Since becoming a mother, this summer has been one of the busiest, most active and most fun-filled seasons I can ever remember. Numerous vacations, activities and visits with family had me sometimes feeling like I didn’t have a second to spare, but I loved every minute of it. I have to admit, though, that my dietary habits suffered a lot. Decadent food on a seven-day Carnival Cruise, gourmet meals at the beautiful Casino Rama Resort in Ontario and a few too many takeout meals eaten on the road had me feeling sluggish, stuffed and in need of a serious reset to my system. So for the next month, I’m taking charge of my health again with these three lifestyle changes!
1) Intermittent Fasting
I’ve been a fan of intermittent fasting for almost a year now, though I took a break from it this summer. In its simplest form, intermittent fasting is going without food for a set period of time. There are a few different cycles that people tend to favour and when I first started fasting, I would choose two days a week to have no food except for a 500-calorie supper. But after the indulgence I’d been enjoying, I knew I needed to kick it up a notch. So for the last week, I’ve been fasting every other day instead. Already I feel more energized, my mind is more focused and my stomach is less bloated. While many people love intermittent fasting for its weight-loss benefits, it’s also been shown to reduce inflammation, increase cellular repair, reduce insulin resistance and even improve brain function! [Read more…]