8/16 plan

I’ve been at it with this intermittent fasting for over 2 weeks and it’s definitely working. I don’t like that it’s called fasting because you eat during the day, you just eat during an 8 hour window. For example, last time I ate something was yesterday at 9pm, so then today the first meal was at 2pm. Usually I have a 14 hour rest from food but today ended up being longer.(nutritionists and trainers say that it needs to be more than 12 hours. The 8/16 is the most recommended but as long as it’s over a 12 hour break, the cleanse is working. Apparently it takes the body 12 hours to fully digest food and once its done doing that, then the body begins to focus on healing, balancing, and restoring. A nutritionist on YouTube that I’m following says to eat the same amount in a smaller time period, but personally I’m noticing that I’m eating less. (In an interview with Jessica Alba that I read, she says weight loss is basically a balance between calories in and calories out- so my weight loss can be the result of that as well.) However, I’m not eating less on purpose but my stomach shrank so I get full faster, which is pretty cool because my grocery expenses are less. I used to have to go to the grocery store 2 or 3 times a week but now once is enough. The main reason I started doing this way of eating is to balance hormones. With a healthy hormone balance we are not only fit physically but also we sleep better and our skin is beautiful, and we are more calm an happy. Besides very noticeable fat loss, I’m also noticing more mental clarity. With that said, it’s still important to eat healthy and exercise. The  last few weeks I’ve been eating eggs, cheese, potatoes, kefir, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, coconut oil, beef, chicken, parsley, zucchini, almonds, pistachios, cacao smoothies with protein and collagen powder, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and vitamin C gummies. All organic and pasture raised. I’ve been taking Barre and Pilates classes as well as weightlifting. I also walk everywhere. So far so good…

I love watching trainers work out themselves; They do all these unique moves with the equipment. I’ve been going strong with this intermittent “fasting”(to me it is another form of meditation where I self discipline myself to not let cravings control my actions and nourish my body during actual sit down meals. Where in the past I would snack because I was bored, which I believe is a type of emotional eating. Emotions are best soothed with meditation and a healthy lifestyle routine. I was very skeptical when a trainer told me to workout on an empty stomach, but once I got passed the mental hurdle and fear of losing muscle and actually did it, turns out my body likes it.It feels really good and tingly to weight lift, just no more than 40 mins, and then I eat something healthy immediately after.

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