After finally getting my cortisol down (the stress hormone) (and feel free to message me about what I’ve been doing if you suffer from unnecessary stress) that’s been causing absolute chaos on my body for the last 14 years, I successfully have lost over 20 lbs. I never felt that I needed to lose weight (and I was never overweight), but I was always fascinated that regardless of what I ate or did, I would still weigh the exact same, FOR YEARS. But after YEARS of trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me, it was the cortisol that kept me in this fight or flight mode. So I could do anything and everything & nothing would change (or maybe I’d lose 5 lbs here and there, but nothing ever really stuck). Makes sense now, but boy has it been frustrating.
You’re not here to learn about what all I did to get to this stage (or maybe you need some support too and you’re glad to listen)… but it’s part of the story & I’ll make it quick. Once I got my cortisol down, I first began bike riding about 30 minutes every day on a stationary bike. I would do it at 4am because I LOVE the mornings. Then I slowly started adding in weights. I saw the weight come off I would say in about 4 months. It was pretty quick for not really working ‘that’ hard. Then after seeing results, I thought it would be time to kick up the workouts but also focus on my food. They say 80% of your weight/physique is your diet, so I realized it was time to take a gander at my food. I have a healthy relationship with food for the most part & I much prefer veggies over chips. But I decided I could make little tweaks. I’ve cut out most dairy (SHOCKING!), eat more protein/tofu and try to eat smaller portions. That’s it! After doing that diet for about 4 months, the leanness started but I also noticed I was in fact HEALTHIER LOOKING. My SKIN improved. Sure, we talk ALL the time about what we put on our skin and what we put into our bodies makes a really big difference in how we look, but it wasn’t until this moment that I realized it’s 100% true (I was thinking like 80% true before lol). I didn’t look nearly as tired, my dryness & ezcema, bumps on the skin – all that crap improved. I had way more energy… just everything was better.
This all got me thinking… stay with me…Are there specific ‘diets’ that cater to our skin health? Weight isn’t the only thing we should be caring about… There are SO MANY more positives to a healthy food plan other than weight loss, skin health being one of them. That’s when I stumbled upon intermittent fasting for improved skin. Plus, it has a ton of other benefits that seem hard to ignore!
It’s imperative to speak with a healthcare professional before attempting any type of intermittent fasting on your own. I’m also not an expert and just learning all about this so do your own research please!
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting can be defined as adopting a different schedule of eating in which we give ourselves longer periods of time between consuming food. Easy peasy! Essentially the idea is that by giving our body a break from eating and digesting, we’re allowing it more space/time to detox, burn fat, and boost the metabolism.
In Ayurveda (in which intermittent fasting has been an ancient pillar of practice for thousands of years), they say it’s a good thing to feel hunger. But duh, if you’re ever really hungry then EAT!
Most people already “fast” every day, while they sleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer.
Types of intermittent fasting
- The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day, for example by only eating between noon and 8pm.
I feel like I would like the 16/8 method (credited to Martin Berkhan of LeanGains) as you’d think this would be the ‘easiest’ plan to stick to. Plus, this is what Dr. Rubbani in Tucson recommended that I do back in the day.
- Eat-Stop-Eat: Once or twice a week, don’t eat anything from dinner one day, until dinner the next day (a 24 hour fast).
Eek, this makes me nervous….I would be HANGRY!
- The 5:2 Diet: During 2 days of the week, eat only about 500–600 calories.
Wouldn’t be totally terrible…
Plus a ton of other variations I spotted
Overwhelmed? Consider a simple form of intermittent fasting. Limit the hours of the day when you eat, and for best effect, make it earlier in the day! For example, consider only eating between 10am-6pm. That’s doable right!?
An example ‘diet’ to follow
So not only does the time of day that you eat matter, but of course WHAT you eat plays a pivotal role. We don’t want you pigging out on McDonalds starting at noon until 8pm 😉 If that’s your thing, get after it, no judgement here. But if you’re down for a change of diet, consider the ‘Fab Four’. (just learned about it, but it’s super relatable and ‘easy’)
Basically every time you eat, ask yourself if you have these 4 items on your plate: protein, fat, fiber, and greens. Fab Four meals work by turning off the hunger hormones & giving your body the right nutrition that is needed. Plus, you’re not avoiding foods… no more of that ‘do not eat list’.
Fasting and calorie restriction has been shown to potentially prevent and treat cancer!
- Stress reduction
- Cellular repair & regeneration
- Clear skin
- Increased energy
- Improved memory
- Improved cognitive function
- Reduced risk of disease
- Weight loss
- Metabolic boost
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved hormone function
- Improved gut function
- Increased collagen
- Skin detox
- Increased bone density
- Promote longevity
- Increase in HGH (human growth hormone)
- Increase muscle
- Reduced cravings
#CheekyConfidential 60% to 70% of the energy we gain from the nutrients we eat are used to digest your next meal.
Tips for starting out
- Talk to your doctor
- Ease into it – don’t go cold turkey
- If you want to increase your fasting length, start working towards a low carb diet while keeping a good fiber intake
- It would seem that ‘primer shakes’ help you break the fast and ease into eating without getting a stomachache (think green smoothies or protein shakes)
- The body loves routine – so work into your routine
Ugh, I’m writing this blog before I go out for pizza night…. LOL! The one time a week I splurge on dairy!!! LOL!