You’ve probably heard something recently about intermittent fasting. I have been learning a lot about the topic over the last several months as well. When I recently saw this short video from Mark Sisson, I thought he does a nice job of simplifying the topic.
I have adopted, for the most part, what Mark calls a “compressed eating window,” as opposed to intermittent fasting. I typically skip breakfast and only have coffee with heavy whipping cream. You might ask, “does this break my fast having heavy whipping cream?” I used to wonder the same thing. I found this great video from Two Fit Docs where they conducted a test on how your ketone levels were impacted after having heavy cream and even MCT oil in your coffee.
Intermittent fasting is no different than anything else when trying to live a Primal Lifestyle. There is not one approach that fits all. Each one of us has to play around and do what feels right. If you wake up and you are not hungry, drink some water, coffee, or tea and see if you can make it to late morning or even lunch time. Having some minor hunger pangs is not necessarily a bad thing. Remember, your body is using this time to “recharge” cells, not to mention you are also trying to allow your body to burn fat from your hip and thighs as opposed to relying on carbs from your normal breakfast!
Over time, the ultimate goal is to have metabolic flexibility to where you can go without eating and still go about your normal day, and yes, even get a workout in without needing food for fuel. As with anything new, go easy and trust how you feel.
Benefits fo Intermittent Fasting:
- Metabolic Flexibility
- Metabolic Efficiency
- Burn off Body Fat
Breakfast is always an interesting conversation to have with people when talking about living a Primal lifestyle. One of the main reasons is due to how we’ve been programmed our whole lives about the importance of a “healthy” breakfast to start your day. Keeping in mind that the “healthy” breakfast consists of breakfast cereals, fruit juices, bagels, muffins, low-fat milk, low-fat yogurts, and maybe fruit.
The article below does a great job explaining breakfast in great detail. It provides you with a wide range of recommendations all based on your own personal lifestyle. This is one of the key elements about living a Primal Lifestyle, there is really no one set way of doing it. For me, I follow a similar pattern to what the author does for his routine with a compressed eating window. For the most part, during the week I will try to only eat from 12-8pm. This will then create a 16-hour fast, which promotes autophagy (cellular maintenance) and hedges against aging and neurodegeneration.
I start my day with coffee and heavy whipping cream. This is after I have had a couple tall glasses of water to rehydrate from the night’s sleep. Now that I have become more fat adapted and not carb dependent, this easily gets me to lunchtime. Over time, you will learn from your body what you need for fuel to get you through whatever it is you have going that day.
One last thing to point out is the word breakfast itself. It is derived from “breaking your fast” from the night before. It is typically associated with a morning meal. If you get to the point where you wake up and you are not hungry, then don’t eat. Wait until you are hungry and then eat. You will eventually find that you’re not getting hungry until later morning.
Enjoy the article!