My favorite recipes to break the 16/8 intermittent

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.

About me

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.