After almost a year and half of non-stop engagement (mind, body and spirit), I needed a break – a real break. I needed alone time to rest and recharge. I am a true introvert who needs alone time. I love my husband, but that means time away from him as well. An opportunity came up for me to spend a week on the Cape overlooking the ocean. It was perfect and just what I needed. I had no set plans for this week other than I was going to be good to myself. And by “good,” I mean on track and healthy but not overly draconian. This little experiment entailed the following:
- Try to get some exercise
- Try to start a yoga practice
- Eat 1-2 good meals a day and don’t eat out
- Rest, recharge and renew
I succeeded in all of that. I either walked or rode my bike (I rode 23 miles one day!). I did 30 minutes of yoga every morning and I’m continuing that practice. Just beginner stuff. I’m working my way up slowly! Meals were good and healthy and I did plenty of resting, recharging and renewing. It was a perfect vacation for me.
I weighed myself this morning and I’m still stuck at the same number I’ve been at over a year. I weighed exactly what I weighed the morning I left for vacation. I tested my blood ketones and I’m definitely in ketosis. So what’s up with that? I’m pretty sure I suffer from the dawn phenomenon– blood glucose levels are naturally high between 4am-8am. I retested a few hours later and it was 10 points lower and well within normal. So I know what’s happening. I know I have a super stubborn Body Set Weight. The most effective way to unset that weight is intermittent fasting – which I do, but don’t do very well. That changes now. I’ve started the IDM Intermittent Fasting Program created by Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos. To see real results, I need to move that body set weight. I hope this is considered fair use, because I really wanted to include this quote from the Fasting textbook provided by the IDM Program:
“Regular fasting, in addition to lowering insulin levels, has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity significantly. This is the missing link in the weight loss puzzle. Most diets reduce highly insulin-secreting foods, but do not address the insulin resistance issue. Weight is initially lost, but insulin resistance keeps insulin levels and Body Set Weight high. Fasting is an efficient method of reducing insulin resistance.”
Wow. This. 100% this. If I’ve learned anything in the nearly 2 years I’ve been doing LCHF, it’s that I am insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is when blood glucose levels stay elevated in the body “despite normal or high levels of insulin.” I’ve already cut carbs – especially processed carbs and all things “white” (sugar, flour, pasta, rice, etc). It has helped and it helped me to initially lose 30lbs but I’ve been stuck where I’m at for over a year now. Fasting is the only way I’m going to get my insulin resistance in check.
So. I am now learning how to fast. It’s not just not eating. One must prepare for a fast and come out of a fast sensibly. That’s what I need to learn. And I will. I will surely be posting about it. Stay tuned.