1 Year of intermittent Intermittent Fasting

No, no, it’s not a misspelling. This is all about my 1 year experience of intermittently doing intermittent fasting. Last year in the beginning of May, I came across some information about fasting on YouTube. I knew a bit about fasting and what it does and what it means to the body from the religious point of view. Yes, and the food you are supposed to eat and not eat during the fasting period. However, intermittent fasting was something new to me at the time. At least the concept or the name given, because in a way I had been practising it when I was younger before going to uni.

What is intermittent fasting? It’s the same question I asked myself. It is a regular fasting by which you eat in a specific eating window daily, letting your digestive system to breathe for 16-18 hours per day. During those 16-18 hours (or a bit less, if you are just starting, let’s say 12-14 hours) you do not eat anything. You just drink water, tea or coffee (with no sugar or milk). Because I was hooked with the idea of cleansing the body and having a better digestion and charmed by the release of the growth hormone that occurs during the fasting period and its wonderful anti-aging effects, I jumped onto it. From eating all day long, every 2 hours for 16 hours a day, I moved in one night to eating 2 times a day during 8 hours. The opposite of what I was doing up until that point. I had no issues in adjusting to the schedule of eating. In fact, because I was expecting to experience the hunger effect in the morning, I went on with the expectation that I will be feeling hungry, but I will drink more tea. Clean even more my body. It was very easy to me to do it. Contrary to what I expected it to be, a bit harsh, not very easy to adapt but it will be worthwhile, it was extremely smooth in my experience. Probably because I wanted it to work so much. I was enthusiastic about my discovery and about Dr. Berg’s YouTube Channel. It was also Kinobody Channel that I discovered and a few others after digging more, Thomas DeLauer (who is more into ketosis) and at the time, I was watching Jon Venus for a while also, and realised that he had a video on fasting a while ago too, but at the time, it did not click anything in my head. Probably because I was associating fasting with something radical and too sudden, like dry fasting or religious fasting as it is in my religion. So, researching more and more with each day I was fasting, I realised how natural it comes to me to do it, but at the same time, was doing some exercises because I wanted to tone up my body. Kinobody entered my frequency for that scope. Little by little, I learned more about the process and realised the deep changes that were taking place inside and outside my body. The first week went off quite fast. And because I was pleased with the easiness of it all, the flow of the experience, it’s probably why I carried on. The first few days, the first main difference occurred.

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I realised just how much clearer and focused I was compared to the times of the past when I would eat every 2 hours to have energy and enough drive to go through the day, to cope with the multitude of tasks and customers over the phone in a very demanding and challenging fraud department of a call centre. I realised just how my concentration improved, I was able to deal with the situation so much smoother and I had a better mood overall to deal with stress. I believed that you need sugar and glucose in your blood and brain to have energy. I was so wrong. You need the lack of that to be focused. To have determination. Perseverance. To avoid procrastination and to be dynamic and energetic. 

Intermittent fasting made me realise just how much I was addicted to food, and sweets to believe that I needed it to go through the day. To actually work well. My brain was foggy and addicted to food. I was eating every 2 hours because that’s what some doctors and health specialists recommend, to eat often and less. But that triggers your insulin levels every 2 hours. Those mood swings? That insulin going up and down every time you eat was the main reason I had mood swings. And they were powerful, I was so mad, angry and upset on myself for my job. I hated my job. I thought that the reason I felt so up and down was the work I was doing. Maybe it played a part too, but then, how come after this intermittent fasting, the game changed completely? Little by little, I realised it was not the job itself. It was my lack of focus, my lack of presence in dealing with the tasks and customers situations was the reason I felt I did not enjoy what I was doing. I was caught in a carousel of emotions every minute because my brain needed more sugar to have the energy necessary to deal with frustrations, stress and challenges, and deadlines and timescales. I believed you need energy to cope with a demanding job. I was wrong. What you need is focus, a clear head and a peaceful mind. Those mood swings caused by this insulin swing and insulin resistance were not making me feel at peace. My mind was scattered in thousands of directions and I could not focus on one thing, because I did not wish to focus on what thing. I was actually wanting to deal with the feelings I had at the time. Those feelings of frustrations and feeling stressed, overwhelmed, annoyed with customers and annoyed with life for being forced to have that type of job (which I still do, but I have a so much better, peaceful and mindful approach towards). I had my brain injected with poison every day, every single hour and my brain only wanted the sugary thing. My brain could not focus on the task at hand. It had to deal with its addiction. I, on the other hand, had to deal with my brain addiction and its lack of focus to cope with my job. I was torn apart because I was upset on myself for not being able to cope with the chocolate addiction and for not being able to handle my job fulfilment. Too many emotions. So much chocolate drama. Food drama. I was constantly thinking at my next break and what to eat. I was always thinking of food and what I could eat. All the time, my brain and my mind were located in the food paradise. It is overwhelming for the conscious mind. It was not sustainable and anyone reading this, understanding what I say, feeling alike or glimpsing, yeah, it kind of feels like me, my God, you have no idea that life does not need to be like that.

