Intermittent fasting means to put aside a regular time in the day, when you do not eat. For example, I do not eat between 6 pm in the evening and 11 am the next day. This gives my stomach 17 hours to digest, clear out and rest. I have been practicing this for the last three years. Not fanatically – sometimes I break the rule. “Everything in moderation, including moderation”. It was easy for me to make this a habit, because I never enjoyed eating in the morning anyway. I had been conditioned, in childhood, to believe that I “need” breakfast to be healthy, even though I was never hungry in the morning.
Intermittent fasting provides an extra boost of energy. And I am all about energy! 🙂
Contrary to popular belief, over-indulgence in food, does not provide energy. Eating for sustenance provides some energy, but if you go beyond that it depletes energy. Food addiction is common in this society. Many “foods” are unethically made to be addictive to increase sales. Ask yourself:
If there is a “health foods” section in the supermarket, then what is the rest of the food?
The good news is that our body will cleanse itself if we give it a chance to. If we stuff it non-stop with foods at every hour, it does not have a chance to cleanse itself. But with intermittent fasting, it’s like you get a brand new, lighter, healthier body every day.
If you wish to know whether you are food addicted, check: Can you go a day without food? If not, you’re addicted. Can you at least go 12 hours without food? If not, you are extremely addicted.
I am not suggesting that my way of fasting must be good for anyone. But I am suggesting that you reduce your dependence on foods. More important than “which diet” to take, is the ability to do without food for certain times. There are a number of other ways that energy can be taken in, such as breathing, high-level-thought, releasing heavy emotions, love and creative work. It doesn’t always have to be food. Your energy-state is partially regulated by the kinds of foods you eat and how much you eat. When you are food-addicted, it could feel as if eating a less depletes your energy. But it’s not the less eating that depletes it, it’s the mental addiction. And the best way to overcome the addiction is to set aside certain times where you don’t eat and stick to it for some time. My 17 hours may be too extreme for you. In this case, you might start with something easier, such as 8 pm to 10 am, which is 14 hours of rest, so that your body can do its job.
I have seen some people heal various health conditions with intermittent fasting. Rather than adding to their intake with medication, they lessened their intake through fasting. Regardless of what health condition you are dealing with, intermittent fasting should be one of the things you try on your path to recovery.
You will notice just how habitual eating is for most people and that it’s rarely out of hunger and mostly out of pleasure. Beyond a certain point, it’s no longer pleasure. Then it turns into the burden of craving. You become aware that it’s this way with other things in life too. When you temporarily remove the thing you are addicted to, it exposes the emotions that were masked by the continual “pleasure-seeking”. In the absence of the habitual meal, you get a chance to feel and release those emotions. And behind that, you find out who you really are. And you become even more well.