Day 11: Introduce Intermittent Fasting
Warning: Consult with your health practitioner before playing around with fasting if you suffer from more severe hormone imbalances and fatigue.
Introducing intermittent fasting can help offset the intake of carbs and sugars so the body doesn’t become oversaturated, thus keeping your insulin levels more normal and promoting better hormone balance.
There are various philosophies around intermittent fasting, and it works differently for different people. For example, women’s hormones and people who have more severe adrenal or thyroid imbalances are more sensitive to extended fasting periods, so I always recommend easing your way into it.
Here is what I do and suggest to clients as a way to intermittent fast from carbs or sugars specifically:
- Stop eating by 8 pm (if wake up around 6 am, if not adjust earlier or later)
- Fast overnight while sleeping into the next morning
- Have a bulletproof style coffee or matcha green tea with ghee and full-fat coconut milk if you feel like you need something
- Have your first “meal” that includes carbs around lunch
This is approximately a 12-16 hour fasting period giving your body a break from carbs/sugars, yet the ghee and/or coconut milk will still give you some fuel.
Intermittent fasting 2-3 days a week helps your body become “fat adapted”- meaning your body will tap into fat stores for fuel and be less reliant on carbs for energy. Being fat adapted promotes better balance and utilization of the hormone leptin, regulating fat distribution and loss.
Intermittent fasting really doesn’t require much work at all. It’s just about being mindful of what you’re putting in your body. If you overindulge, give it a try to help keep your hormones happy this holiday season!
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