The Six Year Plan - Fasting

Dear Reader,Link
If you don't already know, I'm pretty into the whole "Primal Living" movement. To summarize, it's the idea that cavemen knew their shit, and we should be more like them. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean go extreme: I'm not going to stop washing my hair, start sleeping in trees, or shun modern medicine. However, I do (try as best as I can) to eat Paleo, go barefoot, and stay physically fit. It makes sense that this sort of a community would have an awesome blog to bounce ideas around, stay connected, and stay educated.

Mark Sisson is the main writer for Mark's Daily Apple. In short, he's a ripped, 57 year old ex-triathlon competitor with a Pre-Med degree in Biology. On top of all that, he's also happy, which is more than most people can say. Clearly, this man had/has his priorities in order.

I read his blog on a fairly consistent basis. Some articles I skim through for the basic concepts, but every so often a topic comes up that really intrigues me. One such topic was the idea of Intermittent Fasting.
I'm a broke college kid. I live off campus, and don't have a meal plan anymore. Luckily, with my job in dining services, I get meal passes that allow me to purchase food from select dining halls, but sometimes that just isn't enough. In short, if I don't have a meal pass, I don't eat. To some people, that isn't an option, and I used to be one of those people. Until I started thinking about it.

I'm not going to get into the details of why fasting works. Mark, thankfully, has done that for me in 5 beautiful posts. You can read them here, here, here, here, and here. What I will tell you is why it works for me.

I've started fasting Tuesdays. It's only for 24 hours, and it's only once a week. I wake up Tuesday morning at 6 am, get ready, and go to work. This is the hardest part of my day: I go to work only to be surrounded by food I can't eat. I get off work at 12:00, which normally would be optimal lunch time, but due to lack of meal pass and upcoming class time, I don't get the chance to eat. Class lasts from 12:30 to 1:45, and afterwards it's straight to studio. I usually work around studio until 6 or 7 at night, then go home. At home, I crank out some homework, then usually call it a night.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "You're not actively fasting, you're just too cheap and busy to eat." Honestly, you're right, but I'm deciding to call it fasting. Makes it sound better.

Tuesday night gives me the best sleep I'll get all week, hands down. I wake up around 8 on Wednesday, go out for a decent morning run, and make a modest breakfast: the past two weeks have consisted of 2 eggs and a homemade strawberry banana smoothie. When I eat, I take my time, and really appreciate the meal. I can feel when my body is satisfied, and stop eating accordingly. It's no surprise that this meal holds me over for the majority of the day. I might eat a light lunch, and then eat a normal dinner, both of which I make sure are completely Paleo.

I don't know what exactly it is. My body just feels right afterwards. Everything feels fluid. I have absolutely no trouble concentrating on schoolwork; it's almost as if my mind is at peak efficiency. Maybe it's just the Placebo-effect, but I really doubt it. I mean, if you don't believe me, why not just find out yourself? After all, it's only one day, right?

Until Next Time

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