Even though fasting may reduce the effects of poor eating habits, it’s not a powerful enough mechanism to completely prevent or reverse the ailments brought about from an unhealthy diet. What you eat when not fasting is just as important as the practice of fasting itself. Without proper nutrition, the benefits of fasting are severely inhibited.
Fasting alone isn’t enough to save you from all the negative effects of poor nutrition. Not eating is a healthy activity, and the only way you can make not eating unhealthy is if you overdo it. Eating, on the other hand, can either be a healthy activity or a not so healthy activity.
You must realize that everything you put into your body either serves to improve your health or degrades it. There is no gray area certain foods promote vibrant health at the cellular level, whereas other foods seek to destroy it.
Understanding the glycemic index
The best approach to eating is a low glycemic diet, and one that is centered on wholesome, nutritious foods. A low glycemic diet is any diet aimed at controlling blood sugar. When considering a low glycemic diet, make sure you consider these two factors:
- Glycemic index: The glycemic index tells you how quickly your blood sugar rises after eating a certain Foods that have a high glycemic index, such as sugary foods, tend to spike insulin levels and raise blood sugar very quickly.
- Glycemic load: The glycemic load tells you how much a food spikes your insulin and raises your blood sugar overall, regardless of Typically, the more carbs a food contains, the higher the glycemic load, but not necessarily the glycemic index. For example, whole grains, because they’re digested slowly, typically have a lower glycemic index, but because they’re carb heavy, they tend to have a higher glycemic load.
So, if you want to eat for health and leanness, then your aim must be to focus your diet around foods that are low glycemic — that is, foods that have both a low glycemic index and low glycemic load. These foods include lean protein sources (such as chicken and turkey), fatty protein sources (such as a grass- fed steak), healthy fat sources (such as nuts, seeds, or extra-virgin olive oil), most vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, and so on), and some fruits (such as blueberries and blackberries).