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WIAW Intermittent Fasting Style

Posted Sep 26 2012 4:30am
I'm shaking as I write this post because tonight killed at CrossFit. We started out with alternating Push Presses and kettlebell swings, 1 minute each for 20 minutes. Then we did 50 burpees for time, and ended with a benchmark plank to see how long we'd last after killing ourselves. Needless to say, I didn't make it to my 3 minute goal. BUT the cute, tiny Korean girl next to me busted out with a 5 and a half minute plank! That is freaking insane to me considering what we just went through! *golf clap* 

Anyway, thanks for all of the input on my new running schedule (again, another word I want to mispronounce in my head. I hear it in a Sean Connery voice, anyone else?). As I mentioned before, a lot of it is dependent on if I can actually function the next day after Crossfit, and I don't think tomorrow will be one of those days ;)

But now it's my turn to provide some "input". After my last post on Intermittent Fasting , I was asked to answer a few questions and share what my daily meals are like. Since I haven't participated in WIAW with Jen at Peas and Crayons in forever, now is the perfect time to do so!

Or brunch? Since I'm not eating till 11-12, my first meal of the day might as well be called brunch. Plus, brunch is just plain awesome.

Fact: even the act of calling something brunch makes it taste better.

So what did I have for brunch today? A pretzel roll, 4 egg yolks and 1 egg white with garlic, nutritional yeast, and parsley. I also had a sweet potato scrambled with wild sausage and kale and some berries. Since I'm only eating two meals a day, I try to eat a little more fat to keep me satiated for longer. So far, so good!

I also had an iced coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon and stevia. If you haven't tried coconut milk in your coffee, I highly recommend you try it, like yesterday. I got the idea from miss hotcakes Kelly and it's an amazing treat to start my day.

In my efforts to fully disclose what I stick in my mouth everyday, I also had a a delicious cinnamon bun. I know this it isn't particularly "healthy" but whatever. My husband picked up some fresh baked, still steaming hot, cinnamon buns and I just had to have one.

And it was worth every  buttery, flaky, delicious calorie laden bite. No regrets!

Dinner consisted of the best salmon I've ever made in my entire life, cheesy garlic summer squash, and roasted balsamic broccoli with cherry tomatoes. I also had another pretzel roll. Hah. Kind of addicted to those things ;)

If you're wondering what made my salmon so insanely delicious, get ready for me to blow your mind.

It's going to be legen...

...wait for it...

So. I marinated the salmon over night with a peppercorn gourmaise sauce, garlic, a little raw honey, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs. Then I cooked it over the grill on a cedar plank soaked in white wine. Easy! Consider your mind blown.


Now for those FAQs about Intermittent Fasting
  • Did you worry much about your macros or change up your typical meals that much?  I've definitely added more fat to each meal to try and keep me satiated. I try to eat an avocado for breakfast every meal, cook everything in coconut oil, and I've been eating a lot more fatty fish such as salmon.

  • During your fasting period, i.e. before your morning meal, do you drink coffee/tea/water? Yes, yes and yes! The first thing I do when I wake up (besides put my eyes in) is drink a tall glass of cold lemon water to jumpstart my metabolism for the day. Sometimes I'll add a tsp of apple cider vinegar but that's really only sometimes. I've read that adding cream to your coffee is totally fine while fasting, but since I actually prefer my coffee black, I don't. Unless it's a Starbucks treat ;)

  • Do you think you could have done this during pregnancy? No. Pregnancy is not a time to worry about cutting abdominal fat, or going long periods without eating. Having a healthy baby was my number one priority and I was in no way going to jeopardize his health for vanity's sake.

    As for breastfeeding, I think I could have started IF while nursing. I was oddly lucky in that no matter how much I exercised, or how little I ate, I kept a steady oversupply of milk. Also, there are women who have breastfed just fine during famines. I personally think the whole you must eat an extra 500-800 calories while breastfeeding is slightly over exaggerated. And I think trying to eat that way contributed to my having a hard time losing the baby weight. I probably could have maintained my normal eating of around 2200 calories and still nursed. But of course, this is all based off my personal experience with breastfeeding, I definitely wouldn't recommend this for a mom who may have trouble with nursing.
  • Do you fast between 7pm-11am everyday, or just on the days you do cardio? I try to everyday, but I am much more lenient on the weekends. As always, l prefer to live life first without letting what I'm going to eat, or when I'm going to eat get in my way of living. If I eat before 11am because I happen to be hungry, oh well! There is always tomorrow to try again.
  • When you first started, did you notice any initial lack of energy, hunger, etc? Honestly, no. As weird as it sounds, I really think it's all just a mind over matter thing with me. I always thought I was one of those people who turned into a raging biotch if I didn't eat a meal every couple of hours, but once I realized that it never hurt anyone to feel slightly hungry for a few hours, I actually stopped feeling hungry all the time.

    It's like my mind deprogrammed itself from years of being told that you HAVE to eat every couple of hours and once that happened, I learned that I wasn't actually hungry, I was just listening to what other people have been telling me. Now, I realize that my meals are keeping me full and just drinking a beverage can satisfy me until my next meal. I rarely think about food anymore.
  • I up at 6 am. Is it still possible to practice IF? Of course! There is no one way to Intermittent fast. You find what works for you and stick with it. For me, doing a daily 16 hour fast just works with my lifestyle and schedule. If that's the method of fasting you prefer, I would just arrange your fasting hours to work according to your schedule by making sure you're getting a good 16 fast. Also, make sure you workout during the hours where you can eat afterwards.

  • And finally, here is one more awesome article on Intermittent Fasting! Holla if you have more questions!

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