If you haven’t figured it out already, I am a go with the flow kind of girl. I have found the current ‘hustle’ mentality to be counter productive and creatively draining. I focus on listening to my body and I usually wait until inspiration hits before I put my all into something. When I get excited about exercise - I exercise, when I get excited about binge watching Riverdale - I put on my comfy pants and snuggle up with the pug to watch.
This past year, my intuition has led me on a bit of a health journey. Last fall I flowed into a ketogenic diet and fasting protocol. The more research and books I read on the subject the more I was convinced that this is the path I am meant to be on. And the more I practiced the advice I gathered, the better everything got! I feel great, my insatiable hunger has decreased (my main reason for trying keto) and my energy has sky rocketed. So far, so good!
You might be thinking fasting is a little extreme, I used to too, but in this series I hope to share with you a new way of looking at hunger, weight gain and health. You might just start to see this whole physical wellness thing in a whole new way!
But first, a little about where I’m starting from.
I’ve been low carb (but also low fat) for about two years, so the transition to keto (low carb, high fat) was smooth for me. Fasting on the other hand, has been hit or miss. Once I hit the 22 to 24 hour mark I find the thought of eating hard to ignore. It’s not even that I get really really hungry...I don’t. But mentally I start craving the comfort of food. I crave the feel good chemicals that are released when we eat.
I am never hard on myself when I break a fast to feast but I can’t shake the feeling that I am meant to go longer, that I can do a lot better health wise. Now, here is where knowing the difference between the ego being a competitive nuisance and my intuition leading me toward what my body needs, is super important. Thankfully I’ve become pretty adept at knowing the difference. To my surprise however, my mind kept being drawn to a traditionally very egoic endeavour...a 21 day reset. I am not one who usually indulges these types of challenges/fads but as I kept reading and studying nutrition, exercise and stress, a plan started formulating in my head. The more I thought about it, the more excitement was building to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore. Ironically, I felt the presence of my ego more so when I was telling myself that I was too go-with-the-flow and present moment living to be so regimented. (Funny how the ego can disguise itself sometimes, isn’t it?).
Ms. “Go-with-the-flow” created and embarked on a 21 day reset to regulate my diet, exercise, circadian cycle and stress level. And I’m really excited to share it with all of you!
When I started writing out this plan, I found myself explaining the mechanisms behind my choices in much further detail then I expected I would. I am just that excited about what I have learnt and the results I have seen. Because I ended up writing so much I am breaking the 21 day reset into multiple post that will be released every Tuesday.
At the end, once I have summarized everything I have been practicing, I am going to post a short journal I made as I was going through the ups and downs of my initial 21 day reset. Hopefully seeing my successes and struggles will motivate you to continue on your own wellness journey!
First, some ground rules: I don’t want you to blindly follow my plan. I want you to use it as information and reflect on what you see here. Does it rings true for you? If you are unsure, never forget about the wealth of information that’s already inside you. Think about your past experiences with eating and exercise, what worked and what didn’t. Then start to ask yourself why it worked or didn’t. Your body and spirit is completely unique to you, treat it that way. You and your body are constantly changing and evolving so don’t get tied down to one way of eating, exercising or meditating. Experiment and have fun with it! It’s all about the journey after all and you get to make it uniquely yours, so make sure you’re doing it with as much joy as possible!
Check back next Tuesday for the first post in the series where I begin to share with you the hormonal view of weight gain/loss and my secrets to intuitive eating and satiation. I hope you enjoy my journey as much as I did!