Sipped on some delicious store bought bone broth today to get me through my 20 hour fast. Intermittent fasting is not a fad. Our ancestors, who were hunters and gatherers, survived this way not knowing when they would eat next. Studies have shown that results are seen at 12 hours or more. But don’t get fixated on a number or what others are doing. Pick a time horizon that works for you and work your way up.
𝗪𝗛𝗬 𝗜 𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗧? It helps reduce inflammation, gives your body a break from processing food all the time, which in turn lowers blood sugar, lowers cravings over time, increases mental focus/energy, ignites your metabolism, so you burn fat from your stored reserves, increases growth hormone (so you look young! this one in particular sold me…🙋🏾♀️). As you see, the benefits are just way too many!
𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧! 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘 𝗗𝗢 𝗜 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧?*
Try having an early dinner around 6pm and seeing if you can “break” fast between 8-10am the next day and see how you feel. This type of fasting syncs with our natural circadian rhythm and helps balance our hormones (adrenal, insulin, cortisol). Give it a try and you might just like it enough to see if you can do it more often and work your way up to even longer fasts.
Props to those who make their own bone broth. I don’t have easy access to bones to do it on the regular, so see below for an easy and delicious hack that helps you fast when you don’t have enough willpower 😏.
𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗣𝗥𝗨𝗖𝗘 𝗨𝗣 𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗘 𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗕𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗛:
1. Pour desired amount of broth into a saucepan and heat up to a slow simmer. I’m using @roliroti chicken broth, and recommend getting a thick gelatinous broth, if you can, because those have the nutritious collagen and all the goodness from the bones intact.
2. Grate some fresh ginger
3. Add in some turmeric powder (I love non-irradiated @frontiercoop spices), and if you have fresh, even better.
4. Relax, sit back and drink up all that goodness! ✨
*Disclaimer: A fast is not a means to eat less. You should still be consuming enough calories.