Back to Eden’s Intermittent Fasting Outlook
Why Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting has been used for thousands of years. Before diets became fads, a healer or “physician” would prescribe fasting as a cure for any ailment. We seldom notice that when we are sick we lose our appetite. Our bodies, no matter how hungry we may feel or think to be, will reject the consumption of anything heavier than soup or water. That’s because our bodies are intelligent and know that in order to heal the energy we have needs to be used to do just that.....heal. Different approaches in intermittent fasting are important depending on the current state of health of each individual. Some may benefit more from a 16/8 intermittent fast and others a 18/6. With the constant bombardment of processed foods and high protein meals our digestive system is always working overtime when it should be utilizing minerals our cells need to thrive. That’s the basics of life: our bodies are comprised of trillions of cells that need nourishment from minerals. Unfortunately, cells become damaged so rapidly from processed foods and high protein animal foods which cause excessive oxidation with a lack of antioxidant foods accompanying every meal. This damage allows the cell to evade the natural process of apoptosis and to take other cells with it. Our immune systems become chronically dysfunctional and NK cells (T-cells which are made in the thymus, part of the immune system) become less effective. Allowing cells to become acidic results in systemic inflammation and acidosis which leads to an array of health issues that allopathic medicine loves to slap a name to without any true solution. When one is transitioning from a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) to a whole foods plant based lifestyle, we must keep in mind that a water fast or juice fast may not always be the best approach. We must consider the toxicity of each person, as the toxins built up in their tissues, muscles, and fat (organs as well) must be excreted or expelled as safely as possible. This is why intermittent fasting is so important as it allows each person to approach the holistic healing of their bodies from an encouraging perspective. Many full of zeal with little knowledge will embark on the journey of Standard American Diet to raw whole foods without considering the pain of healing. When we transition too quickly these toxins can leak into our blood causing many harsh healing and detoxification symptoms including: dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness, sneezing, runny nose, itching, stinging, post nasal drip, soreness or constriction, hoarseness in throat, scratchiness in throat, skin rashes, acne, excessive or abnormal sweating, strange body odors, stomach cramping, sour or nervous stomach, belching, bad breath, sore eyes, bitter taste in mouth, pain under ribs on right side (liver healing), colic or pain under liver area (gall bladder healing), foul gas, irritable bowel, low back pain and weakness, frequent and urgent urination, strong colored and odored urine (kidneys healing).
What happens during intermittent fasting?
Over 80% of Americans are fiber deficient and do not have more than 1 bowel movement a day (sometimes 1 bowel movement over a couple days). This is a result of eating highly processed foods, acidic foods such as animal products, and lack of water consumption. All which contribute to the peristaltic function of the digestive tract (snake like movement that pushes waste through and out of our colon). This leads to weight gain, muscle and skeletal weakness and inflammation everywhere in the body. Cell walls are permeable and vulnerable to the acceptability of minerals: they know what they need to be nourished. However, metabolic waste can effect the health of cell walls and cellular integrity, while the rest of the waste resides in muscle tissues and fat tissues as well as organ tissues (all tissues are made of cells). Aside from a huge paradigm shift in consuming a majority of (if not all) whole foods intermittent fasting is beneficial in quickly regenerating such a state of declined health. Giving the digestive system a vacation, decreasing the amount of energy needing to digest foreign proteins and matter from highly processed foods and animal products. Cells can then be replaced at a healthy rate, organs can be given time to regenerate into their homeostatic existence, and neurological function can return to normal (adrenal glands atop of kidneys are responsible for hormone and steroid production which relates directly to the nervous system).
There are a few different approaches and time settings that can be implemented into intermittent fasting. A great beginner routine would be an eating window of 8 hours and a fasting window of 16 hours. What this means is that during your 8 hour window your meals should be spread out evenly. I recommend 3 meals during this window, with your fruit meal being first between 7am-11am, your second meal between 12pm-1pm being a raw vegetable salad, and your dinner around 1pm-3pm being a sautéed vegetable medley with quinoa or wild rice. Implementing a tbsp of hemp seeds for amino acid intake at any or all meals is a great way to keep and build lean muscle mass. Back to Eden promotes a whole foods plant based vegan lifestyle, accompanied with herbal teas, supplements and/or tinctures. Visit the products in our e-commerce store for amazing supplemental benefits to provide your body with the easiest transition to a healthier lifestyle. Before beginning any intermittent fasting routine please consult your healthcare provider to ensure it is right for you, or email Gabriel Blake, Certified Natural Health and Wellness Consultant, with any questions you may have in regards to our Optimal Wellness Consultation to pathe your way to a brighter, energetic lifestyle.
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