It can be challenging for all of us to stay on track with our diet when we’re out of town. But people who intermittent fast have it even harder.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them.
Eating at completely different times during the day was very discombobulating (one of my fav words)!
Here’s how my IF usually goes down:
1/Break the fast 7:00 AM
2/Nothing to eat until noon
3/No food after 3:00 PM
I’ve been religious, even militant about this for eight years now. Why do I eat this way? I feel better. I’m able to control my eating habits better and I know it’s keeping me in better shape.
Last week I was out of town and ate (gulp!) at night!! Did you know people still go out after the sun goes down to eat and drink!?!!
So, I ate from 2 PM to 9 PM. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on mixing things up—for me, anyway.
1/Hey, I was able to fall asleep easier. This was thanks to eating a full meal and going to sleep right after the last bite. That was the best part of my new hours.
2/Morning was rough. I’d awaken extremely famished. Eating a full meal “late” stretched my stomach. That would leave me hungry the entire day. I tell you it was a vicious cycle!
3/I still did my morning routine: 4/Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I didn’t want to start eating with lunch-type foods.
5/Not every restaurant serves it all day- so finding an omelet at two was—not impossible--but a little more of a challenge.
Eating at nine when I’m usually in REM at this time was odd and eye opening.
I’m really flexible with my body— now, just need to work on making my mind more flexible, more able to adapt.
In the end, I’m glad I was able to adapt for a 5-day period. I know it may sound elementary to many of you—but for me—a bit of a princess—it was tough for this creature of habit.
The more flexible we become in our thinking and being, the more we open ourselves up to self-awareness and growth.~James Van Praagh
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