Fasting or controlled eating patterns are gaining popular attention and scientific endorsement. Does that mean it’s safe and healthy? We asked Chantal to share her thoughts on intermittent fasting to help you decide if this approach is right for you.
It’s important to say right away that fasting of any sort is not for everyone and must be incorporated into a lifestyle supported by predominantly whole and unprocessed food, limited alcohol and plenty of water.
Note: If you’re not quite ready for this path, switching to a whole food diet might be the first change your body is craving. You can read more about this here.
The benefits of fasting aren’t particularly new to the health world. Those who incorporate fasting periods into a balanced and whole food lifestyle may observe improved energy, better quality sleep and more mental clarity. For thousands of years humans have seen the positive effects of intermittent fasting for many population groups, including longer and healthier lifespans and less disease. A great article has been researched and written here if you want to read more.
Whether you’re following a 5:2 lifestyle, or a 16/8 intermittent fast every few days, you must still be eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, quality fats and appropriate amounts of protein. The proportion of that food in your diet will differ between individuals and it may take some time working out what’s best for you.
For the 5:2 lovers
During your 5 days of eating whole food, we suggest adding 350ml vegetable based juices to your main meals or as a snack with nuts and seeds throughout your day. This will bump up the quantity of the vitamins and minerals made available to your body, and help with nutrient absorption of key minerals. For example, the lemon in many of our juices will help your body convert non-haem plant iron to an absorbable form in your intestine.
On your 2 fasting days, consider starting your day with a Garden Greens juice rich in vegetables, some fibre and vitamin C so you know you’ve had a good dose of veg before you kick your day off.
For the 16/8 team
If you’re following the 16/8 intermittent fasting approach, we suggest pairing up a great plant based meal with added healthy fats and protein like salmon, eggs, nuts, avocado and a cold-pressed juice for even more nutrients when you end your fast.
The Heart Beet is a great option with its rich antioxidant and nitric oxide profile from the beets and a little bit of immunity boosting ginger. Bright eyes is another great option, with water soluble beta-carotene from the carrots and an antioxidant boost from turmeric.
Raw cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices are a quick and healthy way to ensure you are getting a good amount of nutrients during a fast. To help support your fasting efforts, check out our range of cold pressed juices here.