Today I want to answer all your questions on intermittent fasting and eating. Before we get into it, let me tell you a little bit about my food/weight journey…
I struggled with my weight for years. By this I mean from about 12 until late into my 20’s. I was never extremely overweight however I was always a good 20-30 pounds heavier than I would have liked. When I went to college, I started working out A LOT and was very controlling with what I ate. I lost weight however my relationship with food and exercise was not what I would call “healthy. This continued into my 20’s. Around 30 I was sick of counting EVERY SINGLE CALORIE and feeling like I needed to workout 7/days a week or I would be “fat”. I started doing a lot of research on food with Luke and we decided on giving Paleo a go for 30-days straight. I wanted to see if I felt different on a grain-free diet. Both of us ended up really loving it! I did not count ONE calorie, I lost weight, had more energy, didn’t feel bloated and felt like I could LIVE!
This was the point in my life that food no longer controlled me. I was FREE! I started cooking all the time and enjoying food. I now eat grain-free about 90% of the week and have small amounts of dairy and little to no sugar. I’m mindful about what I put in mouth and grateful for the food I consume. The days of constantly thinking about food are over! More about what I eat NOW on this blog post.
Through my journey I’ve discovered this idea of intermittent fasting. It has worked for me and that is why I want to share with y’all. Remember, everyones experience and what works for them varies. Do YOU! See below.
What is intermittent fasting?
For me, it is a window of time where I am not eating vs. eating. Some call this time restricted feeding. Essentially fasting gives your body a longer period of time to rest and recover from breaking down food, therefore burning your stored fat. The main benefits of intermittent fasting are: increased brain health, lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s), weight loss and helping to fight against diabetes.
What is your IF schedule?
15-16 hour fast and an 8 hour window for eating. I typically have my first meal between 11AM-12PM.
Why do you do intermittent fasting?
I mentioned the main benefits above like increased brain healthy, etc. For me I like that it give my body a break from constantly “working” to break down food and it has helped me lose weight (post baby) and/or maintain weight. I like eating 2 meals a day and a snack. It works better for my mind and body!
Do you do it every day?
5 to 6 days a week. I like to allow myself a day or two on the weekend to be more flexible.
Do you get hungry?
In the beginning I did, especially if I did a hard workout. Now, I have no issue. I make sure I’m eating clean, whole foods that fill me up.
Do you still drink coffee and cream in the morning when fasting?
I do drink coffee however I don’t use cream. Sometimes I put almond milk in. I’m not CRAZY about it. I gotta live a little! LOL
How long did it take you to start seeing results w/ intermittent fasting?
I could tell a difference in my body after about 2 weeks. I did it pre-pregnancy and now doing it after, I can really see the difference.
Do you notice a difference in how you feel – bloating, eating grain vs. not, etc.?
I 100% do. I do not have an allergy to grains however my body feels lighter and less bloated when I stay away from wheat.
Have you struggled with weight postpartum?
Of course. Like any new mom, it takes a minutes to get the weight off. I continued to eat clean and healthy when pregnant, so I found it was a lot less difficult than I thought it was going to be to drop the pounds. I honestly gave myself time. I’ve been eating well, taking care of myself and moving my body. I’m 9 mo PP and I am back to normal.
Do you track your calories?
As I mentioned above, I did… for many years. I think in the beginning it is a great way to learn what’s in foods and help to lose weight. Once you have a good understanding, I don’t think it’s necessary.
What change made the biggest impact on weight loss?
Not overeating empty calorie foods. Eating clean, whole foods that keep me full so I’m not snacking the entire day!
What are your favorite meals to keep you full?
I love a bowl situation and specifically one with: cauliflower rice, veggies, eggs and avocado.
How did you eliminate grain in your diet?
As I mentioned above I went Paleo for a month strict so I did it abruptly! It wasn’t easy but it quickly made me look/create good tasting substitutes. Once you find other similar options that you like, it’s a piece of cake! For example I use my cauliflower rice all the time instead of whit rice as well as Siete tortillas rather than flour.
What do I eat?
Check out this blog post! I share more about my journey and give y’all a food guide and links to recipes.