Excerpts from an article by Jules Clancy
You know when you haven’t thought of something in ages. Or perhaps there’s something that you haven’t heard of before. And all of a sudden you’re hearing about it everywhere… Well that’s been happening to me a lot lately. And the topic ‘du jour’ is fasting.
My obstetrician, my Irishman’s boss, even one of my favourite fashion bloggers have all mentioned they’ve been dabbling with different forms of fasting.
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My Experience with Fasting
It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to practice fasting. When we decided it was time to start a family, I stopped fasting because I was worried it might not be conducive to fertility. Then once I was pregnant I was too hungry to even think about it.
But back to my experience of actually fasting…
I first heard about the concept, from Leo over at Zen Habits back in about 2009 ebook called ‘Eat Stop Eat‘. After reading the ebook, I decided to give this fasting thing a go. The idea is to take 1-2 days per week when you don’t eat anything in a 24 hour period. The first few times I tried it I was amazed that it wasn’t anywhere near as difficult as you’d think. I’d have breakfast in the morning and then skip lunch and dinner and have breakfast a little later the next day. This way I’d get in my 24 hours but I wouldn’t actually have to go a day without eating something. NOTE: This is what Gary Young has talked about for years.
And I really liked the way I felt. My head felt clearer and sharper. My body felt lighter. And man did I enjoy my breakfast when the fast ended. The other thing I liked was the extra time that suddenly became available on fasting days when I didn’t have to plan, prepare, cook and clean up. A nice little side benefit.
Benefits of Fasting
According to Brad Pilon in Eat Stop Eat, the scientifically proven benefits of intermittent fasting include:
• Decreased body weight (and body fat)
• Increased insulin sensitivity
• Increased growth hormone levels
• Decreased food related stress
• And 6 more benefits.