Here at Oaktree we often fast for our breakfast. Does that sound weird? I know a lot of people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is that true? Why would anyone fast for 16 hours a day? Isn’t that crazy? At Oaktree we often do things that are much different than others, but this is definitely a good thing to do – not a crazy thing just for adults, intermittent fasting can be a very healthy thing to do. Basically, we don’t fast every day, but we do about 3-4 times per week. Here’s how it works: We skip breakfast and eat the first meal of the day in the early afternoon, around 1 or 2 pm. Then we eat our dinner around 7-7:30 pm. We don’t eat again until 1 or 2 the next day. The idea here isn’t to cut calories. We actually eat a big meal for our first meal of the day and end up eating the same amount as we usually do in one day, just in 2 meals instead. We are not starving ourselves. (As a side note, if you are not feeling well, pregnant, or doing lots of exercise that day, it is best to eat breakfast.)
Why do we do this?
If you think about it, as a society we eat all the time. Our digestive system never gets a break. From breakfast to snacks and other meals, it is always working. With intermittent fasting, our digestive system gets a chance to reset and rest for a while. This is a good thing. It is also an easy way to lose weight while not losing muscle mass. The most impressive argument that initially made us look into intermittent fasting is how it can be used as a natural way to fight cancer. Fasting also increases 1) Insulin and leptin sensitivity, reducing the risk of chronic disease. 2) Ghrenlin levels, also known as the hunger hormone to reduce overeating. 3) Your ability to become Fat Adapted, which increases your energy by burning stored fats.
During your fasting time, we recommend you drink lots of water with lemon if you need help to curb your hunger. You are also able to drink green juice and coffee and it still counts as fasting. Martin’s favourite thing to make is Bulletproof coffee. Basically, you add butter and MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides, kind of like coconut oil) to your coffee and you blend the whole thing together for a nice rich creamy cup. Our friends usually say it’s the best coffee they’ve tasted. (Dr. Emilie can’t judge – she’s never had a cup of coffee in her life…loves the smell though J) As a bonus, this week we are giving out MCT samples to let you try the proper way of enjoying Bulletproof coffee!
Fasting may be a difficult process to get used to at first because your brain may tell you that you need to eat. Dr. Emilie had a tough time in the beginning. She used to feel dizzy at first, but eventually, her body got used to it. In time, fasting will become easier as you overcome these mental challenges. This can be tough, but we can help. There is a good chance that from the hundreds of people that we have coached and supported we can help you create your easy and sustainable fasting formula. There are also loads of resources on intermittent fasting online – look it up.
Let us know if you give it a try!– Dr Emilie & Martin