Time Goes By.....Fast
I've been pretty focused on the quantum as electro-magnetics powers the system and is so neglected in health. I do want to take a step back and discuss intermittent fasting (IF). Over the fall of 2018 I did a pretty extreme version of IF and cut my weight way down. I then cycled off as I was far too lean. It's now time to get back and find some balance. It is clear that the time component of eating is an important one.
On AlexanderProtocol.com I have some good tools for IF and even a printable 24 hour clock.
I recently had a move and a lot of routine changes along with a back injury that really disrupted my workouts. Now its spring and I'm settled so it's time to get back into an appropriate routine. 6 Hours of eating 5 days a week, 1 day fully fasted and one day of full eating. Remember it takes 6 hours to get into a fasted state so eating 6 digesting 6 and then fasting 12 is a great situation.
I have very different goals than I did in the fall as I'm not trying to cut down so much, so my full day fast may be every other week if I start to get too lean. My weight has been stable for the past month or two as I tend to eat well despite my injury. Feast and famine are so important for the body to have a chance to clean and repair while still taking in enough food to get all the things you need. Everything in nature goes in cycles so it is important to ask what time it is. In the winter I was eating very low carb. Now that spring is here I will eat more carbs but I will have my intermittent fasting in place to not allow for issues from carb consumption because I am a dry sponge when I eat them. Carbs around workouts seem to treat me well.
I will say that my brain benefits from IF. I seem to focus more. I also am a thinker and sometimes my brain pulls when I'm super low carb. I believe the body and brain can clear out waste and function better when famine is incorporated into the diet. I also want to make sure that you and I, should you decide to toy around with this very beneficial and scientifically backed practice, make sure to pick functional windows. My situation is different than in the fall so I'm trying to build my windows into my life in a way that I can still enjoy eating with others.
I also need to mention that activated charcoal has become my friend. I love that it works with charge and is not chemical but mechanistically takes positively charged toxins out. A great thing when your fasting and also an awesome tool before you go to sleep or right before bed. Our net negative charge is the starting point in health so removing the positively charged toxins from the body is a very good thing. Plus, if you start intermittent fasting chances are you'll loose weight and much of your stored toxins are found. Plus activated charcoal won't break your fast as it is not a caloric substance. Don't go crazy with this stuff but use it as a tool.
I also am a big fan of sea salt when fasting as I find that my brain really keeps cranking when I have minerals at my disposal. This will also not break a fast and many times when a person first started to fast they think they are hungry but really need minerals. Water is a very important tool as well. Please never drink tap water. I am lucky enough to have access to RXH2O. I'll do another blog post on water but simply put, this is water that has the positive charge split off from it. Is exclusion zone water and is very unique. If you are in California or local to me drink this water!
The take away- build some IF into your life even if its one day a week. The hardest part is to start but like most things that require discipline the benefits are more than physical but also mental.
And yes, food tastes better when you eat and you should still eat a lot of food in your eating window. Don't go crazy but you will be able to enjoy more food if you implement IF.
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