Today I want to share with you my intermittent fasting journey (and provide you with an intermittent fasting guide). It may be useful for those who have already started or those who are curious about what it is all about.
If either of these seem to apply to you, I Free Intermittent Fasting Guide with that in mind You can download.it is called A lifestyle guide to starting and continuing intermittent fasting… It’s also useful when you start IF and take a short break.
That’s exactly what I did during the 2023 holiday season and then realized what I was missing from the benefits. And then My body at the beginning of this year. I took a quick selfie for comparison…
…Hmm, you can see a little skin! Oh, please believe me. In case you’re wondering why this photo doesn’t fit with my food and other healthy lifestyle inspiration, I’m not one to bare all my skin.
But this photo actually focuses on my gut abdomen (as deep as I can show) and is the healthy reason I started intermittent fasting in the first place.
I was experiencing discomfort in my intestines in the upper stomach area where the esophagus meets the stomach (aka the lower esophageal sphincter).
If you’re following all of your health tips like sourdough, vegetable fiber, and ACV on a regular basis, but the best feeling is not having nagging pain (or even more so if you don’t feel anything in the area) Although it’s good, I sometimes felt a dull sensation in my gastrointestinal area. It’s a good day when you can spend your time without any problems inside your body.
If you’ve ever had heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux, you’ve probably felt the same way. The heat last summer didn’t help either (the hottest on record). That stimulates Pitta. And it’s not the kind of fire in the belly that you’re hoping for!
My stomach symptoms were mild, but this is probably what most people who experience heartburn every day in their busy and stressful work lives feel.
And as someone who once had a stressful corporate work life (and someone who is always striving to feel better and do better), I believe that no one should suffer any more than necessary. So I had to figure it out!…I couldn’t leave it there. And maybe you are in the health field too…
But back up a bit to get some background knowledge…
After the pandemic, I started cooking or baking almost all my meals. So I knew what ingredients were in each healthy dish or snack (which I ate 90% of the time). I often share some of my weekly festive meal tables, healthy breads, and weekly dishes in my blog posts.
…This comes from my 10 years of experience planning catered parties. food is love.
But most of the way I ate was healthy (…and the amount of sugar was way down for this former refined sugar addict!). And I was intentionally feeding them healthy foods to help with a happy gut. This is because the gut is where most of the happy hormone (serotonin) is produced.
But even if everything else was going well, I was still feeling gut discomfort. And after researching, listening to health interviews, and putting it all together…I came to the conclusion that that’s not the case. type The problem is food, that’s food itself.
It seems like every ingredient on the planet is being questioned in some way these days. The only thing purer is that which is whole. And where there are edible skin nutrients, there are also invisible poisons.
Despite our best intentions to eat healthier, our everyday healthy foods are contaminated.
The previous year, I had written an article for a national health publication about health and the Blue Zones, the oldest group of people ever living on Earth. So I was doing research every day and comparing their diets and healthy lifestyles to my own.
And then we realized that their BZ cheese is not our cheese process and their bread is not our bread. Start with flour.
What we get from the grocery store and take home is processed and stripped of valuable nutrients in our intestines.
…So despite our intentions to eat a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, unfortunately we still off– Set food damage beyond our control.
From garden centers to grocery stores, quality nutrients are often loaded with harmful pesticide sprays and preservatives to extend the shelf life of foods.
…That means we all have imperfect guts. And then plastic-packaged foods, antibiotics, and daily stress are added to our lives…and all the compounds cause intestinal problems…
In some cases, this may include leaky gut, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome. The list is long. And the intestines stretch higher than you or me. Above 15 feet there is an opportunity for all kinds of bugs to grow and you want to tip the scales to the good stuff every day. This has a huge impact on our health and daily energy.
And it’s a long story, butall of this is to say that this is why I started regularly intermittent fasting in 2023, for preventative gut health and to allow the body to repair the gut naturally .
It’s a great way to get rid of bad habits like snacking, sugar, overeating, drinking too late, or drinking too much, and it’s a great opportunity to reset your body’s detox, sleep more efficiently, and lose weight. Want to learn more about benefits and strategies? free guide.
previously published The secret to a happy healthy life
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