During our Intermittent Fasting month, we have shared a number of ideas on this topic. What is IF, how to get started, IF and Workouts and more. Today we will share some ideas on how to eat while intermittent fasting for the best results.
If you have been following along this month you will already know that Intermittent fasting, is a type of eating pattern where you go through phases of eating and not eating. Not only do you need to know what you can have during the fasted state, but also how and when to eat when the eating period begins. Today’s post is going to provide you with info for eating both while fasting and not fasting.
This might seem obvious however one of the biggest mistakes people make when following intermittent fasting is that they are counting the hours until they can eat, then they will overeat. The point is not to starve yourself for 20 hours just so you can binge eat for 4 hours. You want to stick to your normal diet during the eating window. We believe in making food choices that are real organic foods so be sure to stick to nutrient-dense meals. Definitely avoid the processed, fast food junk food. You want that food to fuel your body and sustain you for the next fasting phase. Read more on IF here - https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting
Choose These Beverages – An everyday approach
If you are just starting out with intermittent fasting, you might not know exactly what “fasting” entails. This does not mean you have absolutely nothing during the fasting window. Instead, you want to stay hydrated, so make sure you have plenty of water. You can also have beverages like tea and coffee. Just be careful about what you add to your coffee. Some people allow themselves a splash of creamer in their coffee since the calories are still extremely low, but try not to depend on that. This is the perfect time to begin to eliminate unnecessary sugary drinks, like soda, juice, energy drinks. There is no value for your health and wellbeing in these drinks. It might take some practice however it is worth it to begin the habit of not including these types of drinks in your daily intake.
Stick to a Healthy Real Organic Food Diet
Many people make the mistake of using intermittent fasting as an excuse to eat what they want, then fast, assuming it will balance out and they won’t gain weight. This is the absolute wrong mindset to have, plus, you aren’t going to gain all the wonderful benefits of intermittent fasting if you choose this method.
When you are eating after fasting, ease into it slowly, starting with a normal-sized, real organic food meal. Your meals during a shorter eating window must be as nutritious as possible, with lots of vitamins and minerals. Think protein, fruits and veggies, nuts, and seeds. Not everyone can tolerate nuts and seeds so be aware and proceed according to how you feel. You may have one or two larger meals, but if you have gone 16-18 hours without a meal, you don’t want that first meal to be riddled with preservatives, sugar, and processed ingredients. Truly there is no benefit to this eating practice.
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