Day 4 Intermittent Fasting

It is midnight in the UK and it is 1am here in Barcelona. I am sat at the airport waiting for my connection flight, so I thought I could use the time to update my blog. Though I would much more prefer to take a nap, but Barcelona’s airport does not cater for naps, unless you are willing to lay on the floor. I am not that desperate, at least not yet.

Today/ Yesterday 🙂 – referring to Thursday –  has been rather a busy day, but fasting still went according to the plan. Had a busy morning but my connection of food and exercise kicked in again in the morning. Had personal training clients at 9.30am, when we finished the session at 10.30am my brain was telling me to eat. We are creatures of habits and we usually give in when our habits kick in. I think it is important to challenge ourselves, step out of our comfort zone and check who is in charge – us or our habits?

My first meal was a chocolate shake with oats and almond milk around 12am.

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I had my second meal/snack at 2pm in Costa – Latte with soya milk and a ham and cheese panini. I seem to either love coffee or not drink it at all. I am definitely now having the coffee drinking period when I get to have a cup of coffee several times a week. But it is one of the habits that I want to work on and give my body a break from coffee. I know I can do as I had a coffee detox before when I had no coffee for months.

Today we had dinner at the Luton Airport. I must say I was quite disappointed by the low number of restaurant choices there. The airport was really busy and there were just 2 restaurants to dine in – a buger place and a Frankie & Benny’s, both had long queues of people waiting, we decided to go to Frankie & Benny’s. I had a salad with salmon and sweet potato fries. The salmon and sweet potato fries were lovely, salad was pretty blend. But hey, it filled the tummy.

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The good thing is that I managed to fit in food within my 8 hours eating window despite traveling. However I wonder how is it gonna be the next few days as evening meals are planned 8pm onwards…Well, I will keep you posted.

Let me know if you are going to give fasting a go and please do share your experience!

 

Day 2 Intermittent Fasting

My eating window of day 2 is closing and it is time to evaluate today.

Same as yesterday, I got up today and I had a cup of green tea instead of breakfast.

I had a client for personal training at 8am. When we finished at 9am I had a bit of urge to eat. I did not feel hungry in particular, I think it was more of a result of a habit. Usually when I have personal training clients within the morning, no matter if I exercise with them or if I just stretch, or if I do my own workout in the morning I would usually eat afterwards – either friend egg on toast, scrambled eggs, protein pancakes, sandwich with hazelnut chocolate butter and banana. So, it was quite interesting to observe how is my body programmed. However, I just had another cup of tea.

I broke the fast around 12.20pm with a shake – Herbalife Cookie & Cream shake powder with almond milk, 2 tsp of hazelnut chocolate butter and defrosted fruit mix (red currant, black currant, raspberries, blackberries).

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After lunch I went to Norwich city center with my husband to sort out some stuff in my banks. W walked by Patisserie Valerie and saw all those yummy looking cakes, I could not resist to have one. I must say that last two days I feel like I crave sugar much more. I usually do have sweet tooth, but feel like the urge is even stronger now. Will observe it the next few days if the trend continues or if it was just random two days of extremely sweet tooth.

We had dinner around 5.30pm, another recipe from Gousto Recipe Box – One pot easy lamb biryani made of lamb mince, green beans, basmati rice, sultanas and white yoghurt. Simple, easy, fast and tasty.

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I must admit I did not train past two days, however I am quite lucky that my dog gets me to walk every day. Every single day I walk around 5km on average, usually even more. I think a walk in the morning, no matter if you are fasting or not, is the best thing you can do to start your day.

Now it is time for me to head back to designing ads for the next issue of the Reepham and District Community news, and I should not forget my article as well. I got a gentle reminder today that I should send everything over by the end of the week. Well since we are travelling Thursday afternoon abroad I guess I better do everything latest tomorrow. At least one ad is done. What do you think?

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Intermittent Fasting

Several of my clients have asked my opinion on Intermittent Fasting. Since I did not have any experience with this method of weight loss all I could say was that there is so many techniques for weight loss and weight maintenance and there is not one that works for everyone. So, personally I think we have to be sensible about what we try, but if we feel it is in line with some basic health and well-being principles why not to give it a go.

When my husband suggested we try Intermittent Fasting I thought why not, it might be time to give it a go. You might be asking if I am trying to lose weight? My goal is to get leaner, I am not really bothered about the number my scale shows.

Please bare in mind that the information I provide below is based on my research, not on my personal experience as I have only started today. I will update the information as I go. Please feel free to leave a comment with any question you have and I will do my best to answer.

What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent Fasting a pattern of eating. It does not change what you eat, it changes when you eat. However you have to keep in mind the basic principles of a healthy diet. There is no point doing fasting if you fast for 16 hours and then you eat crap and over-eat in your 8 hours eating window.

How does it work? You fast for 16 hours and you can eat in your 8 hours window. Some people cast for 18 hours and have 6 hours to eat, or it can be even 20hours / 4 hours ratio. I have decided to try the first option – 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating window. Meaning the last time I eat is e.g. 8pm and then I fast till 12pm the following day, so the first meal of my day will be lunch.

My clients know that the basic rule I teach them is eating min. 5 times a day – smaller portions and more often, so intermittent fasting never really made much sense to me. However I believe that I need to educate myself in order to provide the best service possible to my clients, especially in case one way does not work for them and we have to try something else. Intermittent fasting is taking me completely out of my comfort zone as I love having my shake for breakfast without 30mins of waking up.

I think there are 2 crucial things to consider while fasting:

  1. Fuel your body with the right food – nutritious food is even more crucial in this case. There is no point in fasting for 16 hours and then eating like a pig in the next 8 hours, getting pizza, ice-cream and soda drinks.
  2. It has to have a structure. If you do not have breakfast, but then one day you will have your first meal at 10am, the next day at 11am, then at 9am, that is not fasting, that is just being silly. Your body needs to know when it is fasting and when it will get fed again.

 

I am including a picture that states benefits of fasting. This is a picture I found online and I cannot confirm whether it is true or not.

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Do you have any experience with fasting? Please comment below!