These three things in the title would define wellness to a great extend. In fact time restricted eating and intermittent fasting are both sides of the same coin.
In time restricted eating, one consumes all the food during a short period of time. Say it’s 12 hours or even better, eight or 6 hours. This is unlike the present habit of eating or snacking for about 15 hours in a day.
One researched example shows the significance. A group eating the same food/ calories during 15 hours and another group eating the same food and calories during a window of 10 hours showed significant differences. The group eating 15 hours were obese, and developed many diseases while the 10 hour group were healthy and fit.
Intermittent fasting also shows the same results and has been acclaimed as a tool towards a well managed wellness.
Now researchers are revealing the role of circadian habits. In fact the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 2017 was awarded to scientists for their study on circadian rhythms.
Listen to this TED talk by researcher Dr. Satchin Panda on Circadian Habits. Listen carefully, this has the potential to shape the future of wellness, diet, exercises, sleep, cancer and other diseases.
A good thing about getting addicted to the idea of good health is that one gets new information while reading about it.
One of the most important goals in following intermittent fasting is to get into autophagy stage where many miracles happen. And according to experts, autophagy starts from the 17th hour onwards into fasting.
I was finding it difficult to follow a selected workout schedule with the 16.8 fasting. The schedule had an hour of walking or slow running before dinner. That made dinner late to 8 pm or beyond.
As such I decided to change the schedule by finishing dinner at 6 pm and doing my workout from 7.30 pm after dinner. That way I could extend fasting to 19 hours. And I searched for the effects of working out after eating.
The article in the link below talks about walking after eating. I am sharing it so that you all can consider doing it.
Dr. Jason Fung needs no introduction. Many of my followers on the Intermittent Fasting program that I am mentoring, got convinced by viewing just one video presentation by him. So did I!
Intermittent fasting has a profound effect on my type 2 diabetes. The A1C moved down from the sevens to mid sixes and with lower doses of meditation.
That’s when I read the book. As an Indian, loving traditional food, it’s difficult for me to move to a low carb diet. But as a Keralaite, it’s easy on a high fat diet. Just that I should know which is a good fat!
The book shows that sugar is poison. The best I could do is to visit my favourite bakery, less often. I do anyway like brown rice to white rice. So I just switched to a normal carb lunch and a low carb, medium protein and high good fat (Keto) diet for dinner. (I don’t have breakfast as I am on a 16.8 Intermittent Fasting. I still somewhat satisfy my sweet tooth in between lunch and dinner.
Dr Fung says type 2 is completely reversible and curable by just adjusting the diet. That’s true! My readings are normal, just within a week of my adopting the diet mentioned above, and with a quarter of the dose of medication. I could reverse diabetes completely if I ignore my sweet tooth and say bye to medication.
I am most pleased with his explanation of Dawns Phenomenon of raising glucose levels, longer into fasting. Dr. says it’s normal, in fact good as the liver is dumping the excess glucose load. Now I am not worried when the glucose reading is the highest of the day some 17 hours into fasting as long as it’s within a range.
So diabetes need not be progressive, lifelong disease. It’s completely reversible with dietary management. Medicines perhaps make it permanent and worse.
A good read for those with diabetes or those who are worried about it. The Code indeed.
Book available on Amazon where I purchased and perhaps elsewhere.
I have done a few things with jackfruit in the previous seasons. Like making chakka unda (jackfruit balls) and chakka chips (jackfruit chips). In fact some of the chakka undas are still there in our Kochi home.
Some nine full sized jackfruits were worked on in one season.
Now that we’re stuck in Bangalore, it’s not easy to work on full jackfruit without some of the specialty tools. I must also admit that it’s highly priced here while the jackfruits came free from siblings while in Kochi.
So the only option is to get the product, fresh and ready to eat. I got some good ones from a small vendor. I asked for fruits worth 100 rupees. Of course, no bargaining with small vendors, especially now.
Some whole sellers purchased jackfruits from my brother at ₹10 per fruit. Each full fruit has about 30 fleshy ones like in the picture. Converted, that’s about 20 times the price for these ones I bought.
It’s uniquely tasty and now a health food. But the thrill is in making chakka undas. Maybe next season!