A year ago I wrote about my struggles with emotional eating and how it was affecting my fitness goals. Well, I’m glad that I can sit here today and say that I’ve found a method, a lifestyle change, that has helped me form a healthier relationship with food and my emotions. Over the past two months I have been intermittent fasting and it it has truly shown me so much. I feel like for the first time in my life I have the ability to listen to my body and feed it what it’s asking for.
Intermittent fasting is an eating schedule where you shift between periods of fasting and feeding. There are various ways to practice intermittent fasting and I encourage you to find which style works best for you. I follow a 16-hour fasting window and an 8-hour feeding window. From the hours of 11AM to 7PM I have roughly two meals and two snacks.
I decided to incorporate intermittent fasting into my life after doing a lot of research on ways to stop binge eating and learn intuitive eating. By far, the most rewarding part of intermittent fasting has been my ability to get in tune with my digestive system and learn the ways that my body communicates hunger.
Aside from losing weight and getting to know my body, I will say that IF has helped me realized why all my past diets failed. For me, IF feels like a lifestyle change rather than a diet. It feels like I’ve simply added another habit to my overall wellness routine.
I’ve been on this fitness journey for almost a year and I’m just proud of the fact that I’ve stayed consistent. You only get one body and its important to love it at all its stages and phases. During the season of learning to enjoy working out (laugh out loud, because I’m still not there yet) I’ve become much more compassionate to my body and my shape, and it’s made the journey a lot less stressful. I am nowhere near my end goal, but it feels good to have true, longstanding, lifestyles changes. If you struggle with your relationship with food I encourage you to start small with real lifestyle changes. By no means is it easy, especially in the beginning, but practicing healthy habits is truly one of the simplest forms of self-care - it will certainly be with it in the end.
Wishing you the best