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Old 03-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Does any one else on Discuss Cooking practice intermittent fasting?

I used to intermittently fast, but when I got I'll it was driven into me how unhealthy this was. Now it's all the rage my doctors have accepted I am safe to do this again.

The most popular form is the two days a week or every other day. I find every other day messes with socialising at weekends, but two, maybe three week days suit me well.

As well as starting to lose stubborn weight, I just 'feel better' and eat less on my 'feast days' and notably......I am enjoying food more. I think because you don't eat because its time too you just savour things more. Actually the fast days people eat five or six hundred calories on the most popular forms of the diet and its certainly possible to have a delicious five hundred calorie meal, or a couple of light meals.

Anyone else here?

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Old 03-17-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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I only fast at the docs request for blood work.
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I only fast at the docs request for blood work.
Same here.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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I only fast at the docs request for blood work.
Same here. I don't do fads that are "all the rage." I make mostly healthful meals for us and eat junk food and sweets as little as possible.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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I only fast between meals.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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Same here. I don't do fads that are "all the rage." I make mostly healthful meals for us and eat junk food and sweets as little as possible.
To be fair, intermittent fasting research has been going on for decades. (With benefits supposedly including reduced risk of type two diabetes, types of dementia and longer life expectancy)

My comment about its current fashion were tongue in cheek, as so much literature is being produced now, and people who have said its bad are now saying its ok....much like most food guidance...research changes things...eggs were bad now they are good again, some eat low carb etc etc.

For me, short term fasting works comfortably and works well alongside an interest in good food and cooking. :)
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #7
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lulu, you asked if anyone here does that and I answered your question. My feeling is that it's not a natural way to eat, so I don't do it. I get low blood sugar and feel like crap if I miss a single meal. If you like it, go for it
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #8
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The last time I fasted my doctor felt that I might be becoming anorexic. So I try to eat a little something each day. I have very poor eating habits. I don't choose not to eat. I just can't eat a lot of foods. And as much as I enjoy cooking and baking, it is always for others. Not myself.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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The last time I fasted my doctor felt that I might be becoming anorexic. So I try to eat a little something each day. I have very poor eating habits. I don't choose not to eat. I just can't eat a lot of foods. And as much as I enjoy cooking and baking, it is always for others. Not myself.
Certainly most of the advice now is to eat something ( five hundred calories for a woman...) every day, and that to 'get' the beneficial impacts one should eat normally on other days, Anorexia is not to be trifled with, certainly, nor malnutrition. If its a risk for anyone it's certainly a case of risk outweighing any benefit!
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I do not. Growing up, on certain religious holidays, my mother forbad me to fast, as I would got weak & dizzy. As an adult, I sometimes miss meals, & my body goes into starvation mode, or I lose my appetite altogether. If it works for you, then go for it.
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