MADF: Modified Alternate Day Fasting

About a month ago, I made a change to my lose-weight-and-get-healthy system. I’ve talked about how important it is to have systems in my first blog, How the Dilbert Guy Made Me Lose 100lbs.

Systems are made for change. If an old part of my system isn’t working for me anymore, I can try something new. There’s no deadline. There’s limited willpower involved. It’s plug & play. Setup & go. Set it & forget…wait, no, not that one.

This last February, I started regular alternate day fasting (ADF). Every other day, I ate nothing but water and salt, which amounts to three 40-ish hour fasts a week. I burned out of that after about 4 weeks, so I had to make a change.

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The Fast Way To Live Slow

Do you ever think about how often you eat and/or how long you eat and handle food? I don’t think most people do. I surely didn’t, at least not until I started implementing intermittent fasting and eventually extended water fasting into my life.

I’d estimate that I was eating at least a dozen times a day before I started on my new way of life. Snacking was a big deal. Meals were a big deal. Most of my daily entertainment had to do with food, whether planning it, thinking about it, or actually doing it. We have to eat and most cultures are built around eating, so it makes sense that it’d take up so much of my life, especially considering the kinds of foods I was eating that were making me hungrier.

But I didn’t realize how much food consumed my time until I stopped. That’s right.

I stopped eating.

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