Intermittent fasting is fasting between your two meals. That means you give enough time to one meal to get digested by your system. It’s simple, it’s healthy, and it’s hygienic.
Avoid anything in between your two meals and make sure to eat when you are hungry.
You can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner. The point is, if you are hungry go for breakfast, and if you need it go for lunch, and the same applies to dinner. Don’t eat just because it’s time for the dinner.
Intermittent fasting helps you to understand your body and mind. The correlation between body and mind can be understood by intermittent fasting. The mind works efficiently if you take care of your body. If you really want to make maximum use of your mind, you need to take care of your body.
You have to understand, it’s not fasting rather its intermittent fasting. The intermittent word is important. You are not starving; rather you are having your meal after a good space of time. This allows you to complete your digestive process.
You can have your breakfast, but after that you don’t need anything in between your lunch and breakfast. Once you have your lunch, you don’t take anything in between your lunch and dinner.
This is the habit we all find difficult to overcome. Majority of us are into the habit of munching. We need something to chew all the time. This habit spoils the system in the longer run.
Creating mindful habits.
The time you become conscious of your body and mind, first thing you become aware is of your food habits. That’s what awareness does to you. It makes you mindful of, what you put into your body.
One thing that is very important in intermittent fasting is, you eat when you are hungry. We all have a strange habit. It’s a breakfast time, and we go for breakfast. It’s a lunch time and we go for lunch. The breakfast or lunch or even dinner is not a problem, but the thing is, your body really needs it?
You already have a breakfast and lunch in your stomach, you better digest it first, before you put more load on your digestive system.
6 out of 7 days I skip my dinner. Instead a glass of milk serves the purpose for me.
One thing you need to remember and that is, when you have your breakfast, lunch or dinner you don’t take anything in between except water. So that’s what intermittent fasting is all about. It’s that space where you give your body to digest the food.
The body and mind are deeply interconnected. Your thought process or how you feel at any given point of time is majorly depending on your food habits and how easily your body digests your food.
When you don’t give enough time to your body to digest food than it creates indigestion, and you go through hell in your body and mind.
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Your mind is only charged up when the energy moves to your mind. This energy passes through your stomach. If you utilize all the energy for the digestive process, you will always remain a slow thinker in your life.
To think fast, you need to digest your food fast. The energy should move to your brain to think faster.
Intermittent fasting is a yogic science. Since the ancient times, eastern yogis use to follow this technique and even now a days, if you ask a yogi practitioner about food habits; he will give you the exact description of the intermittent fasting.
It comes naturally to them and it can happen naturally to you, if you are connected with your body and mind. Just become conscious of your body. Try to understand what works for you and what don’t. You don’t need anybody else to tell you, about what you need to eat and what time you need to eat. It’s your body and nobody understands its better than you.
The point is, are you conscious enough to know your body and mind?
Nowadays our body and mind usually follows our work schedule. We have to adjust ourselves according to the need of our working hours. Still no matter what kind of work you do, or whatever profession you follow, intermittent fasting is all of us.
Forget about intermittent fasting, you can always know when you are hungry and schedule your food intake accordingly. Timing is not a problem, but you have to connect with your body.
Honor your body wellness.
I like to have a light breakfast, before I move to office. Again I take my lunch around 5 to 6 pm. Then it gets easier for me to skip a dinner.
I have scheduled my intermittent fasting accordingly. After taking lunch around 5.0 pm, I am in no need of dinner, so that gives me enough time to digest my food. Again in the morning when I am hungry, I have a breakfast to keep me going. This way, I am having enough food to keep me going and also I have enough space for the digestion process. It also goes well with my working hours.
When it comes to food habits, you are not restricted to anything. When you eat two or three times a day, naturally you become conscious of your eating habits. If you are aware, it’s not possible to put waste into your body. Your mind will not allow you to do so.
The awareness is like a burning fire. It keeps you alert all the time. We only get out of order when our mind looses that alertness in the moment.
If you think meditation is an exercise for the mind, then intermittent fasting is an exercise for your stomach. It keeps your stomach healthy.
We not only live for our stomach but it’s also the stomach that impact our life directly or indirectly to create our life.
Physical exercise can certainly helps you to stay fit, but even with the exercise you can experience bad stomach due to the irregular eating habits. The exercise is important for the healthy body and mind, but you just can’t ignore your food habits.
It increases your energy level.
With intermittent fasting your energy level increases, your perception improves, you feel good about yourself, you do more, you plan more, you achieve more and you make most out of your everyday life.
With intermittent fasting you develop control over your life. You have a better sleep, and you have more time to get the things done. The mind is largely benefitted by intermittent fasting.
The mind works better when your stomach is in good shape. When you give enough time to your digestive system to digest the food, its efficiency improves, which also results in the better working of the mind.
The much of our energy is used by our digestive system as well as by the mind. With the intermittent fasting you take care of your digestive system, while for the mind you have to start practicing meditation.
The way your digestive system consumes your energy, in a similar pattern even the unnecessary thoughts consume your energy. If your energy is wasted in unnecessary thoughts, you will have no energy left to act on the productive thoughts. Also if your mind is busy in negative thought process, it will be difficult to produce productive thoughts.
The practice of meditation helps you to calm your mind and reduce the flow of thoughts. With the calm mind and lesser flow of thoughts your perspective gets clear and you have a better view at life.