As previously mentioned, I watch a ton of YouTube. Here’s three videos I recently watched:
I want to say a few things about this. Like the eating disordered person I am, I like info on different types of diets. And yes, I have done intermittent fasting, both the 5:2 and the 16:8 version. Thus my clicking on this particular video.
However. There is one thing not mentioned in this video that I feel is kinda important: intermittent fasting is not for everyone.
If it doesn’t work for you, it’s possible the reason is not because you’re not doing it right or because you’re not putting in enough effort; it might be because it’s not for you. How do you know it’s not for you?
- You have an unhealthy relationship with food. I.e. you’ve been on a diet.
- If your hormones are imbalanced.
- If your menstrual cycle becomes imbalanced (..probably applies if it already is..).
- If you don’t sleep well (I’m a troubled sleeper in general, during 5:2 it was the worst it’s ever been).
- If you’re a breakfast person. (I get worried when others skip breakfast, that’s how unthinkable skipping breakfast is to me.)
- If you’re not someone who likes to have a few large meals a dag, but rather someone who like to have many small meals.
- If you’re sensitive to low blood sugar levels, i.e. if you get headachy, cranky, hangry if you wait too long between meals (yes, yes, and yes).
There are more reasons. I’m just listing the one that apply to me. To demonstrate my own stupidity. I KNOW this is not for me, I do it anyway.
It’s a particularly poor diet if you’re prone to binge eating. It’s like asking for binge sessions.
I’ve also come across studies on intermittent fasting and women, arguing that it’s not something women should be doing because of how it affects our hormones. I want to say this sounds likely because how poorly it worked for me, but what the hell do I know.
Deeply jealous of everyone it does work for? Hell yes! It’d be a dream to be able to eat just a couple of times a day.
I’ve now stopped subscribing to this particular channel; for me, it’s an expression of an unhealthy behavior I need to let go of.
A stretch I like to follow along:
I like to put on a face mask, and then do this routine, and then straight to the shower. Multitasking at its best?
This is one of the channels I subscribe to. Because I actually like people who are not afraid to show the ways in which they think their life is not entirely successful (that was a mouthful…). People with struggles; I’m a fan!
My thoughts on what she talks about in this particular video: my parents are pretty great, I guess? If you like parents who don’t really tell you what to do or question you.
I sometimes stay with my parents for a few days. Often in fact. They live closer to my work. Also, they have cats.
Far more likely when I visit them:
Me: You need to clean the litter boxes.
Me: Why is this still here?
Me: You can’t wear that, those colors do not match.
Me: DON’T give the cat cheese! (It has kidney disease, it’s not allowed cheese.)
Me: You should clean more often.
Me: Why do you keep this light on all the time? No one’s in here!
Me: You are aware this is open and it’s going to go bad if you don’t use it now.
And on and on and on…it mostly involves cleaning to be fair. Because I have issues. So ja, I am well aware I don’t play well with other people.
Example of what my parents might tell me: My dad is likely to tell me I need things in my car. Such a shovel. When it starts to snow. So he will put a shovel in my car.
Me: But then were’ll I put all my bags?? (I have a small car)
Dad: So put it in the back seat.
Only because, if I take it out and it turns out that having a shovel in my car would have been useful, I’ll regret it so much.
In fact, I think the universe is against me, and if I did take it out, I will most definitely need it. So it stays in the back seat, like some sort of talisman.
Until the snow has melted.
Which, by the looks of it, will be round about June.