Intermittent Fasting

Posted by : Manika Kashyap / On : Apr 19, 2021

Intermittent Fasting

 I have been asked about intermittent fasting so many times. I want to bring you along with me on my journey to intermittent fasting (IF). I have been fasting for the last three years and now it is the only way of life. I have been asked about intermittent fasting so many times. I want to bring you along with me on my journey to intermittent fasting (IF). I have been fasting for the last three years. It is a way of life for me.

Give your body and mind a chance to break out of a pattern and give it a new direction. Fasting is a gift to an overburdened body and an overindulged mind.Fasting is indeed a denial of the physical needs of the body and the emotional cravings of the mind. The tendency of the human mind is to draw patterns and get stuck to patterns.The ancient science of Ayurveda has spoken elaborately of the merits of fasting. According to this ancient discipline, fasting is an effective way to kindle the digestive fire and burn away accumulated toxins from the body and mind. It also eliminates gas, lightens the body, improves mental clarity, provides a clean tongue and fresh breath, and preserves overall health. However, it also does not recommend infrequent and long term fasting, that could deplete bodily tissues and create imbalance to the constitution. It favors regular and short term fasting, which could be on the same day each week or setting aside a few days each month, all depending on individual constitutions and cleansing requirements. There is an increasing support for fasting by the scientific community. There is an over consumption of salt and sugars in our diets today than the normal requirements of the body. This can be seen in the increased incidence of water retention in the body, a major factor for hypertension and cardiovascular problems. Fasting helps the body reset.  Fasting, done properly, has another major advantage. It is a kind of ritual that can purify the body and mind and develop the pure qualities of detachment and equanimity. Whether it is done as a part of a religious sacrament or a part of a penance or as a mark of worship, fasting can only give benefits. Fasting helps create an attunement with the Absolute by establishing a harmonious relationship between the body and the soul. It nourishes the physical and spiritual demands so necessary for overall health.
However, fasting also has to be undertaken with an enormous sense of responsibility. There are, of course, norms as to who should and should not be observing fast. The very young, the old and infirm, pregnant and nursing mothers should be extremely cautious when it comes to choosing too fast. Besides these norms, it is also important how fasting should be observed so that we are able to take away the most from the practice.
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.  fasting benefits
Let's start by going over the different Types of periodic or Intermittent fasting:
  • The 14:10 method: It involves eating for 10 hrs and fasting for 14 hrs. Example: 9am to 7pm is the eating window. You start fasting at  7pm till the next day at 9am. 
  • The 16:8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 11 AM to 7 PM.  for 16 hours in between.
  • The 18:6 method: Where your eating window is for 6 hrs and fasting window is for 18 hrs. Example: oon to 6pm m is the eating window and from 6pm  to noon is the fasting window. 
  • The 20:4: This method involves eating window of 4 hrs and fasting window of 20 hrs. 
  • Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example you can stop eating after dinner one day and continue to fast until dinner the next day, completing 24 hours of fasting.
  • The 5:2 diet: With this method, you consume only 500–600 calories on two nonconsecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days.
I generally follow the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting. My preferred eating window is 12 noon to 8pm or 1pm to 9pm. I feel this method is most sustainable for me and easily fits well with my lifestyle & routine.  During the fasting periods, you eat either very little or nothing at all. I drink only water, sometimes with a pinch of pink salt and I include lots of  herbal teas in my fasting window as well. Sometimes I also have black coffee. 
Why do I practise Intermittent fasting? 
It helps me stay focused and disciplined. I avoid unnecessary late night snacking or munching here and there just because of company or distractions. My relationship with my food and eating time has improved and it has become so sacred. I listen to my body’s needs and adjust my fasting or eating window accordingly. This has helped me keep my unnecessary calories to low. 
I have gained muscle mass and lost body fat as I am able to manage my hormones better. I am a PCOS Warrior and if combined with balanced wholesome meals and exercises helps me manage weight, lowers estrogen levels and improves progesterone levels. 
My mental health has improved as intermittent fasting has helped my relationship with body and food. My blood sugar levels are low (which are naturally high in women with PCOS) which has improved my metabolism, moods, anxieties and depression related to Polycystic Syndrome (PCOS). 
Is Intermittent fasting for you?  I suggest all my clients give at least 12 - 13 hrs of fasting period. Your body needs to rest and rejuvenate and renew at the time you are fasting. During fasting one must always build up to fasting hours. You must follow the advice of a health care practitioner and plan properly before you jumpstart to anything. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding you must avoid fasting and allow yourself to eat intuitively.  benefits of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting combined with intuitive eating can help bring balance and elevate your overall health goals.The most important part of intermittent fasting is the eating window but somehow people focus more on the fasting window. It is very important that you eat wholesome, nutritional, well balanced meals during your eating window to provide your body with all the important macronutrients and micronutrients.  It is also important how you break your fast. Choosing alkaline, nutrient dense meals, eating in a calm environment and enjoying your food is very important. Intermittent fasting is not a fad diet it's a way of living. If you are interested to make IF part of your journey contact me to help you kickstart your fasting program. I provide a Free Discovery Meet. 
Four ways to incorporate fasting or transition to fasting, if you are a beginner: 
1- Avoid sugars and refined grains. Instead, eat fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats (a sensible, plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet). 2- Let your body burn fat between meals. Don’t snack. Be active throughout your day. Build muscle tone. 3- Consider a simple form of intermittent fasting. Limit the hours of the day when you eat, and for best effect, make it earlier in the day. Stop eating after 6pm PM  but definitely do not eat in the late evening before bed). Avoid snacking or eating at night time, all the time. Now, take a deep breath, roll your shoulders back, lengthen your spine, neck, relax your head. Breathe in and breathe out. Namaste. 

Affirm: 

I am cleansing. Water helps my cells detox.

I am grateful for the ability to tune into my body and any emotions coming up.

I am grateful for nutritious high vibe food to give me energy.

My body is light and ready to rest and repair.

 

Health Love & Light 

 

Manika 

 manika kashyap pcos warrior holisticbuys company

 


 


 

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