Your new Intermittent Fasting lifestyle may bring some really big time and energy shifts your way!
Giving the Body a Break
Most of us likely eat too much and too frequently. Core energy needs are met easily. After that, consuming unneeded material causes a strain on the body. If you’re eating throughout the day, guess what? Your body is expending energy throughout the day to process it. And this doesn’t even begin to take into account the effects of sugar on the body.
Entering into a fasting window gives the body a much needed break from digesting food. During this time, it goes into repair mode. And many people report an overall increase in energy as a result of this shift.
You’ll Free Up Time Too
How much time goes into shopping for food and preparing meals? Or if you find yourself eating out a lot, guess how much time goes into that?
Consolidating your eating into a smaller window of time can definitely increase efficient use of time.
Imagine simply focusing your energy and time on ensuring that you get the foods and nutrients you need for your lifestyle. And of course, you’re free to satisfy a craving here and there too. After that, you’re done. The day is yours without interruptions, and without feeling deprived.
Are There Any Downsides?
If this may all sounds too good to be true, you’ll be relieved to know there are some downsides to consider.
While it is true that the body will benefit greatly from the break in eating so that it can repair cells, systems, and so much more — it’s also true that at times, this kind of repair can create detox symptoms. This means there can be periods of feeling achy or grumpy. This is a greater risk in the beginning, tending to get better over time. It’s also highly inpidual, depending on where you’re at when you start in terms of your health.
As you read and learn more, you’ll find tips and tricks that can help. Things like bone broth, or adding electrolytes for example.
Beware that it’s precisely during these times when you may be tempted to “cheat” or stop the fast. Even more frustrating, this can have a temporary effect of relieving the symptoms! Understand that more often than not, this is only because you’ve interrupted the body’s ability to repair itself by throwing more food at it! It goes back into eating/digestion mode, and stops working on all of the amazing things it can do while fasting.
Hopefully, knowing this is enough to help you persevere. Either way, it’s good to know ahead of time so it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Boredom as a Trigger
Another thing to consider ahead of time so it doesn’t throw you off track is the effect that boredom can have on you.
For some people, being bored can lead them directly to the refrigerator or cupboard. Don’t go there!
If snacking is your current coping mechanism for boredom, think ahead by creating a to do list, stocking up on some good reading material, or fill up your watch list for funny movies – whatever it takes to keep you busy and occupied.
“Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.”- Eckhart Tolle
More Time and Energy Coming Your Way
Making significant changes to your lifestyle can be a very exciting time. You may be tempted to start thinking about buying smaller clothes or where you’ll go on vacation in your new body. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, prepare first to have more time and energy on your hands in the near term!
How will you use it???