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RETHINK | Are fixed mealtimes helpful?

Hello my lovelies. So today let’s talk about fixed mealtimes. How did fixed mealtimes get to be a thing, should they be a thing, and more importantly are they helping or hurting your holistic health efforts? Let me say right up front that I’m not a fan. Never have been, and that’s long before low carb keto and intermittent fasting (IF) came into my life. And now I know why.

Intermittent Fasting instead of Fixed Mealtimes

Now that I’m an IF 16 8 convert I have ditched the fixed meal notion altogether. IF gives me a structure that works better for me. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Finding what works for you and using that in a way that adds value to your life. And that’s what I have done. 

Break Fast not Breakfast – Reinventing Mealtimes

So, it wasn’t hard. Breakfast has never gelled with me. All that marketing guff about the most important meal. Break the fast, they say. Well I still do ‘break the fast’, it just happens to be at around 11am – 12noon, not 7am. Giving up breakfast in favour of a brunch lunch was the single easiest thing I have done in my weight loss and health journey. I haven’t given up bacon and eggs, just moved them down my day.

It’s a blast to no longer have the hassle of ‘eating at breakfast time’.¬†

I can even make keto cloud bread and can build myself this delightful looking thing ….

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Here’s a wee video that cover the rest of my thinking on why fixed mealtimes made me fat. Or at least did not make a worthwhile contribution to my wellness.¬†Challenge yourself to understand what really works for you, not just some pre-scripted mealtime routine, but what really works for you.

I hope you have the freedom to eat when you are hungry, not when some food manufacture tells you to. As I continue on with my ketovore eating I have noticed my eating window, the time I eat, has decreased without any effort from me. I think fat just makes you feel fuller, while reduced carbs means less sugar cravings right. It’s a total win win.

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So give yourself permission to eat when it works for you, not because the clock says it’s 1pm.

And before you think I have traded one system for another and have no flexibility, I have the ultimate flexibility. IF works with any period of time. I can start my fasting time at 7pm, like I do, or at 7am if I wanted. When I meet a friend for dinner I can eat later, I just extend my end time out to make a 16 hour gap. It’s super simple. Plus I can eat whatever I want at any time. I might have scrambled eggs for dinner because I ate a steak at 2pm.

Flexibility with food as well as timing. WINNER!

IF and Keto Meal Plan

A while back I did this wee meal plan as an example of IF and keto working hand in hand. It’s not the only way to combine keto and IF, but it’s an example if you might be struggling to connect the dots. Use and modify as you see fit.

IF and Keto

Hope you might explore why fixed mealtimes might be holding you back. I went from fat, tired and unhealthy to someplace much better by ditching the carbs and changing my eating patterns. Just a reminder if you need it, me before, me now.

Wishing you well on your pathway to holistic health and happiness. If you are wondering how to start low carb keto then I have a 14 day preparation plan for that. Go here. Finding your tribe helps too, so for daily inspo and a bit of fun, head to Keto Queens Unite, our women-only Facebook group. We are a kind and judgement free zone to explore low carb, keto and IF.

Until next time, be kind to yourself, big love, Le xox

PS new designs in my Etsy shop – Xanthia Design … my little happy place, Le xox

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