Did you know that most people kick start their health commitment between March-April?
Why’s that? We’ll come November to March there are a stream of social events in which most of the planet participates – starting with Melbourne Cup (Australia) through to Valentines Day and Easter.
In my experience, the best way to get back on track is Intermittent Fasting. As you guys know I happily indulge myself in Intermittent Fasting – I feel so incredibly amazing when I do this.
It effortlessly switches your body to use fat for fuel instead of sugar.
And the results… clear head, more energy, clearer skin, happier heart and if you need it – fat loss. Read about my Intermittent Fasting experience here.
What’s equally important as the time you fast, is what food you break your fast with first.
Because your glorious body has had a rest from digestion, so it has been focusing on repair and rest. Therefore the last thing you want to do is freak it out with foods that require more energy to digest than others.
A part from exhausting the digestive system, your body just won’t gain the nutritional benefits it could if you don’t eat the right foods first. The most nutritious and easy-to-digest foods are best to break a fast initially, gradually adding more diversity over time.
If I’m doing a 20-4 intermittent fast – fasting 20hours – eat 4hours, whatever my first meal is, I make sure I eat the veggies first before anything else like fats or protein.
I start with either a simple smoothie, steamed veggies or broth
then add a little of these….
fruit and vegetable juices
lettuces and spinach – can use plain yogurt as a dressing and top with fresh fruit
cooked vegetables and vegetable soups
nuts and eggs
small amounts of organic and grass fed/finished meats from a farmer who demonstrates ethical farming practices.
More pointers for breaking a fast
Pay close attention to your body’s reactions and responses to these “new” foods. Watch for any adverse reactions, remember your body is almost at point zero and will show up sensitivities to foods that you had been consuming before, but were masked through stress and sluggishness. So now you have the opportunity to identify which foods are triggering your body and weed them out.
Feel for the sensation of “not-hungriness” instead of fullness and stop eating at that point. Begin to train yourself to watch for that signal, so you’ll always know when your body is adequately nourished and satisfied.
When breaking a fast, begin with frequent small meals.
Chew foods well. More accurately tune into the sensation of eating and drinking.
Drink your food and chew your water.
This will help immensely with proper digestion and is a blessing for your nervous system… otherwise known as mindful eating.
Happy munching beautiful one – Annie.