Is Intermittent Fasting For Everyone?

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Being a person who constantly pokes her nose into all the new health trends, I have wondered many times over the past few years, “Is intermittent fasting for everyone? Could it be for me?”

I’ve heard rave reviews about how it can help with weight loss, which is a subject of interest for me, but not something I’m interested in personally accomplishing at this moment in my life. However, I have also heard that it can be a powerful way to protect against metabolic diseases and cognitive decline.

The last two are subjects which I think nearly everyone on earth should have a vested interest in knowing more about.

That being said, the word “fast” has kept me from researching the subject any further, if I’m being honest.

However, I’ve recently been the lucky recipient of an offer to join a program from 10,000 Strong‘s Misty Mozejko called The Hour Glass Fast. Since I am such a great fan of Misty, have a massive girl crush on this lady, and am kind of scared of her, there was no way I could turn down the offer. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who I greatly respect. It’s only for 21 days, and I would like to have my own experience to add to my research, regardless.

Plus, I like challenges and I’m stubborn.

So I began the program, which she based of the 5:2 system of fasting. Fast for two days (restrict calories to 25% of your normal recommended caloric intake) and eat smart for the remaining 5 days. There is even permission to “cheat” but – I think if you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself. So don’t do it.

And this is where I am going to be brutally honest with you. Ready?

Day 1 was yesterday, and it starts on a Fast day. Day 1 SUCKED.

I am not exaggerating, I was completely useless most of the day.

Now, I’ve been assured that I’m unusual and this is not the case for most people. Most people get a little hungry, maybe a little grumpy and whiny about being hungry, but actually find a lot of clarity and mental alertness on their fast days. And there is good research to explain why this happens. I’ve been listening to comments from others who safely made it through Day 1 and everyone else seems to be quite impressed with themselves.

‘Twas NOT the case for Monique. Not even a little bit.

Here’s my theory on why, however (with a great big shout out thank you to Coach Charles Bram, for talking me through these points):

  1. As a plant based eater, I currently follow a very carb heavy eating plan. Fasting encourages your body to burn stored fat while it waits for it’s next meal, but I am FAR from conditioned to be a fat burning machine. In the Standard American Diet (SAD), fat plays a much larger part in an eating plan, and bodies are more adapted to using it when required. If you’re trying to lose weight, fasting works in your favour. For me, I don’t have a lot of fat to burn in the first place, and my body is never challenged to burn through stores of any kind, because I am a constant grazer. So…great plan for many people, something my body is certainly going to need to adapt to.
  2. I have a history of hypoglycemia. If you Dr. Google this, it sounds really scary because I am not diabetic. Most people suffering from hypoglycemia generally have an underlying condition. In my case, I’ve never been given any reason to suspect I have an underlying condition but, if I don’t eat on a very regular basis, my blood sugar levels drop and I start to act a bit wacky.

So, what was my yesterday like? I’ll walk you through the day:

  • Wake up starving. Realise I’m not supposed to eat until lunch…wilt and pout.
  • Get to the office and have my first “moment” – I make a pot of coffee every morning. I stood staring at the darn machine for a good minute or two trying to figure out what was missing…Water. Water was missing.
  • Get through till about 10 am before being questioned about my growling stomach. At this point, I’m hungry, but stubbornly ok.
  • By about 10:30 I notice that my colleagues are constantly confused by what I’m saying.
    • I was talking so slow that my questions sounded like statements because I couldn’t get to the end fast enough
    • I was stuttering and repeating myself
    • I was having backwards conversations – starting with the wrong sentence first, without realising it
  • I made it to Noon before I dove into my lunch, which, by my usual standards, was pitifully small though tasty.
  • After lunch I was ready to throw my computer against the wall because my google searches, which included the term “fb” instead of “facebook” kept coming up empty.
  • I started to feel mentally better – though hungrier than ever – by about 1 through 3 o’clock.
  • I went for my walk home from the office with my pup and this really made me worry: at some point I dropped her leash and she was just walking along happy as can be and I didn’t notice. I still have no idea how long this occurred for – it could have been 10 seconds, it could have been 10 minutes. Thank goodness she’s a good l’il pup!
  • I got home and was torn between just going to bed and sleeping it off, or actually trying to continue my day like a normal human
    • I decided to wash the dishes. I got halfway through a large batch before I noticed I hadn’t added any dish soap.
    • I went to bed.

Today is Day 2 and I’m eating more normally and I feel just swell, for the record. Misty’s recipes (though I’m veganizing them) are delicious and nutritious.

I don’t have to fast again until Thursday, so I’m feeling optimistic. I’m sure it will get better with practice. Hearing everyone else’s successful stories has me feeling pretty good about the program, even if my experience on Day 1 was less than impressive. I am not one to falter in the face of a rough start.

I probably will change some things for my next Fast Day, such as split my calories starting with a breakfast. And I’ll let you know how that goes.

In the meantime, I asked her if I could share her sales page with my friends and followers and she offered up a hefty discount for you! If you’re interested, you can check it out here: https://10000strong.online/products/cow-version-of-21-day-hour-glass-fast-10-000-strong

I am not *recommending* fasting, as I don’t have the proper letters behind my name (not to mention education to earn those letters) to do so. But, I do heartily recommend Misty, and as a RHN, I believe she knows what she’s talking about. And I can confirm that I am stubbornly in it for the 21 days, to the best of my ability!

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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