How to Fast for Longevity and Losing Weight!
Today I want to talk about how to loose weight and make long term results in your diet.
My journey of healthy eating started more than 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with Chron’s Disease – it was a mild version, still bad enough to affect my daily life around age 20-21. I was told that I can only eat lean meat especially poultry and need to avoid red meat, dairy and wheat. At that time I really liked cheese so removing dairy was especially hard for me. I just could not imagine my life without cheese 😮. My diet has been evolved way more over the years, so avoiding something that triggers any autoimmune response is not a problem for me now. I have learned to listen to my body.
I have tried different diets from Body Building type of meals to Vegetarian to Paleo however I always questioned all of these different way of eatings and listened to my body’s response. I believe in whole foods, meaning earth grown nutrients, seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally raised animals (ideally grass fed – but that’s not a major concern from a health point of view, ethically it’s a different story), I do eat red meat now, in fact the redder the better in my opinion, this includes organs too. I also eat carbohydrates with moderation when I’m working out. I use them as quick energy source to fuel my training. I often say no to things but I don’t put limitations to myself, so when I’m out I have burger occasionally or a piece of cake. It all comes down to fast metabolism and better dietary choices, so losing weight is not a problem.
Time Restricted Eating
I want to talk about time restricted eating today. In other words fasting. I wanted to share what’s working for me in the last couple of months. So if you’re not happy with your diet or perhaps want to loose some weight or maybe feel a bit sluggish then the following tips are for you.
I’m going to outline my daily routine for you and explain why I’m doing what I do. Normally my meals are restricted in 8-10 hours window. So start breakfast at 9am have dinner at 5pm and lunch in between. This way I don’t restrict the calories I put in – assuming clean diet. For me it’s higher fat intake, eggs, red meat, more green vegetables, little a bit of grains like quinoa or rice, maybe sweet potato and very little fruit. No wheat, no dairy, no artificial sugars, no alcohol either and the rest is easy.
Own The Day – Own Your Life
Upon wakening I start with a pint of warm lemon water with pink himalayan salt. When we wake up in the morning we’re dehydrated so need to drink and our body is craving for nutrients. Most people go for coffee immediately and this is where they go wrong. Many times our body is ending us signals but we cannot really read those. We think we’re hungry when we only need water or when waking up we feel tired so we want a quick caffeine fix instead of giving the body what its carving. It’s minerals and electrolytes. The himalayan salt contains more than 80 minerals that are essentials for the human body. The below benefits outline why you want to include himalayan salt into your diet.
Improves respiratory problems
Balances PH level in the body
Natural Digestive Aid
Air Purifier as a Salt Lamp
Sleep is absolutely the biggest one in my opinion because once we’re rested then everything is easier and we make better choices, less stress and so on. Additional benefits are healthy blood sugar levels, reducing cramps, nutrient absorption, bone health and healthy gallbladder and kidney functions.
Lemon benefits are the following:
Recently I have started to workout a little bit earlier depending on my schedule. I know a lot of people like training in the morning and here’s where it starts to get interesting. If I have chance to train in the morning around 8-9 am then I make another ‘cocktail’ for my workout. This is all part of the proper hydration and giving nutrients to my body when fasting. Remember I’m still before breakfast.
Amino Acids not Protein Powder
I’m sure you’ve heard about increased protein intake is necessary to build lean muscle. Proteins are made up
smaller units called amino acids. When you eat protein our body breaks it down into different amino acids then our cells form a new protein within the body. So instead of taking sugary protein drinks that are made of the byproducts of dairy, it’s more clever to use amino acids like BCAA. Branched Chain Amino Acids are among the nine essential amino acids for human and well known for triggering protein synthesis. They are also found in foods such as meats and eggs. They also accelerate recovery and reduce muscle soreness. It’s pretty much having a steak without the calories. I like the powder version of it without any additional sweetener. It taste a bit strange first but I swear by it.
My ‘Cocktail’ includes the following: Mix the below in 500ml pure water.
5-10g BCAA unflavored powder
2 tsp of Himalayan Salt (for replenishing salt during exercise)
1 Tbsp of Baobab powder (antioxidants, potassium and other vitamins)
As you can see salt is key for blood sugar level, balancing ph levels in the body, improving sleep quality and replacing minerals upon wakening and during exercise. So it’s absolutely key when fasting/time restricted eating.
After that I would have my breakfast around 9-10am and go on with my day, have lunch around 1-2pm and after dinner at 5pm I would only have water. It works really well for me because of my schedule. I have more energy throughout the day, my digestion has been improved and have better mental clarity too.
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