Now that the Lenten season has unfolded, a no.of questions from dieters has also been raised with regards to what options they have, to make the fast metabolism diet a continuous course.
We are aware that fasting is harsh in our metabolism. Be reminded that when our body is switched into starvation or survival mode, it starts depositing fats, for our body to survive. Which in turn defeats the whole purpose of doing the fast metabolism diet. How do we meet and follow our religious fasting obligation but not ruining your fast metabolism diet? Here are the tips you can apply this Lenten season:
- Eat a Phase 3 dinner meal the night before you fast
The night before you start fasting, let’s say on Tuesday night, go for a full Phase 3 dinner meal (Lean Protein, healthy fat, fruits, vegetables). No matter what phase you’re in right now, you can disregard your phase-specific meal for the night and go for Phase 3 meal. But instead of eating a grain, try to eat sweet potato or legumes, also try to eat phase 1 fruits.These foods will help stabilize your blood sugar and calm the adrenaline in your body.
- Drink lots of water during your fasting
Continue drinking the usual amount of water during the fasting days. As much as possible, stick to the plain string water as it has the best electrolytes among other types of water. Drinking water can keep you hydrated and let your liver run smoothly.
- Have a protein-based snack in the morning during fasting
The Christian fasting may allow us to have one full meal and two snacks throughout the day for Holy Wednesday and Good Friday. In these days, eat a protein-based snack in the morning (e.g. hard-boiled eggs, smoked salmon) and don’t forget to include vegetables in it. After your morning snack, you can have a your main meal on the afternoon (protein, vegetables, grain and healthy fat). For the late afternoon/early night snack you can eat raw nuts with veggies.
- Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal after fasting
After how many hours of food deprivation and fasting, it is no doubt that your stomach will be sensitive. We need to treat it gently and not overdo your first meal. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal like oatmeal, quinoa porridge or even soft brown rice. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg and stevia for flavors. You can eat strawberries or blackberries for fruits. These phase 1 foods will help calm your adrenalines and your sensitive stomach. Afterwards you can resume on eating your phased-specific meals in the afternoon and go back to your normal track once again.
Hope this helps everyone who would choose to go fasting this Holy Week. May we have a meaningful one.
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