As far as spirituality, etc. You can find this anywhere. I think somewhere in the bible it says that the best of us takes care of the least of us. Buddhism speaks to mindfulness. This means that you can find spirituality cleaning a toilet. After all, it is taking the a drudgery, and turning it into something that benefits the family. And yes, that is the only thing that gets me to clean a toilet - I back in, so I don't really care about toilets. But they do need to be clean, and the person who cleans them does improve our lives.
Fasting is fasting. Cleaning toilets is cleaning toilets. We find spirituality where we will. It's either there or it isn't. One man/woman's spiritual experience is another man/woman's toilet.
70lbs gone and counting!!
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I think someone said earlier eating dinner at 5pm and breakfast at 9am is technically a 16/8 protocol, is it a true fast, yes it is in my opinion, anything past the 4-5 digestion time is fasting, are there benefits for everyone doing longer fasts, no one really knows, but one thing that everyone agrees on is if it makes you feel bad, don't do it, it may be a physiological response or it may be a psychological response, but either way it is a negative response and it is your body telling you NO and you should be listening to your body more than anyone else including internet forums and doctors.
I didn't read the other comments, but this is what I do. I eat my dinner (usually at about 9pm), then I'm usually not hungry until about 1500 hrs (3pm) the following day. If I'm hungry before that time, I will eat. If I'm not, I will wait until I get hungry. I will usually have coffee with 18% cream during that period though, so I am getting some fat/calories in there.
Starting Weight: 208 lbs
Current Weight: 177 lbs
The Dietary side is the same, every time we feel like diving in head first, we should stand back and really think whether this is a good idea, maybe some baby steps and test the waters first.
Friend of mine was having some life & stress issues and she realised she needed to slow down a bit, so she found herself furiously pushing through a stack of self help books to get up to speed on how to slow down, then the irony struck her, she was hurrying up in order to slow down, that was a turning point for her - just slow down.
Most of us take a good 20 years plus to become unhealthy, then expect a full turnaround in a month, that's the conventional western medical protocol, we get sick and expect a quick fix pill will sort it instantly, but the reality is it may well take years of the right stuff so I take it as a lifestyle rather than a cure.
My partner has GD, took her 5 years of the "good stuff" to get her thyroid back in operation, the doctors wanted to remove it at the 2 year mark and were adamant that her thyroid function would never normalise.
This is not specifically directed at you, just a bit of a rant, see so many posts about impatient weight stalls and people wanting the results right now, I really think they are missing the bigger message, diet is only one small part of it, the minute the vanity bit starts coming through, trim this bit of fat, count the micro's we really are losing the point in my opinion.
Listened to a Q&A session with Steve Phinney re weight stalls, much like the posts here, his most common response was:
"you've lost 20lb and held it off for 2 years, then be proud of it, 99% put it all back on".