Intermittent Fasting – Day Two

11196354_860750117324804_7009414517043812959_nDay two of my intermittent fasting experiment was certainly harder than day one! But I got through it and felt really good! I woke up at 6 a.m., hopped in the shower, and drank my first cup of coffee around 6.45 am. This started quite the morning of hot drinks. I decided to maintain a 7 hour feeding window for the first few days to ease myself into the 20/4 Warrior Diet pattern. I usually eat my breakfast (Shakeology shake) around 8 am, but yesterday, I didn’t eat it until noon.

On Sunday (day one) my tummy was barely grumbling. In fact, I was LESS hungry during the church service than I usually am. However, Monday was a bit of a struggle. To keep my mind off of my rumbly tummy (Emma’s words) I drank … a TON of tea and water. This was GREAT because I usually don’t drink any water until the afternoon (bad I know). Hydrating really did help to satiate my appetite. Did you know that often when you think you’re hungry, you’re simply thirsty? Try drinking a glass of water before you eat.

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Yesterday, I felt focused and energized all morning in spite of a hungry tummy. I usually have my most productive hours between 6.15 and 8 – BEFORE I eat anything. But yesterday I was fairly productive all morning. I wasn’t low on energy at all. I am nervous about today (it’s 7 am now) because I am going to a coffee shop and then the gym for a few hours and won’t break the fast until 1.30 pm. We will see how it goes! I will also be doing fasted cardio today for the first time ever.

Here’s a huge benefit of Intermittent fasting for me even at this early stage in my experiment. I have a ton of food sensitivities. I am sensitive to wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, etc. There may be random ingredients in new food items that I try through the morning, and then it shoots the rest of my day. I was allergic to eggs a year ago, then got over my allergy, and then developed an allergy again – crazy. The last time I had eggs, it landed me on the couch for 9 hours, ugh. With this new lifestyle experiment, there is nothing that can upset my tummy all morning – I don’t have to stress over packing a million snacks and mini-meals for myself at the gym, or open the pantry every single morning and remark that “there’s nothing for me to eat.” It takes the pressure off for sure.

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Here is a listing of the food I had yesterday during my feeding window.

Raspberries – 1 cup
Vanilla Shakeology – 1 scoop
Almond Milk – 1 cup
Red Grapes – .5 cup
Creamy Peanut Butter – 2 tbsp

Banana – 1 medium
Creamy Peanut Butter – 2 tbsp

Caveman foods bar – 1 bar
Vanilla Creme protein powder – 1 scoop
Creamy Peanut Butter – 2 tbsp
Banana – 1/2 medium

Salmon – 4 oz
Sweet Potato – 1 medium
Green Beans – 1 cup

Strawberries – .5 cup
Blueberries – .5 cup
Cool whip – 2 tbsp

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Yesterday was a high-carb day – 49% carbs, 32% fats, and 19% protein. According to MyFitnessPal, this was spot on for my goals. Since I usually do a modified Paleo lifestyle, this felt high in carbs, but that’s ok! I am excited to have a lot of energy for the gym today, and I will likely do a high fat/protein day — I usually do carb cycling.

I am SOOO curious to see how I feel after several days and weeks of intermittent fasting. Honestly, I think I am eating MORE now that ever, but the window of time that I eat has changed from 8 am-8 -pm, to 12 or 1.30pm-7pm. I am NOT trying to lose weight, so I am maintaining a 1900-2000 calorie range (probably sounds like a lot for a 5’3” 115 lb little lady, haha). However, I am very active, so I need to compensate by eating enough calories and nutrients.

My relationship with food has been good over the past year or two, but while I am living a Paleo lifestyle, I always still feel a little “guilt” when I eat foods high in carbs or calories (processed foods and treats). It will be fun to enjoy some of my favorite foods “if it fits my macros.” I will keep you in the loop with how things are going! XO

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