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Quiet, but Not Gone
Well, what can I say?
The radio-silence has been long enough that I almost forgot the URL to this blog. But I haven’t forgotten you, readers of the saloon.
Neither have I forgotten the multidimensional benefits of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting and the Tight Schedule
Intermittent fasting helped grease the journey through one of the busiest periods of my life: becoming a father to a lovely baby girl who brings with her incredible joy, new responsibility, and chronic sleep deficit. And a major work change.
Intermittent Fasting, Anytime
Some people warn that intermittent fasting is contraindicative during periods of stress and/or sleep deficit, because it adds more stress to a body that’s already under stress, resulting in health degradation and increased body fat, especially that around the abdomen.
But such warning may underestimate the body’s dynamic complexity and adaptive capacity. Stressors, whether those of the chronic or acute kinds, may cause adaptive changes in varying physical localities for systemic balance. There may be check-and-balance mechanisms and complexity we’ve yet to understand.
Intermittent Fasting and Recent Personal Experiences
Through my own period of stress and sleep deficit, intermittent fasting has helped manage my body weight and kept my body fat low, and it helped to preserve my optimal health (mentally and physically).
Intermittent fasting effectively removes much of the physical and mental stress associated with constant eating, meal preparation, eating schedule, and “eating dependency.” Also, the reduction in eating frequency probably decreased post-prandial stress, the inflammation occurring after meal consumption.
Intermittent Fasting and “The Important Things In Life”
This is not a bragging right nor is it something to be proud of: life has been busy and time is a premium. Every morning, before the storm of a new day, I take a quiet moment to watch my daughter sleep, breathing her tiny breaths, and then I bend to kiss her gently before I’m off to work.
Intermittent fasting removes the obsession that is breakfast — and all its preparation and mindless eating over the day’s incoming emails — and gives me a calm moment to breath in the soft focus that is my sleeping daughter.
During the day, a tight schedule can be made tighter with morning snacks and lunch, which are invariably mindless eating-on-the-run. Instead of the arbitrarily scheduled eating bouts most people subscribe to, I’m able to touch base and interact with colleagues for the “human side” of work.
Not being a slave to scheduled meals liberates time for mundane things, like email replies and daily projects, so that when I come home, I’m a husband and a father.
On weekends, freedom from the traditional eating schedule and the knowledge that there’s no physical harm or starvation of not eating also facilitates family time and a care-free day. It’s what the weekend is for.
Dylan, at 5 months:
Intermittent Fasting, Liberate Your Life
Intermittent fasting represents the freedom to chose and to live. You can chose to adopt intermittent fasting as part of a lifestyle; you can chose to fast on any given day of the week, or every day; you can chose to do other things instead of eat; or you can chose to eat when it really counts.
Intermittent fasting is liberation.