It is important to develop a stable routine when intermittent fasting, but due to examinations it gets really tough for me.
Intermittent fasting has reduced my appetite drastically, and I don’t get hunger pangs during the fasting period. However, when I study I get very stressed and that makes me think about food all the time.
Since September, 2018, I’ve been eating one meal a day (OMAD). However, I’m trying to get back to the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting, so that I do not get ‘hangry’ when I study.
I basically eat the same foods when I do both fasting plans. The only difference is that I eat all the meals within 2 hours when I do OMAD, and I space out the meals when I do 16:8.
OMAD Meals :
As mentioned in the post about my diet plan, I start my meals with a bowl of salad, followed by my main meal, and a cup of yogurt and nuts.
I usually eat double the quantity of salad shown below.
My main meal :
Protein (Egg, Chicken and Cottage Cheese) and a cooked Vegetable, with Chapati or Brown Bread.
16:8 Meals :
My first meal :
I start by eating a bowl of Oat Bran Porridge with Apple and Banana, sprinkled with Sunflower Seeds:
I then eat 2 Eggs with a Chapati or Brown Bread. I eat either boiled eggs or scrambled eggs with cheese or egg chilli-fry (we call it egg bhurji in India) :
After a few hours I eat a bowl of salad. I’ve now started adding fruit to my salad, which makes it more tasty.
My main meal :
My next meal would usually be some form of Protein (Cottage Cheese or Chicken, sometimes a little of both), and a cooked Vegetable, with Chapati.
As usual, I end my eating window with a cup of Yogurt, a few pieces of Peanut Brittle and a small bowl of Nuts.
While doing the 16:8 method, if you feel hungry in between meals, you can snack on any of the following :
1) A slice of brown bread or a chapati, with peanut butter
2) A fruit
3) A small bowl of nuts
4) Air-popped popcorn
Make sure that you consume a lot of water, both during your eating as well as your fasting windows.
As I am lactose intolerant, I drink ginger tea and peppermint tea during my eating window.
During my fasting window, I drink green tea and peppermint tea. Black coffee is also a safe option, provided you don’t add sugar.
I hope this post has helped those of you who want to start eating healthy but are confused about what kind of meals to eat.
P. S. I upload my food pictures daily on Pinterest, you can check them out here.
I’ve also written many posts about how I used intermittent fasting and healthy eating to lose around 40 pounds in less than 6 months, you can check them out here.
Thank you for reading! Stay blessed!