As I discussed before in other articles, I haven been practicing intermittent fasting 16/8 sind last year July. Over the time I changed the patterns a little bit and right now I eat more often on an 18/6 intermittent fast. In the beginning my meals were quite random, since I tried to eat everything I would eat on a daily basis during just two meals. THAT was a huge amount of food and did not do any good to my digestion.
I started experimenting and changed the meals slightly as well. My first meal (my breakfast) is quite huge, whereas my dinner is much lighter. I try to eat fruits before (!) every meal, since it is easy to digest them. A fruit after a meal is much more likely to give you bloating or digestive issues. I also started to eat more leafy greens. I add the quite randomly to every meal and usually season them with a tiny bit of lemon juice.
Another thing I changed is my protein intake. Actually I lowered it and I consume less than 50 grams per day. My weight is always somewhere between 58 and 60 kg. Especially the new vegans and the cross-fitters might ask: Why? To keep it short and sweet: I bulk up easily and for the sports I practice, it is recommended to stay lean. For what I do, lean and dense muscles makes more sense, than huge glutes or quads. Another thing I discovered, since I reduced protein, is an improvement in my digestive system. I feel less bloated, digest food faster and generally have more energy.
I am not really the fruits bowl, raw foods or fancy super food vegan. Usually I break my intermittent fast with something plain and simple such as steamed veggies, potatoes, lentils, beans and sometimes pasta. During times of more hunger – especially the third week of the menstrual cycle or when I train very hard – I add more fat to my dishes. In my case more fat means an extra fist of nuts, almonds or seeds, some nut butter and a few spoons of coconut milk. My answer to sweet cravings are raisins, since they are really sweet ad you get local grown ones in most areas of the world.
I am Julia, vegan by heart, traveler and minimalist based in beautiful Portugal. I love simple but delicious food, ashtanga, skating, surfing and having a nice conversation over snacks and a glass of wine. I am blogging about vegan food, my minimalist journey, life hacks and my experiences as a traveler.