Sharing my experience with intermittent fasting and the best ways to start IF for women.
Remember, I am a nurse; I am not your nurse; I’m NOT a dietitian OR expert in nutrition.
I am just sharing what I do and what works for me. I get many questions asking how do I stay so fit. What do I eat? How do I still drink wine? How do I exercise? And many more!
For the past three years, I have been practicing an eating schedule called intermittent fasting.
If you haven’t heard of intermittent fasting, intermittent fasting is defined as a specific eating pattern that cycles between fasting and eating. This pattern of eating does not define certain foods you can eat or any foods are off-limits. The famous intermittent fasting rule is called the 16:8 rule. Meaning you eat within 8 hours in the day and then you fast for 16 hours. For example, one would start eating at 11am and have their last meal by 7 pm. Between 7pm- and 11 am the next day one would only have water, black coffee, or tea.
So here’s my story….
I started working out in the morning to get it out of the way. During the last four years, I was doing more cardio running based exercises and I just realized I could not eat breakfast and go workout…. it just wasn’t settling with my stomach. My preference is to work out on an empty stomach.
On the days I wouldn’t work out or exercise, I would find myself more hungry and snacking! For example, I would wake up and have breakfast at 8:00 am, and then by 9:30 am, I was like, okay, now I want a snack, and then by 11:00 am, I was hungry again. I felt that the earlier I ate in the morning, my metabolism was craving more food.
DOES this sound familiar?
Intermittent fasting for women
I was introduced to intermittent fasting as everyone is… through social media… influencers etc…I decided to try it out. And to be honest, I started to get into it well because every female was doing it!
For example, the FAD diets, keto, paleo, no carbs, low carb, low fat, etc. I tried soo many different kinds of things! I’m sure we can all relate, trying anything to lose weight, lose some weight, or just feel better about ourselves. OR FIT in with the new Female dieting trends.
But I started to become worried to how could I only eat in an 8-hour window? And not eat the rest of the 16 hours it suggest. So I was anxious before I even started….
well for women and intermittent fasting i wasn’t doing it correctly… let me explain.
I was drinking sugar-free coffee drinks to keep me full until lunch. I would drink sugar free syrups and almond milk, or stevia in my coffee… And I was just chugging cups of coffee.. to stay “full” I also added the sugary coffee creamer vanilla flavor, and seasonal options too…
Then I was introduced by social media to try inulin (code SARA15) in your coffee, a supplement fiber that can be blended in your coffee without taste to help keep you full. AND WOW, this was a game-changer for me! I started adding it in my coffee, and in the beginning, it was a little of a transition, but it helped me keep somewhat full… and I didn’t feel like I needed to go back and have three more cups of coffee to depress my appetite before lunch.
As I added inulin to my morning coffee and did more of my research, I started using only almond milk and SF syrups with my inulin And I have been doing that for probably a year or so. So I can’t consider myself technically fasting when I add those sugary syrups.
Then I heard rumors that if your coffee with a little milk is less than 35 calories, you were still considered in the fasting window. So thats when transition to cinnamon with almond milk. Over time, I started to add less and less almond milk to my morning cup of joe.
Not until this past spring when coronavirus hit, I was still drinking almond milk and cinnamon in my coffee. Now I drink it black. My current regimen is coffee black in the morning, and my second cup has inulin with some cinnamon.
YES I DRINK COFFEE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
Now please remember it took me years to define what intermittent fasting was for me… I’m not saying it’s healthy, and drinking sugary coffee drinks every morning for the past few years is not the best. For me, Intermittent fasting has helped me break the last 10 pounds I was looking to lose under a plateau. It has helped improve my digestion, and overall it’s my preference.
Other reason why people do intermittent fasting.
- Help improve digestion health
- Help improve concentration
- From a weight loss plateau
Now, IF it is not for everyone, but this has worked for me and has helped me lose the last ten pounds I was looking to lose. And I really believe that not only did inulin help make me fuller…. I swear it made my stomach flatter… I’m not sure how to describe it. Inulin can be mixed in coffee, which I prefer, or it can be placed in your favorite drink or dish. It does not taste but needs to be stirred up, so it doesn’t get clumpy. When I drink this in my coffee, I do not consider this supplement as breaking my fast.
If you want to start taking inulin (fiber), start SMALL. When I first started taking it a few years ago, I had stomach issues the first week. This supplement is not for everyone. But after a week, I slowly started adding more into my coffee. I do about 2 scoops a day. Inulin is fiber important for good digestion, regular bowel movements, and can help with weight management. Also, I make a small commission if you shop through my link. and YOU can use CODE SARA15 for a discount. However, I will say this is the one supplement I have been taking for the last 3 years, and I won’t leave my house without it. I take it if I travel or am on the road mostly not to get constipated when I am out of my routine.