Why I Practice Intermittent Fasting

Why I Practice Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a wellness practice that has gained immense popularity in recent years, and I've been a dedicated practitioner since I was 16 years old. Now, at 24, I can confidently say that IF has become an integral part of my daily routine. In this article, I'll share my personal journey with IF, my daily schedule, and why I believe it's the right approach for me.

My IF Journey:

My journey with IF has been one of experimentation, flexibility, and, most importantly, self-discovery. I've had my fair share of breaks from it, but I always find myself coming back. Why? Because it works for me. My body and mind have adapted to this routine, and it aligns perfectly with my lifestyle.

A Day in the Life of an IF Practitioner:

My typical day starts at around 8 a.m. I like to ease into my mornings with a cup of warm water with lemon or a soothing cup of tea, followed by an Americano coffee. This quiet time allows me to set my intentions for the day and find a sense of calm before the daily hustle begins.

After a relaxing morning routine, I head for my workout, followed by a refreshing shower, and then I invest some time in my appearance. By this time, it's usually around 11 a.m., and interestingly, I don't experience hunger pangs. I've never been much of a breakfast person, even during my childhood. This natural alignment with my body's rhythms is one of the many reasons why IF suits me so well.

I usually break my fast around noon or 1 p.m., typically with a cappuccino made with whole cow's milk. This is when I dive into my focused work hours, and I'm so engrossed in my tasks that thoughts of food hardly cross my mind.

My One Meal a Day (Kinda):

My next meal arrives at approximately 4 p.m. - a simple piece of fruit. This is when I begin thinking about what culinary delight I'll indulge in for the day. Since I consume only one cooked meal daily, I make it an extravagant feast.

My choices vary. Some days, I savor the succulence of beef or chicken; other days, it's eggs that catch my fancy. Seafood, though delicious, only makes an appearance when I'm genuinely in the mood for it. Being Eastern European, I hold a deep affinity for bread, and one of my all-time favorite meals involves minced beef served with a side of bread. It's a simple yet incredibly delightful combination that finds its place on my menu several times a week.

While I often lean towards high protein meals, there are days when my cravings demand a different approach, with a strong yearning for carbs and fats, like pizza or pasta. I've learned the importance of listening to my body and embracing these cravings. Trying to suppress them has only led to binge-eating episodes and self-loathing, a result of trying to conform to rigid "healthy" dieting standards.

Balanced Food Rules:

Of course, I have some food rules that I adhere to most of the time, but they're quite flexible and easy for me to maintain. I steer clear of seed oils and highly processed foods, thanks to my upbringing in a family that always appreciated real, home-cooked meals prepared with ingredients like butter, olive oil, and beef tallow. Whole foods have always been at the core of my diet, and I believe this upbringing is the reason why I now crave home-cooked delicacies over fast food, most of the time.

Sweet Rewards:

After dinner, I usually find myself craving something sweet. Lately, I've developed a passion for baking, particularly because of the cozy vibes of fall. Baking a small cake a few times a week has become a delightful tradition. I use high-quality ingredients without hesitation, real butter and pure maple syrup. On other nights, I treat myself to some chocolate.

16/8 Method:

To put it all together, my eating window typically closes around 8 p.m., which aligns with the popular 16/8 method of intermittent fasting. This particular schedule suits my lifestyle and helps me maintain the balance I desire.

In summary, my journey with intermittent fasting has been a transformative one. It has taught me to listen to my body, embrace my cravings, and prioritize whole, real foods. With a flexible approach and an understanding of my own needs, I've found a rhythm that works perfectly for me. IF isn't just a trend; it's a lifestyle that has positively impacted my overall well-being. If you're considering trying intermittent fasting, I encourage you to explore different methods and find what works best for your unique self. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach, and the key is to make it your own.

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