Intermittent Fasting For Cancer

Intermittent Fasting For Cancer Patients

A lot of medical research have been made into the benefits of intermittent fasting benefits and various articles have been written about this topic and I have no intention to compete with them. This is a tale of my personal experience on how I have benefited from intermittent fasting for cancer patients.

Research

During the last 5 years I have been using intermittent fasting, also shortly referred to as IF, as one of the healing methods for my ovarian cancer, under the supervision of my medical doctor, who is a big believer in Ayurveda and several other natural methods of healing.

Fasting has helped me more than a lot of the chemical treatments, operations and medications have ever done. My story has inspired a lot of people I know to give it a go.

I hope my article will give you, the reader, as well a good overview of the benefits of intermittent fasting, not only for cancer. but a lot of other reasons as well!

If you have any questions, or need encouragement to get started or keep going, you can always write a comment or contact me privately as well. I am happy to help in any way I can.

What Is Intermittent Fasting

Everyone already fasts every single day! Surprised? You shouldn’t be, since you are not eating while you sleep! Even the term of BREAKFAST, the name for the first meal of the day indicated breaking our overnight fast!

Breakfast

Intermittent fasting simply takes the concept further and extends the fast for a longer one than the typical 8h sleep period. For instance people who skip the breakfast and first eat at noon, are in fact practicing intermittent fasting.

Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting is not dangerous and neither is skipping a breakfast, although a lot of people will try to convince you otherwise! It is easy to do and a lot of people state they feel better and have plenty more energy during and after a fast.

Some of the most popular methods are:

16:8 Method – You eat 8h, from noon until 8pm and fast for 16h, from 8pm until the noon next day. Popular with sports fanatics and body builders. Good for growing muscle and loose body fat fast.

4:3 Method – You eat 4 days out of each week and fast 3. You can choose any days you like depending on your schedule. Each of your fasts lasts 36h. This is a popular healing method, explained further in my article.

5:2 Method – Very popular and effective weight loss technique.. However most people who take this route do not do 0Kcal fasts, but rather eat 1/4 of their normal amount of daily calories, either in a single meal during the evening or in tiny meals throughout the day.

Ramadan – Muslims fast for religious reasons during the month of Ramadan. They don’t eat and some don’t drink from sunrise until the sunset.

Mahatma Gandhi Fasting
Mahatma Gandhi Fasting

Yoga Fast – Hinduism and many other eastern religions advocate regular fasting as  a way to supreme health and enlightenment, as well as to be used for peaceful protests.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has a lot of health  benefits and as mentioned in my introduction, there are plenty available on the Internet, you just need to google them. The National Center for Biotechnology Information also have a lot of studies listed into intermittent fasting methods. I am only going to mention few of the most common benefits.

Weigh Loss

5:2 Fast Diet BookAs mentioned before 5:2 and 4:3 are popular, very effective and fast weight loss methods. The reason for it’s popularity is in the human nature. A lot of people enjoy the 5:2 or 4:3 fasting methods, because it allows them to eat normally on other, non fasting days.

The same methods are popular with weightlifters and professional athletes, who need to control their body mass and fat percentage. It’s more natural and healthy way than to result to chemical supplements. It’s also easier for people to stick to it!

Improve Immune System

There are several conditions which are caused by the weakening of the over all immune system of the body, examples of such being frequent infections and system wide yeast infections.

Intermittent fasting strengthens the immune system and allows the body to rest and regenerate. I will be talking more about the exact process in my next topic, nearest to my heart.

Diabetes Control

Measuring Blood Sugar LevelsWhen done right with doctors approval and guidance, intermittent fasting has a very positive effect on blood sugar levels. It stabilities them and lowers fasting sugar, hence being a very effective method for controlling diabetes.

Diabetes type II is also often caused by access weight and since intermittent fasting can also lead to weight loss, this can be considered an additional benefit for diabetic care.

