Intermittent fasting is hot right now, but I’m here to tell you it’s nothing new! But the science behind why it works IS new, so let’s talk about it. Plus, I’ve got a great cheat for those of you who want to get started!
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We’re going to talk about intermittent fasting. We can see all sorts of research on how this changes insulin levels, and how it changes our cellular immunity levels. There are all sorts of great and wonderful things about this. What I ask people is (if we take a moment and we go back in time and look at things) before we had grocery stores; when we had to grow on our food; when we had to hunt for our own food; do you think there were times we didn’t eat? Yes, there were. Our ability to have food on hand all the time is really a very recent problem.
And what we’re seeing more and more is that we think we need to be grazing and we need to be eating all the time and this thinking actually wreaking havoc on our insulin, which exhausts our cortisol. This then leads us to have multiple problems with memory and cognition and thought processes. And in fact, what we’re starting to see people call Alzheimer’s is diabetes three. Now, in my world, we’ve been calling it that for about 10 years, and we’re just now starting to see that on the media right now.
So we know that Alzheimer’s and dementia and issues with learning all correlate with insulin levels. And one of the best ways to control insulin levels is to limit how and what we’re eating. And so intermittent fasting is a fantastic way that you can start controlling that for yourself.
A great way to start is cheating while you sleep! If you are a grazer and eat all the time, then let’s start finishing at 7:00 pm and maybe not eat again until 7:00 am. That’s a 12-hour fast. Get real good at that.
Or maybe you can’t even do that. Let’s start at 8:00 pm, let’s start at 10:00 pm. Let’s just start at a number that you can work with, but use that sleep time to work to your advantage. You’re sleeping. You’re not going to know. You’re not supposed to be hungry.
Then as we get a little bit better, we can start doing a 16-hour, an 18-hour, and then maybe once a week, you can do it a full 24-hour fast. And these things are just absolutely incredible to reset your metabolism, to reset your energy levels, and most importantly, to reset your health.
Talk to you soon. Bye-bye.