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Do you want to learn how to make keto and extended fasting easier?
In this podcast, I interview Jimmy Moore and we talk about how to make keto and extended fasting easier. Jimmy is the creator of the show LivinLaVidaLowCarb and is an inspiration to us all. He is also an international best-selling author and an inspiring speaker who is a highly sought-after lecturer worldwide. In this podcast, we start by talking about keto and then finish the rest of the episode by talking about “how Jimmy can get me past four days of fasting.” Overall in the episode, he gives tips on making keto easy and how to get through challenges with fasting.
Keep keto simple
Do not count net carbs.
Overall, Jimmy is an advocate of keeping keto simple. He discusses his theory on keeping total carbs 20 or less, especially when first starting a ketogenic diet. When doing keto, he says that it is best to look at total carbs versus net carbs. His newest book, Keto Clarity, helps explain this concept and the other powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet.
Increase carb intake one week before your period
According to Jimmy, it is okay to increase your carbs one week before your period if you are a menstruating woman. However, once you start your period, decrease your carb intake to what it was before your premenstrual time. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you’ve been doing 20 total carbs per day, but now you are in your PMS time(7 days before you start bleeding).
Right now, due to PMS hormones, you are craving bread, sugar, and potato chips. Even though you may feel like it, do not give in to these carb-laden foods. However, you can increase your total carbs from 20 to maybe 30 or even 40(or higher if you can get away with it) temporarily until you start bleeding. Once you start your period, go back to 20 total carbs to help with bleeding and cramping.
Learn how to prepare for an extended fast and get tips for hunger
Keep your goals in mind, and meditation
In the podcast, Jimmy also goes through several ways to successfully prepare for your fast and deal with those times of hunger. He says that when choosing a prolonged fast, it is essential to keep your goals in mind. I could not agree more with this concept! If we have the insight of our goal in mind, then we are more apt to complete it. For example, one of my goals is to get through a four-day fast eventually. Once I visualize this goal and hold it close, I will do it!
Whether your goal with fasting is to lose weight or detox your body, you should always stick to that. On the show, Jimmy also talks about he is all about meditation when it comes to fasting. I feel like this, too is another crucial intervention to help comply with a fast.
Purchase Jimmy and Dr. Jason Fung’s Book
Another good way to prepare for an extended fast is to get Jimmy’s book on fasting that he wrote with Dr. Jason Fung. The book’s name is called, The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. I have referred to this book repeatedly when I fast because it gives me a lot of motivation.
Use exogenous ketones when fasting
Jimmy says that exogenous ketones are beneficial when it comes to fasting. They are instrumental during the first few days of fasting when your hunger is at its peak. He says to try to go without them; however, if you feel like you need help, you can use them.
Do not tell anyone you are fasting
When you are fasting, it is crucial to keep your fast on the down-low. This intervention is to avoid any influence from others and get discouraging words such as, ” Wow, you must be starving” or “This isn’t good, you need to eat something.” Any of these words may put you down, and as a result, you will want to break your fast.
Overall, some people will probably understand the rationale of fasting. However, some people may have that “old school mentality” and think you are starving yourself. When I fast, I only tell people who are close to me who will understand and be supportive.
Journal your feelings about fasting
If you need to vent about the fast and the hunger pangs, you could always write in a journal about your feelings. When I feel stressed about not eating, I like to write down what I am experiencing. I think that writing helps me acknowledge those feelings and come to terms with the present moment.
Eat a bowl of water and salt while others are eating meals during your fast
One of the things that Jimmy mentions is to eat a bowl of water and salt while others are eating meals during your fast. This tip is excellent for water fasting! Have you had concerned children during a fast and heard one of them ask, ” Why don’t you want to eat?”? I can’t tell you how many times one of my kids has asked me this. Overall, it is difficult for children to understand the whole concept of fasting. However, if you use Jimmy’s trick of warm water and salt, it will look to your kids like you are at least consuming something!
In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed this interview with Jimmy Moore and learned how to make keto and extended fasting easier. Overall, the keto diet and fasting are fantastic ways to supercharge your health. Ever since I have incorporated these two concepts into my life, my health has improved a lot. If you are looking to get started into keto and fasting, you can listen to Jimmy’s show LivinLaVidaLow Carb, and you can also purchase some of his books.
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