Intermittent Fasting Codes: Fast, Eat and Reverse series. Fast is intermittent fasting, eat is how to eat during eating window and reverse is reversal of age. Follow the codes for a wellness journey. Want more details! Send an email to me. Email: email@example.com
THE 20 YEAR DIFFERENCE That could be what’s at stake when you make a choice of the diet type. A calorie restricted diet could make you look 10 years older and sloppy. And Intermittent Fasting could give you a look 10 years younger and glowing. A whopping 20 years at stake while making a simple choice. Choose wisely. DM for reasons of making this statement or for help in understanding more. (Picture credit: Pinterest)
AN INTERMITTENT FASTER & A FOODIE. It sounds like a paradox! But that’s exactly what I enjoy. My fasting lifestyle is 20 hours of water only fast with just 4 hours for eating. And I have taken up cooking with a passionate Instagram account. Call it willpower, penance or sacrifice, and perhaps it’s an attempt to make some enjoyable quality food to savour during the limited eating window. It’s definitely highly satisfying.
Breaking any long fast has a science to it ensuring that some of the fasting benefits are not immediately compromised. Like in everything else, traditions and nature give answers and solutions. Here’s adopting wisdom from two ancient practices. One is for breaking Ekadashi fast and the second for breaking Ramadan fast. So, after a 20 hour water only fast, I have this made for breaking fast. A tablespoon of yogurt mixed with sliced Amla (gooseberry) and crushed red cheera (spinach) Have 3 dates along with it. It’s 3 and not 2 or 4, as told by a colleague when I was working in Kuwait. Odd number of dates are taken for breaking fast.
A chance shift from using willpower to sustain an intermittent fasting schedule of 20.4 to planning and preparation is working well. It also helps in being crudely creative like designing this breakfast emoji. Now I plan what to have for breakfast and lunch, the two meals I have in the day. Make them to be taken at the desired time. Bonuses are a circadian clock, better quality food and conquering the sweet tooth (I don’t know how, it just happened). Bullseye 🎯 🍳
I just read that planning and preparation along with habits and rituals are good to sustain intermittent fasting than willpower. Incorporating circadian rhythm to the fasting schedule is a good way. In there, a method to break the fast is ideal. Dates are considered ideal while breaking fast during Ramadan time. Dates are with high glycemic index. Ekadashi fast is broken with a raitha made of Amla, leaves of Agathi (hummingbird plant) and curd. But Agathi should not be consumed for not more than twice in a month. Here I am substituting Agathi with Red Cheera (spinach) which has no such restrictions. And to make it traditional I used a stone grinder. Probably this is a good way to break the fast.
With a fasting lifestyle of mostly 20 hours in a day, I am very close to the full day fasting norm of Ekadashi. It’s then a good way for me to do one day fast twice a month aligned to it’s timing for any additional benefits.
As such my first Ekadashi fast is done starting at 6am on June 6, ending now at 7.05 am on June 7.
This is what my wife prepared as breakfast to break the fast.
She knows my favourite is Puttu and it’s accompanied by an egg, Kerala style fish curry, chicken roast, steamed kerala banana, chia pudding and coffee. some walnuts and dried cranberries roasted in ghee are added.
It’s not everyday that Puttu gets so many accompaniments, though.
What is common in religion, nature, science, astrology, traditional wisdom, health and medicine – Fasting
Intermittent Fasting is not a fad, it has everything natural, spiritual, scientific and good in it. By definition it’s eating only during a certain period in the day and fasting during the other bigger period.
Actually it is something more. It’s best done observing a rhythm, code and clock known commonly as Circadian. That’s circadian rhythm, circadian code and circadian clock.
Ancient wisdom advocated the practice which is followed one way or other by all religions – Christian, Islam, Hindu, Jewish, Jain- all. Verifications have been scientific, astrological and statistical.
Adopting it as a lifestyle, thus makes immense sense.
Depression, sleeplessness, weight gain, lack of energy and worry are concerns of wellness coaches to address during these pandemic enforced lockdown times.
Two Nobel Prize winning subjects, interestingly awarded in consecutive years of 2016 and 2017 in medicine or physiology, provide some solutions to the problems mentioned above.
The prizes are for autophagy, the crux of intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm.
Interestingly both are complimentary, and time restricted eating which is intermittent fasting with concepts of circadian rhythm have solutions for the pandemic related issues.
It’s simple to follow. Restrict food to within 12 or less hours, preferably during daylight time and do things accordingly to the circadian clock.
A typical model looks like this. Have food only between 7 am and 7 pm. Exercise in the morning and or in the evening, preferably on empty stomach. Go to bed around 10 pm and go for 7 to 8 hours sleep. Of course drink water all the time, when awake.
Others are to try and get maximum natural light during day time, avoid light during nighttime as far as possible, abstain from watching television or texting on phone from 10 pm to 6 am.
Give the body a routine. Eat, exercise and sleep at the same time practically everyday.
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