This isn’t a sales gimmick or fad diet, this… my friends, is my real life. And I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve lost 20 pounds in 1 week. I wanted to write this post to help others, like me, who are struggling with their weight and worried about their health, there is hope for all of us!
Here’s the thing. I’ve been eating a healthy diet of real foods for several years, yet I’ve continues to struggle with my weight, just as I did 10-15 years ago when I ate more of a standard american diet.
But see here’s the thing, every one’s idea of ‘healthy’ is vastly different so I feel it’s necessary to explain my healthy diet so you can understand…
- I buy local, know my farmer and grow my own food
- I hunt and gather
- I eat organic, free-range and grass fed
- I don’t eat processed foods or drink soda
- Vegetables are my favorite
- I don’t over do it with the protein
- I get plenty of healthy fats.
- I rarely go out to eat, so I eat mostly my own home cooked from-scratch meals
- I’ve been gluten-free for 5 years and mostly grain-free for 3 years
- When I eat dairy, it’s Raw, from A2 cows raised exclusively on organic pasture
- I drink water like a boss (it’s practically all I drink)
- I eat fermented foods regularly
- Have bone broth several times a week
- Dessert and sweets aren’t my thing, I rarely eat them
I’m no where near perfect, but do my best to be 95% of the time. Now that we are on the same page, you can see with my all general standards, I’ve got this healthy eating thing down pat. So, why on earth am I still overweight???
I must be eating too much and totally lazy then – right? I mean calories in/calories out, duh.
Despite the fact that the whole calories in/calories out theory is total BS and just plain irrelevant to weight management….. I’ve played with eating less and eating more, I’ve manipulated my macros – but have only been successful at not exponentially gaining weight. And I have regularly incorporated intermittent fasting into my lifestyle for the past few years.
I’m an active homesteader, my average day is 10k steps plus I routinely lift heavy things like carrying 50# bags of chicken feed and 3 gallons chicken waterers to the coop. When weather permits we enjoy long multiple-mile hikes in the mountains and we have a large garden that needs tending. And then there our dogs, Hercules & Argos, who need walks and play time. I’m not sitting around on my ass folks.
I could go on and on, explaining all the wonderful things I do for my health. But you know what, I think you get my point.
So, there HAS to be some underlying healthy issue that needs tackled, right??
My blood work comes back fine, with solid cholesterol numbers and good A1C. My thyroid has been checked every way possible. Ruled out PCOS. I had a little adrenal fatigue in 2014 when I finished my first cookbook, but I’ve since healed it. Only my fasting blood glucose is only on the high side of ‘normal’.
I’ve been there and done that, when it comes to diets and testing. So, with all do respect, I beg of you, please don’t try to tell me what I’ve done wrong and how I need to become vegan or anything obviously against my fundamental human existence. I’m happy that you found your best healthy life, but we are all totes unique individuals and there is no one-size-fits all perfect diet.
I’ve researched until my eyes crossed. And with my understanding of how the body works, I finally realized with routine blood glucose monitoring that I’m insulin resistant. You know the elusive metabolic syndrome, that without addressing while in a very mild form leaves me open to a fate of pre-diabetes and diabetes… I’ve got it…despite my healthy lower carb eating and active lifestyle.
As I progressed in my research I came across the idea of fasting to reset the body, resetting insulin resistance and fasting blood glucose in particular. Fasting in addition to helping with my ‘blood sugar’ is also notorious for helping the body to heal and detox overall. It is also the fastest and most effective way to accomplish everything my heart desires, and, DUH, you loose weight while you’re at it.
So, I dug deeper into the idea of fasting, to determine if it’s safe and as potentially effective as touted. I couldn’t stop. I’ve read everything I could get my hands & eyes on about fasting.
Man has been fasting for thousands of years, it’s only been in recent history that we’ve adopted a fast-free lifestyle. We’ve Feasted during times of plenty, preparing our bodies for times of famine…. fasted for religious/spiritual reasons and taken voluntary hunger strikes.
The average human body is generously prepared to fast for roughly 40 days, safely
When I talk about ‘fasting’ — I’m talking about the real deal; therapeutic, healing, Water-Only Fasting.
You know, drinking only water, nothing else (I do also allow myself to have mineral water, hot herbal tea and a squeeze of lemon) I’ve done various extended ‘fasts’ in the past – Juice Fasting for 30 & 45 days and Bone Broth Fasting for 30 days, so mentally I was prepared.
Initially I embarked on several shorter 1-3 day water fasts. All of which left me feeling great and most importantly solidified my belief that I wanted to complete a longer fast.
Why am I telling you all these details? I want to you clearly understand that my decision to water-fast was not one that I took lightly. I also didn’t just sit around on the couch all day, eating junk food, sweets and drinking soda, bitching about my weight pre-fast.
And I want to stress to YOU that fasting isn’t something that anyone should enter into lightly. It’s a serious test of your ability to overcome cravings and conditioning to eat. And there’s folks that Fasting isn’t a good choice; if you are underweight, pregnant, etc.
I decided to water fast to help give my body the time it needs to fix whatever is wrongly causing it to hold on to excess weight. Fasting is the most comprehensive elimination diet too!
And Fasting has, in just 7 days, has proven to be everything I’ve hoped it would be plus so much more!
Today I’m full of energy, do not have any hunger and am 20 pounds lighter than when I started fasting a week ago. My fasting blood glucose has dropped significantly, my skin is bright & clear, I sleep soundly and just can’t help but excitedly share it with YOU!
Here’s an overview of my daily weight loss:
- Monday, I Started fasting (my last meal was Sunday night)
- Tuesday -8.3 pounds
- Wednesday -3.2 pounds
- Thursday -2.2 pounds
- Friday -2.3
- Saturday -2.0
- Sunday -2.3
For a grand total weight loss of -20.3 pounds in 7 days of fasting. Pretty sweet huh?
I know many people will say ‘it’s just water weight’ and you’re welcome to offer any explanation you’d like. However, my first day I consumed over 2 gallons of water and lost 8.3 pounds. I am in no way dehydrated, drinking 1 to 2 gallons of water a day through out the duration of my fast. (and no, my body isn’t canabilizing organs or muscles, that doesn’t happen until you hit the point of starvation, when there isn’t fat stores available)
The next question you’re probably going to ask is about maintenance – UPDATE nearly 1 year later (Dec 28, 2016) – I’ve kept off the 20 pounds PLUS another 25 lost during additional intermittent fasts and eating my normal healthy diet throughout 2016.
One of the hardest things to deal with when you are fasting is trying to come up with things to do to stay busy, instead of cooking/eating. After all I sincerely LOVE to cook and It’s been tough to stay out of the kitchen for a whole week. But my closets are getting deep cleaning and I’m doing lots of reading 🙂
To learn more about my fasting journey check out my daily posts:
Join me in my 2017 Fast or Just follow along: 2017 New Year 11 day Water Fast
Oh and one last thing before you go – please don’t ask the infamous question: what did you eat? cause it’s super silly and obvious you didn’t read this post or any of my daily posts I linked to.