17 June 2024

I cut my 7 meals a day down to 2 and I am not going back

 For the past month and a half, I've been eating two times a day. The experience has been liberating. In this post, I share my experience and some of my learnings through this change. The outcome has been great, and I am not going back.

Daily Routine Before I made the change

  • Start of the day: A cup of tea + 2 biscuits
  • Breakfast @ 9: 3 eggs or oats. A couple of toasts of bread with peanut butter.
  • Snack @ 11:30: granola bars, fruits, junk sometimes.
  • Lunch @1: Typical Indian lunch- vegetables, Curry, and a couple of roti (bread)
  • Snack @3:30: granola bar
  • Tea time @5:30- 6: some small food serving.
  • 7:00-7:30 I would have a protein shake with water & a spoon of peanut butter after getting back from the gym.
  • Dinner @ 8:30- vegetables, curry with roti.
  • late-night snack. (occasionally)
  • Four Cups of Tea. 2% milk sugar.
  • One cup of coffee. Pour-over, black & no sugar.

What changed?

  • I eat two times a day.
  • My first meal is at 1 p.m.
  • My second & last meal is around 7:30 p.m.
  • I drink a lot of water.
  • Three cups of tea. One cup of coffee. No sugar.
  • I don't drink any liquor.
  • No snacking. No binging.
  • Read and learn about insulin and how the body produces and stores energy/fat

Observations in the past 45 days?

  • I am much more attentive throughout the day.
  • No effect or impact on my way of training or resistance training.
  • No negative effect on my work routine.

This change showed me how much wasteful eating I was indulging in. It cant be useful to my body since what I am operating is far more efficient.

How do you make a shift?

  1. The first barrier is to make a mental shift. There is an adaptation in unlearning eating patterns and shifting over to fasting.
  2. The image of Feasting and fasting has been impactful on me. That is how humans have lived for millions of years as a species. We should not be snacking all day.
  3. Start slow.
  4. if 18 hrs of fasting is not an enticing idea, reduce # of times you eat.
  5. Give a minimum of 4 hrs gaps in between meals. let the body digest what it has gotten, and not always be in a catch-up mode.

This has been a great experience.

Fast forward, a year from writing this post, I documented 7 daily practices that have impacted my life and work in a powerful way

I found the following videos and Doctors as mentors on these subjects

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