Intermittent fasting has changed my life. I have also learned lots of stuff about health and mostly about myself and about my mind. Not my brain. My brain does what my mind tells him. The brain is an engine that we need to use for our mind’s use. It’s not the other way around, as most of the people live by, and as I lived by not long ago.

After the first month of intermittent fasting, I lost my period. I lost it for around 2 months, and then freaked out and stopped the 16-18 hours of fast. Went back to eating around 3-4 meals a day without skipping breakfast, but this time, it was different. Eating regularly felt different. I was more aware of what I was experiencing when I wanted to eat something in particular. Especially if the food desired was chocolate. I knew I was craving that because I felt unloved. I felt unfulfilled professionally. I felt I was not using my gifts or my talents and I would need sugar to compensate me for my failures. It was as if my brain was telling me, but you have this, eat this now and you will feel better, you’ll see, life is better after something sweet, life is sweeter after sweets. I realised I was not my brain nor my mind. I was more than that and I was not a reflection of what I felt I should eat. I understood the differences between what my brain is, what my mind is, and what my consciousness and spirituality is. I felt free of the burden of my brain addicted to food and free from thinking all day long of food. I felt free to actually focus on what I had to focus on. Things were so much clearer in my head and they transpired in my work. I was getting better at focusing at my day to day role. I felt less the stress that a couple of months ago I was experiencing. I was more at peace with myself. This was such a great realisation to me. Like an epiphany. Something like, so that’s why this happened. So that’s why I was doing that. It was like suddenly knowing something.

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My chocolate cravings diminished hugely during and after the intermittent fasting period. I went on after the 2 months intermittent fasting to a one month let’s say normal eating, but I was still eating in a eating frame window of around 12 hours. I was letting more time between meals before jumping to another one and I felt less and less the need to eat every 3 hours. I felt relieved. I mean, if this is what rehabilitated people from drugs or alcohol feel, I do understand why they would fell off track. It’s the emotional side of the addiction that needs cure, not the biological one. It’s very easy to make your brain understand it does not need something you are addicted to, but it is hard and it takes time to make your heart understand a trauma or an emotional conflict and how to overcome it correctly without the involvement of addictive substances. Because sugar is a substance if you did not know. A toxic one. It’s poison. POISON. TOXIC. Then during that time, my period came back. So I decided to adjust my fasting window to one more hour. But it turned out it was actually 15-16 hours, it’s just that I did not realise how easy it was for me to forget I needed food. I was not feeling hungry and when I was eating I was enjoying food SO MUCH MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. I could sense and taste more. My experience with food not only changed but improved in terms of sensations. It’s weird. I realised I was actually doing intermittent fasting without knowing in early November. I think I had a flu or something because in November my period did not come. But at that point I was not as concerned as I was in the first month. Because by that time I thought I just need to stop this for 2 weeks and it will flow again. Which it did. but then, I met a health consultant and I realised just how wrongly I had been eating all that time. Even though my sweet cravings have diminished a lot and the sweets that I was eating were more natural or better, and I was anyway and still am into organic food and wholefoods, I was making mistakes which I hope you will not do. Eating sweets after main meals, no matter what label of natural and better for you they have, is still sugar and sugar combined with any other food is alcohol to the liver. It’s more than sugar toxicity. It’s damaging for the liver, especially in the long term. The second mistake was that I was not consuming enough of greens, I was eating vegetables and I love them, but I enjoy more peppers and tomatoes and radishes and onions. I love onions. Very little greens like salads, kale or spinach. And that’s a huge mistake on a ketosis (high protein diet or lifestyle) or an intermittent fasting lifestyle. When you fast, the body releases lots of toxins from the body and they go through the liver to be cleaned out of the blood and the body. Not having enough of greens and its nutrients an other chemicals that help the liver to stream them out of the body is quite heavy for the liver. It’s like unpaid overtime. After a while, the performance will diminish. Why bother when there is no pay? I stopped that non-sense I would say in time. But that does not mean that the years before that, when I would eat a bit of desert after each meal, which is like alcohol after every single meal for more than 10 years-15 years, have not marked some difficulties for my liver to clean myself and itself. If the liver cannot heal itself through the greens we consume, then it won’t have the capacity to clean toxins and waste from our bodies. And that’s when I finally understood why parents said to us when we were young that we must consume vegetables and we must eat our greens. They must have heard it from their parents too and maybe in the past it was simply put out as for health benefits because vegetables have lots of nutrients and vitamins. But the reason we need it, is because those vitamins and nutrients help us live. If our liver would not perform as it’s supposed and expected to, then it would not have much life, and neither would we.

