I like to keep up on the latest news and science through Apple News. One really caught my attention yesterday and it involved intermittent fasting. I’ve heard from the church people this idea of fasting and prayer, or every time you get a physical cue you pray and deny yourself. Pretty sure that is going to make me hangry, so I didn’t really pay attention there.

But reading stuff like this sounds more like something I could do. In fact, I think I did do just what is described completely by accident yesterday and I survived. It is the idea that we should eat in accordance with “biological day” rather than according to “day” as modern humans have made it. You get a window of 8 to 10 hours and eat all your meals in that time. Your body goes into fasting for the rest of the evening and night.

It is the idea that we should eat in accordance with “biological day” rather than according to “day” as modern humans have made it.

From what I read it is supposed to help control the appetite hormone ghrelin and it is great for folks with prediabetes because it helps get insulin in check. That all sounds right up my alley!

So how would I apply this? 

Well I naturally want to eat all my foods in the morning and early afternoon. I think the kids do as well. The only reason why we don’t is because Hubs doesn’t get home from work until 6 p.m. and he comes home hungry. So the biggest meal of the day (dinner) is a couple hours before the kids go to bed and later in the evening than this “intermittent fasting” idea would permit. 

Is there a way we could make it work? I’m going to try this simply because I think 3 out of 4 members of our family would prefer to get their last meal of the day around 4 p.m. rather than 6:30 p.m.

  • Eat all our meals between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. That may mean I prepare “dinner” at lunch time and they can have a smaller meal at 4 p.m. This literally sounds like what they already want and I fuss at them to stop snacking before dinner.
  • Hubs is a night owl so his eating window could be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. He doesn’t typically eat traditional breakfast, and he stays up until at least 11 p.m. every night.
  • I can have his dinner ready for him at 6:30 p.m. when he gets home from work, and the kids and I can sit at the table with him and talk about our days while he eats. That way we still get that evening family time around the table.

So how did I accidentally do this yesterday? Well for breakfast I filled up, knowing I’d need the fuel. Coffee with heavy cream, inositol and collagen supplements. A gluten free toast with chunky natural peanut butter. I took the dog to the vet for her annual checkup, then went to the gym. For lunch I finished my super-fiber tortilla chips with some leftover beef and salsa, then experimented with making a soup using the frozen veggies in my fridge (celery, broccoli, carrots, onion) and chia seeds. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad. An afternoon snack was a bit of mozzarella and some almonds.

By the time I had to pick up Peanut from dance at 5 p.m. I knew I wasn’t going to have time to make dinner, but I was OK with it. I didn’t get hungry. Why eat if I’m not hungry? So I didn’t. And I made it through the rest of the evening (10 p.m.) without feeling like I missed a meal.

Interesting.

Can’t hurt to try, right? If anything maybe I’ll try this for everyone and if they bellyache I’ll just scale back to only me. But I’m not going to tell them what I’m doing. Shhhhh keep the secret, please.