It’s the sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we’re in full holiday swing, with sugary sweets and drinks abounding, even while we’re probably still recovering from our Thanksgiving feast, am I right? If this sounds familiar to you, the idea of intermittent fasting may have crossed your mind once or twice. After all, why not give your digestive system a break and reduce your caloric intake in between two gigantic food holidays?
Interestingly, fasting isn’t just for counterbalancing indulgence. The idea of intermittent fasting has actually been around for years, and has been used throughout different cultures for different purposes. In many spiritual traditions, fasting is seen as a way to cleanse and purify yourself. Religions and philosophies that practice fasting include Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Jainism, and Hinduism.
The term intermittent fasting, however, has more of a health connotation to it and is spoken of mainly in the health community. There are a variety of types of intermittent fasts you can do, from severe to more relaxed. In this piece for Mindbodygreen, Lea discusses the pros and cons of intermittent fasting from a Registered Dietitian’s point of view, and some best practices to keep in mind if you do decide to give it a try.