So, bottom line, eat your greens daily. In November last year, I did change a bit my lifestyle and my intermittent fasting became even more drastic. I stopped eating sugar. Little by little, I had since December last year to April this year a sugar free diet or lifestyle. And it felt amazing. I did lose a lot of weight (2 kg for me, being quite skinny, is a lot) mainly because I stopped consuming those foods which were high in sugar and hidden sugars and because sweets were expelled for a while from my diet. I talked about my sugar free experience in this post here, if you are curious how that made me feel and what I learned from that.

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The reason I called this post intermittent intermittent fasting is because my whole year was intermittently an intermittent fasting. I had 16-18 hours of fast. I had 12-14 hours of fast and also I had 10 hours of fast. But I did not once had a fast lower than 10 hours. In the last month, being April at the time of this post, I had intermittent fasting for around 12-14 hours. Which seems to work best for me now. And I started including a bit of sugar too. The recommended sugar per day should be 20 grams max. If you take a look at a package of biscuits you will realise, the whole package if eaten, and most of the times, by most people it is, it contains 40-60 grams of sugar. Can you imagine how much toxicity is in your body if only one package of biscuits has that amount and you would consume your coffee with sugar, you have a fruit yogurt or you eat a piece of cake as desert? And that’s without counting the hidden sugar in bread, sometimes meat, precooked meals etc. It’s unbelievable.

When I started intermittent fasting, I did not want it to lose weight. I am skinny anyway and always have been. I was interested in the long term benefits such as anti aging effects due to release of the growth hormone, no more insulin resistance, detoxifying my body naturally, better focus, improved sleep. I actually forgot to mention this, but I experienced a diminished need for sleep. And when it comes to sleep I am a koala bear. I would sleep A LOT. This aspect changed since doing IF. I am not needing to have 10 hours of sleep. I am able to cope just above fine with 7-8 hours. Which is an extra benefit to me. I am no longer tired and dreading to wake up in the morning. The attitude towards that changed also probably because my moods are now constant. And not up and down. I have lost weight even though my purpose was not that, but I am comfortable getting it back too, I would simply need to switch off the IF for a couple of months and eat regularly like 4 times a day. I noticed that when I was fasting and training I had seen an improvement in my muscles, in the sense that I was a difference before when exercising and not doing IF and after. It was more vivid the change. IF also is said to actually maintain your muscles and contrary to the believes that if you do not eat, your muscles will lose their weight. Actually, that happens when you are starving, but during IF you are not starving, you simply are not hungry because your body naturally does its job and it provides the energy it needs from the fat stored in your body, without the need to ask your brain to manipulate you into giving a treat. Cause, we are not dogs, are we?

In conclusion, my intermittent fasting thought me the following 5 important things:

  • I am not my brain and its thoughts. I am consciousness and I am human.
  • Mindfulness is very powerful and you understand it better through intermittent fasting, being much capable of practising it in other areas after an IF experience
  • Your focus is on your food or on your present moment. It’s one of the two. If you are not experiencing the present moment, it’s because you have a food addiction and an insulin resistance issue.
  • Peace truly comes from within. I have found peace and the opposite of this peace is called insulin resistance and its twisted mood swings and impulsive actions and consequences.
  • Do not underestimate your brain nor its power to dominate you. You have no idea how clever you are. You sabotage yourself daily and you don’t even know that it’s your brain doing it to you, because it’s the brain controlling you instead of you controlling your brain. And it’s really not that hard to manage it.

Intermittent fasting is part of my lifestyle now, I am also considering ketosis, however that is something that in my opinion should be tried out a couple of times during the year, like a couple of months. Do more research into that. Do lots of research into intermittent fasting if you are going to try it out. Do not jump into an 18 hours fasting period because, even though at first I thought it was easy, it was not easy to my body, my period disappeared. A hormonal imbalance does not equal health. Do it gradually, from 9 hours of fasting to 10 and so on. I am now doing 12 hours simply because my body is a machine. It serves me, but I need to take care of it. Sometimes you take your car to repairs. Sometimes you need to be loose. Experiment with balance. This is what I want to do. Not too much of anything but not too little either. A bit of everything in equal parts. Intermittently.

