What have you heard or read about the benefits of fasting to help promote improved health, longevity and vitality? Unfortunately most people are not very familiar with the concept of calorie restrction which includes the proven principles of fasting, intermittent fasting and time restricted eating. Common sense suggests supporting all of our cells, glands, organs and tissues to help with their rejuvenation, repair and replacement for a happier and longer life. Learning more about the benefits of fasting techniques and tips will help support all aspects of our health.

PlateInformation on the benefits of fasting has led me on a quest to learn more about how our body and cells function best by adjusting and altering our food intake, habits and routines. This post will help share additional education and information on a relatively hot yet not so new topic. Many people are harming their long term health and quality of life by eating too much Standard American Diet SAD food too often. Due to a lack of awareness about the dangers and long term health consequences of consuming too many refined carbohydrates too often people are increasing their risk for cardio vascular disease, diabetes, immune issues and obesity.

With a little basic education, common sense and nutrition information we will all be able to make better choices and decisions regarding how much and when is the best time to eat or practice intermittent fasting. If  optimal health and vitality are high priorities it is essential we make smart decisions about what foods we choose and when we decide to eat them. The goal of this blog post is to educate and inform readers about the benefits of intermettent fasting and time restricted eating.

Fasting 101

Many people are consuming to many calorie dense foods too often without awareness of the long term health complications and consequences. For many people the all day long eating frenzy and frequency could be responsible for billions of dollars spent on chronic illness and obesity issues. Our health is our wealth and many people are choosing unhealthy and unnatural eating behaviors without knowing it.

HikerFor thousands of years we have been able to adapt and survive both a famine and feast scenarios. When reasons, seasons and weather restricted food availability we could live off of our stored fat and make due with less food sources. When the seasons and weather were favorable we could consume excess food and store it as fat to serve as an energy reserve when needed. Our ancestors did not have three or more easy meals every day with snacks in between. Often they had to go without meals until food was found or harvested. Our body was well adapted to burn fat when needed until food was available. In modern times food is always available so people seem to eat all day long and rarely trigger the need to burn their fat reserves. Instead they keep adding new fat reserves because they seldom have calorie restriction or impose fasting or restricted calories.

 Fasting and Health

Remember… our body evolved to survive a wide range of eating scenarios and food options. We survived on a diverse array of local, minimally processed, nutrient dense and organic whole foods. Unfortunately now we are being brainwashed by advertisements, commercials and government agencies to consume highly processed and refined foods made with Frankenfood ingredients on a constant basis. Our food choices affect our body and mircobiome which is a complicated and elaborate matrix which ultimately affects every cell in our body. While it can take an investment of time to read, research and review resources on fasting and time restricted eating the hard work has already been done for us. It is highly recommend you investigate the concepts identified in this blog post to learn the benefits of various forms of fasting.

7 Benefits of Fasting

  • Empty MugAvoid fad diets and enjoy the benefits of calorie restriction for a better body and optimal weight. Fasting allows body to cleanse and rest.
  • Skipping breakfast is an easy way to avoid highly processed junk foods and calorie restriction is proven to help promote longevity.
  • Fasting is a great way to stabilize hormones while naturally boosting beneficial human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone
  • Fasting trains your body and brain to burn fat. Burning fat also helps stabilize blood sugar and maintain insulin sensitivity.
  • Fasting helps maintain blood sugar and thus reduce sugar crahses and cravings. Freedom from regimented meal routines is liberating.
  • Eating during a 6 hour window from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM offers optimal body and brain maintenance and benefits food digestion.
  • Fasting triggers autophagy which has many short and long term benefits.

Healthy Habits & Habitats

In 2018 Morningstar NEWS will focus 50% on Healthy Habits and 50% on Healthy Habitats. Researching and role modeling proven principles for a fantastic future drives us to share these words with wisdom. Our vision is attracting a wide variety of eco friendly people to help design, build and live in a more healthy and sustainable way. We invite ideas, insights and inspiration to help us focus our planning and progress. Sharing solutions, strategies, suggestions and systems will help us all design and develop better eco communities and transition towns.

Where is Your Gap?

What actions, behaviors, beliefs and decisions regarding your habits and habitats are impacting your happiness and health? What is your  motivation for making better choices to avoid health hazards and adopt healthy habits? Investing in our health helps protect our wealth. When we are happy, healthy and holistic we naturally shift to a more sustainable ecological, economical and environmental friendly lifestyle.

Mastery Action Plan (MAP)

Our daily habits and habitats directly impact our happiness and health. There are many reasons to enjoy the benefits of fasting and time restricted calorie intake for improved happiness and health. What are you willing to do differently today to embrace better choices in 2018? Creating a healthy habits code of conduct and mastery action plan will enhance our quality of life. Our happiness and health benefit from healthy challenges, changes and choices. Choose wisely.

Call to Action

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