During pregnancy every two hours I would shake and begin to black out. Every one of my pregnancies brought on severe hypoglycemia. Afterwards, my blood sugar issues continued. I never got over the feeling that I had to eat every two hours. Therefore, it seemed an intuitive thing when I heard that eating every 2 – 4 hours would balance blood sugar. That has been the regular counsel for people with low blood sugar for some time. Healthy fasting seemed like a contradiction in terms.
New research into fasting and blood sugar suggests that healthy fasting might be a better way to resolve these issues than eating small meals more frequently.
If you are reading this blog and wishing you could join, but you think this is something that is out of your reach or would be too difficult for you there are many options for you.
One of the issues with blood sugar may be iron levels. Many menopausal women or women who have had a hysterectomy have higher than normal iron levels and suffer with high blood sugar. According to Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health, by P.D. Mangan, fasting is one of only a few ways to reduce iron levels, which might impact overall health, but especially blood sugar. That’s good news, if you are interested in joining Fasting Fridays and suffer with sugar imbalance. It is possible to experience healthy fasting.
The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore another great resource for healthy fasting if you have health issues and need encouragement about fasting safely.
Jason Fung, M.D., director of the Intensive Dietary Management program and author of The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, is an expert on fasting.
There are several different ways to fast. Intermittent fasting is a good option. It might be easier to stop eating four hours before sleep, and then don’t eat again for 15 to 18 hours, or longer. If you stopped eating at 7PM and didn’t eat again until about 2PM, that would be a healthy way to fast that you might find makes you feel energized rather than tired and agitated. There are many ways of doing a healthy fast laid out in the Complete Guide.
Another thing to consider is eating nutrient rich foods on days that you do not fast.
If you are suffering malnutrition, and many people are these days, fasting could be more difficult for you. Eating nutrient dense food on the days that you are not fasting makes for healthy fasting. You will feel more satisfied and you will not experience a heavy detox reaction by not eating on Fridays.
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