Improve Metabolic Health

A lot of people suffering from metabolic issues, such as IBS and food insensitivities have found relief from fasting, due to the fact that the metabolic system gets to rest and repair during the fasts.

Blood Pressure Control

Blood Pressure Measuring

High blood pressure is often caused by too much starchy carbohydrates in the diet and regularly follows diabetes type II, due to your body producing too much insulin and leptin as a response to your eating habits.

Intermittent Fasting limits the intake of carbohydrates on the fasting days, as it promotes your body to use energy in an efficient way. This lifestyle change can hence help to normalize blood pressure.

Intermittent Fasting For Cancer Patients

Intermittent fasting has been used for healing cancer in many traditional healing practices such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. A lot of the cancer clinics using natural healing methods advocate the use of fasting as one of their main healing methods.

Also more and more cancer clinics are realizing the benefits of incorporating intermittent fasting into the traditional cancer treatments. So how can intermittent fasting can help cancer patients? It can provide help in 6 different ways.

  1. Water Fasting 36h before chemotherapy sessions – Makes the patient less suspect for the side effects of these drastic treatments. Patients experience no nausea and feel more energetic after the treatments than without the fast.
  2. Kill Cancer Cells – That’s right, fasting actually kills cancer cells. When the patient fasts 36h, the body triggers a starvation mode and looks for places to cut the energy usage. It sends out seek and destroy teams. These specialized cells find the cancer cells, which are considered by the body sick cells and destroy them.
  3. Improve Immune System – The same starvation mode triggers the body to fight for survival, because bad times are ahead. As a response of this evolutionary survival mode in our DNA, the body itself strengthens it’s immune responses to fight infections and bacterial attacks helping cancer patients to stay healthy from common colds, yeast and bacterial infections.
  4. Starving The Cancer Cells – Sounds funny, right? The cancer cells feed on sugar and need it to reproduce. During the fasts we live of the fat and stored energy. This slows down the spread of the cancer cells.
  5. Pain Relief – The fasting also provides cancer patient relief from pain as the process of fasting numbs the bodies pain receptors.
  6. Detoxify – Fasting helps the body to rid itself of the toxins caused by the chemical cancer cancer treatments, diets and the environment. For stronger effects try infused water.

Immune System

There are still a lot of people who doubt the medical studies about the benefits of the fasting in cancer treatments. However the overwhelming positive responses from the cancer patients themselves and the effectiveness of traditional treatments combined with fasting, are triggering more and more studies into this area, hopefully making it mainstream with the next few years!

What Are The Downsides of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting is definitely not easy, in fact it’s one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have listed here some of the problems I know of, I am sure there are several others.

Some medical conditions

Sick Teddy BearThere are some illnesses might exclude you from doing intermittent fasting or only be able to fast under strict medical control. If you have issues with blood sugar or blood pressure, you have to do it with guidance of a doctor and be prepared for regular checkups.

Feeling of Hunger

Your mind will play tricks on your and convince you will die or faint unless you eat immediately! This couldn’t be further from the truth unless if you have blood sugar level or blood pressure problems, in which case you need to be extremely careful when attempting to fast.

During fasts, you are using reserve fat stores in your body and using them for energy. Your blood sugar levels will be stable.

Do not give into snacking, it will make you even more hungry to get a small amount of food into your system. Drinking hot drinks will help with hunger and the feeling will fade over the time.

Headaches

Some people experience headache during the fasts. Most of the time this is caused by nagging feeling of hunger. We are simple thought to listen to the signals of hunger and immediately obey. When not, we are mentally worried about starvation, even though we know this to be untrue.

Headache

Taking headache pills on fasting days is bad. Get some fresh air and gentle exercise, this will help to relieve the headache naturally! Take a nap and get refreshed!

Dizziness, Weakness And Nausea

Some people experience dizziness, weakness and nausea when they start to  fast. Some of it is mental dependency on food, but at some times during strenuous activity dizziness can get hold of the faster.

