As some of you might know from Instagram, this April I've been trying intermittent fasting. Those of you who aren't familiar with the term, the idea is simple: eating all the day's calories within 8 hours, then fasting for 16 hours. This is supposed to be good for one's metabolism and gut, as the bowel bacteria gets a decent rest daily.
Personally, It was rather easy to adjust myself to the new eating pattern. Before noon, I usually go for a long walk or spent time at home studying, and begin my meals with lunch. I'm definitely a breakfast freak, so my lunches these days have been very breakkie-alike: porridge with wild berries, toast with avocado or egg or occasionally scrambled eggs. Surprisingly, I haven't felt at all hungry or unenergetic during the mornings; on the contrary! I get much more done than usually, never waking up bloated or dizzy.
A snack during the afternoon follows. Usually a bowl of fruit, accompanied by some cottage cheese or an egg. Then around 18-20 I have my dinner, usually a large plate of all sorts of veggies and a piece of fish or meat. More often than not followed by a piece of cheese or a sweet snack as dessert! For me, it's never say never when it comes to food.
Issues? The largest problem for me has probably been that I easily eat too little during my hours, and end up feeling a little hungry during the late evening. This was fairly easy to tackle by adjusting my meals to include more protein and slow carbs. And don't get me wrong: if we're planning to have a late dinner with friends, I'm totally not going to be all Debby Downer and turn down the invitation. Life is what comes first, not one's diet routine!
Overall, this diet pattern has seriously increased my energy levels during the mornings, and helped me get rid of the bloat. I'm very much looking forward to continue with it as long as it feels good! Recommended for trial to anyone who's free from any disallowing health conditions.