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Old 02-21-2019, 15:11   #1
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Over the last few months I've gotten lax with my diet, allowing more indulgence than is good for me. So, today I'm starting a type of IF which is 16/8, which basically is skipping breakfast so that 16 hours of fasting occur, then eating during the other 8 hours of the day.

I've done this before with good results. For me, it is a good fit because I usually don't get hungry until well into mid morning, so skipping breakfast works without experiencing too much deprivation.

And, if I can lose 8-10 lbs. and get back into my clothes comfortably, that's all to the good (and expected if past experience repeats itself).

Another goal is to reduce eating eggs and dairy - since I'm sensitive to them - which I've also been indulging in more than is good for me. And increasing leafy greens. I like them so it's no hardship. I view them as "vitamins in a leaf" - especially parsley (yes, it's really packed).

Today is day 1. (Expecting some cravings - trying to be strong and overcome the urges)

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Good for you, VJ. What specific dairy products do you eat? Have you tried egg substitute?

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Cassie, I've been eating sliced provolone - one a day most days, and lately two. White cheese seems to have less effect for me, but, still, it's dairy. Then, hubby got some cream, and I've added a T or so to the almond milk I use to wet a LC cereal. I'm going to stop the dairy for a few days at least (causes itchy skin) and eliminate the cream (only used it for fat content, can't really taste it in the mix).

I do use an egg when making an almond-flour/flax-meal baked item, and if I stick to one portion per day, it's usually 1/3 or 1/6 of an egg - which is okay. There is an egg substitute, vegan egg, which makes up a nice scrambled egg substitute which I have eaten. It makes baked things way too wet and slimy. I do use wetted flaxseed meal for a binder.

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Had salted and seasoned chicken broth late this morning because I'm experiencing some "withdrawal" feelings (anxiety, impatience, etc. which will go away once I eat I'm sure.

Almost time for lunch!

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It's so cruel that food is delicious!

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...VeeJay,

Good luck with your fasting!

I mentally cannot do that! All of my weight loss (70lbs.) has been from simply cutting down my carb intake, not fasting or eating less! For me that is the magic of LCHF! If I had to diet (cut back on food intake), I would fail. But, cutting carbs and replacing with low carb foods, especially high fat foods, is my trick! Of course we are all different!

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The fasting isn't to lose weight, although that happens. I need to break the cycle that I'm in where I give in to cravings on a regular basis. This is the main reason. Lower BG will also be a result. (I'm out of strips right now so can't monitor BG, but the last time I did this it lowered my BG by 10-15 points overall).

If I don't stick to it religiously, just doing this several times a week will be beneficial. Today I have to be somewhere at the time I would have my first meal, so I'm having it an hour early. I'm flexible about it all.

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VJ, is there a certain time of day when you tend to give in more to your cravings? I know mine is in the evening when we're watching television.

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I seem to have a faulty fullness switch and don't want to stop eating after a meal and I know I'm full. Usually it's lunch I extend, but sometimes supper. I don't usually eat carby foods but one can eat too much of LC foods as well.

Today was a bit better. I didn't get hungry or feel like eating at all until time for supper, which was about an hour early because of going to a restaurant and wanting to beat the crowds. (I'm wanting to keep on eating now, though, but the urge isn't as strong this time.)

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I know what you mean. Exactly. I don't ever get the 'stop eating' message. Sometimes, even when it starts getting uncomfortable, I'll still continue eating. I envy people who never get hungy.

One thing I've done is use a little plate. It makes you spread it out more, time-wise. I think we just eat too fast and don't even taste the food.

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