Updated: Jan 4
Fasting is one the the oldest tricks in the book!
Even religion, a large part of traditional lifestyle, includes fasting.
When we look at traditional balanced diets, we don't generally see an avoidance of foods like meat, dairy or grains, we see proper preparation methods and bouts of fasting to allow the body to fully digest and recover.
Many of us eat before the last meal has moved on- from the stomach even! For example check out this chart, courtesy of this Youtube channel.
Now, obviously this varies from person to person and how active we have been.
Animal foods are similar to the grain section, they can even reach 22 hours to leave the system.
The point of the above image is to get you thinking about your own lifestyle:
Do you eat 3 times per day?
How late do you finish?
What sorts of food do you consume later in the day?
Are your foods digesting during your sleep?
Are you ever, not digesting?
Do YOU have ama? (lingering waste)
If you think it is time to extend your fasting times, here are some things to think about:
Try a simple fast by eating an early dinner and then a late breakfast on the following day.
Separate your meals by fast, aka NO SNACKING! This is a great way to make sure your meals are getting a chance to digest without disturbance.
Try getting outside as early as possible in the morning to fuel your body with fresh air, get your blood circulating.
Try a fasted workout in the morning to ensure the waste from the previous day has had a complete chance to evacuate.
Watch-out consuming too much caffeine during your fasts, it can put our body in a nitrogen imbalance (protein deficiency) when consumed in excess.
Check out information and ask around about intermittent fasting, the idea where you allow yourself a period/window of time to eat and the rest of the time just water.
Fasting has changed my perspective on meal consumption. It has helped me build my meals with enough calories to fuel my active lifestyle, balanced my blood sugar and improved my overall digestion. It became easier to identify a primary focus on eating whole foods, both by choice and through trial and error, the less you eat, the more you treasure the times you do, and the more you realize how certain types of foods actually fuel the body for efficiency and performance... and how the other types of foodstuff is just there to fill some bored munching space in front of a TV.
I cherish making my own food from scratch, homemaking our favourite treats like chocolate and ice cream, crafting our favourite health foods like yogurt and sourdough, sprouts growing on our counter and look forward to the seedlings we're about to plant in the ground.
The best feeling after a fast: how the first few bites break down, becoming very grateful for your food and realizing how often you indulge? How much does your stomach really like to feel full, satisfied and happy to digest?