Month 8: August – Fasting
Fasting? Yes this month I want you to start fasting just 1 day per week. Yes fasting! No, I didn’t say starve yourself.
Fasting is a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink or both, for a period of time.
Now when I refer to fasting, I am referring to only the reduction of food for a certain time.
Me personally, I’ve been fasting every Sunday for years. Maybe 15 years, I’m uncertain, so don’t be holding me to the exact figure. I started with just 1 day per week and now do 2 days per week, but non-consecutive days, on Wednesday and Sunday.
Now I still eat but at a very reduced level. I basically have 2 very small meals across the day, 1 in the morning and 1 in the early evening. Both of these small meals added together would add up to roughly 20-25% of my usual daily intake.
Yes that’s all guess work, I haven’t been analysing sizes, weights and calorie amounts.
I started with 1 usual meal cut it in 2 and used that a guide to begin with. Then as I got more used to this reduced eating fasting method, I cut down further.
My usual eating pattern for non-fasting days is now 2 main meals, the first at 10 am and the second 3 pm. I also eat 3 health snacks throughout the day, the first at 6 am when I rise, the second at 1230 pm, and the third at 8pm in the evening.
On fasting days, I eat only at 10 am and 4 pm. Each of these meals are about half the usual main meal size.
Now that is me, that’s me for my situation, and I’ve been performing this routine for about 8-10 years. As I said earlier, it may have been a bit longer or a bit shorter, I just can’t recall. I tried and it works for me.
Your situation will be different, how? I don’t know you or your situation. Only you do and you will be the best judge for that situation.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have current medical health conditions please consult your GP, before starting any sought of dietary changes, like fasting. It’s great you’re trying new things, but don’t put your health or safety at risk, please consult your GP first.
My suggestion is to choose one day per week, please realise that you will still be doing your cardio or strength training on that day. I would suggest a cardio day and take it lightly. Slow down, ease off the intensity.
So choose one day per week, and for the first week just cut back 1 meal. That’s it. Maybe have breakfast later and have dinner earlier. It’s only a suggestion. Find a solution that works for you.
Week 2: maybe cut back just 10% of the normal size of your meals.
Week 3: maybe cut back another 10% of your normal meal size.
Week 4: maybe cut back a further 10% of your normal meal size.
So after 4 weeks, you will only be eating 2 meals, that are now only 70% of their regular size.
I realise that this is no ground breaking record in the world of fasting. But to you, if you’ve never fasted before, this will be a major achievement. Think about all the other achievements you’ve attained this year, training cardio or strength each day, cutting out the unhealthiest parts of your diet, controlled the portions of your food, changed your self-talk and created new ways of thinking with hypnosis. That’s an amazing amount, and the year hasn’t even finished.
31 days of August: Train every day either cardio or strength, hypnosis each day, control food portions, aware and modify your self talk, don’t lapse on 16 processed foods, fast 1 day per week.
You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
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