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Intermittent fasting and mindfulness
How to combat those food cravings

Food cravings are a huge problem when it comes to dieting and eating clean. They are a huge factor to as why people fall off the wagon and ditch the dieting for good. What if there was a way to combat them? A way you potentially haven’t tried yet? Intermittent fasting and the power of mindfulness could quite possibly be the answer you’ve been looking for.

These techniques involve training your body to turn it's back on the sugar cravings and focus it's attention on the stored fat. Mindfulness will help you to detach from your often-misleading thoughts of hunger and achieve greater things.

Shall we take a more in depth look at these principles?

So what’s intermittent fasting?
It’s important we address intermittent fasting and get a good understanding of what it really is. It’s all over social media at the moment so it has probably reached your vicinity at some point. So what is it?

Intermittent fasting is not exactly a typical diet. It’s more of an eating pattern to achieve similar results which dieting would yield. In a nutshell intermittent fasting refers to fasting ‘intermittently’ (duh). You make a conscious decision to skip certain meals on purpose!

By fasting and then feasting on purpose, intermittent fasting generally means that you consume your calories during a specific window of the day, and choose not to eat food for a larger window of time.

The theory behind intermittent fasting is by cutting out an entire meal each day, you are consuming fewer calories per week – even if your two meals per day are slightly bigger than before. Overall, you’re still consuming fewer calories per day. Fewer calories in means bigger weight loss. Also when your body is in the fasted state it still requires fuel to burn so without the typical food stores it is more likely to pull energy from your fat stores.

It helps combat those sugar cravings…
Intermittent fasting is a very popular method of eliminating sugar cravings. Because of the way your body turns to fat stores instead of currently consumed sugars and carbs this will help reset your body. When sugar is not needed for your primary fuel and when your sugar stores run low, your body will crave it less – makes perfect sense doesn’t it.

The power of Mindfulness
Mindfulness refers to a psychological technique. It’s defined as a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the current moment while at the same time, calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It’s a therapeutic technique. There is most definitely a link between intermittent fasting and mindfulness when it comes to tackling food cravings.

Mindfulness when fasting can help you detach from the thoughts about cravings you have. You can recognise the cravings and learn to not react to them. In addition to the liberation that comes from not reacting to cues from our stomachs, there is a wonderful freedom that can also come from recognizing the thoughts, ideas, and emotions that our minds can generate in response to hunger or lack of feeding. Mindfulness is the act of witnessing these experiences without reacting to them.

Intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. There are many different techniques too and one size doesn’t always fit all. Intermittent fasting can be used effectively for many and coupling it with mindfulness you can retune your thoughts as well as your mind. Both are wonderful techniques to help banish cravings for good and kick start your metabolism again.

For more advice on intermittent fasting take a look at this article by clicking here.

And for a fantastic way to introduce yourself to Mindfulness you should definitely speak to our good friend Andy over at Headspace by clicking here 

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