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Intermittent Fasting - Fear of Disclosure/Exposure

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I have been following the paleo lifestyle for about 4 months now, with increasingly strict adherence (because I like it). I have noticed significant benefits with weight loss and my general mood.

In the last 3-4 weeks I have started to incorporate intermittent fasting, from 14-19 hours' duration, about twice a week. I have not experienced any ill effects although I remain cautious about tackling a high intensity training session after a 16 hour fast (old habits...)

However, as I already dealing with a certain amount of skepticism at home regarding my food choices, I am concerned that trying to explain IF will simply result in concern and brow-beating. For the moment, I am content to simply do what I am doing without making waves.

Has anyone else experienced this worry about IF or the paleo lifestyle generally?

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on March 29, 2011
at 09:06 PM

In my opinion there is a sweet spot where food is not a preoccupation so you only eat when hungry but you are fully nourished to live a full life. IF may be a part of this but remember, eating is a good and necessary part of life. Skipping meals and feeling great can be a liberating experience (for those of us reformed carbo-holics) but this is only truly realised with the healthy post-fast meal. Basically, if you break a fast with poor quality food, you're better served by focusing on better food choices, not skipping meals. IF comes after your nutrition is dialled in basically.

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:07 PM

The aim is very much a lifestyle change for life, rather than a crash diet type of approach. I just tend to be a discuss/disclose type of person and, put bluntly, fasting appears pretty left-field to the general populous.

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:05 PM

That is pretty much what I am doing and it seems to suit me.

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Married, two young children. Wife is a healthcare professional.

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:22 PM

what is your "at home" context? Parents? Roommates?

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:38 PM

If you have dinner at 6 p.m. and skip breakfast, eating lunch at noon, that would be 18 hours and I doubt anyone would think much of that. Do what feels right to you. Your body will tell you if you need to eat more often.

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:05 PM

That is pretty much what I am doing and it seems to suit me.

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on March 29, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I've definitely had this worry and I've only ever told my Crossfit trainer that I was IF'ing, and that was after we finished a workout, so he wouldn't worry about me beforehand. I never mention it at work or to my family. Work folks haven't seemed to notice that I usually skip lunch. I wish I could be more open about it, because it makes me feel so good!

As a thin woman, I think my main fear is that people will think I'm anorexic. Which is sad because I'm healthier than I've ever been, am rapidly gaining strength and muscle and eat a ridiculous amount of delicious food.

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:27 PM

No worries in our house. There is much too much evidence these days that processed foods and overeating can be health depleting and a detrimental burden on the body rather than an anti-inflammatory diet which might include missing a few meals here and there. You naturally don't want to eat when you are sick or there are trauma events...digestion is a parasympathetic response and the hypothalamus is the control center that needs to be regulated.

The 'old school' incorporated intermittent fasting regularly and has demonstrated health and vitality over disease and lethargy. Two that come to mind are Prof. Arnold Ehret (Rational Fasting & The Musousless Healing System) and Paul Bragg (numerous publications). Jack LaLanne was a student of Braggs and he is certainly a practice what you preach kind of 'old school' fella ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJVEPB_l8FU&feature=player_embedded

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I think we all have. Let results do the talking and let them read some of what you read.

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:23 PM

I'm not sure how much you are loosing, if any at all. Or if you are just doing it for the better life ahead. But let the results speak for themselves. Don't worry about explaining yourself, it will just add stress. Do what works for you, and let people come and ask you for the information when they are ready.

2422dcf52da053d610d816fe90d93098

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:07 PM

The aim is very much a lifestyle change for life, rather than a crash diet type of approach. I just tend to be a discuss/disclose type of person and, put bluntly, fasting appears pretty left-field to the general populous.

3c04e97f68c270d7a03861e2daf75f68

(40)

on March 29, 2011
at 09:06 PM

In my opinion there is a sweet spot where food is not a preoccupation so you only eat when hungry but you are fully nourished to live a full life. IF may be a part of this but remember, eating is a good and necessary part of life. Skipping meals and feeling great can be a liberating experience (for those of us reformed carbo-holics) but this is only truly realised with the healthy post-fast meal. Basically, if you break a fast with poor quality food, you're better served by focusing on better food choices, not skipping meals. IF comes after your nutrition is dialled in basically.

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