You know, I probably should have started with this. Last week I shared what to eat for radiant skin. Sure, there’s specific nutrients that pack a powerful punch when it comes to taking care of your body armor, but there are no crazy secrets. I think everyone knows the not-secret is … don’t eat garbage. That’s the “trick” to solving so many problems. I don’t know, maybe people read that last blog hoping to find a quick fix. They’d have had to make it all the way to the P.S. statement at the bottom to find that implementing the simple, not-garbage-eating not-secret to find out taking care of yourself actually is kind of a quick fix, at least when it comes to skin. All of your skin cells regenerate about every 28 days, so each day your skin can glow harder 1/28th at a time. It adds up pretty fast.
Intermittent fasting can also get your blood sugar under control, improve hormone function, and reduce inflammation. All of which will add to that glow among many, many other benefits!
Insight into action
Alrightie, you’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting before, and it may seem crazy pants to you. People practice it in all sorts of ways that can seem totally intimidating, inconvenient, and impractical: OMAD (one meal a day), full day fasts, and the ever popular but still kind of a stretch for many people 16/8 fast.
Based off what I know about Satchin Panda’s research with his team over at the Salk Institute (where the double-helix structure of DNA was discovered!), my recommendation is to get started with keep your eating window to 12 hours each day and do your best to limit snacking. Totally doable! If you so desire and are doing well on this 12-hour window, here and there maybe shrink that window to 10 or 11 hours. That’s kinda where I hang out, but I take it day by day.
Full disclosure, IF isn’t for everyone. If you opt to try it out, just think of it as an experiment. You may have to tweak things here and there to develop a way to practice IF that works best for you. What works for you now might not always be so. It can be especially tricky for women, so be sure to listen to your body. Red flags to watch out for: trouble sleeping, missing periods, and getting a little too stressed about “perfectly” executing on your plan.
Thanks for reading!
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