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Healthy Eating Habits
So before I properly begin, I wanted to give a little disclaimer that I am not a dietitian, nutritionist or any other health professional. I am a simple woman who suffered from anorexia nervosa for many years. When I finally overcame anorexia I fell into another trap – sugar addiction. I was one of these people who was reaching for sweet and sugary food immediately after waking up.
I know it may not seem like a big deal for many people, but if you feel the irresistible need to eat chocolate as soon as you wake up and if you don’t you become exasperated it means that you have a problem. Not to mention that I started noticing various symptoms of insulin resistance that if not treated and reversed can lead to type 2 diabetes.
I knew that I needed to act before my health before my symptoms get worse. I wanted to find a way to stop letting my emotions affect my choice of food. Because overcoming an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa) just to develop another eating disorder (sugar addiction) is not the solution.
After many years of struggling with an eating disorder, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to create a healthy relationship with food. So I did my research, and by research, I don’t mean watching Youtube videos but reading scientific papers and food science books. (you will find the booklist below) and I’ve discovered the concept of intermittent fasting.
Now, I will admit, I was a sceptic at first. But being a person, who loves challenges and new opportunities I decided to give it a try and this is what happened…
A Tough Start
I am not going to lie, first weekes of intermittent fasting were extremely difficult. They were pretty tough actually. I was struggling. I was tired, anxious and irritated. Not to mention that I was hungry after every single meal, although I was eating the right amount of calories. Which was an obvious symptom of insulin resistance.
However, the biggest challenge I had to face was not to eat a dessert or snack after every single meal. I know seems crazy, but it’s exactly how I felt. But I was determined to achieve my goal to develop healthy eating habits. All I needed was a good plan to make this personal transformation easier, more consistent and much more exciting. And that’s exactly what I did. And after doing intermittent fasting for a month this is what happened:
I should probably add that I eat a healthy ketogenic diet and I do the 16:8 form of intermittent fasting. Which simply means that I restrict eating to an 8-hour window with 2–3 meals (depends on the day), and fast for 16 hours.
How Intermittent Fasting (IF) Improved My Health
1. IF helped me to create more structure and discipline in my life.
2. IF helped me to develop a powerful, productive and positive daily routine with regular mealtimes, regular workouts and regular self-care practice
3. IF helped me to get my sleep cycle organized. I have a good night routine and I sleep much better.
4. IF helped me to become more emotionally stable. Since my blood sugar levels are under control I am more peaceful, relaxed, balanced and focused on my goals
5. IF improved my cognitive skills. I’ve noticed an improvement in mental concentration and focus.
6. IF helped me to get rid of morning brain fog. I wake up well-rested, energized and ready to kick start my day
7. IF helped me to schedule regular mealtimes.
8. IF helped me to develop mindful eating habits. Eating my meals became a sensory experience.
9. IF improved my digestion. Because when you eat 2-3 meals a day at a regular schedule you give your body a break from constant digestion
10. IF improved my gut health.
11. IF helped me to cut my grocery bill in half and save money on food because I stopped buying processed food and packaged snacks
12. IF helped me to regain control over my sugar craving (yes, they still have them but I am able to ignore them)
13. IF helped me to boost my immune system
14. IF helped me increase my resistance to cold (I can take longer cold showers)
15. IF boosts my physical performance. My workouts became more intense. I don’t suffer post-workout soreness anymore.
7 Steps Of My Eating Patterns Transformation
As you can probably imagine changing you the whole lifestyle is not the easiest thing to do. However, with the right approach, strategy and mindset the transformation process you put yourself through can be not only doable but also quite enjoyable. And that’s exactly what I did. I created the 7 step system for my eating patterns transformation to ensure that I achieved a positive outcome.
- I created a compelling VISION
- I made a strong RESOLUTION
- I set smart GOALS I could look forward to
- I made a simple PLAN OF ACTION
- I developed powerful RITUALS to be able to enter the right state every single day
- I created a habit tracker to improve my SELF-DISCIPLINE
- I celebrated (and still celebrate) small victories and big wins to increase COMMITMENT
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What Is Intermittent Fasting
Types Of Intermittent Fasting
Science-Based Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
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Best Books On Intermittent Fasting
- The Art of Intermittent Fasting: How to Lose Weight, Shed Fat, and Live a Healthier Life by Connor Thompson
- Intermittent Fasting for Beginners by Sarah Amber Patterson
- The Complete Guide To Fasting by Dr Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore
- The FastDiet by Michael Mosley
- Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon
- The Longevity Diet by Valter Longo
- Fast. Feast. Repeat.: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don’t Deny® Intermittent Fasting–Including the 28-Day FAST Start by Gin Stephens
- The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Dr Jason Fung
Top 11 Apps For Intermittent Fasting
- Zero – expert guidance, insights, and accountability to unlock a longer, healthier life iOS / Android
- Fastient – A journaling and stats tracking app
for extended and intermittent fasting iOS / Android
- BodyFast – The healthy way to your dream weight & Personal fasting plans iOS / Android
- FastHabit – makes it easy to get started with Intermittent Fasting and stick with it iOS / Android
- LIFE Fasting Tracker – track all types of fasting, share with friends and learn about health benefits iOS / Android
- DoFasting – easy-to-use fasting tracker iOS / Android
- Simple – Your Personal Assistance and Insights with
Simple Intermittent Fasting app iOS / Android
- Vora – a fasting tracker plus a social platform iOS / Android
- Ate – the Mindful Food Journaling app iOS / Android
- Window – your reliable intermittent fasting tracker iOS / Android
- MyFast – intermittent fasting timer and tracking iOS / Android
With this post, I don’t want you to convince you to start Intermittent Fasting. Even though I truly believe that IF could benefit your health and wellbeing in many different ways. I am just sharing my extremely positive experience with both Intermittent Fasting and a healthy ketogenic diet that I started almost one year ago today.
However, I also want to add a very important point. Just because IF and ketogenic diet helped me to regain my health and wellbeing it does not mean that it will do the same effect on others. There is no magic formula. No “no-size diet fits all”. We are all different and unique but most of us have the same goal which is living a healthy, fulfilling and meaningful life. We all want to be happy, healthy, and successful, we just choose different ways to achieve that. And that’s also amazing.
Having said that, I highly encourage you to do your own research and make conscious decisions about your health and wellbeing. Because your whole future depends on the decisions you make today.
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