This is my message today to our intermittent fasting group.
We are starting at the prospect of having to live with the Coronavirus lurking in around us! Some predictions such as ‘no international travel for 2 years, no holiday for a year, huge job loses etc’ may well be rumours, I hope. There are so many things impacting personal life. Health, perhaps is the only happiness. We need to at least preserve it, knowing that gyms, swimming pools, play grounds and even walking tracks are going to be very restricted. Months long lockdown have taught us new skills. Some of which we can further them with some imagination and efforts. The dance for TikTok video may be modified to learning some of the fast paced Bollywood/ Tamil dances. A good way for aerobic workout. You will be a star at dance parties when all these get over. The cooking skills acquired could be fine tuned for healthy food with focus on fresh and plant based as far as possible. And very importantly, do yoga. If you are new, do at least Pranayama (three times) and breathing exercises. Also do a 20 minute meditation. If interested I can send videos showing how to do Pranayama and breathing and on assisted meditation. For us Intermittent fasters, we should not let go the benefits we have been enjoying. Perhaps this is not the time to experiment new things. Let’s be careful not to try anything extreme if it’s new. Weight loss is a big target to many of us. I have read that those obese are more vulnerable to viruses. Two of the weight reduction methods are diet and intermittent fasting, both supplemented with some physical activity. We have chosen the Intermittent fasting route and if we add the diet program of sensible eating during eating window, the results could accelerate. This could be low carb, medium protein and high natural fat (preferably plant based protein and fat). I would recommend watching the Netflix program ‘Game Changers’. On Intermittent Fasting, let’s try and make it clean fasting for 16 hours. Those who can may extend to 17 or 18 hours. That’s when autophagy and benefits such as cellular repair take place. However, let’s not rush into 24 hour fasting etc now, if new to it. We have seen so many expert commentaries that IF would boost immunity. One of them gave a simple example that our immune system will not be overworked fighting food based bacteria when we fast, as there’s no food intake. And the rested fighters will be more effective to combat viruses. Last item for discussion today is diabetic and IF. I am a beneficiary of lower glucose readings and reduction in medicine intake to half, as a result of IF. A recent discussion with a medical director was an eye opener. There are two high level dangers for diabetic in doing prolonged fasting. Hypoglycaemia and Ketoacidosis. I would suggest, those of us on diabetic meditation ( tablets only) please send me a message and I will share more on the discussion with the good doctor. If there’s anyone taking insulin, please contact your doctor and discuss fasting. Intermittent Fasting is being promoted as perhaps the best for controlling diabetes. If so, we should not be denying the opportunity to the affected people. But with sufficient precautions and checks that the doctor friend alluded to.
I am now stuck in Bangalore during the lockdown and travel restrictions. Of course the Bangalore trip was planned and we have a complete set up here. Almost!
One item missing is a weighing scale. Of course, the focus of intermittent fasting is not weight loss, but the other numerous benefits including immunity booster; But I enjoyed getting on the scale everyday and see the weight. And it gives happiness when the weight is going down.
The situation is different now. When I came to Bangalore, I was thinking about the luxury access to Olympic size 50 meters swimming pool which we don’t have in Kochi. And the gym, though second only to the Kochi one, is still very good.
With swimming and gymming closed and with restrictions on walking, the only solitude is yoga.
Here of course, we have three yoga mats but I brought only one yoga track suit. The intention was to use one of the two swimming trunks I brought with me on other days.
Though the weighing scale is not there, the readings will climb if I am not careful. So it’s yoga on one mat, Pranayama and breathing exercises on the second and the third for some stretching workout or even Tik Tok! Why not.
The underlining principle is that ‘weight, once goes up, doesn’t come down’.