Have you ever forced-down breakfast at 6am when you weren’t even hungry?
Did you do it because “You needed it to fuel your day”?
Or because you know you’ll be hungry later?
The irony of these reasons is that doing so makes you even hungrier… and sets you up for a sluggish afternoon.
In the information age that we live in; it would be impossible to convince people that a bowl of highly processed carbs, powdered synthetic vitamins, and carcinogenic preservatives is a great way to start their day…
But before the age of the internet; that’s exactly what the breakfast industry succeeded in doing…
Making cereal number #4 source of added sugar in US diets – behind soft drinks, desserts, and candy.
Thanks to decades worth of successful PR… industry sponsored ‘studies’, strategic astroturfing, paid-for doctors and manipulative child psychology; we have embraced the ‘importance of breakfast’ as a common ‘fact’.
Paid-for doctors and dietitians are hosted on morning shows telling us that skipping breakfast “will slow our metabolism – causing our body to hold onto fat”.
Or; “If you skip breakfast, your body goes into ‘starvation mode’ and ‘holds onto the fat’ rather than burning it”.
Other ‘experts’ spread these false truths without verifying the facts for themselves – such as celebrity chefs endorsing a new breakfast recipe with phrases like “start your day the healthy way”.
Cereal companies then hedge their bets by branding their boxes to children with fun characters that offer a bribe of some kind like a collectable card or a small toy. Then carefully placing their ads in between morning cartoon shows.
Our belief in the importance of breakfast is so deeply rooted… that to question its validity would be blasphemous.
But when you look past the ‘research’ that has been sponsored by the industry that promotes breakfast… the you’ll find that their results are either ‘cherry picked’ or outright false.
The word ‘breakfast’ literally means: “to break your fast”
Because your body goes without food from last evenings dinner to the next day; this 12 – 14 hour period is called a ‘fast’. So when you eat the following morning you’re ‘breaking your fast’ – breakfast.
Break your fast later – Intermittent fasting
Studies reveal that stalling breakfast for as long as you can (intermittent fasting) has immense health benefits. A typical intermittent fast can last up until lunchtime. This gives your body up to 18 hours (or more) to detox and regenerate.
The benefits of fasting and intermittent fasting are extensive.
Detoxifying – Periods of fasting stimulate cells to cannibalize. This process, known as autophagy is the body’s natural ability to clean out detox and recycle cells that are no longer functioning properly. https://www.deephealthevolution.com/
Healthy intestines – Improve the diversity of the gut flora. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-heal-your-gut-with-intermittent-fasting
Promotes Human Growth Hormones/Stem Cells – Fasting is a great stimulus to HGH secretion. During fasting, there is the spike in the early morning, but there is regular secretion throughout the day as well. https://www.dietdoctor.com/fasting-and-growth-hormone
Heart health and optimum blood pressure – Studies reveal reduced systolic blood pressure by three to eight per cent, and diastolic blood pressure by six to ten per cent. https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2017/dec/new-study-examines-health-benefits-of-fasting-for-the-heart-98463634.html
Accelerated healing – Intermittent fasting acts to turn on certain genetic repair mechanisms that enhance cellular rejuvenation. This adaptation appears to allow certain cells to have a longer lifespan during times of famine. https://drjockers.com/intermittent-fasting-powerful-healing/
Boosted metabolism, restored insulin sensitivity – Especially when paired with ketogenic diet. https://dietingwellketo.com/keto-intermittent-fasting/
Healthier skin – Research indicates that short term fasting may inhibit certain skin condidtions and detoxify skin impurities. https://www.livestrong.com/article/168051-the-effects-of-fasting-on-skin/
Epilepsy – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10482210
Mental health for the elderly – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16899414
Aides chemotherapy – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22391012
Significantly Improves Asthma – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1859864/
Heals oxidative stress/Inflammation – “Intermittent fasting produces far less inflammation than the standard diet. Moderate to maximum exercise, in conjunction with fasting, led to significant decreases in inflammation.” https://www.researchgate.net/project/Effects-of-intermittent-fasting-on-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress
Inflammation is the root cause of a vast array of illnesses. Among others; If the name of the disease has ‘itis’ on the end of it such as; arthritis, bronchitis, sinusitus, tonsilitis etc – it means it is an inflammatory disease.
Fasting relieves inflammation… which means all these ‘itis’ diseases can be easily treatable.
Have you ever overloaded your computer to the point of crashing? Your body responds in a similar way…
Think of unhealthy living in the same way your computer performs when it has been abused (too many tabs open, hasn’t been shut down in weeks, downloads from pirate websites).
Fasting lets your body ‘refresh’, ‘reboot’ and ‘update’ and ‘scan for viruses’… giving your body the time an energy it needs to do tasks it was unable to perform when it was overloaded.
The longer you give your body to refresh, reboot and update (fast); the better it will perform.
The point of this example is to illustrate the difference between eating less and actual fasting. Your computer can only refresh, reboot and update properly when you’re not burdening it with tasks (eating).
Research reveals that reducing energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent can extend a person’s life span by a third or more. Fasting also reduces oxidative stress and slows the aging process. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546413
A recent study in Sweden showed that a high body-mass index and high levels of total food consumption and energy intake were risk factors for prostate cancer. Data also suggested, that caloric intake is directly correlated with the incidence of colon, rectal, breast, and stomach cancers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851235/
Meditation becomes easier – According to yogi master Swami Satyananda Saraswati: “Fasting reduces the tamasic element in the body. Tamas is the greatest obstacle to meditation. While fasting, we shed extra weight from the body and gain strength and clarity of mind. This is important. We cannot progress in meditation with a fat body and a weak mind”.
Fasting is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine – The purpose of fasting in Chinese medicine is to address stagnation, as stagnation prevents energy and blood circulating in the body. It mainly starts from food. According to TCM theory; illness occurs because the body is out of balance.
What sets Eastern fasting practice apart from Western fasting is that it’s always practised with some form of meditation combined with breathing exercises.
Water, Black coffee, Unsweetened tea.
Some health professionals recommend ‘juice fasts’ or ‘fat fasts’ or ‘cabbage soup fasts’. But unless explicitly told to do so by your doctor; a successful fast consists of limiting yourself from consuming anything that triggers a metabolic response.
Fasting isn’t for everyone. Some people wake up ‘starving’. And no matter how hard they try; they crave an early breakfast. That’s fine.
But some of us think they cant live without breakfast – but become accustom to it with a little practice.
Despite the benefits; fasting can be dangerous for certain medical conditions.
It is not recommended for people already suffering from malnutrition, diabetes, and chronic ailments like cardiac arrhythmia, advanced stages of cancer, or gout. If you suffer from these ailments; seek medical advice first.
Fasting is not advised for pregnant women.
Unless fasting has been otherwise prescribed by a doctor; children and teens shouldn’t fast. Growing bodies need the extra nutrition and energy intake.
Feast and famine is the eating pattern that our ancestors lived-by… Unlike the 24/7 non-stop eating habits westerners are guilty of today.
Our bodies are designed to have extended periods without eating. Nature intended to use that time to burn excess fat and detoxify.
Its easier than you think to adapt to cutting out a morning meal.
Begin with stalling breakfast as long as you can until you get used to eating your first meal of the day at lunch.
Before you know it; you’ll be saving yourself from 30 meals a month and feeling healthier and younger than you ever dreamed.