Heard of Intermittent Fasting??
As of 2020, more people than ever have decided to intermittent fast. For centuries many cultures around the world have practiced fasting as it brings out physical and spiritual renewal. Intermittent fasting is a technique used to stimulate autophagy, where the body cleans out damaged cells with new ones. Autophagy means “self-eating”, where instead of eating food one’s body consumes its own fat. This can be used as a weight loss tool and a way for the body to “turn the clock back and create younger cells.” Autophagy is known to reverse diseases such as cancer which all start from defective cells.
Typically a standard approach to intermittent fasting is 16:8, which means having an eating window of 8 hrs and 16 hr fasting windows. During the fasting period the body may enter ketosis. Ketosis occurs during fasting due to low blood glucose levels. Ketone bodies circulate throughout the body to produce the protective effects from intermittent fasting. A keto diet, where 75 percent of daily caloric intake comes from fat, also helps stimulate the presence of ketone bodies. Fasting approaches such as OMAD (one meal a day) and extended fasts over a 48hr period are also useful, but only under proper experience and supervision.
Intermittent fasting protects cells when stressed and also enhances lifespan and quality of life. Scott Keatley RD, CDN, says, “Of course this takes energy and cannot continue forever, but it gives us more time to find nourishment.” Relying on high quality nutrition when intermittent fasting is paramount. Running the body on highly processed, low quality nutrition while intermittent fasting is overly stressful and a net negative. At Green Owl, our high quality 100% pastured meats will give you enough energy to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting. Our chicken, beef, pork, and lamb provide an abundance of energy that should be included during fasting of all types.