Is Fasting Healthy?
I think this is one of the questions I receive the most! Now, I'll give you all the information you need to answer the question yourself.
The Everyday Fast
First let's talk about the different types of fasting. The most common and the least obvious type of fasting is done when you go to sleep. The first meal after you wake up is called breakfast. If you really think about what breakfast means you will find that:
Breakfast= BREAK FAST
Yes, that's right. Blew my mind too. :)
Some people eat right before they sleep and then eat again as soon as they wake up. Depending on the time they sleep, that determines how long they have fasted for. This is an unintentional fast.... I will talk about intentional fasting next.
Some people digestive tracts work faster than others so, some people can eat a meal and then expel it (shit it out) in 12 hours and some people take 24 hours to do the do. A great way to test your digestive tract is to eat some corn with one of your regular meals (make note of the time you ate it), then every time you poop, take a look and see when that corn is taking a swim in the toilet. This will give you an idea of your digestive tracts speed.
The Intentional Fast
The intentional fast is when you choose to not eat for a period of time during your waking hours. Some people like to fast for 12 hours, some 24 hours, and some can go for days without eating. BUT WHY?
Fasting gives your digestive system a break from digesting And allows for the energy to be used elsewhere as needed.
How to Fast
1. Set your intentions for your fast. Why are you fasting? Here are some of my intentions I set when I fast:
- For mental clarity
- For energy
- For healing
- For release of toxins stored in fat
- For spiritual enlightenment
2. Choose a start time. I like to fast when I feel my body is asking for it. If I feel bloated, heavy, tired, weighed down, I know its time for a fast; my digestive system needs a break. I know that during this break my body will empty out whatever is in the digestive tract in preparation for a new start. Some people enjoy setting time goals for fasting (i.e., 12 hours, 24 hours, 36 hours..etc.,), while others enjoy going with the flow. If you are interested in learning more about fasting and how to do it, feel free to leave your questions in the comments below or send me an email.
3. Commit to your fast and do it! While fasting you will learn SO MUCH about yourself: your habits, your weaknesses, your eating patterns, your sense of control....it really is amazing! Some people find it fascinating how little control they have over their own eating behaviors.
4. Break the fast. Now, this is one of the most important steps to pay attention to. Many people have the urge to eat anything and everything when they are breaking their fast. The key here (depending on the duration of your fast) is to eat a 'normal' size meal.
My Experience With Fasting
I first tried fasting a few months ago and I LOVED IT. I enjoy a 24 hours fast every 2-3 weeks and I've done a 3 day (72 hour) fast with no problems. When I did my 3 day fast, I worked out everyday. I had amazing sustained energy, my mind was so clear and focused, and I burned lots of fat off of my body; It was great!
Fasting is growing in popularity, for a good reason. If you need help with fasting or any other dietary or wellness needs, feel free to send me an email. Have a great day everyone!
Remember to always set your intentions before fasting, know that it is going to help in you known and unknown ways. Your mind will set the command and your body will do the work!
This is The Creative Mind.