish all the time. My belly was plumpy. My thighs and so on, I just wasn’t satisfied. With this fasting, and the exercising I’ve been doing (that will be a post next week!!) I’ve noticed changes already. I’ve slimmed down my belly, my thighs, and toned up my arms. Seeing results so soon keeps me motivated. Last time I was weighed, the number was 132 lbs. This didn’t upset me. And I don’t want to necessarily change it. I just want my belly to be toned.
Fasting in this way is easy. You get to decided your times. You get to still eat freely. It’s just a matter of being aware of what you’re consuming. That’s the main thing that makes this fasting thing work. It’s more of aware mental thing. It’s easier the saying “okay no more sugary foods”. Instead you’re saying “I only have 3 hours left to eat so instead of a chocolate bar I’ll eat something that’ll keep me full”.
If you’re looking to inspire yourself to eat better, try this out. Start slow, like I did, so you don’t wear yourself out. And remember this is a journey, not a contest. If you start to get extremely hungry late at night, eat. If you fail every now and then, it’s okay. It’s something you are doing for yourself, right?
Thank you for reading. Your thoughts, kind words, and likes mean the world to me. Keep letting me know what you think!!