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My Experience With Intermittent Fasting

by
LAURYN

intermittent fasting weight loss health wellness tscA lot of you guys know through Instagram Stories that for the last 5 months I’ve been doing intermittent fasting 5 days a week, Monday to Friday.

We’ve had so many experts come on the podcast & the blog & rave about intermittent fasting, so I decided to take matters into my own hands, try it myself & see how I responded to it.

This is just MY EXPERIENCE. Obviously consult your doctor if you’re thinking of starting intermittent fasting & do your own research. I don’t think intermittent fasting is for everyone. I think you should talk to a doctor before you start it. It can be very triggering for someone who has experienced an eating disorder. It can re-ignite former disorders & kick start new ones in some people so I really mean it when I say this is not blanketed advice for everyone.

A lot of you guys are asking me questions about it, but I didn’t want to talk about it until I actually tried it on myself for at least 4 months. So here we are.

Intermittent fasting was recommended by Dr. Steven Gundry who wrote The Plant Paradox, Vani Hari ( The Food Babe ), Ingrid de la Mare of The Method, & they all raved about the benefits.

Added energy! Better digestion! Weight loss! Improved concentration! Increased fat burning!

If you’re new to intermittent fasting, this is what it is: ( source )

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.

It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them.

There are several different intermittent fasting methods, all of which split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods.

Most people already “fast” every day, while they sleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer.

You can do this by skipping breakfast, eating your first meal at noon and your last meal at 8 pm.

Then you’re technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window. This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method.

Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting is actually fairly easy to do. Many people report feeling better and having more energy during a fast.

There are lots of different ways to do intermittent fasting, but the 3 most popular are:

The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day, for example by only eating between noon and 8pm.

Eat-Stop-Eat: Once or twice a week, don’t eat anything from dinner one day, until dinner the next day (a 24 hour fast).

The 5:2 Diet: During 2 days of the week, eat only about 500–600 calories.

I like to do the 16/8 method. This means that I eat for 8 hours, then I fast for 16 hours. I’m a later eater because of my job, so I usually stop eating around 8, 9 or 10:00 ( we don’t want 10:00 but sometimes it happens ). Then, I wait 16 hours to eat again.

This may sound drastic & weird, but it’s actually been calming. You don’t need to wake up & worry about breakfast & I think it’s lowered my cortisol because I don’t need to think about food until lunchtime.

Having all this food all the time wasn’t giving my digestion system a break. I’ve noticed a huge increase in my energy. I have way more clarity when I’m fasting too.

Drinking tons of tea during the fasting hours really helps & I also love coffee with unsweetened almond milk & inulin fiber. It keeps me feeling full & like I’m still enjoying something nice in the morning. I add cinnamon & nutmeg & like to make it a whole thing. Some people like to do a Bulletproof coffee because it has healthy fat in it.

A lot of people say that you shouldn’t have almond milk during your fast but that’s just not something I’m willing to give up. I need almond milk in my coffee. Again, you need to tailor this to what works for you.

I also like doing my workout while I’m fasting – you burn more fat.

I prefer to break the fast around 12:00 or 1:00 with a green smoothie or huge salad or bone broth. I really try to break the fast with something that’s nutritious. Then, I go about eating throughout the day how I want to eat. I don’t deprive myself in that 8-hour window.

Specific benefits:

♡ improved mental clarity

♡ weight & body fat loss

♡ lowered blood insulin

♡ increased energy

♡ increased growth hormone

♡ improved fat burning

♡ lower blood cholesterol

As mentioned above, there are a lot of different options where you can fast for different hours & pick your window. AND It’s important to understand the difference between starvation & fasting…

Starvation is when there’s an involuntary absence of food.

Fasting is volunteering to withhold from food.

I also find I sleep much better when I fast. I notice I’m in bed at 10 & ready to hop out of bed at 7am. This is a big deal because I used to go to bed at like 2am.

Wrapping up: so far, I would recommend intermittent fasting, but you should talk to a professional before going about starting it. Be your own guru, do research, & look around.

