Contributor: Lori Bush
If you’ve noticed lately that fewer take-out coffee orders are accompanied by a breakfast bagel, it could be because more people have discovered the many wellness benefits of Intermittent Fasting.
Although intermittent fasting does not necessarily mean skipping breakfast, the age-old belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is being challenged as fasters are fast to discover the best time of day to break fast for their lifestyles and their metabolisms.
But for some, even the thought of de rigueur food abstinence triggers the desire to nosh. And ultimately, the biggest hurdle to overcome is the fear of being in the presence of others who are eating when you are not.
How Your Stomach Can Master Your Mind
The key to successful intermittent fasting is to never allow extreme hunger to take grip. And the best way to avoid succumbing to hunger is to send the right macro-nutrients through your digestive system when you need them most. Sugar and other simple carbohydrates can knock you right off the wagon if consumed in the wrong way or at the wrong time. Protein, fiber and some healthy fat will keep cravings down and energy up to help you go the distance.
Fastify is all about having the right food on hand when you need it most. No matter whether you’re doing the 5:2, 16:8 or some other form of IF, Fastify savory smoothies provide a healthy, convenient way to maintain control during your fasting and eating windows.
Solving the Food Prep Conundrum
Food preparation poses a two-fold challenge for intermittent fasters.
Challenge Number 1 – Cooking for others. We can dream of a day when our loved ones all acquiesce to our food choices. Reality check: these days it seems that dietary choices have become as personalized as the clothes we choose to wear. If varied family demands have you cooking during your fasting window, sipping on a cup of coffee, tea or your favorite mineral water can help keep your palate preoccupied. During your eating window, let Fastify rescue you from the temptation to pick at high glycemic load foods. By sipping on a Fastify savory smoothie while preparing a family meal, the satisfaction will keep you in control when you sit down to enjoy your good food with others.
Challenge Number 2 – Preparing healthy food for yourself. You’ve been to the market, selected an assortment of the most beautiful organically grown vegetables with the intention of preparing and enjoying them with a source of protein. But over the course of the week, you’re busy and on the go. When you don’t have time to prepare your food, your refrigerator vegetable crisper turns on you and becomes the “rotter” and you’re cleaning up the slimy remains of produce gone bad. Hello, landfill.
The beauty of Fastify is that perfectly nutritious, ugly produce, that is ready when you are, means less waste from farm to stomach. Shelf-stable organic vegetables, high in fiber with a generous helping of plant-based protein, make mindful eating easy and convenient.
Give It a Go
Whether you’re interested in dropping a few pounds, maintaining a healthy weight while still enjoying great food, or seeking other reported health and wellness benefits, success with Intermittent Fasting starts with mindset. Stack the deck in your favor and take a new way of eating for a test drive. You just might discover that life in the fasting line is even better than you imagined.