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At this point, this is where my SO would say “Hello, Hangry, I’m Dad.” Because … bad Dad jokes.
Starting back on Intermittent Fasting again. And it’s always a bit of a grouch fest for me when I first start. Especially if I don’t eat RIGHT at my cut off time. It’s all my own fault because I don’t have the timing down pat yet. I don’t want to be too rough on myself, but it’s been important for me to get back on some semblance of a diet. The bloated feeling is NOT nice and I loath not fitting into some of my clothing. Or tight clothing. There’s so much shame and shame usually means that I’m at risk of self-harming again.
Basically, I’m not great at dieting. We’ll be really clear on that. I’m a picky-eater and a moody eater. And then I also have diabetes. So what a fun combination. Going Keto makes me depressed and I’ve noticed low energy levels when I cut carbs out of my diet. I get a lot of stomach acid problems too. Like throwing up and bad belching issues.
I’m going with the 16/8 method of intermittent fasting. The 16/8 method involves fasting every day for about 16 hours and restricting your daily eating window to approximately 8 hours. Within the eating window, you can fit in two, three, or more meals. Doing this method of fasting can actually be as simple as not eating anything after dinner and skipping breakfast. For example, if you finish your last meal at 8 p.m. and don’t eat until noon the next day, you’re technically fasting for 16 hours. Since I don’t always eat breakfast, this method works really well for me.
You can drink water, coffee, and other zero-calorie beverages during the fast, which can help reduce feelings of hunger. For myself, tea is a big help. But you can’t add sweeteners and I’ve been uncertain about things like Stevia. If anyone can confirm or deny if Stevia breaks fast, please let me know!
Urgh. I feel like that statement is my new mantra. “You’re not HUNGRY, you’re just BORED.” I’ve been chugging a glass of water ever since we got back from karate practice this evening. I’ve noticed it’s helped. So thirst does sometimes present itself as hunger. Haha, I really need to work on the whole drinking more water each day. I’m just very much not into the way water tastes. How do you other nondivergent types trick yourself into drinking water? I should probably try carbonated water because the bubbles are nice, but that takes … things.That I don’t have right now. Urgh, one day! I’m not honestly a big soda drinker, I just really like the fizz. Sparkling water is totally my jam!
So yeah, I’m back on the intermittent fasting because it’s always been one of the better diets. I know it’s mostly just using time to restrict your diet and have you eat less calories. But it’s very important to primarily eat healthy foods during your eating window. This method won’t work if you eat lots of processed foods or an excessive number of calories.
For lunch today, I had an Italian sandwich. Bread, pepperoni, salami, onions, lettuce, some oil and vinaigrette, and provolone cheese. I had a small individual bag of chips. No snacks. Then dinner was a grilled chicken salad with ranch. Not bad, right? Urgh… but it’s always easy in the beginning. We’ll see how this goes.
Tomorrow is a busy day. Bonus Daughter has classroom preview around 3pm. And then we have martial arts practice at the park. I’ve got to run by the store to get a knee brace before then. I did something stupid so I’ll need to take care of my idiotic self. Sorry there hasn’t been a Podcast the past few weeks! Hopefully we’ll get back into that again soon.
I definitely need to do some better self-care. Thanks for reading, guys! And please shoot me some comments if you guys have any experience or advice concerning Intermittent Fasting or other health advice.