Why We Stopped Intermittent Fasting

We We Stopped Intermittent Fasting

Almost a year ago I wrote this post on why we only eat 2 meals a day, and it’s one of the most popular posts on our site. However, today I thought it was time for an update as our routine has changed.

If you’re not familiar with intermittent fasting, it’s basically fasting for 16-24 hours and only eating 2 meals a day, so you’re spreading your meal times apart, with a large gap between dinner and lunch the next day. I’m not going into the benefits of that in this post, but if you’re curious I do suggest you read this.

Why fasting is no longer working for us

As some of you might know, I suffer from a skin condition called Tinea Versicolor. It shows up on my chest, back and shoulders when I spend a lot of time in the sun (little white spots that don’t tan). It’s really annoying to say the least. I’ve had it off and on since I was in my teens.

I recently went to see a doctor about getting to the root cause of the problem, and of course, diet came up …

By this point I’m saying “let thy food be thy medicine”

…she immediately jumped to sugar, proclaiming “that’s the problem!” But after giving her my food log, the solution wasn’t that easy (I don’t each very much sugar)!

After wracking our brains, we figured out it was the fasting. My body was creating sugar and needed protein to stabilize my blood sugar!

That was in August of last year, and that was when our fasting schedule needed some modifications.

What we changed

I’m pretty stubborn, and when I find something I like, I hold on tight! And I really liked the 2 meals a day approach, so I wanted to stick with it if we could. I think there’s a lot of logic in breaking up your meals and letting your body digest completely before adding more.

We started adding protein drinks (like this protein powder blend mixed with ½ -1 cup homemade almond milk) with around 15 grams of protein every morning. That way, we could still keep it light on our digestive system in the am but give our bodies the protein it needed.

We also added a late afternoon protein, around 4:30-5pm.

*Peter and I are like a combo package, haha – so of course, he started getting Tinea Versicolor and wanted to adopt these same changes.

The problem with this model

I found that once I had my protein drink, it was like turning on my stomach. My body would start craving food, and it became a lot harder to “fast” now because of it.

Abel James (from The Fat Burning Man Podcast) mentioned that in the podcast I was listening to awhile back, and I remember thinking “oh, that’s interesting” but it’s totally true! It’s a lot easier to go longer eating nothing than going less time with little snacks.

Now, Peter and I aren’t trying to lose weight. We’re just trying to maintain optimum health, so we’re not going to starve ourselves!

If I’m hungry I eat! But I still don’t eat “breakfast”. I do have protein, and then, if I get hungry before lunch, I’ll have a smoothie around 11am.

Sometimes you need to tune-in and Make Changes

We’re still big believers in intermittent fasting, and think you should give it a try if you’re curious.

However, it’s important to listen to your body, and if you really commit to it (your body adapts after a week or so), but it just doesn’t feel right, you have pay attention and make adjustments.

Let me leave you with this…

  1. Listen to your body – is it trying to tell you something?
  2. Be honest with yourself & kind
  3. Do some research and get help if you’re not sure where to go from there
  4. Make some changes – the only way to see improvements is to take action

*If you were wondering about our Tinea Versicolor, it totally disappeared with the added protein – but we have to stay pretty consistent or it comes back.

If you read this and have any experience with intermittent fasting or are thinking of making a change to your diet, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear where you’re at!