Before we go into the specifics of Intermittent Fasting, let me just say that there is so much info on healthy living and diets that we can be easily overwhelmed. We try too hard to do everything perfectly, and when we mess up – we give up. Be happy to know that it is not that diets don’t work. We are just inconsistent. There are many underlying reasons why we are not consistent…. too many to go into, and too many that may or may not apply to you as an individual, hence ‘personal’ training. So generally speaking, where do we start?

I start my newbies out with the K.I.S.S. method – Keep It Super Simple. Do not move forward until you master the first goal. For example, if your goal is to cut dairy. Do not do anything else until you master a non-dairy diet ALONG WITH Intermittent Fasting. It’s not one or the other, it’s BOTH at the same time. I.F. is simply cutting back on the time that you consume food to allow your body to rest, recover and rejuvenate.

Just know that changing habits does not happen overnight. It may take a year to accomplish this goal. Do it anyway. When we begin to feel better mentally and physically, that feeling propels us forward toward the next challenge.

Basic Plan for Intermittent Fasting

Keeping it simple is the key to success….with anything! With regard to diet, below is a basic plan to introduce Intermittent Fasting.

What time do I eat?

Two meals a day may be tough at first, so feel free to start with three and cut back as it gets easier.

Remember, there is a ton of info out there, so try not to get stuck in the weeds. Choose one item from your daily diet to eliminate. Will eliminating this particular food enhance your health and give you more energy? Now be consistent with your fasting times.

Athletes need extra calories for pre/post workouts. So be smart about fueling up and scheduling your workouts. Allow enough time to cut out all food 2-3 hours before bedtime. If you need a post-workout snack, plan for it and schedule your p.m. workouts appropriately.

Grit & Grace