Two weeks ago I posted I was beginning a series of experiments and using myself as the guinea pig. In a nutshell, I'd be testing out a range of health and wellbeing trends to see if they actually work!
The last fortnight I've undertaken intermittent fasting.
I'm also a creature of habit and have my daily eating mapped out. Oh and I'm also a gym junkie, you'll find me at the gym most mornings at 5.30am. So going without food for such a long period of time played on my mind. However, some of the world's most famous people (think Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Hugh Jackmon are just a few), are followers of intermittent fasting so I figured if they can do it with their busy lives, I could give it a go.
Day one and the 16 hours felt like 56 hours. I scraped through to midday which is the time I'm allowed to start eating for the day. My "feeding window" is from 12.00pm - 8.00pm, although I started eating earlier as the days went by and some times I'd finish eating by 7.30pm.
I drank black coffee in the morning and then once 12.00pm hit I had a homemade chunky vegetable soup and a can of tuna. Afternoon snack was an apple sprinkled with sea salt (try it, it's AMAZING), and a peppermint tea. Then dinner was my normal protein (usually baked salmon fillet) and veges. I'm not an eater after dinner, but I usually have two (big) glasses of wine at night. As I'm fasting, I added a couple of Medjool dates to the afternoon and sipped on water with some apple cider vinegar added...
Basically, you can eat anything within the 8 hours and it's supposed to "kickstart" your metabolism again with the influx of calories. And boy did I eat.
Often people have set calories each day but I've never been a calorie counter, so I've decided to just eat like I normally do as it makes me feel good and gives me enough energy for everything I do each day.
- I've lost 4.4kg. Read that again.
- My routine for exercise is quite heavy but it always has been - I haven't changed for this experiment. 5 weights sessions per week and daily dog walks that are around 45 minutes each.
- I've gotten used to not eating until 12.00pm. Sure some days I feel like eating my arm off with hunger, but these have become less and less.
- When I had my Feed Day, I felt awful and my stomach was painful. With not eating anything heavy and giving my digestive system a much-needed rest, I've uncovered a medical issue - I'm severely sensitive to gluten and wheat.
- My beautiful partner is doing this with me so it makes it easier (if you try it, it helps to have someone else going through the tough first few days).
- It has stopped any after-dinner snacking habits that have crept in.
- My partner and I are searching for bargains on good food such as salmon fillets, and that has been fun (weird I know)!!
- I'm spending more time on meal prep than ever before. Which is reducing my grocery bill. Winning!
- My partner said today that my butt is getting smaller. I've tried EVERYTHING to reduce my booty (I have a plentiful derriere!!) and it seems finally, it's shrinking.
- Some days a gal just wants to eat, and that's a mental challenge you need to overcome.
- Changing habitual eating is hard.
- My skin broke out - I've never had a blemish on my face my entire life, so this freaked me out when spots appeared. I upped my oily fish and cut back on refined carbs and it seemed to help.
- Black coffee was VERY hard for me to get used too. I've had to say goodbye to my almond or coconut milk during the morning fasting phase.
- I've cried once or twice as I feel awful - I'm not sure though if that was fasting in the morning or overall stress.
I have another two weeks to go and I'm hoping I'm over the worst of the withdrawals and reset. If you've tried intermittent fasting, drop a comment and let me know how you found it! xx
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