Time Frame: 12 days (Started January 19th)
Each day I will fast 16 hours between dinner and breakfast.
I will use the app Zero to record my hours.
I'm alive! For a second there I didn't think I was. Part of this experiment landed in a very flu, fever, body ache - ridden time. So these are my thoughts about intermittent fasting outside of my horrible flu.
The experimental behaviors were/were not effective and resulted in these feelings and consequences:
Day 1 - 4 - I felt pretty normal. I had two late nights so I woke up groggy. It was easy to start fasting.
Day 5 & 6 - I woke up feeling less bloated. I also realized that my schedule during the nights where I teach was really off, causing me to stop eating around 3pm and leaving me very hungry after I taught.
Day 7 - I got 9 hours of sleep and still woke up groggy (my flu was beginning.) I started researching Circadian Rhythm eating vs Intermittent Fasting. Found this video informative.
Day 8 - I ate too late, around 9pm I was still eating. I woke up sluggish and full. I could tell my food hadn't been digested.
Day 9, 10, 11, 12 - Sick as a dog. Wasn't eating hardly anything so my experiment ended.
What I've found very interesting is that often when we eat dinner around 6pm, a couple hours after eating, around 8pm or 9pm, I was feeling snackish, like I needed to eat more. I also noticed that was right about the time I was feeling tired. So, I would drink a cup of hot water with essential oils, or a tea and then prepare for bed instead of my after dinner chips and salsa. After my flu ended, I switched from Intermittent Fast (16 hours) to Circadian Rhythm Fast (10-13 hours). Circadian Rhythm fits much better with my lifestyle and still leaves me feeling light and fresh in the morning, not bloated and sluggish. No matter what fast I choose I feel best starting my day with a big glass of water, followed by coffee, followed by a breakfast containing healthy fats (like avocado toast.) I am going to continue to loosely follow the Circadian Rhythm fast.
I am loving these experiments as ways of actually listening to what my body is telling me and then changing things based on the results. Always consult your physician if you have any questions. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.