Blog: Embarking on the Intermittent Fast Lifestyle
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Thursday 5th of March - Entry 2

Intermittent Fast Diet

Date:   3/4/2015 6:18:59 PM   ( 8 y ) ... viewed 7904 times

I Love this DIET! Hesitate to call it that, lifestyle is a better way of putting it - Ah, I love this Lifestyle! It is going really well & I've never felt such a sense of permenance with any healthy way of eating before - probably the closest I've come to that is trying to adopt a wholefoods diet, but in reality - that was too difficult to adhere to - it's good however, to take on eating more wholefoods etc, trying to be a purist with my diet always failed in that sense because I'd be out in social settings or on the road & on the go so often, also I like to cook a range of beautiful things - sometimes that is going to call for white flour or sugar or what have you - it's more about reducing that & increasing the healthy choices now for me than trying to eliminate anything.

It's early days of this new change in lifestyle for me, just want to report in this blog how liberating it is feeling already - finding it easier as I go and am quickly adapting to the fast days of 500 calories. The first week or so was finding myself a little hungry or getting a headache but that is passing now - the last few fast days I've done I'm finding are just getting easier & easier - I don't tend to even use up all of my 500 calories, probably end up around the 470 mark a lot of the time - and have really for the most part started to have a sort of cup of tea or warm bevvie in the morning - yesterday I even had a black coffee, something I never did for years & years, always take it with half & half & sugar but I'm adjusting & it was nice that way -- so this morning bevvie may be a herbal tea, black coffee or a cup of tea with sweetner (non artificial no numbers!!) & 6 g of skim milk powder which runs me 30 cals - I basically wont' eat until lunch - I'm a late riser generally with my partner on afternoons & don't need food right away.

Lunch has started to be 1/2 to 1 pkg of shirataki noodles tossed with whatever I make up - generally a bunch of veggies and a little bit of meat - I've made so far a lo cal bolognaise sauce, smoked trout with asparagus & some ribbons of zucchini & matchstick carrots with dill & a bit of this creamy lo cal crab dip as the noodle sauce which I made with lo fat cottage cheese & a can of crab meat with a few herbs & lemon... I think I made a noodle dish with a few pan seared prawns the other day and some veggies - anyway, this gives me a very big bowl of noodles with a sort of card sized serve of meat & plenty of veggies which I eat in one or two goes throughout the day with more water, herbal teas etc to drink, maybe one more skim milk sweetner drink if I feel like it. All this will get me to around 200 calories before dinnertime. Very healthy & nice - satisfying & quite enjoyable. Feels really good eating this way.

Dinner has been pretty much cauliflower rice with a few other veggies and a bit of onion thrown in, cooked up with spices & again a small amount of meat, have done chicken, roasted turkey, prawns - this evening meal will again make up a really big serve and run me 140-175 calories generally. That leaves me enough calories to have a couple more skim milk drinks &/or a few cups of popcorn with a really lo cal topping I made up out of buttermilk powder, spices & salt. All in all I can totally live with this every other day or so & love that it's flexible, if I'm too busy or away & end up on the road for 2 days in a row & can't do it - I just go back to it when I return etc - have yet to try packing a fast day and making up something ahead of time - going to try this next and see how I go, should be able to sort out a way to do a fast day even when I'm away from home & my kitchen scale to weigh & count everything, but I think I'll pretty much have to make stuff ahead & pack it etc.

Winter might make it a bit tougher - I'm going to get into using my new blender to make some really lo cal healthy soups when it's cold to warm me up - and just drink more warm herbal teas etc. I am sure I'll find ways to adjust & live well with this new lifestyle - knowing it's only tomorrow you can break the fast & enjoy whatever it is makes this very easy - totally works for me. I can still basically cook anything I love to make or go out to a restaurant or eat some fresh peach pie like I made from our peach tree the other day lol on the non fast days - while I enjoy all these things, I'm finding the whole pattern of it has made me just want to cut down on a lot of extra sugar I was always having in my drinks throughout the day - having less now & really watching it, my taste buds have changed so that I might use a teaspoon of sugar in a coffee instead of 2 or just have one without it etc - this every other day of not having refined sugars is really breaking my habit of having so much sweet stuff which was totally unexpected for me & is just wonderful.

Few things I'm going to have to spend a little more on is keeping a stock of shirataki noodles because they are just easy as and awesome on the fast days - and I bought already a bulk bag of ethyritol & a new set of ceramic stone coated pans as I have been destroying my shitty non stick cheap one with low oil cooking now & need something haha revolutionary & space age that will let me cook with no or very little oil. Bought a really cheap set of these for under 30$ - will see how they go, there was an awesome top of the range set for a bit over $200 - if the first set are really great but not so long lasting might splash out when they wear out & go the pro stuff.

Well morning is passing me by, its a non fast day today - probably going to make some porridge again because I've been upping my fiber after not having very good bm's to say the least after the long fast which has fixed me up completely, looks like a windy gray chilly beginning of autumn day here, so porridge fits right in - more soon, going to weigh myself now as I have some new batteries in my scales then do another weigh in at the end of the month or so & see how the diet is effecting my body weight. Hopefully with a few months of this I won't dread looking at what it says ;)

Best of luck to all you readers out there & highly recommend trying this & fasting from time to time, it's done me so much good.

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