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no breakfast or lunch in December

There is a lot of information on the World Wide Web as well as written media about the benefits of both intermittent fasting as well as full time fasts. I have written and published quite a bit here on my fasting experiences.

A couple of health issues directed me towards the healing power of another fast, but December is not a particularly good month for that, and I just was not able to psych myself up for one now.

So I compromised and began an intermittent fast this month.

As you may have read here already, we began having late breakfasts and skipping lunches quite some time ago. After a couple weeks our circadian rhythms were reprogrammed making it so we really did not feel as if we were missing any meals at all.

This new diet took some getting used to as well. The body clock no longer screams “EAT” at me, but I do miss Missy’s marvelous ‘health nut’ blueberry pancakes with honest butter and maple syrup on them as well as the interesting stir-fried egg, sausage, bacon, toast dishes she regularly creates.

On this program I have a regular full dinner, though we are having that around 4 instead of 6:00 pm, and I do allow myself occasional beers as early as 2 and once in a while snack after dinner. Still, I am operating this machine with 16-20 hours between refueling stops. Thus, according to the chart to the right, other literature, and what I am currently experiencing, my body is gaining some key health benefits.


Links and excerpts from relevant articles:

What is human growth hormone (HGH)?

Human growth hormone, also known as HGH and somatotropin, is a natural hormone your pituitary gland makes and releases that acts on many parts of the body to promote growth in children. Once the growth plates in your bones (epiphyses) have fused, HGH no longer increases height, but your body still needs HGH. After you’ve finished growing, HGH helps to maintain normal body structure and metabolism, including helping to keep your blood sugar (glucose) levels within a healthy range.”

What are ketones?

“They are an alternative fuel source used by the body when glucose stores are in short supply. This is what occurs on a low-carb, high-fat diet like the ketogenic diet, and is one of the primary reasons for its numerous health benefits.

Several studies show promising evidence that using ketones for energy can improve several health markers including:

Decreased inflammation (*)
Improved mental clarity (*)
Faster weight loss and increased satiety (*, *).
The ketogenic diet focuses on priming your body to function in a state of ketosis, where your body is primarily burning ketones from fats rather than glucose from carbohydrates.”

Autophagy


is a natural, self-preservation mechanism whereby the body removes damaged or dysfunctional parts of a cell and recycles other parts toward cellular repair. Autophagy is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells.

What is glucagon?

Glucagon is a natural hormone your body makes that works with other hormones and bodily functions to control glucose (sugar) levels in your blood. Glucagon prevents your blood sugar from dropping too low. The alpha cells in your pancreas make glucagon and release it in response to a drop in blood sugar, prolonged fasting, exercise and protein-rich meals.


Referring back to the chart, literature and my own experiences, I would get a lot more benefit were I to go past half-fast to a full one. You can see other healing modalities kick in after 24 hours. A serious fast of 20 days would probably set me right, but that would be a personal best. I want to psych myself up for one early next year. We’ll see.

– Ted –