Updated: Nov 26, 2021
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.
THINK 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)
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.
HOW FASTING HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE:
Fasting has changed my perspective on meal consumption. Being an athlete my whole life, I am known to have a BIG appetite!
One day I decided to give intermittent fasting a go. This really helped me think twice about how I built my meals, because if they weren't balanced and wholesome I was starving in my fasting hours.
With a longer fasting window in-between meals and especially a fasted workout in the mornings, I was able to consume more protein-dense and fat-dense meals. It also helped me understand how carbohydrates fueled my body with immediate energy, eventual long-term energy, but also had the power to crash me physically and emotionally.
Overtime it has become easier for me to identify real food and spot the other "foodstuff" that just fills the space and tastes good, but provides less nutritional value.
Above all, with the extra time I have taken the opportunity to master homemaking skills like crafting health foods such as yogurt, kombucha and homemade sprouts. We have learned how to ferment our favourite veggies as garnish, prepare our sauces, dips and dressings and ultimately pull together the love of preparing our own meals from scratch.