I started Intermittent Fasting a little over a month ago. It was recommended by my wellness practitioner for my Hashimotos because it can help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance as well as improve my energy because my body spends less time digesting, etc.
So far I’ve noticed:
–Increased energy in the morning (as long as I drink water, I feel fine without food).
-Weight loss: I’m down nearly 5lbs. I’m trying not to make this about a number on a scale, but even pre-baby weight I didn’t feel comfortable. I’d like to see where my body naturally lands and accept whatever that translates into clothing sizes.
-Intentional Eating: I’m making better intuitive decisions when it comes to what I eat. Since I only have 8 hours I want to provide my body with the fuel it needs. Now, I.F. also coincides with a new protocol to eliminate overgrowth in my gut, which might contribute to less of a desire for sugar and carbs.
-No more nighttime snacking: This has always been my downfall, the way I release after a long day. Removing that crutch has allowed me to find healthier ways to de-stress such as: Epsom salt baths, books, going to bed early (what a concept!).
I’ve been using the Zero Fasting app to keep myself on track. It’s free, easy to use, and keeps track of my fasting hours for me. Plus, it sends you notes of encouragement, which are oddly helpful. “One more hour, you got this” goes a long way.
It’s not a perfect process, but I’m not striving for perfection; I want consistency. I want to show up. My next goal as my energy improves is to work more exercise into my daily life. Our neglected Peleton is taunting me in the corner of our bedroom. I need to literally and figuratively find a way to get back on the bike and find a routine that works for me. Again, consistency is the goal.