Also your body ridding is itself of the toxins and chemicals, which in it’s turn causes some detoxification symptoms! Some people experience them stronger than others.

Avoid going from cold to hot and other way around too fast. Avoid getting up too fast. Both dizziness and nausea will disappear  once you gain more experience with fasting. Avoid excessive strenuous physical activity during fasts.

Feeling Cold

You will feel cold, your feet and hands like ice due to temporary lowering of your metabolism during fast days. On some fasting days you will just want to sit in front of the fireplace under the blanket, sipping hot tea and reading a book.

Dress warmly and keep extra items of clothing, not forgetting gloves, scarfs and hats with you. Drink plenty of hot tea to keep warm and hydrated!

Green Tea

Social Life

It’s difficult to keep up with your social life when you are fasting. If it’s just a dinner outside with friends, you can often inform them that you can’t eat that particular day and suggest an other, but big meetings with a lot of people are often really hard for people who fast. You have to decide to either not to fast of be prepared to a lot of negative feedback about you ruining the mood.

Bad Blood

Some people simply will never believe you when you talk about the benefits of the fasting. They are absolutely convinced that you will DIE if you don’t eat every 3-5h and also think that cancer patients should eat well to keep healthy.

The fact they know nothing about fasting and are not willing to educate themselves, means they will be talking bad things about fasting and trying to convince you to give up all together.

Prepare for the fact that they will be eating things in front of your nose and even offering it to you to try to break your will. If you do, they congratulate you for being sensible! The will push emotionally guilt trip you into not ruining certain event for them.

Arguments

My Personal Intermittent Fasting Routine

Because fasting is part of my cancer treatments, I do 0Kcal 36h fast at the time. I eat nothing and only drink herbal teas and infused water. I try to keep to the following strict routine.

  • I fast Monday-Wednesday-Friday
  • I eat normally Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday

This means I stop eating Sunday evening at 8pm. I fast the whole Monday. No snacks, no food, only herbal or green tea and infused water.  No oral medications on these days. Tuesday morning at 8am I break my fast and have hence completed 36h fast!

Tuesday I eat normally between 8am and 8pm, being careful not to overeat, but making sure to get enough calories, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. I keep hydrated and keep the more strenuous exercise for the days I eat.

That’s my normal rhythm, also called 8:36 fasting, referring to hours I eat and fast or 4:3 fasting, referring to days of the week I eat and fast.

Keep Diary

My Fasting Problems

Allowing myself the weekends off helps me to enjoy some good home cooked meals together with my family. I used to fast every second day, but it was mentally very hard during the weekends and confusing for my loved ones, who were never able to keep track of my fasting days!

Can I always do it? No way! There are times when I give up and don’t fast for a day or even few weeks at the time. What causes me to lose track? Most of the time one of the following:

  • Extreme Stress – work work work
  • Emotional Imbalance – lots of it around for cancer patients
  • Illness – lowered immune system makes me prone and I have very little will power when poorly
  • Pain – extreme pain from my kidneys
  • Holiday Times – love tasting new foods and enjoying eating out
  • Special Occasions – birthdays, celebrations, camps, conferences, business dinners
  • Travel – difficult on the road, bored while driving
  • Weather – extreme cold weather

Cold Weather

As you see there are several reasons why I sometimes fail my fasts, food is after all considered as a comforter and emotional reward by most of us!

I would say from my experiences that there are times when I manage months at the time without once breaking the rhythm and then weeks when everything goes wrong and I struggle with every single one of my fasts.

Is this ideal? No, of course not, I should be able to do it 100% of the time, since it’s a question about my health, right? WRONG! Even my doctor tells me that managing 80% of the time is an amazing defeat of basic human instinct. He tells me to be proud of myself!

