I don’t fast just for weight loss. There are soooo many benefits! Mental clarity is one. The benefit I love the most is conditioning my body to be able to easily go long periods without food. We weren’t meant to eat constantly. When humans first roamed the earth, they did not know when their next meal would be. Our bodies are designed for survival. Even when I get to my weight loss goal, I will still fast. 👊🏼
Intermittent Fasting has had a positive impact on sufferers of hormonal and digestive issues who had previously struggled with lethargy, sluggishness, severe bloating and water retention. The most basic benefits for most people are insulin and glucose. Holding onto weight is typically a hormonal issue, and related to blood sugar regulation, and fasting can help that.
Insulin levels: Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning. .
Human growth hormone: The blood levels of growth hormone may increase as much as 5-fold. Higher levels of this hormone facilitate fat burning and muscle gain, and have numerous other benefits.
Cellular repair: The body induces important cellular repair processes, such as removing waste material from cells.
Gene expression: There are beneficial changes in several genes and molecules related to longevity and protection against disease.
Some more of the purported physical benefits of fasting include:
Improved fat burning
Increased growth hormone
Lowered blood cholesterol
Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (potential)
Longer life (potential)
Activation of cellular cleansing (potential) by stimulating autophagy (a discovery that was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine)
Reduction of inflammation
Autumn is here and the pumpkin season, so let's make pumpkin paleo pancakes 😊
PUMPKIN PANCAKES 🎃🥞🎃 INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (optional) pinch of salt
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup egg whites
2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
coconut oil for cooking pancakes
1- Heat a pancake griddle over medium heat.
2- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
3- Whisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl.
4- Add wet to dry ingredients and stir together.
5- Add enough coconut oil to the pan to grease the center.
6- Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the batter onto the pan and spread out into pancake shape (the batter will be a bit thick and need some help to form a circle)
7- Cook for about 3-4 minutes on the first side, gently flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the second side.
8- Repeat with remaining batter, adding more coconut oil to the pan as needed
Is drinking coconut water going to derail your diet? 🥥💦
While coconut water is a great source of potassium - especially when other food sources like spinach and sweet potatoes aren’t available - this tropical treat is best enjoyed in moderation given the sugar content and lack of fiber. That being said, it’s healthier than a margarita or tropical cocktail, so if you have a choice, opt for the coconut water. .
Are you walking around in the hot sun all day and sweating a good amount? Did you just do an intense workout or long hike? Then treat yourself! But if you’ve been lounging by the pool all day and haven’t had much physical activity, you’re better off hydrating with water 💧✌🏼