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Have you heard of intermittent fasting? I have been conducting a little experiment with it the past month or so, and now I want to share what I’ve learned!

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I first learned of intermittent fasting when I ventured into the Paleo lifestyle five years ago. It was just beginning to be a “thing,” and I found the concept interesting but didn’t ever try it. 

Up until the last few years, I have been one of those people who HAD to eat within 15 minutes of waking up. It wasn’t a preference, it was a physical need. If I didn’t eat right away, I got sick.

Naturally, breakfast became a big part of my life and still is. If you follow me on Instagram, you know the majority of my posts have been breakfast or bread/baking.

Over the past 6 weeks, I have been intermittent fasting 5-6 days per week and now I want to share with you what it is, why I chose to try it, and how it’s  been for me!

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What is it?

Intermittent fasting is a routine change, not a caloric restriction or diet. It’s altering the hours during which you consume food, and then refraining from eating for 12-16 hours (depending on what you decide works best for you).

Some  think it’s starving yourself, but that is simply not the case. You are giving your body, and most importantly YOUR GUT, a significant rest. We all know how I feel about gut health and its importance in healing and disease prevention. So when I read more into intermittent fasting a couple of months ago, this is the part that rang true to me.

Our digestive systems are on CONSTANT “go” mode. Often we eat late into the night and then sleep for 6 hours and wake to another meal. When reading about this idea of giving our system that long recovery period, I knew it was something I wanted to try.

Besides giving your digestive system a serious break to run effectively, fasting this way also puts your body into a “fat adapted” state, which means your energy increases because you are now burning stored fat instead of carbohydrates.

Intermittent fasting can also increase growth hormone (especially when combined with exercise), which helps with health, fitness, and the aging process. Inflammation is suppressed and damage from free radicals is also reduced by fasting.

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Why try it?

I decided to give this a try because it made sense to me, and I love experimenting with new things so that I can share them with others! I get a lot of questions about different diet plans, exercise programs, etc, and I don’t like to recommend anything before trying it myself first.

Something that happens when you fast this way is more control over weight management, and weight loss. I don’t like to tout that at the beginning, because then your eyes go all blurry and you don’t listen to anything else I say. But yes, weight loss.

It’s important to note that you can’t eat a high-processed, junk food diet and use intermittent fasting to your advantage. The benefits are based upon a whole foods, clean diet. Lots of veggies, clean sources of protein, and lots of healthy fats!

Keep that in mind if you want to try it. It was easy for me to transition because all I was doing was not eating first thing in the morning. My diet didn’t change much.

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What I Found . . .

I have been very pleasantly surprised with this little experiment. I haven’t missed my early morning meal at all, because I am just eating it a few hours later. The schedule I chose to follow is eating from around 11 AM and 7 PM.

This works for me because my family has dinner around 5:30 or 6 p.m., then I have time to clean up and be finished eating with them and I don’t miss out. In the mornings I make my children breakfast before school, I come home, work out, and make myself a huge breakfast/brunch (which also serves as my two littles’ lunch).

I am eating A LOT during my three meals. It was a little difficult to adjust to eating so much in only 8 hours – you don’t realize what it’s like until you try only eating in a certain number of hours!

During the “off” hours, I drink a lot of water and tea. Drinking plenty is suggested and I feel I have actually been drinking more since trying this out, because I am not snacking as much in the evenings.

There have been a few days where I eat later at night or want a treat with my husband, so then I push  back my first meal to later in the day. As long as it’s been at least 12 hours, I feel good about it.

Have you tried intermittent fasting? Tell me about it! What else would you like to know?



Comments +

  1. I really want to try this, I’m going to message you lady 🙂

  2. I tried intermittent fasting for 6 weeks through November and half of December.


    I lost 4 pounds in the first week, but didn’t lose anything for the remainder weeks.
    I had less of a sweet tooth.
    I felt I had more control and will power when it came to foods.


    I don’t feel it is sustainable forever. I think I can do it during a period of cleansing, but not continually.
    I need to lose weight, and though the first week was encouraging, it was disappointing for it to end there.

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Britta,

      Whenever your body is trying to adapt to a new way of doing things, it’s going to go into a bit of “shock.” Those initial 4 lbs would have been easy, but in order to see more change, it has to be a long term thing. You can’t go into “fat-adapt” mode for a short time and expect to stay there without continuing to do the things necessary that keep you there. Does that make sense? Something like intermittent fasting is not a quick fix. It is a lifestyle change that over time is the BEST and easiest way to lose weight and keep it off long term. I fast 5-6 days per week, which I feel is pretty doable! Then the weekends allow a difference in schedule.

      Thanks for your comment, I hope that clarifies a bit!
      All the best,

  3. Christin Kane says:

    I have tried intermittent fasting for the last week, and am really enjoying it.. I thought that it would be difficult, but i have found that the only thing that I have had to change is no snacking after dinner. I fast for approx 13-14 hours. Are there more benefits to fasting longer, or am I right on track?

    • Kelsey says:

      That was hardest for me too! but when I know it’s mostly during the week and I don’t have to do it EVERY DAY, it gives me so much freedom! 13-14 is great!

  4. Barb says:

    Awesome. I’ve read about I.F. on Mercola.com but hearing about it from a mom like me is more encouraging. I am hypoglycemic and think this may help me stabilize my blood sugar better. I’d also love to lose 5 pounds. So I’ll report back and let you know how it goes!

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