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Fasting: Immense Health Benefits and How to Begin!

Leah Rosin-PritchardComment

Fasting? Haven’t we always been told starving slows down your metabolism and leads to binge eating? New research is saying the opposite and how fasting just one 1-2 days a week could potentially have major health benefits!

Fasting is NOT starvation.  It just means cutting back on calories for short periods of time. This concept is attempting to mimic how our ancestors would go through short periods of hunger when food supply was low. The idea is that your body will adjust and become happy with smaller portions of food and cravings for unhealthy food will lessen.

The more common way of fasting is the “5,2” method, meaning you eat regularly for five days a week and two days a week you cut your calories to 500-600. Throughout the whole week you still want to choose healthy, real foods. Besides weight loss being a major benefit, previous research shows fasting can have a beneficial effect on the following…

1. Diabetes

2. Cardiovascular Disease

3. Reduction of cholesterol levels

4. Inflammation

5. Trigger stem cell regeneration

6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

7. Improved memory

If that is not enough to convince you to try to incorporate fasting into the diet Here is a great link to what a typical fasting day should look like. It includes recipes and example foods for a 3-meal "fast" day! Simple and delicious. Of course, always consult your health care provider or physician before making any changes to your lifestyle and or diet.

The science behind this states that fasting stresses out our body; it forces our body to still work properly under stressed conditions, thus making it function better and quicker when it is fed and nourished. Our bodies react with a stress response and learn how to cope better with disease and degeneration.