By Jaime Lynn Curley
The hot buzzword in the health and wellness industry right now is intermittent fasting. While IF has gained considerable attention from the press and the scientific community it is a practice that has been around for many years.
And in fact, almost all religions practice some sort of fasting. Intermittent fasting refers to a lifestyle pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. Now, I know you are thinking, “I love food”. Well, I do as well. But what I found is that this practice when supported with the right holistic ingredients can be a great break for your body.
I was introduced to the idea several years ago and I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing I felt during and after-hello mental clarity. My goal was to shed a few inches off my waist but to also hit the reset button on my health. I fully support this process.
If you want to experiment with Intermittent Fasting here are a few different options for you.
- Time Restriction: The 16 hour/8 hour method is the most popular. You eat for 8 hours of the day and restrict foods during the other 16.
- Whole Day Fast: Just as the name suggests, abstaining from food for 24 hours.
- Cleanse Day: This is the program I follow and it incorporates several phytonutrients that support the detoxification process.
Research shows that regular intermittent fasting supports metabolic, heart, immune, brain health among other things.
Whatever style you choose, I hope you find it enhances your overall health and weight management goals!
Jaime Lynn Curley is the founder of West Chester-based The Tailor Made Life, LLC., a solutions company helping individuals achieve mind, body and career goals. Her passion is helping others to feel their best so they can enjoy the everyday moments of life. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her Facebook page.