THE ART OF SETTING YOUR EATING WINDOW
If you want to give a different role to the food you eat. If you want to stop using food for filling in your emotional needs and start eating food to sustain your energy and vitality, the science of chrononutrition has a lot to offer.
Spacing your meals give your body a greater opportunity to restaure and revive. Once we have sorted the underlying causes of dis-ease, I always invite my clients to reflect on their habits of eating three times a day with snacks in-between. As one size does not fit all, I encourage them to place the cursor between thier eating and fasting window where it suits them best.
Here are few eating patterns possible that I share with you below. Find the chrononutrition regime that suits your body and your lifestyle the best*. And start to feel your energy up and your weight down.
When you don’t eat every second hour of the day- The short daily fasting regimens also called Time-Restricted Feeding
a. The 16/8: you consume all your food in an eight hours window and stay hydrated during the next 16 hours (including your sleep hours). The fasting window can be reduced to 12 hours or extended up to 20 hours.
b. OMAD = One Meal A Day: you consume all your calories in one meal and wait for the following day to have some food again
When you don’t eat every day, aka Intermittent Fasting
a. One day fast, also called eat-stop-eat: you drink only water and herbal teas during 24 hours, once a week and resume your habitual eating patterns the other days. You can push the fasting window up to 36 hours once a week.
b. 5:2 diet: originally popularized by journalist Michael Mosely, you eat up to 500 calories two days a week and eat as you normally do every other day.
When you break the rhythm along the year – The Extended fast (Vitality Fasting)
Beyond 42 hours without solid food is considered as an extended fast. This type of fasting is usually implemented twice a year* and needs good preparation and supervision.
A lot of people get great results with some of these methods. But (Intermittent) fasting is not for everyone. It is another tool in the toolbox that can be useful for some people. If you decide to try this out, then keep in mind that the content of your plate when you do eat is as important as your eating window.
Approaching fasting with care and mindfulness will give you the results you are looking for. A gentle detox is the best way to prepare your body before extending your fasting window. Check my Food Focus Detox program. This three weeks guided exploration will give you the foundations you need to dive into fasting comfortably.
Life is about the balance between feast and fast.