19: My Experience With Intermittent Fasting
When my brilliant, kind and generous friend Linda Sue Covey told me that intermittent fasting could grow my stem cells, according to thehealingmiracle.com/grow-stem-cells-with-fasting/, I decided to check it out.
The gist of the intermittent fasting was that I would eat for an eight-hour period and fast for 16, including sleeping time. Though I was unsure I could do this, opening and awaking my stem cell activation points was and is important to me as I had been doing energetic processes to open these points to aid in healing my teeth, gums and bone. I selected 9 am to 5 pm, a stretch for me as I like start the day with my celery-wheatgrass juice (or protein mixture drink) followed with my yummy homemade probiotic fermented Kimchee-Sauerkraut Concoction, based on Recipes from both my friends and teachers, PermacultureYogi@gmail.com Angie Rainbow G and Living Foods Institute Founder Dr Brenda Cobb, firstname.lastname@example.org, with my own tweaks.
The first day I attempted this, I didn’t even get to 9 am. I ate before then, maybe at 7 am. Could I stop eating at 3 pm? Not that day!
I prepared myself, then I started with intent in earnest. I did this for two or three days, and felt great! So I took a couple days pause, then did intermittent fasting for almost two weeks, feeling wonderful.
My tummy got flatter, which I loved! Then, kaboom! I noticed wrinkles in areas I had never had any. My biceps! My face had lines that had never been there before. I had absolutely no use for this and felt horrified! I immediately stopped intermittent fasting and began eating as I had been before. Yes, my abs got rounder. They had not gotten firmer, just flatter. The softness on my abs and the vertical lines on my face didn’t disappear, YET!
I did more research on intermittent fasting, including speaking with some of the trainers at my gym, where I learned that losing fat can also involve losing muscle! Imagine my surprise! They said that building muscle on muscle is harder and takes a longer time. I like the exercise I already do. Do I want to do more? Not at this time.
As a mostly raw organic vegan, I eat more healthfully than most, though certainly not perfect, and I had not increased my protein intake. Actually, I had been eating less protein than usual as I was out of my Nutiva Hemp protein powder.
My takeaway is that if I choose to do intermittent fasting, I have to eat about three times the amount of protein as I had been. Sooooo, when I again have a full supply of Nutiva Hemp protein powder, I may consider intermittent fasting. Otherwise, for me, no. I do recommend it for feeling great! I felt wonderful. I still feel good and continue to do so without the intermittent fasting. Yes, for a few days afterward, I definitely did have a bit of a food feast. Now, I’m more balanced again.