That’s how life is. Intermittent times of great fulfilment and deep mad disappointments. What we need, is to learn to jog with the two and bring the positives from a negative experience and think of the bad things in a good thing. Insulin resistance should be stopped in emotional situations too. Going from high to low is devastating and rising from low to high can be to euphoric sometimes and too much adrenaline may cause issues. Equilibrium. Intermittent equilibrium.

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How I am changing my eating habits in 5 steps in 2018

I have always striven to eat as healthy as possible and for a very long time, I thought I was having a good eating lifestyle taking into consideration the facts that I do not drink, I do not smoke, I do not drink coffee, I do not eat fast food, I do not eat processed foods or microwaved food. I do not eat dairy, with the only exception being butter. I eat meat once a month or on Esther and Christmas (you cannot refuse food from your parents), and that’s usually some sort of fish. But I was eating chocolate. Lots of sweets and sugar. And that compensates for all the other bad eating habits. Sugar is the most toxic substance for the human body. Sugar is poison. Sugar is the main cause of obesity, chronic diseases, cholesterol issues, heart attacks, cardiovascular problems and ALL other diseases.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018Change No 1 – Sugar Free 

I have struggled many, many years with my chocolate addiction and you might not believe me, but I was eating a whole bar of chocolate per day for many years when I was younger, however, I had always being thin and skinny so people really ever believe me when I explain that I too know how it is to live with a sweet tooth condition or sugar addiction. My mood was up and down, my skin was always having problems, issues with my stomach because of so much processed sweets.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

Many years ago I discovered the science of food combining, that was around 7 years ago, I acted on the principles of proper healthy food combinations and indeed, I felt lighter, I felt my body was able to digest food better and I liked knowing I was doing it. At that point I was still eating chocolate and sweets. Whenever I started eating more mindfully back then, I must have forgotten to read the chapter with sweets or something, because I cannot understand how such an important aspect of the food combining principles has missed my eyes and mind. This basic, most important, in my opinion, principle, is this:

YOU NEVER EAT SWEETS, SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, DESERTS AFTER ANY MEALS. SUGAR MUST NOT BE COMBINED WITH MEALS.

When sugar is combined with meals it creates indigestion first of all, but then the liver transforms it into ALCOHOL. So, I was basically an alcoholic for so many years without even thinking that it was in fact eating sugar that created it.

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Last year in November 2017, I came across the food combining principles again, and only by pure hazard, I was reading about gluten and breads and sugar references popped my eyes. When I read that sugar must never be combined with other foods as it converts into alcohol in the liver, going into the bloodstream, affecting not only the liver but the whole body, I just could not eat it anymore. That’s how my sugar addiction was cured. Once and for good!

Realising that I was poisoning myself on a daily basis with each meal, as I had no meal with no little sweet treat, and there were no going outs, even if it was to buy groceries, that I would not buy something sweet and small to eat on the way home. That something small and sweet was usually a vegan chocolate, an organic chocolate. Cakes, pastries and cookies, biscuits had been left behind around 1 year ago, because of the too many E’s in them, and I just wanted to clean up my diet, even if it meant to get rid of small things, like biscuits which I would anyway eat occasionally.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

I still cannot believe how much alcohol I had in these last years. I am surprised I am not an alcoholic. Oh, wait, but I am! You might not know but alcohol is actually made up of sugar. Sugar is the most powerful toxin in the food industry and we do not even know we consume something that it is so dangerous to our health. It does not kill you instantly. It will kill you slowly everyday so that eventually, after a lifetime of suffering from all illnesses and sicknesses you endured, you die because of the chaos created in your body. Sugar is nowadays in so many foods. There is no bread on the market that does not contain sugar. There is no canned food that does not contain sugar. Sugar is also a natural preservative. Therefore the food industry loves it. If you take a look at the label of each processed food that you buy, you will be horrified to notice you are actually dosing your brain with so much sugar that without knowing, your brain is now addicted to it. If you do not get a strong wake up call, you will not give it up. You might say to yourself, No, I am not addicted to sugar. I just need to eat something sweet, I just want a bit of sweetness. It’s like hearing myself from outside my body, as if I would be a witness of my past self. I know those words by heart. Have you ever wondered why you need that little sweet thing? Why do you need to have it after each meal, in between meals, and pretty much all the time? You are like conditioned by your addicted brain to go in search of the sugar. In search of everything is sweet. In search of death. Command your brain and put a stop on this illusion that you need sugar in your life. That you cannot live without sweets. That everyone on Earth is eating sweets and sugar and that your grandma was eating a cup of tea with sugar every day and she is 90 years old now very happy and healthy. Forget about the reasons your mind is trying to convince you that sugar is not bad. It is bad. It is the cause of all diseases. Look it up.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

