Doesn’t “fasting” sound like a boat-load of fun??? (That’s sarcasm by the way).
Before you disregard “fasting” as utter crazy talk---read this article for a realistic approach that’s doable even for people who love to eat (like me).
My family has begged me not to fast ever again because (apparently) I become a little moody......
OUR ANCESTORS HAD IT RIGHT
Our healthy ancestors didn’t have grocery stores
or a fully loaded pantry, so they were constantly (yet unintentionally) taking part in intermittent fasts (periods of feasts & famines). Fasting has clear biblical roots & continues to be a sacred practice.
BENEFITS OF FASTING
Fasting gives our body a much needed break from the complex task of digestion, so it can focus attention on immune function. Fasting:
promotes weight loss
increases immune function
increases mental clarity
promotes a healthy heart
normalizes insulin sensitivity/prevents diabetes
lowers bad cholesterol
reduces oxidative stress/slows aging/repairs genes
EASIER THEN YOU THINK
Despite the research that clearly shows the benefits of fasting, it likely still sounds totally “un-fun”. The good news is that there exists a little gem called intermittent fasting, which allows you to more easily reap the benefits of a fast.
EASY 16/8 INTERMITTENT FASTING
This method is totally doable (you may already being doing this), as it requires fasting for 12-16 hours with an 8 hour window for healthy eating. Simply have dinner at 6pm and don’t eat until 10am (that’s 16 hours!). And of course, eat a plant-base diet containing nutrient-dense whole foods.
THE FASTING ENTHUSIAST
If FASTING sounds “fun” or INTERMITTENT FASTING seems too wimpy, you may enjoy a more extended experience. There are tons of great books out there that cover the details of safe fasting. Remember, fasting is not for everybody, so always check with your doctor 1st.