So I’m over a week into my experiment. My morning blood glucose readings continue to be in a much better range: 6.4 mmol/L, 6.2, 6.6, 7.1. Moreover, I’ve been testing my blood in the afternoon and readings have been below 6.0 mmol/L.
My diet is virtually no carb save for the small amount from cream in my coffee and a little bit of cheese here and there.
My wellbeing, if anything, has been better across the last four days. Those who have ever fasted may know that a mild sense of euphoria can manifest itself. Well, I’ve been experiencing euphoric moments, off and on, for days. I’m guessing that’s a combined effect from the intermittent fasting and lower blood glucose.
My energy levels continue to be excellent.
I slept very well last night and the night before…eventually. I woke up though with an upset stomach that did not go away for an hour or so. Could it have been a bit too much grass fed roast beef? Maybe. It may have been too many supplements or even the fact that my stomach has probably shrunk a bit due to the small eating window. I cut back on the supplements last night. I’ll reintroduce the two I cut out (cinnamon and gymnema sylvestre) and see what happens.
As I said to my better half yesterday, I think this is my new way of living. It is sustainable. I don’t mind eating my first meal at 1:00pm or 2:00pm. I believe with a couple of one-day fasts over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to get my HbA1c into the non-diabetic range. Watch this space.
So I’m on day four of my eating window experiment. My routine is simple:
I have a big coffee with some cream when I get up at 6:30.
I eat lunch between 1:00pm and 2:00pm.
I eat dinner between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.
No snacks between meals.
No food after dinner.
I’ve been eating very low carb for the last four days. For a couple of days I’ve gone full carnivore. I’m planning to have a very light lunch today, maybe a couple of handfuls of walnuts and a square of 95% chocolate. I’ll have a steak for dinner…with melted butter on top!
Blood Glucose Results
There has definitely been an improvement in my readings when I wake up in the morning (6.5 mmol/L, 7.1, 6.8, 7.0). This means my blood is getting into the low sixes and high fives during the day.
With a bit more fasting, I think I’ll be able to get my blood glucose into the non-diabetic range which is 5.7 mmol/L and below.
Energy levels have been great and I feel a bit more focused in the mornings and early afternoon. It’s a similar feeling to multi-day fasts. Given that I’m not eating for around nineteen hours between dinner and my next lunch this isn’t a surprise. I’m essentially on a nineteen hour “mini-fast” every day.
This is an easy one to maintain I think. I haven’t had any big food cravings. I do miss the idea of having bacon and eggs in the morning. However, I can always have this at lunch. Who’s going to stop me?
I’m going to fit a one-day coffee/water fast in next week and see if that continues to bring down my morning blood glucose readings. Overall, I’m very encouraged with this new intermittent fasting regime.
As I wrote a while back, I’ve been planning on experimenting with time restricted eating. Well now’s the time.
I was watching a great interview with Dr Ken Berry on the Primal Blueprint podcast. He got talking about all kinds of things and one was a small eating window.
Berry and Elle Russ (the interviewer) both have very “tight” windows: between four to six hours. That’s it. That’s when they eat.
I guess you could say they both have a little bit of a cheat in the morning. For instance, Dr Berry wil have a little grass-fed butter in his coffee in the morning; Russ has a small spoon of coconut butter.
The cheat is fine with me. It means I can have my monster coffee with cream in the morning.
So what’s my plan? Simple: big coffee in the morning; lunch at 2:00pm; dinner no later than 7:00pm.
I’m going to follow this regime indefinitely and post a weekly report beginning next Friday.
For those who are interested, here’s the interview. It’s worth a watch in my opinion.
Dr Mercola has an interesting article and interview on a host of topics: autophagy, intermittent fasting, anti-fragility and resistance training. His title seems a bit misleading to me, since Covid is more of an aside than anything else. It can be found here:
and here, though he wants you on his mailing list: