Intermittent Fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It doesn’t specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it’s not a diet in the conventional sense but more accurately described as an eating pattern.*

Intermittent Fasting the 16/8 Method

16/8 intermittent fasting involves eating only during an 8-hour window and fasting for the remaining 16 hours. It may support weight loss and improve blood sugar, brain function and longevity. Eat a healthy diet during your eating period and drink calorie-free beverages like water or unsweetened teas and coffee.**

Why do I want to start intermittently fasting?

  • I would like to be more confident in my own skin
  • Feel/be healthier
  • Lose weight without feeling hungry or being hangry

Day 1: On the First day of Intermittent Fasting

First, Katie brought the idea to me, and I jump on any idea that improves our healthy life and confidence with ourselves.

Second, Katie and I then went to the Target to get pretty markers to brainstorm our ideas.

Third, we completed ourbrainstorming page of our expectations about intermittent fasting, came up with a plan when we can eat, and a list of foods that we liked that were also healthy for us. These ideas were found from google searches, Pinterest Boards, and past experience with intermittent fasting.

Brainstorming Page

Fourth, we took a trip to the grocery store to get complete our meal prepping for the week. We realized how cost effective that creating 10 meals for the week for each of us would be. We had a majority of the spices we needed and required mostly the main ingredients to cook.

Fifth, we came home and started cooking.

Total time for meal prep: 2 Hours

Our first meal, for our lunches, was One Pan Roasted Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus***
Our second meal, for dinner, was Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken & Veggies****

Total spent at grocery store = $81.00

$81.00/2 = $40.50 for each of us

$40.50/10 meals each (lunch & dinner 5 days) = $4.05 per meal for the week.

*https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide#what-it-is

**https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-8-intermittent-fasting

***https://carlsbadcravings.com/roasted-lemon-butter-garlic-shrimp-recipe/

****https://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/sheet-pan-sesame-chicken-and-veggies/?epik=0bP63E_IW30tx

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