Still, evidence keeps pouring in to the benefits of Intermittent Fasting, so if you haven’t studied up on it, and you are interested in speeding up your metabolism, and improving your body’s cell production, this is something you should strongly consider. I.F. is already programmed into our DNA, since we as humans, had to prepare ourselves for longer periods without food, which over time, proved to actually make us stronger and smarter. It only makes sense that if it is good for us to practice this, then we should implement it into our daily lives.
So if you are completely new, what is Intermittent Fasting? Basically the short of it is going extended periods of time without any caloric intake, forcing the body to make changes to help combat the “starving period”. There are many examples of the “how-to” and finding one that best fits your lifestyle is equally important, as for me, I found that eating my last meal of the day around 7ish, then going 16 hours before eating again, provided me the benefits of my lifestyle and caloric choices as well. This would mean that sometime around 11am -12 noon, I would start my caloric intake of the day with a vegetable smoothie. Here is mine today:
- Handful of parsley
- 3/4 of a banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup flaxseed milk
I have grown to love the flavor of parsley in my smoothies, it is by far my favorite. I always make sure that after a fast, my first intake of food is a highly nutrient riched plant based smoothie, to give my body the most powerful ingredients to boost my immune system.
So what is IF and what are the benefits?
and more scientific studies being published about the benefits of intermittent fasting. Simply, going longer periods of time with no or minimal caloric intake, forcing the body to convert its primary energy source to fat rather than sugar. There are a few different methods of IF, but for me, going 16 hours without food and eating my food in between the hours of 12-7 have shown the best results for myself and the ability to adhere to this schedule. The simple fact of the matter is, we as humans were not designed to eat 3 meals a day and snack in between. Studies have shown that our body actually becomes stronger when it is subjected to periods of “starvation” which shows that through evolution, this is something we had experienced. Below is an excerpt from a great article by a Professor from Johns Hopkins which I will include the link to read the entire article:
…..”Mattson’s studies have built on decades-old research establishing a connection between caloric intake and brain function. In laboratory experiments, Mattson and his colleagues have found that intermittent fasting—limiting caloric intake at least two days a week—can help improve neural connections in the hippocampus while protecting neurons against the accumulation of amyloid plaques, a protein prevalent in people with Alzheimer’s disease. “Fasting is a challenge to your brain, and we think that your brain reacts by activating adaptive stress responses that help it cope with disease,” says Mattson. “From an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense your brain should be functioning well when you haven’t been able to obtain food for a while.”
These benefits from the Dr. Mercola website:https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/14/intermittent-fasting-longevity.aspx
Fasting is historically commonplace as it has been a part of spiritual practice for millennia. But modern science has confirmed there are many good reasons for fasting, including the following:
- Normalizing your insulin and leptin sensitivity, and boosting mitochondrial energy efficiency: One of the primary mechanisms that makes intermittent fasting so beneficial for health is related to its impact on your insulin sensitivity.
While sugar is a source of energy for your body, it also promotes insulin resistance when consumed in the amounts found in our modern processed junk food diets. Insulin resistance, in turn, is a primary driver of chronic disease—from heart disease to cancer.
Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to use fat as its primary fuel, and mounting evidence confirms that when your body becomes adapted to burning FAT instead of sugar as its primary fuel, you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease
- Normalizing ghrelin levels, also known as “the hunger hormone”
- Promoting human growth hormone (HGH) production: Research has shown fasting can raise HGH by as much as 1,300 percent in women, and 2,000 percent in men,2 which plays an important part in health, fitness, and slowing the aging process. HGH is also a fat-burning hormone, which helps explain why fasting is so effective for weight loss
- Lowering triglyceride levels and improving other biomarkers of disease
- Reducing oxidative stress: Fasting decreases the accumulation of oxidative radicals in the cell, and thereby prevents oxidative damage to cellular proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids associated with aging and disease
When I first began Vegaleo, IF was daily except for maybe 1 day out of the week. Now that I am 3 months in and I have lost most of the weight I wanted to lose, I now practice the same principles on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The craziest thing about this, is if you are feeding unprocessed, raw and natural foods to yourself, you won’t even feel hungry! Mind Blown!