I normally give myself a permission to eat normally during holidays, but restarting fasting after 2 weeks of normal eating is a nightmare and the bad effects on my condition are immediate! So I try to keep to at least 1 fasting day a week during vacations.

My Recommendations  For IF Beginners

Getting started with fasting is not easy! Anyone who has ever tried it, knows it! In order to overcome some of the problems, I have put together some hints and tips, which will help you to get started!

doctor

  1. Seek Doctors Advice – Before you start with fasting, you should talk to your doctor. Not all doctors are happy with ideas of alternative cancer treatment methods, so you might need to look around before you find a good one willing to explore fasting as healing option together with you.
  2. Start Slowly – It will take a while before both your body and mind get used to fasting. Take it slowly and start with eating less few days a week, before moving to  fasting for longer periods of time.
  3. Keep Hydrated – It is important to drink enough when you are fasting. Herbal and green tea, together with water infusions will be your best friend.
  4. Keep a Fasting Diary – It will help you to note down your feelings and your problems, as well as your progress and healing. You will enjoy reading it later or sharing with others!
  5. Seek Support – Tell the friends and family what you are doing, their support will be a key for your success! It will be much easier to fast without someone constantly snacking next to you at home or work. There are also plenty of online groups that can help you on the days you struggle!

Support

Love and Peace,

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AromatherapyP.S. If you want to learn how to deepen your meditation experience, take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience These essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body.

 

 

36 thoughts on “Intermittent Fasting For Cancer Patients”

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience with intermittent fasting! I have heard many good things about it and wanted to give it a go together with my chemo since my doctor suggested it, but have been worried with the potential side effects. It is good to know that they will get less prominent with the time. I also appreciate your tips about how to relieve them. This is information that every cancer patient should read!

    1. Hi Regina, it is great that people with cancer are find their way to my article, as the whole purpose of writing it was to help others in the same situation than me to discover the benefits of intermittent fasting for cancer. You will get used to the ‘side effects’ after some weeks or a month and fasting becomes a routine.

  2. Your post is really encouraging, I found it via a alternative cancer treatments blog. It gives me hope that there are actually some other ways of dealing with the cancer than just chemo therapy. I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m terrified of the side effects of the chemicals will have on my body. I have sent you a private message.

    1. Hi Cecil, I am happy that you have found my blog useful. I share your concerns about chemical treatments. There are natural ways to heal a cancer, but please be aware that I am not a doctor and you should always make sure you consult one, doesn’t matter which treatment you want to start. I have answered to you.

  3. I simply love these tips. I have been experimenting with Intermittent Fasting for the purposes of healing my AI, but have not yet managed 36h total fasting time. Your honest story about the benefits and downsides is really useful to anyone who is thinking of intermittent fasting for health improvement.

    1. Hi Maria, I am happy to know you found some value in my article. I always try to tell things from the point of view of my own personal experience. Intermittent fasting is really good for many of the autoimmune deceases, which one in particular are you struggling with?

  4. Thanks for ones marvellous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading your article about intermittent fasting, you happen to be a great author. I myself don’t have cancer, but came across this topic in a fitness magazine and wanted to do some research. Do you have any experience in IF for fat loss and muscle gain? As a body builder its my primary interest.

    1. Hi Jay, happy to know you liked my article. Yes, I have used intermittent fasting to loose fat, but not for body building as such. For far loss it works really well. I know many lifters and body builders use the IF methods in their training, but I am not aware of details. Maybe you can check an online body building resource for articles about IF?

  5. I love your blog.. very nice colors and the theme. It feels like reading a glossy magazine. I game across this article as it was featured in the natural ways of curing cancer. I think you explain the concept of intermittent fasting much better for a normal person struggling with cancer than all the medical journal. It’s because you had the personal experience to draw from, it makes this very good reading. Thank you very much for giving me the courage to discuss this with me doctor!

