Here is a newsletter I wrote to my clients on the topic of Fasting:
From the Festive to the Fasting Season
Many people fast for spiritual reasons this time of the year, others for quick weight loss and “detox” purposes. Whatever the main motivation for fasting, most hope it will propel them into a healthier and thinner (weight-wise only please!) year ahead.
But is fasting healthy? Can fasting improve our health so that we can tackle and achieve our new year's resolutions with more energy and persistence? Can fasting lead to on-going weight loss even after we stop fasting?
The short answer is YES! Fasting done properly is an amazing health tool. Fasting can certainly assist in turning health and weight-issues around!
The key is how to fast, how to break the fast and how to eat post-fast and in-between fasting cycles.
Some people need to prepare for a fast (e.g. people with iron deficiency - this needs to be addressed first).
Note that some people are not candidates for fasting – most often the highly driven, "tired but wired" folk.
Fasting done wrong can sadly set you back and lead to increased weight gain and health issues afterwards....
Some of you who have worked with me in the past may be surprised that I am telling you this. I have always focused strongly (and still do) on how you should eat 80 - 90% of the time. Dieting should never be a way of life, in fact, continuous dieting is downright harmful. Let’s ban dieting this year!
Much research, testing and implementing carefully designed fasting protocols have convinced me that fasting can be highly beneficial. Note that fasting is not dieting. Fasting is a tool that forms part of an overall healthy eating and lifestyle approach.
I invite you to come for a consultation to hear more about how you can implement fasting safely as well as cost-effectively (read no expensive supplements and shakes required).
Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy New Year and looking forward to supporting you achieve your goals this year!