I had been sugar free for 2-3 months now. I did not feel the need for sugar or chocolate at all. I am happy to continue with this healthy eating habit in 2018 and I wish to inspire you to start appreciate your body as it cleans you up every day of all this toxin and other substances that should never enter our bodies, and to inspire you to at least read more about it. Only if you come across an information that strikes you, you will change something. But that can only happen if you are determined to understand, to read, to do your research. You do not need to believe me. But I urge you to seek the answers, especially if you are willing to make a change, to try improve your eating habits, to enhance your body’s energy and to help it cure you, to help it help you. Your body needs good food to function properly and to be able to support your endeavours, in order to help you achieve your goals, whether they are personal, physical or career objectives.

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Change No 2. – Less Gluten and Gluten Free Days 

I mean, it is not just a trend or a posh lifestyle. It is extremely important to start consuming less gluten. I do not believe I will be gluten free entirely, but I am already doing gluten free days and making sure I am consuming less and less gluten on a daily basis. You know the drill with gluten, it is hard to digest. Or this is what you are told. But it’s not just that, or the fact that you feel sluggish during the day, or the fact that you feel tired all the time, as these are my symptoms. You see, the problem is not necessarily the gluten itself, but the way our bodies react to it. It creates an inflammatory reaction in the body, in the intestines, creating small scratches which to get cured, the body needs to put extra effort into fixing that, so inflammation occurs. Which again, prolongs the process of digesting other foods you intake as the intestines are in a bit of convalescence mode, and think about it, as this happens daily, with each meal you eat something containing gluten. It is also something a bit hard to avoid, and the other day I bought buckwheat flour, which is naturally gluten free, however the seller put on the label that it may contain gluten as it was stored together with other grains which were not gluten free and therefore the gluten can get transferred to the gluten free flours or grains. So, it is a lot of work that you need to do if you want to go gluten free. If it’s not stated on the label or on the front of the packaging or somewhere that it is gluten free you might end up with a product that you thought it is good for you, and instead to be the opposite. As in my case. I mean, the struggle is real.

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I have decided to make my own gluten free bread, organic and homemade, much tastier and healthier than the ones in commerce. I use organic yeast to grow the bread and I also intend on learning how to do sourdough bread. But that’s probably once I have mastered the gluten free bread.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

I do not wish to give up gluten because I have a health issue with it, but because I wish to prevent that from happening. Therefore, my logic tells me to eat less and less gluten and avoid it as much as possible. Have gluten free days. Make my own gluten free bread (which is so tasty and healthy). Eat other nutritious grains such as the highly praised quinoa. Now, you now the reason it’s so on top of everything. And everywhere. Mind this: it is not the gluten the problem, it is the way your body reacts to gluten that the issues is, and for which we need to be careful. I have made a commitment to myself to only eat gluten in weekends and not the same type of gluten, from the same grain, but from other grains, such as amaranth, another nutritious vintage grain, that we should all consume more of. I am not for eating rice, as for rice to be harvested it is very unhealthy for the people living in the area and it is not eco friendly, although you would think that something which nature has given would be ecologic for the environment. But no. Look it up. You will be surprised. And anyway, too much carbs is not healthy either.

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Change No 3 – A TOTAL GREEN Veggies Day per week 

I also intend on incorporating in my lifestyle a day in the week to eat only greens, vegetables and nothing else. I do want to eat more greens every day, however a study has been conducted and I heard about it on Thomas Delauer Youtube channel and I think it is an amazing discovery that if you go plant based one day per week, you are able to give your body all the vitamins and nutrients needed for a whole week. Of course, this does not mean that you should stop consuming vegetables during the other 6 days of the week, it simply means that research proved that only one day per week being green can impact positively on our health in such way, that it will maintain your health to an almost optimal level. Plant based diets have proved to give a boost of energy through their vitamins and nutrients and all the minerals vegetables contain and so, having only one day per week in this style, can help a lot. Imagine going 3 days. But, I would like to start small. Greens help out to clean out the liver, the body of all the toxins and it also provides the body with all minerals and vitamins needed. Only one day per week going green will give all the minerals and vitamins required by the body for that week. And this should be appreciated again by our bodies and our minds. Understanding the power plants and herbs and spices have, we can cure our bodies. We can maintain a optimal health level and we can go after what we want to achieve because we are not stopped by the lethargy of our body trying to fight over another infection or cold or illness that invaded our bodies.