    1. Hi Murphy,
      Happy to hear that you enjoyed my personal take on intermittent fasting for cancer patients. It is such an emotional topic that reading medical journals about it can be challenging. You should feel free to discuss everything with your cancer doctor and I hope he will be open for suggestions of combining your treatments with IF. Good luck, let me know if I can be of any more help to you.

  6. This article is quite remarkable and well put together. There is so much information here that it took some time to read this article and digest it. But I’m happy I did! I’m a cancer victim myself and my doctor suggested me to try intermittent fasting together with my chemotherapy. I have sent you an email via the site info, hope you find time to answer me, it’s always good to speak for others who has experienced the same and come through with flying colors.

    1. HI Reynaldo, I’m sorry to hear you also have cancer, but happy you enjoyed my article about intermittent fasting for cancer patients! It is a lot of information that I have gathered during my more than 5 years of being a cancer patient and using IF as one of the healing methods. Intermittent fasting works really well with chemotherapy, you are on the right path! I don’t mind at all and have answered to your email 🙂

  7. I have ovarian. Stage 4 met to liver. Two recurrences. Presently NED.
    I fast!!!!!! I’ve done two 9/10 day fast. I’ve also done 24, 36 hour.. 3.5 days… 4 days (I was working up to the longer fast).
    Dr said it will come back in 3 to 12 months. I’m 8.5 months NED right now. I started another fast last night (630 pm). I believe in fasting.

    A lady I know… ovca also. When she was going through treatment, she fasted two days before chemo and two days after. Her first and second treatment she had hardly any side affects, her third treatment she was not able to fast because she had family events and took the chance with it and felt like she was hit by a Mac truck. The fourth treatment, again she could not fast and again felt like she was hit by a Mac truck. Her 5th chemo, she did fast and this time she had very little side effects. This confirmed that fasting does help minimize the side effects!!!

    I am looking to clean out the stem cell. ? That main cell … or all of the loose ones they can’t see.

    I can also tell you I had an extraordinary experience on my very first fast. 48 hours. Reset my cells. FACT!!!! It’s why I started researching fasting. I was in agony from the weather changes. I had read fasting will reset our cells. I did not believe it. If it was so simple as a 48 hour fast, why doesn’t all of our doctors tell us about it? Anyhow, after so much chemo, I was in agony every time it rained or snowed. I did a 48 hour fast and three days later it rained and I was not in agony. I thought it was a fluke. Two days later it poured, and again I was not in agony!!!! I believe my healthy but damaged cells kept splitting and duplicating the same healthy but damaged cells… when I did the fast… it interrupted and reset those cells.

    I have full support of my family bc they saw what fasting did for me.
    Plus I gained 60 pounds from steroids. Fasting has a huge incentive of weight loss.

    Happy Fasting!!! I am a believer!!!

    1. Hi Dee, first of all I would like to thank you for sharing your own story, such a brave thing to do. Secondly I am truly sorry to hear about your cancer, sounds pretty much like mine, for me it’s 3rd time around, metas in bowels this time and lymps are also infested. On top of that I also gained huge water weight due to kidney problems and having my large lymph nodes removed. My weight can also vary daily a lot, which means I can only wear loose clothing 🙁
      I am happy to have found someone else who believes in the power of fasting when it comes to treating with cancer. I know from my own point of view that when I am strict with my diet and keep to my 36:8h rhythm, the healing occurs, almost magically! I have done few much longer fasts as well. Few months ago I completed a 4 week cleanse with my mum, who also loves fasting for other serious health reasons and it was combined with a 7 day fast.
      I also know some at my clinic who receive chemo and fast 36h before and as you said it, no symptom and no hair loss! My doctor is telling me that a lot of hospitals are starting the 36h trial before chemo trials, because chemo is much more effective this way. I really hope so, as I think people should be given more choice in their treatments. Me personally, I believe chemo is poison, but I respect that it’s a choice we all have to make.
      Happy fasting to you too! We will both get well with the help of fasting <3

  8. This is really interesting. I wonder if you experience any mood swings from fasting and had any advice on how to handle them? I tend to get very moody when I’m hungry. I’m a full time stay at home mum and I often grab a quick snack before I get snappy. If like to try fasting but I’m just not sure how I could handle parenting at the same time!

