Hi everyone! I thought I’d share a little about me, and talk about an eating habit I entail Monday-Friday! It’s called Intermittent Fasting, and it has been a game changer to my life!
I’ll give a brief overview of two years ago, when I suddenly became intolerant to gluten. I started experiencing symptoms, not really knowing the cause. It wasn’t until the symptoms got worse that I tried the elimination diet, and realized it was gluten. I was extremely sensitive to it. Even one bite of a cracker or bread product would get me sick anywhere from 1-3 days.
Over the years I began to learn more about my intolerance. As someone who loves pizza and pasta I was heartbroken at the thought I’d never be able to eat it again! I went a full year not touching gluten at all. Completely gluten free. A year later, I said, forget it! I want a sandwich and I’m going to eat it! And I was completely fine, no symptoms!
I didn’t really understand why, I thought it was something I’d always have to deal with and never be able to eat again. So, my first thought was, well I’m fine now! Guess I can eat as much gluten as I want! That lasted for a little while until the symptoms started coming back. But I realized if I went without gluten long enough I’d be able to eat it, but for how long? And how much gluten could I then eat? Like I said, symptoms sometimes lasted 1-3 days after I ate it.
My dad had been doing intermittent fasting for long time. If you google it, you’ll come up with all kinds of different types, schedules of when to eat and what to eat etc. basically it’s more of a schedule of eating versus an actual diet.
Intermittent fasting, is as the name implies, fasting for intervals of time throughout the day. It has been proven to reduce bloating, inflammation, boost metabolism, and keep weight off/loose weight. I encourage you to google it, if you are all at interested in it, as my intermittent fasting schedule is just that, it’s something I came up with that has worked for me and my body, and doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you.
It took probably a month to build up to where I’m at today. But I started with little steps. A common practice is to not eating anything until 11 am. Beverages are okay, water, tea, coffee, but nothing overly sugary or milky is best. Once I had mastered that, after lunch I would not eat anything until dinner time. I could eat whatever I wanted during the day (at times I was allowed to eat) as long as it was gluten free. Same rules for dinner, anything as long as it was gluten free. This was my M-F routine. On the weekends it was basically Friday evenings and Saturday were gluten days! I could eat whatever I wanted. Sunday I stayed gluten free, because I didn’t want to experience symptoms on Monday.
I started noticing my sensitivity to gluten decrease to basically nothing. I do take charcoal pills to aid in digestion if food seems a little overloaded with gluten (like pizza or cake). And when I did experience some symptoms, it was minimal compared to how it was before.
I’ll continue my intermittent fasting journey in Part 2! Let me know if there are any aspects of this you’d like me to expand on! Have you heard of intermittent fasting? What do you think of it?
Thanks for reading!
Picture was of a yummy gluten free and vegan waffle!