By Patrick Wardell
I have a super power. No…I can’t fly…or read minds. My super power is something anyone can do.
I don’t eat.
Pictured here - me and my (super) friends during a 24 hour fast.
Ok…here’s the catch. I don’t eat sometimes.
Like you, I spend a lot of time happily chowing down on my favorite nutritious snacks (like our flavored nuts and nut butters).
But every so often, I push all food aside, and fast.
Why Do I Fast?
It’s simple. I want to be the best Patrick I can be. And to reach that goal, it’s clear that I need to incorporate the amazing benefits of fasting.
You’ve probably heard the highlights before:
- Improved mood
- Mental focus and clarity
- A somewhat ironic boost in metabolism
And all this looks great on paper. But it’s an entirely different thing to FEEL it.
There’s a psychological cost to constantly taking in food. And over time, we begin to feel like slaves to our own appetite.
Fasting is the only way I’ve found to break this cycle. It teaches you that food is not a constant necessity and you CAN go without.
Pictured here: a typical meal during one of my 24 hour fasts.
So How Do I Get Started?
If you’re consuming a large amount of carbs every day, then I’ve got some bad news for you:
Fasting is going to be TOUGH!
You’ll need to first transition to a low carb diet. If you can go keto, great! If not, just make sure you’re limiting carb intake – especially on the days leading up to your fast.
As you cut carbs, your body will get comfortable using fats as a primary source of energy. And once you’re fat-adapted…fasting will be a breeze!
Ok. So How Long Should I Fast?
Start by fasting for 16 hours. Then, work your way up to a full 24 hour fast. Over time, you’ll find that 24-hour fasts are an easy addition to any lifestyle.
And don’t be afraid to show off your new superpower! Go out to brunch, meet your friends for dinner. It’s ok to say, “no thanks, I’m fasting.” Maybe they’ll even try it themselves!
Pictured Here: All of your friends celebrating your commitment to fasting.
Any Fasting Questions?
If you or your friends have ANY questions at all, email us!
And let us know...
Do you personally fast? How long do you fast and how does it make you feel?
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