Even though we have mentioned it before, I feel like we can’t stress this point enough: The results that IF can offer to men can significantly differ to the ones women can witness. And, once again, this is not some kind of chauvinistic crap. It’s biology. We talked about that when we discussed IF for women before.
Now that we got all that covered, there are still some doubts we have to clear. Let’s say that you actually opt for Crescendo fasting or the 14/10 fasting routine, one question still remains: What are you going to eat in the time span between fasting?
Because we want all the precaution we can get, slowly sinking in the fasting routine can’t be enough. We have to play smart. It’s actually crucial that we play smart. Even if you’re not planning on having kids ever, you don’t want to have to deal with the health issues that go with a hormonal imbalance.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
Once hormonal imbalance kicks in, it can be really hard to make it go away. It will be even harder to cover the damage it has caused. What was the most difficult thing for me to go through was the everlasting lack of focus.
It’s one thing when it’s hard for you to focus in high school: You drop a grade or two, then gather once or twice with the classmates who help you prepare for the class, and the chances are you’ll be ready to go and pass the next test as if nothing happened.
However, the lack of focus in your twenties and thirties, when you should be in your full strength and show the business world what you’re made of, is an entirely different thing. You wouldn’t want to miss on a huge client just because you’ve been binging tacos for the last two months, right?
That’s why we need precautions.
You better be liking nuts
Don’t let that ‘90s craze about fats being bad fool you.
You need it. You like it. It makes food taste better. It makes your brain work harder.
So why shouldn’t you eat it? They help to create the “good” cholesterol and help keep the bad one in check. On top of it, they give you the fuel you need to get through the day, providing you with energy.
Carb-filled food may make your stomach feel fuller, but fatty food will give you more energy and make you more productive.
While you may enjoy fats in many different forms, here we are putting the emphasis on the ones coming from legumes. We will stick to them for the time being as they appear to be the unofficial superfood of the entrepreneurs.
They are also filled with loads of folate, which you might remember from your biology classes as the mineral responsible for your reproductive health. Another thing it does is that it also influences your brain productivity, and in a good way.
Folate is also very often given to pregnant women to prevent anemia, along with vitamin E, which you can both find in macadamia nuts, pecans, and peanut.
So make sure to include a handful of one of these into your eating regimen at least three times a week if you’re planning on holding onto IF for the time being.
Pro tip: Nuts are great for when you have cravings. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably deal with those more often in the first week (and later on, but way less than before).
Don’t forget the seeds
Sunflower, pumping, and flax. They are like the holy trinity of any fitness guru trying to get you to blend the shit out of his recipes in order to feel detoxicated and stuff.
But it’s not really all that bad. Flaxseed especially has been said to offer lots of omega 3 stuff, which, in all honesty, you really do need if you’re a business woman pursuing intermittent fasting. And although it might sound like a cliche, it definitely wouldn’t be a bad idea to include one of these in the blend right after you hit the gym. That’s especially important in case you’re going to the gym in the morning, right before breaking the fast. It will really help you liven up and get back on the feet.
Balancing the proteins
Dr. Denise Mortimore, from the University of Worcester, in one of her books, puts emphasis on the importance of balancing between the proteins coming from animal products and those of the plants.
Meaning that it’s highly encouraged to include fish or poultry at least 3 times a week in your diet. Presumably in your largest meal of the day. On other days you could complement your meals with sprouted beans, mushrooms, and kale.
Why am I so enthused about kale, you might be wondering?
Because kale is one fierce veggie. Not only it contains a bunch of protein, but it’s also crazy rich in Vitamin B, Magnesium, and Iron.
And as Iron is in direct correlation with folate, you can easily skip legumes on the days you’re eating kale, knowing that your ass is safe and your glands happy.
Fruit, because we need variety
My stomach can be very picky when it comes to fruit. For example, I’m not very good at digesting banana or peach. On one hand, that is very disappointing, because I love them very much. On the other hand, it did gave me a thing to think about: Which fruit doesn’t make me drowsy, is tasty enough, and possibly, has nutrients I need when I’m at work?
I did some research, gave some of my faves another shot, and quickly came down to some conclusions. The most obvious choice for me were blueberries.
For one, they are rich in Vitamin C, making them great for IF, as Vitamin C keeps your iron levels high. Two, blueberries are a great brain food, being rich in antioxidants. Finally, they make me feel more energized (read: productive), which is the goal of most of the women starting with intermittent fasting.
When starting IF as a working woman, it’s always a good thing to remember that every eating regimen requires some time for getting used to. Reaching productivity and full efficiency comes with time and carefully planned meals. You need to hear out what your body wants before you decide whether or not to continue with it and whether it works at all.
It might seem like a lot of work at first, but for the sake of health and productivity, it’s definitely proving to be worth it.
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