Thursday, April 9, 2009

My intermittent fasting journey

During my 2009 Lenten Journey that will end this Easter Sunday, I chose intermittent fasting as one of my Lenten sacrifices. Since February 25th on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and also my 31st wedding anniversary, I have been continuously following an intermittent fasting way of eating for 44 consecutive days.

Talking with a good friend of mine who practices intermittent fasting had me curious so I started to read about it, including the Warrior Diet and Fast 5, both intermittent fasting ways of eating. The Fast 5 model prescribes that you eat within a 5 hour window in a 24 hour day and fast the other 19 hours.

What I chose to do was practice my own version that I call 2/24 intermittent fasting. My goal was to only eat within a 2 hour window each day from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Because no middle-age man is an island, I didn't start eating at 7:00 p.m. every day. Some days I started eating as early as 5:00 p.m. One day I didn’t start eating until 9:00 p.m. Overall, my average eating window was about 2 hours with the shortest being 1 hour and the longest about 5 hours.

Right now I will end my 2/24 intermittent fasting this Easter Sunday. It has been a positive experience that I'll have more to share about soon. Therefore, I may continue eating this way, most of the time.

Stay tuned for a future series of blogflections where I’ll share my experiences about my intermittent fasting journey.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum


Charles Long said...

Looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

The main thing is you learned something. I should leave it at that because anything else I say would somehow reflect what "I" think you should have learned.


Couldn't help it.