We are always learning. Our bodies are always talking to us – we need to listen.
I’ve struggled lately with IF (Intermittent Fasting). This is something I naturally fell into a few months into keto because I was so satisfied from the food I was eating skipping meals was easy. For the past 9 months I usually fast 16-18 hours. For example, I’ll finish eating dinner at 7pm and won’t eat again until somewhere between 11am and 12:30pm (my lunch break at work is typically 12:30pm so that’s often my goal).
I’ve eaten low carb for years. I cut grains and legumes out of my diet about 7 years ago once I realized the affect they had on my body. It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that I understood the difference in a low carb and ketogenic diet and decided to try a ketogenic diet. I had probably been in and out of keto unknowingly over the years! It felt so good to be regularly in ketosis! As I learned more about keto I started to learn more about IF. I have a brother that has does it daily and loves it!
So, like I said I just naturally started skipping breakfast because I wasn’t hungry. I’ve done a couple 24 hour fasts, a 36 hour fast, and it’s all felt great. My energy, my workouts, and my mood all feel better when I IF! I feel less controlled by my food – no thinking about my next meal whilst I’m eating (I used to do that a lot 😂).
Cue the renovation at work. Cue stress.
I like to think of fasting like exercise. It’s a short term stress on the body that has long term benefits. When the renovation got to the point of me needing to work extra hours and a few nights I knew I was going to need to take extra care of my body. My exercise became gentle yoga only and I made time for meditation in the evening as well.
I didn’t expect my body to stick with the same fasting routine. I expected to be hungrier (I was) and I knew I would just eat more often.
However, I did not expect for it to take me so long to get back to IF. It’s been 3 weeks and I’m barely hitting 16 hour fasts when previously it was easy. It’s also taken me more time to build up to my regular workout schedule (3 weightlifting workouts a week and 3 yoga).
Does that mean we shouldn’t do these things? Hell no! What it means is you should listen to your body. It’s good to push your body sometimes. But when you are in a stressful time in your life that’s when you pull back. Be kind to yourself and be ok with it!
Also keep in mind we are always learning. We are always changing things to suit our bodies. That’s why it’s so important to listen to your body! It’s been hard for me to accept this slower pace but I knew it was important to let my body get where it wanted to go without forcing.
So, after a couple of weeks of not thinking too much about IF I’m ready to jump back in and push my body a little bit.
I amped up my workouts last week and it was hard. My body was sore every day and I did not want to do it but I knew I had to. I felt so good after every workout. My body loves higher intensity stuff (whether that be a hiit workout or lifting weights) but it can be hard to motivate yourself when you dialed it down for a week.
So, after all this rambling what’s my point? 😂
No matter how long you’ve been doing something life will throw you a curve ball and you will have to adjust. That doesn’t mean give up. We don’t give up on nutrition and moving our bodies but maybe it looks different for a few days or weeks. Then you jump back in and amaze yourself at how capable you are 😊