I interviewed multiple people, listened to podcasts, read books, scoured the internet & really became my own wellness guru when it came to this. THEN I tried it. It’s hard to give blanketed advice on this, I just wanted to updated you guys on how I feel about it & how it’s affected my life.

For now, I’m going to keep doing it, but I don’t think it’s something I can do forever.

For more info on intermittent fasting, DEFINITELY listen to the podcasts with Dr. Steven GundryIngrid de la Mare, & Dana James.

Would love to hear any of your experiences with intermittent fasting & what you guys think of it.

x, lauryn

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  1. Avatarbailey evin

    i have been doing 16:8 for a few weeks now (excluding weekends, too!) and agree that giving up a splash of almond milk in my coffee is a super no-go lol. i have to admit that as an avid breakfast eater I am sometimes starving once lunch rolls around. but so far, so good!

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  2. AvatarJoan

    I’ve heard that intermittent fasting messes a bit with women’s hormones, causing issues with trying to conceive. I would love if you would ask one or a few of your experts (possibly female experts) if this is true?

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  3. AvatarCyndel

    I haven’t tried intermittent fasting, but have been interested in it since a lot has been mentioned on the podcast. It’s great to hear your experience!

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  4. AvatarJen

    I have been doing the 16/8 method as well for the past few months. I started it around the holidays and it was perfect, it was just about when to eat food and not what. I knew there would be a lot of rich & heavier foods around the holidays, so I really felt like it kept things in check. I felt so amazing that I’m still doing it and don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I feel like it actually gave me some food freedom. I don’t feel as guilty about that mid-week glass of wine, as long as it’s in the window. The BIGGEST thing I noticed was improved digestion, my reflux that I would get daily is gone. I have read so much about how taxing digestion is on our system, and that snacking & grazing puts added stress on the body. It’s also just love how I have less meals and things to worry about… so easy to plan some lunches & dinners and we’re done. Bonus is I’m also spending less money! I do the 16/8 IF method all week, and as much on the weekend as I can, but I don’t worry about it when I have some outlying meals (10am Sunday brunch with friends) because I just do my best when I can.

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  5. AvatarKate

    I have tried intermittent fasting a couple times, but I always find that I wind up cranky in the mornings if I do not get some food in my system. I have a tendency to eat a large meal at 4pm, so I think fasting from 4pm to 8am works best for me. Great post!

    -Kate Christine/Lifestyle Blog
    http://daysofkate.com

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  6. AvatarKathy

    Thank you for this post, I too have started intermittent fasting, about the same time you did, (I started it because of Ingrid) I had been researching it for a while as well. I have had the same results as you do, so easy and made it through the holidays without gaining any weight. I eat really clean, but I love a few more sweets during the holidays! There is something about the Lindt truffles and their specialty flavors that I adore!! So the fasting is working for me, same schedule, it’s super easy and I love it!!

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  7. AvatarAmber

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve heard a lot about it, but have never really taken the time to understand it.

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  8. AvatarCami

    So glad you posted a link from your Instastory because this blog post is so timely for me since I just started fasting!

    I’ve been reading the Dubrow diet after my cousin recommended it and it’s all about Intermittent fasting with scientifically proven evidence.
    I love it & am hoping I can keep up with this for a bit to drop some weight for summer 🙂

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  9. AvatarAlexis

    Hey babe, just a heads up I noticed there’s a repeated paragraph about the almond milk 😉 and thanks for linking this in your stories! Been wanting someone’s review who’s done it for several months and given their op of how it went. Oxo!

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  10. AvatarNicole

    Hi Lauren!
    Loved this post! As you probably know intermittent fasting is huge on the keto diet/lifestyle. We would love to send you some low carb meal delivery for you to try! If you are interested please send us an email, I’ve included it in the form 🙂 xx!

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  12. AvatarMichelle Messina

    I tried the intermittent fasting as well. Totally agree w/ u. It’s not for everyone but I found myself w/more energy, focus & digestion is so much better. I have always done them. I like to do it every season for a good cleansing👍🏻👍🏻Thanks for sharing

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