You can make this whole business of fasting easier. In addition to developing a positive mindset (which we discuss in the previous section), you don’t have to make fasting more difficult than it needs to be. Make sure you select the fasting practice that best suits your schedule and lifestyle. You don’t need to push a boulder up a hill, which is what you’ll be doing if you choose a fasting practice that doesn’t fit your schedule or lifestyle. Let fasting work with you, not against you, by choosing one that best fits your life situation. Check out the chapters in Part II for the fasting program right for you. These sections discuss a few tweaks that can make fasting more practical.
When beginning, you want to fast for an amount of time that will challenge you, but enables you to be successful. For example, although a full 24-hour fast is a great place to end up, it’s not exactly the best place to start. If you try to do too much at once, you may feel overwhelmed and likely want to quit altogether. You need to build your confidence and your fasting periods up slowly.
Keeping your mind focused elsewhere
The greatest challenge that comes with fasting is hunger. Over time, you’ll figure out how to embrace hunger. And believe it or not, many people who fast discover how to enjoy being in a hungry state. Remember that mindset is everything!
But until you reach that point, you need to keep distracted and to not focus too much on the hunger; otherwise, you’ll quickly find yourself reaching for a snack. To some individuals, this tip may sound counterintuitive; to others it’s common sense. Our best advice is to keep yourself as busy as possible and to choose to fast on the days where you’re most likely to be engaged in some sort of activity that’s going to hold your interest.
Some people think that fasting on a busy day can make the entire day more difficult. But others see the hidden advantage, which is distraction. Our experience has shown us that people who fast on their busiest days are the ones who are most successful. When you sit around and have nothing to distract you from your hunger, fasting becomes a more difficult practice than it needs to be.
The activity that keeps you busy doesn’t have to be a work-related activity. Games, sports, movement, exercise, and work are all effective for stealing your attention away from hunger. And the more you get into the habit of keeping yourself distracted, the less noticeable the hunger, and the easier fasting becomes. For instance, many of our clients are golfers and have found great success by golfing in a fasted state. For them, golf is an enjoyable and engaging activity so their minds are focused on the game rather than on their stomachs. Furthermore, golf is a low-intensity physical activity, a perfect complement to fasting.
If you decide to fast, make a commitment to your new lifestyle and then go. To begin the lifestyle change means clearing out your fridge, freezer, and pantry of foods that don’t work best within your body. When you take these action steps and restock with the real foods we recommend, you jump-start your body’s improvement in every way. Your body begins:
- Eliminating toxins: When you eat nutrient-dense (foods that have high nutrients relative to their calories), non-inflammatory foods, toxins exit your body through the liver, lungs, intestines, and
- Losing weight and slaying your sugar cravings: You’re breaking sugar addiction as you eat healthier proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and your body begins using fat for fuel rather than using sugar and sugary
- Getting your gut health in order: Every 21 days, your intestinal cells turn over (regenerate). The nutrient-dense, non-inflammatory foods you feed your body during the eating phase of your fast are the best raw materials to form the healthiest cells This regeneration will get you healthy, lean, and strong.
- Reducing inflammation: The healthy fats and clean foods quiet inflam- mation throughout your entire This concept is one of the corner- stones of fasting and eating healthy during your eating window — and throughout your life.
- Rebuilding and healing: All the structures and functions of your body begin to strengthen when you fast and eat the foods that work best with your body during your eating window.
- Balancing your fatty acids: Your ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids improves greatly when you eat the right fats and oils, which is great for reducing inflammation and healing the These healthy fats can give you radiant skin as well.
- Optimizing your metabolism: The balance of macronutrients (which are the protein, carbohydrates, and fat that provide you with energy) helps you create an efficient
- Balancing blood sugar: The foods you’re eating during your eating window help stabilize your blood sugar for the long-term.
Keeping your hunger in check
Keeping your hunger in check is more of an art than a science. It takes some creativity and experimentation, but over time, you can find fun and unique ways to keep hunger at bay. Chapter 14 provides some specific strategies and activities you can do to help you keep your hunger levels low and your energy levels high.