Many of us skip meals and feel guilty about it. What are the facts – is what we have been told correct? I regularly skip meals and am going to share my research and experience with you 🙂 Intermittent fasting can be a good way of skipping meals deliberately and can have incredible health benefits.
The amount of meals and time you do it is really up to you, experimenting with what makes your body feel good can be a powerful and enriching process. One can skip a meal, go for a couple of days without food or somewhere in between. As long as you’re feeling positive when doing so, loving yourself in the process and not indulging and overeating later. Abstaining from food can have the following possible benefits:
You feel less bloated, are metabolically faster and healthier;
It helps with chronic ailments like heart disease and type 2 diabetes;
It kicks-off an increase in our growth hormone (HGH), encouraging cellular repair. This kind of fasting creates a slight stress on your cells’ mitochondria (the energy powerhouses), which gives them a nudge to rev up their functioning. It might ward off age related cognitive decline and be helpful for brain health too, including memory;
Loss of visceral abdominal fat that causes inflammation;
Enabling repair and maintenance mechanisms in your body that would be absent with continuous exposure to food;
The diet fundies have their take on how to do it but I do as I feel my body and mind needs. Sometimes I don’t eat for a day or only have a fist full of food. When I am really busy, I go for a couple of days without food. When the hunger strikes, I just down a glass of water. Now here is the beauty in this for me, being a caterer, food is in your face all the time. It’s so hard to not eat! After five years of catering I picked up 20 kg and food became one of my primary focuses in life, not only for my clients, but constantly indulging in it myself. The magic with fasting is that you actually get yourself to ignore your hunger, to prioritise other more important things in your life and to stop making food a God. And to stop feeling so bloody guilty for eating too much all the time! It is so empowering! And I feel so much healthier and proud of myself! I lost 10 kilos in five months, stabilised for five months and am now planning to lose the other ten kilos! Yes, I overeat sometimes. Yes, I indulge now and then but not to the extent that I did before and, because my stomach shrinks when I fast, there just isn’t as much space anymore.
So, why is your caterer telling you the benefits of not eating? This may be contradictory! Well, first of all I wanted to be honest with you and not try and sell you the idea that eating five meals a day is the only way to go. We are all different and we all have various ways of feeding our bodies. You have the choice to explore this option and see if it works for you.
When you eat, do me a favour and eat healthy – please! Order our food, keep it in the fridge or freezer… you can still eat the fresh stuff the next day… but keep it there, handy, so that you don’t fall into the wrong traps. Our bodies are our temples, let’s look after them by feeding them nutritious meals, not spoiling it constantly but perhaps treating it every now and again!
‘Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.’ ~Terri Guillemets