I’m actually a bit hesitant to get into this in detail but I get many questions about it and I do want to share because it has been profoundly helpful to me in healing. However, I do think it’s such an individual thing. And what I did when I started looks nothing like what I’m doing now.
What I did do when I started was read. Not just internet stuff, but actual books. I think it’s something really worth digging into, especially if you have health issues or metabolic dysregulation. Dr. Jason Fung has some great books out on it (and quite a few podcasts). Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s book on cancer and fasting is phenomenal, although very science dense. “Tripping Over the Truth” is also a great read on Cancer and metabolism that’s a bit more straight forward. Dr. Mercola has even written some books on fasting that do a good job of highlighting the health benefits.
I don’t fast for weight loss. I think having a reason to fast is important and helps to align you with others doing it for the same reason.
What I can tell you about my experience is that fasting has become a regular part of my life now. I no longer get cold or low in energy when fasting. If I feel myself dragging, I eat. Dogma is not my game, listening to my body is. Sometimes I do longer fasts, sometimes shorter. I don’t consider prolonging breakfast really a fast at all à la “intermittent fasting” stuff. We eat once or twice a day, first meal around noon, but again, if schedules have to move, so be it. That’s the beauty of being a fat burner, you aren’t going to die if you don’t eat for a few hours.
Health wise, fasting was an absolute game changer for me and my level of inflammation which drove pain. The difference has been astounding. Most of you know that I’ve been eating a nourishing, ancestral diet for decades but chronic Lyme disease really put a dent in my mojo. Longer duration fasts, around five days give or take a day, we’re profound in turning a corner in my healing journey.
Fasting means not eating. Water and electrolytes. Don’t skip the electrolytes. They’re mandatory.