Here are eleven things I secretly do on a fast day: brain tricks to stop thinking about food, mini yee-haw celebrations and quirky habits only an intermittent faster would understand! Enjoy a little comic relief and major #fastingfeels.
SuperFastDiet gives you everything you need to know about intermittent fasting as well as leaves room for you to make the diet accommodate your lifestyle. In the process, I have discovered a few oddities I do without fail on a fast day. Is it just me? Does anyone else share a similar experience?
11 things I secretly do on a fast day:
1. Look forward to it
It sounds weird, because fasting can be scary when you’re starting out, but once you’ve done it for a little while, you actually start to enjoy it. After a feast day, I look forward to the clarity, organisation and focus that comes with a fast day. And I like that I don’t have to think too much about food.
2. Tell myself I can have that tomorrow
If I have a craving, I tell myself that I can enjoy <insert craving here> tomorrow. Strangely, I almost never do, but the approach of: “I choose not to have that today, because I’m choosing to fast instead, but if I still want it, I can have it tomorrow” always works for me.
3. Wonder if I’ve lost weight
But force myself not to get on the scales, because I know it’s not healthy. And I know the result won’t be a true reading anyway.
4. Consider breaking the fast
I think everyone’s done this on a fast day. Some days your hunger gets the better of you, or you feel left out when every else is enjoying their smashed avo toast. I consider breaking my fast day momentarily at least a couple of times on a normal fast day. I think it’s healthy to acknowledge that what you’re doing is difficult and to recognise human (but ultimately self-sabotaging) thoughts like this. Constantly pretending that fasting is a breeze is tiring – and boring. It does get easier, bit I still definitely entertain the odd thought about breaking my fast and smashing down a pizza. The difference is that I don’t. But I know I can, if I want to.
5. Go to bed early (and sleep really well)
Sometimes you just want a fast day to be over so you can feast again. When this happens, I find an earlier bedtime works well. Besides which, who couldn’t stand to get a few extra hours of sleep, right? And I always wake up feeling amazing the next day too.
6. Chew gum like a crazy person
When you’re fasting, you’re more likely to go into ketosis, or ‘fat burning mode’ which produces ketones. Ketones can make you feel a bit buzzy, but they can also give you bad breath. I’m super-conscious of this on fasting days, so I always keep sugar-free gum in my bag and I pop a piece before a meeting or when I head out. Gum also helps distract me when I’m craving foods I’d prefer not to eat.
7. Have an extra coffee
Ok, so my java addiction isn’t really a secret, I’m a loud and proud caffeinator. But I’ll often sneak an extra coffee in at around 11:00am when I find my energy waning. It doesn’t need to be strong or fancy, it just needs to be an option.
8. Amp up my makeup
Sometimes you need a little boost to get through those fast days. A little extra war-paint makes me feel like a warrior woman capable of anything. And hey, if my dark eyeliner and extra bronzer can stop me reaching for that piece of chocolate, then why not, right?
9. Save 80-100 calories for a treat
Whether it’s 30g of sultanas or raisins, a Jarrah hot chocolate, a couple of Redskin or a teaspoon of peanut butter – sometimes you just want something a little indulgent. I always make sure I have a calorie buffer of around 80-100 calories so that if I do feel like a little bit of a treat, I can have one without stressing.
10. Get surprised by how thirsty I am
I’ve been doing this for almost a year, and yet I’m still surprised by how thirsty I get on fast days. I try to keep a glass of water on my desk throughout the day, but I tend to down it fairly quickly, so regular refills are a must.
11. Wear skinny clothes
I don’t know why I do this, but something about a fast day makes me feel a little more open to showing off my bod. It might be the de-bloating effect, the fact that I know I’m doing something good for my health or just another version of my ‘warrior-woman’ approach to fast days. But I say, if it feels right, do it.
Over to you fellow Super Faster! What intermittent fasting habbits have you adopted? Please share them in the comments below!