I have recently started “Intermittent Fasting” after reading up on it from a handful of these “Bio-Hackers” that swear by it. There are a few different variations…but the bottom line is it seems to work. With my all-or-nothing way of living, this seems to be like a natural fit. I haven’t done it long enough share amazing results yet…so I asked Monica Weintraub of WokLikeMe.com to give us a little intro on the subject.
Intermittent Fasting – Monica Weintraub of WokLikeMe.com
Coming from a family riddled with both physical and mental health issues that could eventually turn fatal, I decided at a young age to dig deeper than what I was raised to believe were normal eating habits. Without having a healthy influence or proper nutritional education, I turned to adopting trendy diets, practicing exercises that weren’t meant for my body, and religiously counting the calories of foods with claims of “low-fat” or even “Good for you!”, without realizing what it actually meant — more sugar. Who hasn’t eaten a fiber bar because they were told it was good for their digestive tract? What about a protein bar after a workout to aid your muscles in a speedy recovery?
In America, sugar is camouflaged through 56 (seriously, there are 56 names for it) different identities. The ones we search for on nutritional labels are typically sucrose and high fructose. But what about the Maltodextrin’s or the Dextran’s on a nutritional label? How about the Sorbitol’s or the Galactose? Don’t be fooled. It doesn’t stop at words that out right sound like chemicals. Sugar is hiding in nearly every processed food we’re told to eat. Take “raw” sugar, for example. This really is branding at its finest. How about the “natural fruit juice” or the molasses?
Really, it’s right in front of us, and we’re all unknowingly addicted to it.
After taking on extreme diets that eliminate not just one, but multiple food groups, such as the Paleo diet, I found myself feeling better, losing extra weight and getting back on track with what I know is right for me. Without heavy doses of carbs, sugar, and processed foods, I actually felt like I was on to something, that something, however, was not sustainable. Not just in a sense of eating, but how it takes a toll on your social life. Like most diets that take away everything you love all at once, I ended up going on a junk food hiatus and gained back everything I lost, leaving the only thing gone from my health regimen a clear mind on how to start from scratch…again.
Reluctant to try intermittent fasting, but still unhappy with every way I tried to care for myself in the past, I finally threw in my towel of fear and went on my first 24-hour fast. It wasn’t easy, and it took almost two years of build up before I became comfortable with the idea of not eating for an extended amount of time. With seven months of the practice under my belt, more physical strength than I’ve ever had in my life, and 18 pounds of fat gone, it’s evident that a practice with more cultural background than trendy hype is worth looking into. If not to lower your body fat percentage, consider your metal health, your relationship with food, your glycemic index, and most of all, the sustainability of being able to turn what seems impossible to a reality.