Sunday, September 5, 2021

31 Weeks of Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting; or, Bring on the Bone Broth


When I was young and strong and my gut was not a painful mess, I used to fast every year around my birthday. I would give myself 13 days to go from regular food, to no meat, to only veggies, to soups, to clear liquids, to a day of fasting. Then came Crohn’s and a weird gut bacterium and my approach to eating was never the same again. I can no longer fast. And I really miss the ritual (and the way my body and mind feel after fasting).

So, I’ve come up with an alternative: instead of my old 13 days to fasting, I am going to try 31 weeks of pseudo-intermittent fasting. I am not interested in real intermittent fasting, which involves way too much not eating for my taste. Still, I like the heart of the method (you can read about it here, or here if you aren’t a woman over 40). In intermittent fasting, a person eats only during a particular time of day or days of the week. Since I can’t do that, I shall fill my ‘no eating’ time with bone broth (which explains the “pseudo” in my title). My recent eating pattern included three meals, with snacks in between. In the following 31 weeks (Aug 31st to Apr 5th), things are going to look something like this:

* M, T, W, T, F, S: my usual breakfast and lunch; bone broth (and a treat) for dinner.
* Sundays: my usual breakfast; bone broth for lunch and dinner (yes, I still get my treat).
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I shall consume about 1,500 calories a day, which according to my nutritionist (and this calorie calculator) should help me lose about 1 pound a week (safely).

Why might this work for me? Well, because for many people, intermittent fasting is a pathway to ketosis (where the body is supposed to burn fat, for energy, instead of sugar); for me, pseudo-intermittent fasting is a way to reduce my caloric intake while delighting in all the delicious benefits of bone broth (and a treat). 😁


sip, sip… yum!

the wee notes

- last week, in “Love Your Flesh”, I told you that the challenge was going to be called 13 Weeks of Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting; or, Bring on the Bone Broth”. But since a few people (who wish to this together) need/want to lose 30 pounds or more, I think 31 weeks makes more sense (and it’s a lot safer). So, next Saturday, I will share specific details of my “31 Weeks of Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting; or, Bring on the Bone Broth nutrition and fitness plan.

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28 comments:

  1. A good bone broth does feel like a treat. LOL, I should make some the next time I have kosher bones on hand. Good luck with the new regimen!

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    1. I love the taste of bone broth, so it feels like a treat indeed! I'm making some more this weekend. I think it will become a Friday or Saturday affair.

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    2. And thank you for the luck, I suspect I'll need it!

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  2. Keep us posted on the success of your new regimen!

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  3. Whatever works for you, Magaly! Are you making your own bone broth?

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    1. Yes, I make my own bone broth. The process is feels like part of the ritual.

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  4. Best Wishes with your intermmittent fast plan.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    Much💖love

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  5. Eating can be complicated, can't it? Good luck with your experiment!

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    1. Thank you! I agree, it can be complicated even when we don't have restrictions. And when restrictions are an issue, the complexity (and annoyance) increases considerably.

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  6. I used bone broth often in the first six months+ after Type 2 diagnosis. Fell away and now am reenergized to include it more often in my food plan. Thanks much.

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    1. I'm trying to get my brother to add it to his diet. He has problems balancing his sugar and his blood pressure. Maybe your comment will give him a nudge...

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  7. Best wishes with your pseudo-intermittent fasting plan! :)

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  8. Hmmm, will look forward to what you post on Saturday. You will include recipe for bone broth? Sounds wonderful!

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  9. Maga, I love your quote or American sentence. It’s so spot on! I’m glad too you wrote in detail (this post) about the pseudo in your intermittent fasting. Because when you mentioned it in the previous post, I was curious.

    Your version already sounds doable, and has given me something to discuss with my own nutritionist. Thank you for sharing this, and I’m looking forward to hearing more of your nutrition and fitness plan.

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    1. "Doable" is the name of the game, for me. I want something that I can sustain. Since it isn't likely that our digestive systems will get better with age, lol!

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  10. All the best on your diet journey. And I've to mention here that it's true after the 30s end
    the digestive canal doesn't seem to be working like before

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  11. Broth has been the cure for all the ails for centuries...recipes passed down through the ages... I always have some in the freezer .Made a batch on the weekend.

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    1. In the past, I've only consumed a lot of broth when I have an IBD flare (since it's great for hydration and to keep it down when I'm nauseated).

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  12. I hope it works for you. I constantly battle with my weight because once I get it down a little bit I stop caring about it and then it goes back up again!

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    1. Thank you! This is my first time really trying to lose weight. So, I hope I can keep it going. 🤞🏽

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  13. Interesting and good luck! I look forward to hear more

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  14. This is a fascinating plan. The bone broth made me think of my grandmother and the bones she used for soup.

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