I tried fasting once, years ago, and quickly held up my white flag in surrender. Fasting was not for me. So what happened? Fast forward to today and most days you’ll find me fasting for 16 hours at a time; with the occasional 36-hour fast thrown in for good measure.
The main difference is that this time, my primary fuel source is fat. I also broke my Pavlovian response to eating in accordance with the clock and my mindset is different. Although I knew there were benefits to fasting when I first gave it a try, I didn’t know then just how important fasting actually is to keeping our bodies healthy.
I am not embarrassed to admit that I Google just about anything and everything that piques my interest. Whether it’s related to Crohn’s Disease, health, and fitness or product reviews, recipes, and life in general, I always want to know more. And–trust me–when it comes to Crohn’s, I’ve Googled some interesting things over the years. Anyway, last week when Jeff opened a bottle of wine during my fasting day, I had a decision to make. Can I (should I) have a glass of wine during my fast?
So, during the short window of time that Jeff went into the cellar to pick out a bottle and open it, I turned to Google to see what opinions were out there. Many forum goers were split on their recommendations and, of course, the short answer is no if you’re just trying to fast for the sake of fasting. But there are many different reasons for fasting and many different ways to fast. Continue reading “Can you drink wine when fasting?”
I’ve heard so many people say that their cravings for junk food completely went away after adopting a healthy lifestyle, cutting out refined grains and sugars, and including more healthy fats in their diet. I’ve read comments by many people on the ketogenic diet saying that their cravings went away in just a few months, while others who went straight carnivore said their cravings vanished after just a couple of weeks (or even days!). But, what about me? Well, after three months of keto, followed by six months of straight carnivore, and now entering my ninth month of eating keto carnivore, I still want junk food. Especially warm, soft, chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven…or frozen cookie dough, another favorite of mine. And if I close my eyes, I can almost taste them. Continue reading “Do cravings ever go away?”
No matter what way of eating you follow, chances are there will be a few rules you must abide by. Avoid dairy; no processed foods, refined oils, or gluten; refrain from drinking alcohol; use this sweetener but not that one; and the list goes on…
Reflecting back on my own journey, and thinking about all the different diets I’ve tried–whether they were for bodybuilding or Crohn’s management–I think I can say without a doubt, that I fall into the category of “chronic dieter.” Over the past 20 years, I’ve read and followed so many diet books, programs, and articles, that I lost count a long time ago. From the Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution to The Maker’s Diet, I’ve tested the dieting spectrum from plant-centered to all meat (although, I’ve never gone vegetarian…if you can’t tell by now, I love steak too much to do that). But, no matter how different all these diets might appear to be, when you break them down, they all really center around the same basic principles of eating real, unprocessed food and cutting out both sugar and highly refined seed/vegetable oils. And (in my humble opinion) it really doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.
But, there are two things that I really don’t quite understand about dieting:
Why people become so dogmatic about the way they are eating, and
the amount of hate that people will shout from behind a computer screen to others who don’t eat what they do.
A couple of months ago, I was asked to be on the Run Eat And Lift podcast hosted by Anthoney (@thelabstrength) and Lindsey (@ontherunfit). We covered a lot of health and nutrition topics from sourdough and ketosis to uBiome and Crohn’s. This was really fun to be a part of and I think you’ll enjoy the episode. As I mentioned, we actually recorded it a couple months ago, before I went carnivore, so we definitely talk about more than just meat! The episode went live and aired for the first time yesterday.
For those who have been following my blogging journey or just watching me over the last few years, you know my diet has progressively evolved and is, what some would call, quite radical now (although extremely delicious and satisfying…you should hear the whimpering of my dogs every night as I fry up bacon and sear my daily ribeye…). What can I say though, I do rather enjoy experimenting and researching food and fitness. That said, as you may remember, one of my earlier posts to this blog outlined what I called “My Crohn’s 1.0” diet, it was what I started eating immediately after I made the decision to stop taking my immunosuppressant and immune-modulating drugs.
Spoiler alert: I came across an article the other day about a scientific study that was published this past June that looked at coconut oil and its benefits for reducing inflammation in Crohn’s Disease…
Our bodies are massively complex, beautifully-orchestrated machines. Some people say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, my digestive and immune systems are broke and because I’ll never know a fraction of everything there is to know about either system or Crohn’s Disease, it’s important to me to always keep searching and experimenting with ways I can further enhance my life, improve my health, and hopefully keep Crohn’s in remission. So far, the list includes diet, fermented foods, exercise, rebounding, yoga, essential oils, and wine–I have to have one vice 😉
A couple months ago, I posted about the benefits of sauerkraut, my most beloved food. So, enter stage left, my second most favorite food (it might actually surpass sauerkraut and become top on my list), to which I attribute much of my new-found health to: raw milk.
Unless you have a story about how your grandmother used to serve you fresh milk on her farm with chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven or surprisingly already fall into the roughly 3% of the population who drinks raw milk…you’re probably giving me a weird look right now. You might be thinking, “isn’t that dangerous?” or “I was told to avoid dairy, isn’t milk bad for you and hard to digest?”
After a lot of tinkering over the past year, I have found the Fido jar fermentation method to be an easy and consistent way to make crunchy, delicious sauerkraut every time. The Fido jars clamp down and seal to provide an anaerobic environment for the cabbage to ferment in, yet still allows for a small amount of gasses to escape without letting air back in.