The traditional way to eat is to eat three meals per day or 4-6 small meals per day to keep blood sugar levels steady for all day energy, but something you may want to consider throwing into the mix is fasting.
Fasting gives your body and particularly your digestive system a break. Fasting has numerous health benefits: promotes neurogenesis, focus, weight loss and weight management, elevation in consciousness, helps to reset gut health, aids in detoxification, and boosts vitality, willpower, and stamina.
How to fast:
For all fasts consume only water and herbal teas.
Eat your last meal by 7PM. Don’t eat the next day. Resume a normal eating schedule the following morning.
During the fast I recommend clearing your schedule. Spend time in nature. Relax. No heavy exercise, just light yoga and walking. It’s a great benefit to make it an inward time- meditating, journaling, resetting habits and patterns and thinking about changes in lifestyle you would like to make and plan of action.
Breaking the fast: Be careful not to overindulge. Break your fast with a green juice, smoothie, or light meal (avoid meat for the first meal or even the first day or more) and as always listen to your body and eat mindfully. You will most likely notice you get full with less food after fasting.
For longer fasts (36-72 hours) you may want to add in 1-3 cups of vegetable or bone broth.
Fast for 24-36 hours 1x/week or 1-2x/month.
Intermittent fasting: eat in a window of 6-8 hours. For example, all meals consumed between 9AM-5PM or 1PM-8PM.
You can perform intermittent fasting daily or a few times per week depending on your individual needs, goals, and lifestyle.
Please use your own discretion when fasting. Listen to your body. Fasting is not best for every body. I recommend starting with intermittent fasting for at least 4 days per week for a month then adding in a 24-36 hour water fast once per month.
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