To Fast or Not To Fast?: Intermittent Fasting 101

Wait – we have to wait how long before we eat breakfast? When it comes to intermittent fasting, it can be crazy difficult to figure out when you should or shouldn’t be eating.

As Shakespeare once said, “to fast or not to fast? That is the question.” To find out the answer, read our intermittent fasting 101 guide!

Intro to Intermittent Fasting

If you’re already on the intermittent fasting train, then eating intuitively is nothing new to you. For those of you who are just beginning your intermittent fasting journey, it’s all about guiding your nutrition, wellness, and self-discovery through your eating habits.

Yes, that includes when you eat, what you eat, and how often. If you’re feeling lost, professional nutritionists recommended that you begin your morning routine with eating within one hour of waking up.

Even though it might seem hard to wait a whole hour to eat breakfast, it’s for good reason: to kick your body into fat-blasting mode. After that, try to space out your meals by having a small dish every four hours. While it may sound kind of strict, this guideline is flexible for you to change up as your lifestyle dictates.

For example, some “intermittent fasters” thrive from eating smaller dishes more frequently instead. The best part about intermittent fasting? The ability to mix it up as you see fit!

Why Should You Fast?

What’s the real deal about fasting? Intermittent fasting is focused on feeding yourself according to your needs. Some of the biggest reasons why people try intermittent fasting in the first place is to regulate their:

  • Mood
  • Digestion
  • Immune system

Think of it like pressing the reset button on your body. So, if you feel your best after having a smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal within an hour of waking up, then we highly recommend that you continue doing that. As long as you don’t think of it as a diet, you’ll be on the right track!

How to Fast (Safely!)

Interested in trying intermittent fasting on your own? We’ve got your back. To “break the fast” safely, you’re going to want to have a macronutrient-filled meal in the morning.

A few of our favorite tips include:

  • Adding loads of color to your meal
  • Pairing protein with fat and carbohydrates
  • Eating whole foods

Got that down? Now, make sure that you are meeting your daily vitamin, mineral, and fiber goals too. For your breakfast meal, whip up an egg scramble to break your morning fast.

Combining a few eggs in a bowl, scramble in spinach, peppers, onions, and cauliflower rice. Serve it up in a bowl with avocado salsa. Add some fruit on the side and you’ve got yourself enough energy to last for several more hours (aka until your next meal).

Better yet, soak overnight oats for your morning treat. Once you mix in cinnamon and chia seeds, you might actually enjoy “breaking the fast” again!

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