Fasting sounds like a great way to reboot my body. I want to do it the right way. The safe way. In my naivety and laymen terms it’s starving yourself. Going without food when all you want to do it eat. This is where perspective, eduation and frame of mind makes a difference. I first thought about it before Christmas. Something to help boost my energy. I chatted with my cousin about a book she had posted to get her input. For Christmas she bought me the book. How sweet and considerate, right?! Thanks, J! Well, the holiday season is no time to start fasting. Way too much food and family to go around.
Now, it’s the new year and I’m still thinking about it. My sister-cousin fasted for 10 (?) Days. And it did wonders for her. Her skin was clearer, she had more energy and she lost a couple of pounds. Hello! Sign me up!! As we were making steamed BBQ pork buns together at my dad’s I ask her about her fasting experience.
And she gave a quick recap on some of her research on the history and benefits from a nephrologyst and suggested I may want to start with a 16:8 fast. This is where you fast for 16-hours and can eat during an 8-hour window. I can start with just skipping breakfast. With makes sense for the fasting hours, but also was totally contradictory to all health stuff I knew to date.
- Breakfast is one of the most important meals
- Eat like a Queen in the morning, a princess at lunch and a pauper at dinner
- Eat small healthy meals and snack every couple of hours
Over the next couple of days, I was still thinking about trying to fast. When I woke up at 5:30 to start my day, I figured to start today is good as any. I was Gung-ho to start. By 7am as I’m packing my lunch I’m already so hungry and grab Franklin left over sub from yesterday for breakfast and some pancit noodles from new years for lunch.
As I commute in I want to eat half of the sub. I write instead. My cousin who got me the book said she’d have coffee and cream for breakfast when I mention the 16:8 fasting. Great idea! Chai tea and milk here I come. Hopefully I can make it to 12pm.