The internet is ablaze with praise for intermittent fasting. It has proved beneficial in certain areas for my own personal health, and I learned that there’s a lot more to it according to some quick online research. Claims that it can “increase the length of your life”, improve metabolism, reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s (according to Healthline.com) certainly are enticing. So you can imagine my surprise when I recently realized that I had been taking part in the intermittent fasting diet without even realizing it, for almost 8 months.
I had been taking part in the intermittent fasting diet without even realizing it, for almost 8 months.
Earlier in the summer I had been posting about my acid re-flux issues, the cause of which is still unknown. I stopped posting about it because I worried I was causing confusion about the type of allergies I have - comments from readers suggested they were under the impression my allergies are digestive and not anaphylactic. In order to keep my message as clear and streamlined as possible I decided to stop talking about my stomach issues. Except for right now, when I will take a brief pause to talk about what intermittent fasting has done for me.
One of the biggest challenges I faced in managing my acid re-flux was how to get adequate sleep while experiencing GERD. GERD, basically, is when acid makes it’s way up your throat while you sleep and causes you to wake up choking. It’s extremely scary and had me fearing sleep for months. I was constantly over-tired because of it. Zantac and other stomach antacids were not allergy safe for me, so I needed another solution. If only I could have just taken a pill to make it all go away…
Zantac and other stomach antacids were not allergy safe for me, so I needed another solution.
Research led to me understand that refraining from eating or drinking at least 3 hours before bed was an effective way of preventing GERD episodes. It was a difficult transition to stop eating so long before bed (I love late night snacks) but eventually I found that it was extremely effective at managing my stomach acid in the evenings. I extended it to 4 hours and felt even better. Finally I was sleeping soundly again. I eliminated very acidic foods from my diet for the short term (tomatoes, tea and coffee, onions and garlic) and increased my intake of fermented foods (sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha) too.
This “diet” had other benefits in my experience. I had more energy, felt less bloated, and was more comfortable in my own skin. My clothes fit better, I didn’t feel puffy. My skin was brighter. I used to feel constantly uncomfortable while sitting at my desk because my stomach was off, but that feeling faded. People started to tell me that I was looking “really healthy” and asking if I had lost weight. And I hadn’t really changed anything except what times of day I was eating.
I’ve always been against fad diets, actually diets in general, but this way of eating really has me feeling good. And to think, it was kind of by accident! Have you tried intermittent fasting?