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Change No 4 – Intermittent Fasting for 3-4 Days per week

I have started doing intermittent fasting last year in May (but at that time I did not know or remember that sugar must not be combined with meals, rather eaten separately, on an empty stomach, if you really need to, and drink lots of water to get it out of your system and to clean the bloodstream of its toxins) and I am still on it since December 2017, properly doing it, giving up sugar from my meals. If you do not know, intermittent fasting means to have an eating window of 6-8 hours in which you have either 2 meals or 3, and the time that passes from your last meal today until the first meal the next day is at least 16 hours or 18 hours. I found that 18 hours fast was better received by my body however I do stick with the 16 hours for hormonal balance. When I started doing intermittent fasting back in May last year, I had been doing it every day for 3 months, because my cycle stopped after the second month, I decided to have the fasting period shorter and I diminished it to 13 hours. After the first month in this eating habit, my cycle came so I started again IF, but this time, increased the fasting period with 1 hour or 1 hour and a half. Next month, my cycle again stopped. So I stopped the IF for around 2 weeks, time in which I actually got sick, catching a flu or cold or something that knocked me down completely for around 3 weeks. In those 3 weeks I had had 1 or 2 days per week with 16 hours fast simply because I did not need to eat or felt the need to ingest food and because I felt my body needed time to process the flu and destroy the bad bacteria. After I got well, in the middle of November, I started IF with again 16 hours fast. Some days with 18 hours, some days with 12 hours. I was not keeping track because I got accustomed to not eating in the morning and to not eat after 9 o’clock.

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In November I came across the healthy and proper food combination and stopped having sugar with my meals. I had something sweet homemade once a week on an empty stomach and then from December as mentioned above completely gave it up. I feel much healthy without the poison. It is probably the most hidden unknown poison in our food. Since December 2017, I stopped keeping track of my IF, in the sense that I feel better having only 3 or 4 days per week. Hormonal balance is also extremely important for women health and I believe I should not be taking a habit if it affects my overall balance, even if it is a healthy habit. IF cleans up your liver and your body of toxins, if done properly, with lots of vegetables and greens apart from the regular natural healthy food intake. However, you can still benefit from IF (and fasting in general is very good for the health, for the brain, for the mind and for overall wellness) by doing it a couple of times per week. I would also like to start fasting once a month or every 2 weeks (water fast), for the same benefits. This is one thing I had not tried – to fast for one day. But there’s a start for everything. So, this year, I am committed to 3 days per week IF, 1 day fasting probably at the beginning I will have it once am month, and the reason for this twist I am making, is to not interfere with my hormonal balance, since I noticed having it like this, my cycle gets healthy again.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

Change No 5 – Regular Physical Activity and Increase of daily exercise

 I cannot really remember the last time I had put my heart to run. I do cycle to work, however I cycle slowly, occasionally I have the energy to speed up but I would not count that as physical exercise. Would you? Therefore this year, I would really want to incorporate in my lifestyle regular physical activity, and I will do this at home, to start small. Baby steps. If I would choose to go to the gym now, in the physical condition I find myself now, I will have a sore body for a whole month.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018 physical activity and exercise

The baby steps I would like to take consist of stretching my body, small weights lift, body exercise and walk more. Increase my daily steps. Ever since I cycle to work (which started around 3 years ago), I stopped walking. I used to walk to work and from work back home and when doing groceries and that was for more than 2 hours per day in total, which is a total contradiction to the amount of steps I take nowadays. At most 20 minutes. Walking is highly de-stressing, calming and providing enhancements to our mental health. It is natural to walk and I must start using my feel more often. Working on a computer and staying on a chair all day long is stressful, unhealthy and totally useless to my healthy lifestyle and eating habits if I don’t do some form of exercise too. That’s a personal resolution too for 2018.

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What changes do you intend on making for your health this year? 

Your health is the most important asset you will ever owe. Treat it with care. Your health is also your right. But, as with many human rights, sometimes you need to fight for it. And this fight, is with your own self. 

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