Intermittent Fasting

I am trying something new, started yesterday. I have trained my body to eat every 2-3 hours. There are a couple problems with this, but I won’t address any of them other than the fact that I am constantly eating. Still managing my calories and what I’m eating, but it’s still ALL THE TIME! And it never fails that I’m still hungry or have the munchies around 8pm every night. Eating this late, right before you’re going to bed and your metabolism is slowing down, is not good for you belly.

So I am trying intermittent fasting to replace my current lifestyle. I am still learning about it; and boy do I have lots to learn! But the high level summary is that you eat within a specific block of time, throughout the day, and nothing else on your of hours. This type of eating is supposed to help your body burn more fat as you are allowing your body the time it needs to fully digest and use what you ate the day before.

Say, for example, you eat breakfast at 8am. Your last meal would be at 4pm. Here’s the cool thing, there is no set clock on intermittent fasting! This means its customizable so it can fit into any lifestyle. Ideally, I think, you want to wait until later in the day to have your first meal. For me, personally, I am going for the 10am to 6pm block of time for eating. So far, over the last 2 days, it’s been satisfying. (I got a little hungry early today so I think I ate at 9:45am. I really don’t think 15 minutes is going to make a difference. I could be wrong. But I’m okay with it for day #2.)

Salad

See that ^, that salad? Looks delicious, right?! Eating clean can be fun and quite tasty!

There are a couple of things to take into consideration – or remember – if you ever seriously contemplate this type of lifestyle. Did you notice that word? “Lifestyle”? This is a lifestyle, not a fad, not a diet, not a detox, not a lose weight quick “thing”. A lifestyle that you adopt as part of your every day routine for the rest of your life. Just like clean eating. It doesn’t benefit you to do this for a week. It has a compound effect. Over time it increases your health, energy, confidence and overall appearance. Lifestyle choices are permanent, not temporary. I am probably repeating myself, but it’s important to fully grasp that. To change you life it can’t be temporary.

The other thing to consider is that it is super easy to implement. Don’t wake up tomorrow morning and just start eating within and 8 hour window (well, you could, I don’t think it would have a negative effect, but it might be a little more difficult to stick with). So, week 1 – for example – try 10 or 11 hours. Or, if that’s your normal window maybe try 9. Then week 2 shave off another hour. Then, if you’re not already at 8 hours, shave off another hour on the following week.

What you’re doing is training your body. Note how at the start of this post I said I had trained my body to eat every 2-3 hours. Trust me, your body gets used to your eating patterns and they are not easy to break. It takes time and consistency. So if your body is yelling at you that it’s hungry, it might not be. It might just be part of your routine that you’ll have to work through. It only takes 21 days to create a habit. If you can get through that time period, you’re good. Keep that goal in mind.

Shakeology

My all-time favorite meal of the day, and most nutritious!

Okay, done rambling. So, on top of this new lifestyle, I am also still focusing on clean eating. Yes, another lifestyle choice. I don’t have to quit one to try the other. Pretty cool in my opinion, makes my life a little easier. So, for now, I am simply working towards my 8hr eating window with clean foods. I don’t see a reason this won’t work so I’m super excited. (Especially considering I am still recovering from surgery and can’t workout for – at least – another 4 weeks. Eating right will keep from losing any progress during my down time!)

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Coconut Oil & Coffee

If you’ve ever heard of BulletProof coffee, you either love it, hate it, or just flat out think it’s a little strange. (lol)  I drank it for quite a while and loved (still love) it. But, 4 cups of coffee a day with that many calories tends to leave you a little hungry. Or, it did me anyway.

Thanks to a wonderful friend, I have found an alternative. Brew a cup of coffee (I use my Keurig), add 1t coconut oil (personally use the flavored), and a few drops of vanilla flavored sweet drops (stevia).

It’s delicious! And it’s good for you, clean, and low on calories! One thing that makes it super easy is my Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome. Once the coffee is brewed, coconut oil and sweet drops are added simply insert immersion blender for about 10 seconds and, voila, deliciousness is ready!

Anyway, if you’re trying to eat clean or just want to try something new, give this coffee a try. You may want to try it a couple times before judging, but it is quite delicious.

How I Managed Gestational Diabetes

I have been told, on numerous occasions, that I give good advice. I personally think these people are crazy but it made me think after sending an email to a friend.

So I met this girl – who will remain nameless – at work. She is young and has a lot going on in her life. Anyway, her and I kind-of clicked right off the bat. It wasn’t that much later when she found out she was pregnant. How exciting that I got to be the first at the office to know!

We have had many talks about pregnancy, baby and more since none of her close friends have been through this yet. For me it’s kind-of like have that little sister I never knew I wanted. Anyway, she recently found out that she has gestational diabetes.

This is something I knew I could help her with since I just went through this with my 5th. To help her out I typed her the basic information I learned in my dietitian classes I had to take. I usually do not think my “advice” is good enough to share but in this case I am hoping this will help more than just one girl so I have decided to share.

The basics:

15g = 1 serving of carbs (i.e. 1/2 banana)
7g = 1 serving of protein

IF there are more than 5g of fiber take extra and subtract from carbs (i.e. if 9g of fiber and 19g carbs then you would actually only be eating 15g carbs) (This is the one that always sends me through the roof with information but good to have)

Breakfast 1-2 servings of each
Snack same as breakfast
Lunch 2-3 servings of each
Snack same as breakfast
Dinner 2-3 servings of each
Snack same as breakfast

Eat every 2-3 hours with you last snack being 1 hour before bed (plan from that backwards)

Make a schedule and stick to it

Avoid fruit and milk for breakfast

Veggies are considered “free” which means you can eat them, within reason, where / when needed EXCEPT corn and peas (these have carbs and count towards your servings)

Remember, it’s not about sugar, it’s about carbs. Fruit is good but very high in carbs.

If this only helps the girl at work I will be happy; but if this reaches others struggling with this emotional news all the better! Let me know if you found this helpful. 🙂