Intermittent Fasting

I fast every Monday. Have been for over 20 years. It isn’t beat-myself-and-tear-my-cloak type fasting. I get up like I always do, have my coffee, and drink water or juice all the way till dinnertime. What started out as a religious practice has turned into a weekly expectation that I feel funny skipping.

Turns out that intermittent fasting is healthy and wise. Read up on the idea here. I gotta tell you, it’s pretty cool to find out that something you’ve been doing for years is actually preferred and something that others should adopt.

There are three natural occurrences that happen with you fast, and these natural occurrences have convinced me to continue doing my fasts. You may want to consider the same. Allow me to explain this all natural practice… 

  1. Pangs of Hunger. When breakfast and lunch time rolls around, I feel the desire for food. I’m reminded to take a big swig of water. I’m reminded that today is the day I’m setting aside to put my thoughts in order. I’m reminded to pray. Throughout this most important day of the week, I tackle the next thing on my list to work through the pang of hunger.
  2. Freed Mind. You know, that big breakfast or hefty burger for lunch isn’t very helpful to your mind. Skipping these things won’t kill you, and you’ll find that they free your mind for better things. More important things. My focused Mondays are typically my most focused day throughout the week.
  3. Healthy Body. We somehow think that we deserve to indulge whenever hunger hits. Hunger for most Americans is way overrated. We eat crap all week long, then complain when dinner isn’t quite ready on time. Taking off for a couple meals won’t kill you, and now it is proven to show that it is healthy.

I believe you’ll find intermittent fasting to be a rewarding interruption in your week. Give it a try, and let me know what you think. Use the comment section below.

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  • AndreaMaddiex

    This is very interesting as I was just kidding my kids the other day that eating too much can make you stupid. I had read a snippet that said that eating a big meal can slow brain processes because the body’s energy is redirected to digestion-which goes with what you said in #2. I used to do this with my mom when I was a teen but got out of the habit after I got older. Sounds like a good practice to start again!

    • What jogged my memory of this was an article in a men’s magazine that I read while waiting for my breaks to be fixed. The evidence is overwhelming confirming what you said: excessive eating isn’t good for the mind.