OK, I am going to come clean. Some years ago I thought breakfast was a cup of bad (read cheap) black coffee, a greasy apple fritter and a cigarette.
Every morning, stop at the local mini-mart, grab and go, eat it in the car at 80 MPH on I80 on my way to work. No wonder my waistline was expanding!
I mean really …only a couple three hundred calories (easy) about 60% fat (the bad kind of fat), the rest high glycemic carbs. How could you not get fat on a daily intake of that?
Today, breakfast looks like a grapefruit. Actually, today breakfast looks like nothing. Today is a fast day for me. I started intermittent fasting a couple of months ago.
I fast on Monday and Thursday from the night before until my evening meal that night. The evening meal is my normal meal…not a 2000 calorie pig fest. I will drink tea throughout the day, maybe an emergen-c or 2, then a protein and vegetable meal in the evening. I also do not change my workout schedule on those days.
Why fast? Fasting is an important component of the paleo diet regime.
Our ancestors often had times of no food. No food allows my digestive system to rest a bit and re-set itself. Since I eat little to no refined food, grains and other inflammatory foods (more on this next week) when I fast I do not crave sugars and other foods. Fasting also serves as a tool in weight management. I will lose 2 to 4 pounds over the 24 hours of fasting, some of it is water granted (most of the real food you eat is water), but my energy levels actually remain high and my mental acuity is easier to manage. A caveat…if I have been eating not so clean (like on Monday after some weekend indulgences) I will be irritable when I fast and crave sugar as well.
So…no nutrition is an important part of your nutrition program. I know this is heresy to many people on the 6 meal a day program, never allowing your body to not have fuel to burn. I have been there on that plan too by the way. I get it and it works to a certain degree.
Remember the mantra…Move More Eat Less. Fasting is part of the mantra. Eating the right foods in a conscious way, with an attitude of gratitude, in the company of people who support and love you is part of the mantra. Walking after you eat with the same people is part of the mantra.
Next week, Eat this not that!!!