    1. Hi Kate, I don’t personally get grumpy on my fasting days, only cold, but I know some people who do. It’s mostly just our mind trying to trick us into believing we need food.
      I have heard that it is something that passes, once you get used to the fasting rhythm. Everyone experiences the fasting at the different ways, for me it helps to drink a lot of hot tea.

  9. Great information on Intermittent Fasting. I never realized I was already doing a form of it without even knowing it, as I do usually skip breakfast. Usually, it’s because mornings are very hectic trying to get the kids ready, and then by the time I get ready, it is time to go. No time for breakfast.

    It is interesting what you say about headaches a dizziness. I’ve started a new diet recently and after the first few days, I started getting headaches. My first reaction was to go for the painkillers, but I got advice similar to what you have offered here. Basically, drink more, get more fresh air, push through it and I’ll come out the other end better off.

    Thanks for the great post, and good luck with your journey!

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Many people indeed are skipping breakfast unwillingly due to the lack of time in the mornings!
      Changes in diets can cause the symptoms your describe. In the case of the intermittent fasting, it’s actually your body cleaning itself of the toxins and those are causing the problems. I personally consider painkillers toxins, which are full of harmful chemicals. Fresh air, some exercise, naps and staying hydrated are always better alternatives!

  10. Great information about IF!
    Having watched a dr Moseley doctumentary a couple of years ago I tried 5:2. I hated the days where I could only eat 500 kcal, but the effect of it was awesome! The energylevels they day after can only be compared to a long-lasting serotonin high after a great workout. My mom is currently on 5:2 and she gets regular check-ups with her diabetes nurse that says that it helps her lower her bloodsugar. Talked about this to a classmate with diabetes type II and she has also had great results with 5:2. I am really happy that you found something that helps you in your recovery, even if it’s really hard, and I wish you the best of luck and endurance!

    1. Hi Eva! Thank you for your compliment and for leaving me your own story 🙂
      5:2 is very widely spread form of IF, due to it being pushed into the mainstream as an easy weight loss trick the last few years. I agree that it’s very effective way to loose the extra kilos and for person needing loose weight the health benefits that follow are a plus! This is very important, as often overweight is associated with other problems!
      IF is definitely a very good way to help to regulate blood sugar, but must be done with the blessings of a health care professional, which I am happy your mum does!
      Some people find IF fasting very hard in the beginnings, but I would state from my personal experience, that longer you do it, the easier it gets!

  11. Really informative and encouraging – Thank you. I have an autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) and it has been suggested to me that IF might hold some positive benefits for me. I wonder if you have any information or advice in that regard, please, or if you would be able to point me in the right direction; your full and frank approach – of the benefits and the challenges – is very useful and I should value your opinion?

    1. Hi Denise! I am sorry to hear about you AI condition, I am AI sufferer myself! IF diets have profound effect on autoimmune & inflammatory conditions. I have personally noticed the benefits, especially in controlling the flare ups by the condition.
      The latest human study that I know of, was published by in June thiy year by Cell Report and it was dealing with IF and multiple sclerosis symptoms! Here is a link to the study:
      A Diet Mimicking Fasting Promotes Regeneration and Reduces Autoimmunity and Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

  12. Hi Hanna,

    I enjoyed your article very much. When I was in my twenties I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and I have been cancer free for ten years now. My brain surgeon said something to me that has always stuck with me ever since I was done with my surgery. She said to me it’s not a matter if your cancer will come back it’s when!

    I thought, what a reality check that comment was! It’s been over ten years now and I feel that I am in the clear but I still worry. I think that I following a routine like this could really benefit me. I am also a bit on the heavier side so that would be a plus, for me to lose some of this weight!

