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The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
It seems that every year, without fail, there’s a new health and wellness craze. A lot of these “quick fixes” are fads, though a rare few stand the test of time and prove themselves to be truly beneficial habits to adopt for our health. 

Intermittent fasting is one such “fad” that’s being increasingly validated by data and research to support. What’s so interesting about intermittent fasting is that it’s not so much a new way to eat as it is old: a return to our ancestor’s habits of working during the day—not having time for 3-4 eating periods—and eating one to two large meals a day. It is almost undeniable that the combination of calorie-saturated foods and frequent meals has led to an uptick in obesity, diabetes, and a number of secondary health issues in today’s society. Intermittent fasting can address both of these issues, since you generally eat less in one sitting than you’d ever eat over the course of three to four, and also since you’re—ideally—more conscious of getting your required daily servings of vegetables and other nutrients.

Indeed, one of the biggest benefits of intermittent fasting—aside from weight loss, HGH levels improving, and hormone balance—is how it improves our relationship with and understanding of food. When you’re only eating once or twice a day, you can be darned sure you’re thinking about what, exactly, you’re going to eat. IF promotes a positive mindset around food, intake, and nutrients in almost every person who I’ve known to adopt it. 

And IF isn’t that hard to do! Many people are already quite busy and strapped for the time to plan for meals and meal management. IF reduces the frequency, and therefore time and worry, of meal prep. Again, it reinforces a healthy relationship with food; a desire, contemplation, and longing for your next meal.  

Speaking of which, it’s time for me to break my morning fast (which, incidentally, is how the word “breakfast” originated: the ‘breaking of the morning fast). I’ll leave you with some additional info on the topic, and as with every change regarding your health and wellness, remember to use caution and to seek the advice of a health practitioner if you have any questions or concerns regarding the decisions you’d like to make.

—Aviva xoxo