Intermittent Fasting

I am back after a long hiatus. I became busy with life and, to be painfully frank, I’ve been mired in depression. Various health problems (that are sometimes debilitating and cause a great deal of anxiety) conspired with relationship issues to detour my online surfing anywhere but to my blog.

But two weeks ago I decided to try my eating plan that demands that I not eat until my blood sugar has dropped to the normal range. The reason I did this is because while studying the I.F. program(intermittent fasting) to reacquaint myself with all its benefits I realized that the timing of meals in the ‘eating window’ form of IF that involves eating all your calories within a four to eight hour window is roughly similar to my diabetic eating plan.

It correlates because I know my blood sugar doesn’t drop to 6 or lower until around 1PM or 2PM. If I stop eating at 7PM this allows 18 or 19 hours of fasting which keeps my blood sugars on an even keel. This plan meshes very well with Intermittent Fasting because the window I eat in falls within the requirement of four to eight hours in the IF eating window.

Now, why is IF good even for non-diabetics. Much scientific study has shown that a number of amazing benefits are gained by either fasting daily for 16-20 hours or fasting two 24 hour days a week. These benefits include increased levels of human growth hormone(an aging inhibitor), resting the digestive system that can lead to increased cell repair, improved skin, mental acuity, weight loss and the list goes on. Studies show that fasting or calorie restriction restricts calorie intake which brings some of these benefits but during your eating windows you can calorie load and eat your favorite foods while reaping the rewards