What is Fasting?
Updated: Feb 2
When fasting is mentioned most often there is always the same response. Am I going
To be clear, starvation is the involuntary absence of food. This is different from
fasting, which is completely voluntary.
If you are interested in fasting, you might not understand how it will benefit you at
first. I get it. I want to explain the science behind fasting. I know your mind is
probably chattering away, saying: “there is no way I can do this” “Last time I tried it
was too hard?” “I do not know how” “what if I get so hungry” “Isn’t fasting unsafe?”
Well, first let me explain what fasting is and then how your body, mind, and health
will benefit from fasting.
What is Fasting: Fasting is the total abstinence from food for a set period. Fasting
has incredible health benefits and supports healthy body weight, reduces hunger and
cravings, decreases inflammation, and improves cognitive performance. Fortunately,
new medical clinical research and credible scientific evidence prove that when we fast
we enable our body to heal. Our bodies know how to heal all on their own. The
problem is that we are not taught strategies on how to tap into this healing.
I want to share how you can do this on your own so that you reset your body, your
hormones, and weight loss efforts at any time as one tool in your health toolset.
Fasting and a clean eating plan combo will tap into your innate healing right away.
Hippocrates wrote, “To eat when you are sick, is to feed your illness”.
To Dispel rumors about fasting - Myths:
• Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
• Eat smaller frequent meals a day.
• Fasting leads to burning muscle instead of fat.
• If I do not eat I will get low blood sugar.
• Your metabolism slows down when you fast.
WHY SHOULD YOU FAST? Fasting is being researched as a simple and highly
effective therapeutic and powerful intervention to manage weight loss, resource for
reversing diabetes, to improve health, to conquer food urges and have a better
relationship with food, to activate Autophagy, to ward off Alzheimer’s disease, to
increase mental clarity and to attain and maintain a youthful and healthy body…….
If you are a beginner try intermittent fasting:
INTERMITTENT FASTING: Minimum of 12 -16 hours with no food, which includes
your sleep time. You can do this every day, or a few times a week. You’ll need to
experiment with your timing to see how you feel. For example, you can fast for 16
hours and eat over a period of 8 hours.