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Is Fasting right for me
Should I be fasting?
We have been fasting for 1000's of years. Fasting is nothing new. While most can utilize fasting for many health benefits, there are some who should not be fasting. If you are pregnant, you and your growing baby need the nutrients for development and should not be fasting. Also those who have been diagnosed with eating disorders are advised not to fast. Always speak to your doctor or medical team before making any changes to your diet or starting an intermittent fasting program like ours.
If you are looking for weight loss, fasting for intervals of time may produce the change in weight you are looking for. Setting aside times of fasting may also help to reduce inflammation. We know that inflammation drives our insulin resistance and this drives our weight up. Intermittent fasting allows the body the time it needs to do some work for you, to begin healing from the inside out. If you are looking to have better daily blood glucose readings, intermittent fasting, in time can improve your A1C. If you are taking medications for blood sugars, you must follow and consult with your doctor regularly. Medications will be monitored and altered by your doctor.
Give it some thought as to why you are wanting to begin fasting and making dietary changes. We all need to have a Why We Started
Having a reason is what will help you through on days when you need extra energy and strength. Over time your WHY may change. Even if your WHY today is to just get out of bed, or take the stairs instead of the elevator, or because you want to experience an active life with your family, whatever it is, remind yourself of it daily and keep your focus and motivation on the success of today!
Kids can cook! How to teach your kids about real food
Welcome to our kitchen! As parents to 7 kids you can imagine the time we spent cooking and cleaning! For my husband and I, we both came from families where gathering around the table was part of life. The meals spent around the table remains a large part of our life. As we began to use intermittent fasting as a tool for disease reversal, we soon realized that the meal time still had to go on. Our kids do not fast, they feast! For our family it was important to maintain this daily ritual even if Mom and Dad were not eating.
With a table set for 9 it was important that we included our kids in the meal prep. If nothing else, it kept the little ones busy. Kids love colour* and getting their hands into things, don't be afraid to let them into your cooking space. I can honestly say, clean up is part of the process, so teach them to not only prepare but also how to put away. Believe me, you will thank me later.
Small kids can be a big help with meal planning if they are too small. Ask them about some of their favorite foods, what they like to taste, whether they like it hot or cold etc. As kids grow, they can be great helpers to the cook. Get them cutting and chopping, rinsing and washing vegetables. Our youngest girls, they are twins, are some of the best salad makers I have ever seen. Not only is she able to make beautiful presentation, she knows how to make the salad dressing fresh from scratch each time. True be told, I still ask her to make the dressing because she makes it better than mine!
Lead and teach by example. It doesn't have to be fancy and time consuming, it just has to taste good. Kids will soon discover their own specialties and develop a love for cooking.
Part of teaching how to cook is knowing what to cook. Teach you kids to read labels, and whenever possible take the time to allow them to explore the grocery store with you, and get them reading labels. In no time at all they will see what makes a good meal even better!
Getting away from processed foods and sugary foods takes time. If you feel overwhelmed my best advice is to start slowly. Choose a place in your kitchen where you can begin to make low carb decisions. Perhaps you might begin in the refrigerator reading labels on condiments. So many hidden sugars there. Maybe you will start in the pantry and evaluate the choices there. Things like bagels and muffins were hard to do without in our house. We soon found alternatives and with each new choice our kids began to show signs of the benefits.
What benefits you ask?
-not sick as often
-no more ear infections
-kids started doing better in school
-energy went up
-kids were kind to one another
I hear you when you say "It's not easy" and I agree, however the results are worth it in the end.
I hope you have been inspired to get busy with your kids in the kitchen and teaching them about real food
* I'm Canadian!
So many times we start off with good intentions for change. This true in all areas of life. How many times are we successful when we have started out without a solid plan? Maybe a few times we are lucky, but for most, we end up spinning in circles and become frustrated.
We really do need to have some kink of plans in place. Perhaps begin with an end result in mind, and how things will look and feel at the finish line. Ask yourself some hard questions like:
1. Why am doing this?
2. What will happen if I do nothing?
3. Where will my motivation come from on those hard days?
4. Do I have a support team?
For me, my health is the forefront of my decision making. Sometimes we need reminding why we have made these changes to our diet and lifestyle. I ask myself "How is this impacting me today? Is this benefiting me today, or tomorrow. Are the choices I am making today a negative impact or a positive one?" I am looking to my future, my health and longevity. Of course we all have moments where we indulge or pause for a celebration. What I am pointing to is we can't make Tuesday a celebration just for being Tuesday! Enjoy the moments you celebrate with your family!
It's important to have a plan when we want to have a low carb lifestyle that points us and our family to a much better place.
Watch for my Blog post on How To Enjoy The Celebrations! coming soon.