My experience with intermittent fasting(IF) was a very big success. I’ll fill you in shortly. First let me explain what that is. IF is a way to schedule meals and fasting in a manner which will allow your body the maximum digestion time. It can be done a few ways. I’m going to mention those and then tell you what I did.
24 Hour Cycle
Some people like to take two 24 hour periods a week to fast. That breaks the week up to a 2 days eating to 1 day fasting or a fasting every third day. Another way is in alternating 24 hour periods, like day on/ day off. On the fasting days, drink only water to basically lower calorie intake. Also your body had a whole day to process the things you’ve eat over the last 2-3 days. Important because during periods of constant eating the digestive system stalls on things like red meat and alcohol.
Daily fasting consists of giving yourself a 4-8 hour window to eat and allowing your body to digest for at least 16 hours. This was the path I chose. I would eat usually between the hours of 11-7. I would drink at least a gallon of water and up to 40 oz. of coffee. Initially the coffee helped with cleaning out my digestive track big time.
The first day I thought I was going to go crazy. Just like anything with anything we try that’s new the old ways try to creep into our heads and stops us. I was having cravings clean through the night. When I got to work after about a 2 quarts of water and 40 oz. of coffee I don’t think I ate the first time until after 1pm. At that point, I knew I was on to something. I had been doing 5-6 small meal a day for about the last 6-7 months. My body weight was fluctuating but I wasn’t making any gains in sustainable weight loss.
After the first few days I noticed that my morning bloating that was usually there on days when I had eaten meat or drank alcohol was not there. I wasn’t falling asleep at work after lunch or in meetings like I had for the last twenty years or so. I had natural energy. After about 10 days I go on the scale and I had dropped 10lbs. After 3 weeks I was still in the same weight range, which means it was sustainable.
I thought about continuing the daily fasting but upon further research I found that it was widely used a weight loss technique and not as the norm. That’s where I’m going to implement my philosophy here…I believe in moderation. A little bit of this and a little bit of this keeps us far from overindulgence. I plan on keeping my daily fast routine with the idea that if I do have one meal or snack outside of my eating period that it’s not going to kill me. I won’t do it everyday but if it happens, so what!
I’ve included some links below to get you going on your research. Remember, I won’t tell your ass what to do. I’ll tell you what I did. Feel free to customize.
I guess this whole post should be a disclaimer since I can’t find any medical information to back this up. Here it goes. I had suffered from seasonal allergies my whole life as I remember. Whether it was sweeping up in a dusty basement, playing in parks, walking through wooded areas or just walking down the street after enough neighbors had just cut grass and it would set off an allergy attack that would last almost three days. Three days would be including the time it took me to come down off of the Benadryl.
Since I started my health/fitness journey back in September of 2016 I’ve incorporated a ton of green vegetables that I either didn’t eat before or didn’t eat much of. Asparagus, brussel sprouts, a lot of spinach on a daily basis. I have not had one allergy outbreak in 2017. I’m sorry but I’m going to attribute that to the veggies.
I’ll tell you why. Other than moderating the intake of thinks like salt, sugar, red meat, I have not make any other significant changes in my diet. I have eaten fried foods, I’ve eaten dairy. The amazing part to me is that I haven’t had to pop one Zyrtec, Claritan, Allegra or any of that.
My personal goal is to never have to take another medicine again, prescribed or otherwise. If you have seasonal allergies I highly recommend you try this.
Welcome to the 365 Motivation Blog! I am your host, chief editor, & moderator, Malik Three Sixty-Five. The purpose of this blog is for us to share stories with each other in an effort to support our goals, dreams & “new beginnings”. Help others in tough situations rise into great achievements and persevere. Sometimes it’s just that one voice tha enables us to stand up straight and go after whatever it is we really want. I’ve had my experience with that “voice” and I’ll share shortly.
Towards the end of 2016 my life was in ruins. I was really affected by the death of both Prince and my ex-girlfriend moving away. On top of that it seemed all of my heroes were dying. 80’s icon’s like David Bowie, Ron Glass, people that defined my teenage years. By this time my career was at a standstill. My fake friends began to reveal themselves and I found myself alone sitting on my couch two days after I had totaled my car. I’m not sure if I can come back from this adversity. I’m 45 years old and I’m no more in control of my life than I was at 9. These were all of the thoughts going through my head at this time.
I turned on the TV and had no clue on what I wanted to watch. So I picked up my phone and did a search for “Best Documentaries 2016”. I had seen “generation Iron” and I had enjoyed it but it was no way I was anywhere near those guys. Then I saw it “My Magnificent Obsession”, the story of C.T. Fletcher. I had no clue who that was but it had just made it to Netflix. So I started the movie and I was taken in. That voice said to me that I had no excuses to not be living the best life possible. Because his philosophy, ISYMFS(It’s Still Your Muthafuckin’ Set) means that if you wake up in the morning you have a chance to change your life and make it the way you want it to be. The past is not important.
I felt as if a weight had literally been lifted off of me. I re-dedicated my to be a healthy, fit life. A life where I would take risks and help other people who wanted my help to do the same. That was about 10 months ago. I went to the gym and I worked my ass off to the sum of a sustainable 30 lbs. weight loss. I’ve dropped 9% body fat. I still have a long way to go but that’s why I need a community. Anyone looking to support, please feel free to reach me on social media or at email@example.com.
For the most, my post will be about health, fitness and entrepreneurship. There are other ways we can motivate each other and if you would like to contribute let me know. Wow! My first post is done. I hope you enjoyed it.