Currently typing this with Oakley in my lap, and she decided to take a quick little stroll across my keyboard, so she was the creative mind behind that aggressive ‘friends’. She is just very passionate about her work apparently, and pretty stoked to be on the blog with her first collab. Now one thing she and I have in common, besides our love of sleep, cuteness, and inability to stand up to Seager, is our strict eating schedule. However Oakley is currently on the ‘eat a lot, get big’ diet, while I am working on the ‘intermittent fasting’ diet.
My shotgun “writer” (that’s funny, right??)
The diet term should be used very loosely when referring to this eating plan, because it is more about training your body with specific eating times, compared to the dreaded ‘diet’ which cuts out all of your favorite foods.
So no surprise here, my girl, Whitney Simmons, made me want to try this out. I started intermittent fasting a little more than a month ago, so I am finally feeling like I sorta kinda can talk about my experience with it thus far. Let me first start by telling you what the plan is, pretty much you eat for 8 hours of the day, and no other times besides that. It is super simple and probably has a much more in-depth definition if you go searching for it, but you should just take my word for it, because we’re friends, ya know?
If you asked me how it was going on the 4th day of my intermittent fasting, I would have answered with “Terribly, I am hangry all of the freakin time, and how soon can I eat a donut?” But now a month or so in, and I am feeling mighty fine like a bottle of wine (wine is gross, I don’t know why I said that).. But honestly, intermittent fasting has been the best non-diet diet EVER.
I set my eating time from 12-8 daily. I like a late start because I am not a breakfast-needing gal anyway, and some days I teach later spin/boxing at night, so I HAVE to be able to eat after, or else I will literally believe I am withering away to nothing. During those 8 hours, you do not have full freedom to eat WHATEVER it is you want, but it is an open invitation to eat 2 (or so) huge, healthy meals to keep you feeling fuller longer.
If I’m being honest, at first it sucks.. because your body is not used to not being able to eat for 16 hours (good news is 7ish hours of that is sleepy time). At the beginning, I would wake up at 6:30 for class, and not be able to eat for the first 6 hours of the day, and often felt as if I would kill for a morsel of food.. But as time goes on, the body is trained to understand when to used stored nutrients instead of going into panic mode, and of course when to be ready to eat. At this point, I can now go up to 7 hours in the morning before eating, and feel A-Okay to go about my day and even workout.
Now my advice to you when starting this plan is to take it slow. If at the beginning you finish your 8 hours of eating and feel absolutely starved, eat a little more.. or maybe you stuffed your pie hole all day and have an hour left before your fast starts, but you literally feel like you might explode if you put one more blueberry in your mouth, stop eating. It is important to listen to your body and continue to fill its needs. I would also recommend sticking it out for at least two weeks to see if you like or dislike it.. because if I quit when I first disliked it, I would have been one day in, and not here talking about it with you now. And last but not least, unless you’re Blake Lively, you’re not perfect.. so sneaking some pizza 2 hours after your fast began won’t kill you. And and and life is all about balance. 🙂
Yeah, so I think that is all I have to say today, and I will update again in a month or two with how I am progressing along with my intermittent fasting ways. Try it out, you might like it. 🙂