As I work my way through Dr Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring program, I established that one of my goals was to lead a healthier life style.
In the same week that I started working on Dr Peterson’s self authoring program Mr Money Mustache happened to publish a blog post about his eating habits and frugal lifestyle.
So I thought I’d note down my thoughts on a day as an Intermittent Faster.
It’s mid morning, and as I am working from home the temptation to just put the laptop to one side and go grab a snack is ever-present. I set aside this day as a fasting day as I knew I’d be working from home and that dinner was going to be relatively healthy (baked potato and pork loin).
It’s not yet 10am and I’ve already considered a couple of slices of toast topped with Nutella, and almost absent-mindedly grabbed some spiced sesame peanuts. But i reminded myself what my goal is for today, and continue on with my day, fueled by nothing other than some lemon squash.
Lunch time rolls around and I head to the local supermarket, which also houses our local dry cleaner to drop off some suits. Previously this would have been a good opportunity to go and grab a couple of pasties from the hot counter. But fortunately that is at the back of the store, and the dry cleaners is up front.
I get back home and as I’m feeling a little peckish now, I do contemplate enjoying a healthier lunch option of scrambled eggs but this is a fast and not a diet, so I resist and get back to my work.
Before I know it, it’s 3pm and so I take a quick break from work, head in to the kitchen and put the potatoes in the oven for dinner. As my earlier trip to the supermarket didn’t result in the usual purchase of crisps and chocolate I contemplate grabbing a Babybel, or blueberry yoghurt from the fridge telling myself these are healthier options than what I would normally have. But I muster up the strength to get back to work on an empty stomach.
I managed to make it through the rest of the day enjoying some post dinner carrots and hummus, alongside a sneaky Twix. This means I went over what I was aiming for today, but did manage to get a reasonable fast in and as my goal was to give my digestive system a bit of a break I’m happy with the results.
Tomorrow is a half day at work so the plan is to start the day in a fasted state, and then after work refuel on those scrambled eggs I’ve been dreaming about since lunch time, giving me a 40 hour window of fasting broken up with a single meal.