Monday, December 21, 2015

How to survive the Holidays (While eating LCHF and on a Fasting Regimen...)



I have been pretty quiet lately, mostly due to the fact that I am just trying to make it through the holidays without going crazy.  :)

Fasting is a great tool, but it is best to stick to something of a schedule.  It doesn't have to be written in stone--in fact a little variety is good, but too much variety can derail you.  I have had a little too much variety since Thanksgiving, and this week of course is Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Followed by my anniversary.  Followed by New Year's Eve & New Year's Day.

The only way I haven't gone completely off the wagon since Thanksgiving is because I have sprinkled a lot of 24 hours fasts in there.  Any day I have an event, I fast all day until the event.  Then I try to eat fat and protein and veggies first followed by other carbs (if I must have them) at the end of the meal.

Enjoying and celebrating special occasions is important but generally there really shouldn't be three special occasions in one week, let alone five.  That is why I have decided to try a 14 day fast in the New Year.  I'm excited about it! I plan to start it the 4th, and begin eating very high fat and low carb from Dec. 28th on to prepare myself.  I find that having a good 3-5 days with lots of fat and good protein makes it much easier to transition into fasting.  I don't know if I will make it the full 14 days, but I'm going to try!

I am off of work for almost two weeks (starting tomorrow at 2:30 pm!!) and plan to make a lot of bone broth and freeze it in ice cube trays, then store in a large freezer bag for easy grabbing.  And stock up on some MCT oil and butter for my coffee.  I also bought myself a small coffee grinder for my flax seed which I will be including more in my diet.  I have a great recipe for a flax and chia seed hot cereal with cinnamon that I want to try.  Very simple--just 2 T. ground flax, 2 T. chia seed, 2 T. heavy cream, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 to 1 cup hot water. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good and it will help me get fat and fiber into my diet while I fast...

I will probably end up pretty tired of the broth and coffee and flax/chia "cereal" after about 4 days--(that's what happened on my last fast anyway)...so I may end up finishing the last few days on a water fast.  We shall see how long I last this time...