    Is there any way to slowly work into one of these routines so it’s not like a huge shock to my mind and body?

    Another benefit I can see right off the bat would be a lower cost on the grocery bill! Food is down right expensive these days. I wish I had more land, I would grow a garden and raise my own cattle!

    Anyways thanks for writing this terrific article it really has me thinking about my health!

    1. Hi David! Thank you for sharing your personal story with me. I am sad you had to go through it, but happy that you are here to tell the tale! I have also heard it so many times. I was cancer free for 2 years and honestly I left myself go a bit. I worked way too hard, did way too little exercise, too little meditation and didn’t look after my diet. And suddenly one day the cancer was back! Not good, so I had to get back into the track.

      Yes, there are several methods to ease into intermittent fasting, easiest being the 8:16 method. The easiest way is to stretch the time in the mornings, not to eat breakfast right away so to speak. Extend the overnight fast 2-3 times a week on non consecutive days. Start by couple of hours, so if you for instance normally eat something at 8am, try to hold up until 10am, next week, try until 11am and the week after until noon. You can also try to cut it in the other end, so stop eating after dinner. This can be much harder though, depending on if you are a snacker or not and what time you eat dinner.
      After some months the routine should be easy and you can either switch the routine to every day or try to extend the fasting time few hours more each week until dinner time 🙂 Good luck, please let me know if you need any help, I am here at your disposal!

      1. Hi Hanna,

        I think I will start the 8:16 method as you recommended. I am a family man so I will have to do the fasting in the mornings. I like to make sure that I am having family dinners with my children so we can talk about our days.

        Just to clarify the details a bit on this. After I slowly get to where I eat breakfast at noon do I eat two or three sensible meals before eight o’clock?

        This would be all I need to do right: just not eat between the hours of eight pm and noon the next day, (every day) and then when I do eat do it sensibly.

        Thanks for your help I really appreciate it!

        1. Hi David, thank you for you comment! It really depends what your goals are.
          If you want to loose weight, I would recommend eating only 2 meals between noon and 8pm, together maybe with a small snack. For instance lunch noon. Dinner 6pm and snack 7.45pm.
          If you just want to improve your health, you can try to fit 3 well balanced meals into the 8h window!
          Family time is important, I completely agree!
          BTW, what comes to the grocery bill, you are right, good organically grown food is very expensive nowadays!

          1. Thank you for your tips they are much appreciated 🙂

            The 2 meals with a small snack before eight o’clock sounds like the way to go for me! I will have to work my way into that of course.

            I want to do this to try and prevent cancer situations from coming up again in my life as well as lose weight. I have a current goal to get started on this by next week.

            I have told my wife about it and she is backing me up on it the whole way. She said it doesn’t sound like her cup of tea but she will see how well it works for me.

            Thanks again

          2. Hi David, you are quit welcome! I think this sounds like a very good way of approaching the fasting! Some people are able to do it cold turkey, while others need much work time to work into it! As a cancer prevention this is a really good approach!

            Your wife sounds like a really great lady, support is extremely important when it comes to fasting, as you need all the willpower, your and borrowed you can get!

  13. Very interesting stuff. The first time I came across this intermittent fasting approach was actually in a fitness magazine covering the Aussie actor that plays Wolverine! I had no idea it was now being used for treatment of cancers.
    I’m wondering, if it has so far been successful in experiments with cancer, could it be successful with other widespread health issues? I’m thinking along the lines of cardiovascular disease?

    1. Hi Christopher! Thank you for your comment 🙂 Yes, it has been used successful for treating cancer and especially making chemo more effective! There are several medical studies and more currently being don. Hope it is soon approved by FDA as a cancer treatment method.
      Intermittent fasting has many health benefits. It also lowers blood pressure and helps to reduce the body’s fat percentage and bad cholesterol, therefore also having a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases! 🙂

  14. Wow, what a journey you’ve been on. I do the 16:8 Method every day. My body never wants food until around noon (I am not strict about the time each day, I just follow my body’s signals). When I feel hungry, I eat.

