✨I get a lot of questions from people about what is fasting and how I implement it in my daily life. When I was first began researching fasting, I started with @drjasonfung books and videos.
✨He is a kidney specialist (nephrologist), who began putting all his patients on intermittent fasting and low carb diets. What he saw was incredible and I believe his research will win a noble prize one day. If you want to implement ITF, buy or rent his book from the library. He also has so many free resources and books online!
✨How you break your fast is important. I usually recommend you break your fast with a lean protein 1 hour before your large meal. Ideally for women it would be fish. I eat sardines to break my fast (sometimes pea/hemp protein) then eat my lunch 1 hour later. For those interested I can do a separate post on how to break your fast correctly, but starting somewhere is key!
✨You must drink during your fast, to prevent dehydration.
* Clear liquids
* Cold/hot tea (no sugar added)
* Black coffee (In order to increase adherence Dr. Fung recommends people try to stick to 1-2 TBSP creamer or milk. No added sugars).
* Bone broth
* Water with added salt
✨Types of fasts: The #s in parathesis are examples. * 12:12 hours (8pm-8am)
* 16:8 hours (7pm-11am)
* 18:6 hours (7pm-1pm)
* 5:2 schedule (indicates 5 low carb days and 2 calorie restricted days of 600 calories or less that day).
✨Women: Be hyperaware of your body. I can do another post on IMF for women. It’s important to be aware of your body, particularly your cycle. Days 19/20 and days 1/2 are important days for hormones. You may need carb cycling and to potentially not fast. Pregnant women should not be fasting.
✨When the time is right, I plan to share my story about my health journey and how intermittent fasting has deeply changed my life. As always reach out if you have questions!