Intermittent Fasting || Vegan Nutrition Q&A

hey guys this is Heather! I had a
question from Holly in the members group about intermittent fasting, and I thought
it would be a good topic to discuss together! So her question was basically
what it is, whether it’s safe, and whether it works. So first of all, what it is…
Intermittent fasting means that you intermittently – so at various times
fast – so not eat or just have water And people
can take it in different directions. So one direction might be to eat normal
meals one day, and then have a fasting day the next day. Another approach is to
not eat from a certain period in the evening until the following morning, so
that you’re basically fasting overnight. The time period might be
slightly different, so some people take it a little stricter and they will only
eat their meals within eight hours of the day and then they’ll be fasting from
the late afternoon until the morning. and other people might do 12 hours, so
space your meals between 12 hours of the day and fast overnight. Now obviously, a
lot of this depends on your schedule, on your work – what you actually do. I
know a lot of people who work really long shifts and are very active, so they
can’t really restrict their meals to too short a time span. As to whether it’s
safe – it definitely can be! There’s nothing inherently wrong. I probably
wouldn’t go with the full day of fasting unless you are supervised by a doctor or
someone trained to do that, because there can be complications of not eating for
an entire day. Personally, I know I’ve done a day where I fasted for the whole
day and I wound up by the end of the day I had just no energy left. I went to a
concert with a friend and I was just squatting down on the ground, I
couldn’t even stand up. So I had an apple and all was good. So I haven’t done that again
because a) that wasn’t fun and b) I eat healthfully all the time, and I don’t
feel a need to do a full day of fasting. And I think maybe my body just doesn’t
have enough stored up to last an entire day, I don’t know…
I just didn’t like it! So that can be when complications might come up. Also if
you’re pregnant, obviously you don’t want to be fasting. If you have a history of
eating disorders, that’s probably not the kind of thing that you want to do in
restricting yourself too much. But when it comes to the daily scheduling of your
meals, that can have a huge impact! so what the research does show so far is
that it can have a very big effect on weight loss and on blood sugar balance,
particularly if you space your meals from the early part of the day because
what happens is if you have too late a dinner or you snack at night your body
doesn’t really digest that before you go to sleep and then while you’re
sleeping, your body doesn’t have a chance to cleanse and reset for the following
day. So one of the things that I very often recommend to clients, particularly
when they have blood sugar balance issues, is to not eat after 8:00 p.m.
which is probably a safe rule in terms of having dinner I don’t know too many
people who have dinner after 8 p.m. although maybe you do… but it is
better for digestion to eat a little earlier and then give your body time to
digest before you go to bed. It can take up to four hours to digest a meal so
8:00 p.m. is usually a good cutoff and then not snacking through the evening.
It can help you sleep better, and it can also help with your digestion your
cleansing overnight. The same concept as intermittent fasting is kind of the
simplest version that I would think of as a cleanse, is letting our bodies feel
hungry between meals – allows them to fully process the meal that we had, get a
little bit of cleansing in, and reset before our next meal. So while I am
definitely a proponent of snacking, particularly in the afternoon – lunch and
dinner can sometimes be pretty far apart, and having a snack in the afternoon can
help us not get over hungry so that we wind up eating too much at dinner. So
while I am definitely in favor of having a snack when you need it,
I’m also very conscious of and suggest to members and clients –
if you don’t feel hungry between a meal, it can be beneficial for you not to have
a snack. So you have to kind of learn that balance for yourself. And it can
change day to day – so some days I will have a snack because I need one. Some
days I won’t. Some days I’ll have a snack
because I feel like eating something, and I’m aware of that, so I have a little bit
of a lighter dinner. So I really think it’s all about managing your own
individual needs, also your hunger levels and your schedule. Like I said, if you
have a very demanding job, if you work long hours, then having an intermittent
fasting schedule that interferes with that is probably not going to work for
you! And I don’t think it’s necessary to fast for any specific period of time, I
think just figure out what suits you and then try to stick with it. I think the
main thing is just to think about avoiding late-night snacks – particularly
sugary ones – because they can interfere with our body’s processes. For anyone
who’s trying to lose weight or balance blood sugar, that can be one of the most
important changes that you make. If you want to try a whole foods vegan
cleansing diet plan – that you could do as intermittent fasting – there’s info at the
link down below. Meal plan members have access in the members site. So I hope
that answers the question, please let me know down below if you have any other
comments or questions. Thank you so much for watching!
Have a wonderful healthy day and we’ll talk soon! xo h

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Reader Comments

  1. dj121

    I fast 16-24 hours a day almost every day. Some days only 1 meal, usually 2 meals and never more than that, and that's with high carb very low fat. I have no idea why so many keto people think that eating high carb means you have to eat every 2 hours. Today, I'm only having 1 meal about 22 hours after my last one. I never feel like I run out of energy until I've fasted around 40-48 hours.

  2. zigzag

    Thank you for your very sensible run-through of the various approaches to IF. I’ve never been a snacker, but your comment about getting over hungry and eating too much at dinner hit home!

  3. tistisjustme

    You ran out of energy because your system isn't used to fasting. If you're used to running the body on glucose, then you'll feel that when your blood sugar drops. Running the body on ketones won't cause low energy, as it maintains blood sugar constant.

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