    For years, everyone has told me that this is wrong, dangerous, unhealthy, etc. For me it seems to work. Every now and again (maybe 2-3 times per month) I wake up and feel hungry so I eat.

    I usually stop eating by 8pm or basically after supper, which we usually finish between 6pm and 8pm. I am not much of a snacker, so it’s pretty rare for me to eat after supper.

    My stepfather, Moe has done a 45-day water fast. He is not good about coming out of the fast, however. He binges the first day he finished his fast! The longest one he did was a couple or years ago (the 45-day one) and I felt like it was a bit too extreme and his binge at the end of the fast made him really sick.

    That’s what I enjoy about your post, it’s promoting something like a ritualistic and balanced approach to fasting for health benefits. Thanks so much for writing on this topic! I appreciate your unique perspective and experiences!

    From my heart to yours,

    Joy

    1. Namaste Joy! Lovely to get an other comment from you 🙂 As I mentioned below to Diana, most people skipping breakfast are being told they shouldn’t. It’s unhealthy, you will slow down your metabolism and so forth! Nothing could be further from the truth. We are all individuals and we need to learn to listen to our bodies and their needs 🙂

      I have done 40 days fast myself, but you should be experienced with fasts before undertaking such a long one! Coming off such a long fast is not easy either, what your father-in-law did is understandable, but not advisable!

      Me personally, I felt amazing after the first 5 days and in fact didn’t want to start eating at all, hence it was a slow and steady progress for me, increasing the amount of foods I ate every day for a whole week. I went on eating just raw vegetables for 3 months afterwards 🙂

      Sending you love and light,
      ArtByHeart

  15. Hi Hanna! This is very inspiring reading! Intermittent fasting is a buzz word today due to 5:2 diets, but not many people actually know what it’s about! Especially beyond weight loss!

    I knew fasting was very good for you, but never realised I am actually doing it before 2years ago when I read about 8:16! I have never liked eating breakfast, feel good in the mornings doing exercise and going about my day, first eating around noon!

    1. Hi Diana, thank you for your comment!
      Yes, most people who skip breakfast don’t realize that they are in fact fasting. I think this is due to the fact that it’s frowned upon. How many times have you heard: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you shouldn’t skip it!
      I think 5:2 diets brought the IF into mainstream, but since most people just do calorie reduction, I wouldn’t really call this fasting!

  16. Great article! Lots of interesting and useful information. Also about the different schemes one can try. I’m trying/doing intermittent fasting for 2 years now. Although not always as strict as you, and not always with as much success as I would like. But I did experience many positive results: Weight loss at best or at least weight control. Food tastes much better when you do eat on the not-fasting moment. My food appetite improved a lot, without the urge of eating more on the non fasting days. I’m also taking more care on what I do eat. And it doesn’t interfere or have negative impact on my sport activities and training exercises. On the contrary.
    I do agree that in my case especially stress causes me to give in sometimes. Eating chocolate being the result of it :-).
    It’s information like this, and hearing/reading that more people are doing this, that motivates me to take it up again.
    Keep writing this good stuff . I’ll keep reading for sure!

    1. Hi Foggie, I am very happy to hear that you liked my article! There are a lot of different ways of doing intermittent fasting and many people do it for weight control without even being able to name it! Just think of all the people who are skipping breakfast, well, they are in fact doing 16:8 fasting.
      I am happy to hear that fasting has helped your sports activities, I feel the same way. I think it’s highly individual. I also love the freedom fasting days give me, not having to worry about food!
      Stress situations are really difficult to handle as high sugary foods, like candy, often makes us feel better emotionally. However chocolate, especially dark one is actually not that bad!
      Keep up the good work 🙂

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