How Intermittent Fasting Has Changed Me

Intermittent fasting has had an immensely positive impact on my life. In this post, I lay out all the changes I have noticed since starting IF one year ago - changes in my body, habits, and thought patterns, among other aspects. Overall, intermittent fasting is effective, aligns with my minimalist lifestyle, and makes me happy.

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Brief aside: I recently did a #WeekOfIntermittentFasting on Instagram, posting what I ate each day and answering the questions I've been asked the most over the past year. Check out those posts here to learn more about intermittent fasting and how I practice it on a daily basis.

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Since I started intermittent fasting in May of 2016, I have noticed the following things:

  • Food tastes better. There is literally nothing tastier than the first bite of food after fasting all morning. Even the simplest foods taste like nectar of the gods.
  • I am more grateful for food. When I break fast each day, I have reached a level of hunger that makes me so thankful that I have the means to feed myself. I am reminded that many people don't have this luxury  
  • I no longer waste any food. I purchase, prepare, and consume exactly what my body needs.
  • As a result of the above, I spend less money on food.
  • I eat simpler foods. I no longer require a certain level of extravagance in the meals I eat.
  • I no longer treat exercise as a chore or something I have to do. Instead, I exercise in ways I actually like and that integrate well with my minimalist lifestyle, such as hiking, biking, walking, doing push-ups, and stretching. As a result, I now consider exercise a reward to my body.
  • I work out less, eat the foods I love, and am leaner than when I was restrictive with foods/certain food groups and exercising 6 days a week.
  • I don't feel an urgency to make short-term, drastic changes to my body.
  • I do not label foods as good and bad. I do not label indulgences as "mistakes".
  • I do not overeat "junk food"; instead, i incorporate it into my diet as I see fit.
  • I order what I actually want at restaurants without worrying if it is "too much". I can eat out at local shops and try new cuisines without stress.
  • I eat only my favorite foods as opposed to foods I think I should eat.
  • I understand my cravings and react to them accordingly.
  • I listen to my body. I know when and how much food I need.
  • I have a better understanding and control of my appetite.
  • I love my body and I take care of it as such.
  • I am happier, healthier, and freer in every way.

Thank you for reading! Comment below with any questions or remarks. You can explore my other posts on intermittent fasting here.