The black bean burgers turned out really good. A little too good as I lost all control and overate. Tis life. Thank goodness that we can go to sleep and start over the next day....LOL
I've done lots of research on fasting. I have searched lots of websites. I've done a week water fast myself. I sometimes hate posting this because I don't want people getting mixed messages but I do believe that fasting can be very beneficial. The most important thing about fasting is what you do after you fast. The re-feeding faze and your meal plan for the rest of your life. If I remember correctly for every 3 days you fast you need one day of re-feeding. So if you are fasting for 21 days you need 7 full days of re-feeding before you can introduce the full plant based diet. During the 7 days out of all my research the best food for your body is papaya, mango, and watermelon. You can eat this in unlimited amounts. After the 7 days, you can add back in your full plant based diet.
Intermitten fasting. It's something new I've been toying with after reading Lani's blog and reading some of Dr. Furhmans blog. I believe it's really about listening to one's body. Do you really need 3 meals a day? Are you hungry or are you just eating a 3rd meal because that's the way society has set it up? I find that most of the time I'm fine with breakfast and dinner. I don't need anymore. There were days where I would eat 1 meal because that was all I needed. I would listen to my hunger and let it lead me to whether I needed to eat or not. Sometimes emotions have gotten in the way and I haven't always been successful with intermitten fasting but I do believe in it. I don't even think it should be called "fasting." It should be just natural eating of listening to your body and eat when you are hungry. We don't need 3 meals and 2 snacks to survive and have energy. We just don't.
I understand your need for fast weight loss. I think you get the basis. Also, when you start your plant based diet limit salt to no more than 500 mg. Eat no sugers except for the natural sugars in fruit and no oil. You know these basic things. At first, I believed in the no salt rule but then I started to read about thyroid health and research and the need for iodine. No sea Salt is not permitted. You need to find a good iodized table salt or supplement with iodized vitamins.
The rest you already know. Eat your salad before you eat your starch. Chew your food. Take your time with eating. Listen to your body and let it be your guide. Don't let your emotions get in the way.
This is all my research and knowledge has led me. This program works if you do it. It's set up to help you be successful. I always just tell myself I got to get out of the way and let the program work. You are smart. Keep making smart moves....Let me know if you have any other questions. I'm sure I could link you to the articles that references everything I just explained; however, that would take time but this is not my information or made up. I did lots of research and looked for the best scholarly advice.
Boots, Thank you so much for the detailed response to my questions! I love the way you explained everything. If you do get a chance, I would like the references to any articles you think I should read...but only if it's not too much trouble.
The way you described it sounds a lot like "Intuitive Eating" by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS. The problem with this method for me in the past was always my addictive personality. I used it as an excuse to eat lots of junk, which doesn't really make any sense. Now I see it from a healthier perspective, and I think it makes a lot of sense.
Anyway, I have a lot to think about. For now, I have 15 days left of my juice fast, which is really going well and I'm enjoying. Thanks again for your input. I really value your wisdom and experience and easy-going attitude...this is life, like you said. Thanks!
Debbie- how has the intermittent fasting been working for you?