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).
* 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). 😁
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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