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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is one good way to control my blood sugar and fight diabetes.  I have to test and consider not eating any meals until my 3,000 words are done. That could involve some longer term fasting, but it won’t kill me.

I get a little worried when something like IF. becomes a popular trend. 

The newest diet trend is NOT eating – Intermittent Fasting. In reality, I prefer to do a water fast over 3 to 7 days instead of daily IF, but they are not mutually exclusive. 

It makes sense given that our ancestors went through long periods of not eating while searching for food, as well as periods of feasting when food was plentiful. 

Our bodies were not adapted to three meals a day, 7 days a week, with readily available food. So it makes biological sense to skip a meal or two every now and again.

Taking a break from eating has proven health benefits including slowing down aging, increasing Human Growth Hormone for muscle growth, increasing insulin sensitivity, and overall fat burning.  I use it to fight diabetes.

IF has been shown to help fight cancer, disease, diabetes, and other serious diseases.

IF benefits can extend to:

  • asthma
  • allergies
  • infectious diseases
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • cardiac arrhythmia
  • hot flashes from hormonal fluctuations
  • multiple sclerosis
  • atherosclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s 

and more.

Researchers have also found that IF reduces the risk of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, and even helps improve recovery from strokes. Fasting may protect neurons against various forms of damaging stress.

The point of intermittent fasting is that the periods of food deprivation allow your body to rest, renew and regenerate.

Periodic fasting increases longevity. Caloric restriction through fasting also helps to turn on genes that repair DNA and cells.

Fasting also ramps up autophagy, a kind of garbage-disposal system in cells which gets rid of damaged cells, including ones connected to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases.

Intermittent fasting can be a powerful tool to maximize health.  However, it’s important to carefully weigh the overall effects. Intermittent fasting can last for a period of hours or even days, but generally entails a period of 12-24 hours. 

Dennis Prager talks about eating only during a 4 to 6 hour window each day.  As you can see, it does not always lead to weight loss. Prager is a consummate meat eater and very religious Jew.  Vegan diet might help him, but it will never happen.

Most of us may already be fasting from dinner time to breakfast, but by skipping breakfast, you are fasting provided you only drink black coffee, tea or water.

Hence – breakfast – Break Fast.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate IF into your routine is to just skip breakfast. Ignore the old saying of “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.  I think this was just a way to get factory workers to stoke up in the morning before owners set out to work them to death.

I got upper and lower partials some months ago.  I struggle to keep them in longer each day. I don’t like using them while eating unless I am at a restaurant.  This could be a positive if I fast until my 3,000 words are done. I have no reason not to have my teeth in while just drinking coffee.

That said, if I stick to real food, essentially a full-time Daniel Fast, and my blood sugar and A1C does not come under control, I must have a shot pancreas.  I hope insulin injections are not in my future.

My expenses are low, but I need to use my debit card for everything possible and check it daily.  My total living costs will come to about $10 a day for food and gas, with a few hundred each month for other things that pop up.  I need to focus on building up the corporation and having it purchase Cleo’s car and medical insurance.

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