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I have been intermittent fasting now for well over four months and fasting for over a year.
I have not reached the end of my trials, but have found some very interesting things about what and how I cope with my lifestyle. If you didn't know I'm intolerant to a lot of foods. They make me ill!
So fasting should be good for as my body seems to not like a lot of food, my brain does, my body doesn't!
So, to give you an idea of what I'm doing, I'll give you the rota I'm using on how I'm fasting intermittently.
Within a week, I fast till 3pm, then eat three meals, each small, and three hours apart and of course very low carb.
The next day, I eat breakfast, then fast till 6pm. Then at 9pm, again as the day before.
Day 3, I eat breakfast, then at 10am, then at 9pm.
Day 4 I have a day of eating small bites every three hours all day, so eight small meals. Trying to do something as I'm not impressed with this day.
Day 5, this is usually a Saturday, so I fast on my travels, as it is such a long working day. Then I have a meal before sleep. I can't believe that I don't eat for something like thirty hours without feeling hungry or craving food!
Day 6, breakfast, then when I feel like eating probably around 6pm after footie! Light meal before bed!
Day 7, Monday usually, fast till noon, then try and eat one more meal at 6pm, then supper.
This is not a rigourous rigid fasting system. I can depending on what is happening on a certain day, say travelling on a Tuesday or work schedule, alter this to my own discretion, but I do alter my fasting hours to suit my personal lifestyle.
I have found out that my body doesn't mind being without food, I have done an eighty hours fast in hospital. That was for diagnosis, also done many one day or variations of more than a day, quite a few times now.
If you eat before bed, then don't eat till noon, that is fifteen hours, you probably don't know that you have fasted for that long, a lot of people just don't eat regular and don't realise they are doing a fast!
On medical advice I was told that I would hypo if I didn't eat every three hours after my last meal, only sleep would help in not going hypo after food.
As is with most medical advice, your diet should include carbs for glucose!
I should eat fresh fruit.
Not so! I have cut back a lot of my fruit. I don't need fructose!
I should eat complex carbs.
I should eat a lot more vegetables especially salad vegetables.
Not so! I used to have one every day, no more!
I should be wary of too much saturated fat.
I should eat a lot more fibre.
I have discovered that my endocrine system works differently than most other people.
I feel better not eating.
I feel extra energy when not eating.
I don't get tired when not eating.
My brain works better without food.
My health is better because I don't eat.
And so on.
I know I have to eat but if I can get away with so little, why should I battle against the evidence of my good health.
My latest hba1c, 37.
My fasting glucose, 5.4
Cholesterol 3.8 (I think!)
Heart, liver, kidney, all tests very good
And so on!
It's approaching four years since I met my endocrinologist and my journey to get my health back is going really well, the end is not in sight. The difference in my eating habits before and since diagnosis is really unbelievable.
I have gone from someone with what is known as a healthy appetite,( too much), to a real fussy, finicky, picky eater. I just can't eat even medium sized meals now.
I feel great, I'm doing so well.
Going now for a few spoons of full fat Greek yogurt with some berries and a couple of pieces of 85% dark chocolate.
Day four tomorrow!
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