Am I weird that I feel it’s an accomplishment for me to have my stomach growl?
YES! I am a privileged North American woman. I have available food at any turn.
But, actually being hungry once in a while has created more awareness — of people who can’t eat nutritionally or when they need to, or towards what my body is currently doing. Am I dehydrated? (I may just actually be.) By making my stomach grumble once in a while has reminded me to eat when I’m hungry, not just when I want to be fed.
After a brush with cancer a few years ago, I’d been looking into intermitted fasting, there are studies that it itself can help restart a body’s cellular structure, and may even“restart the immune system. In clearing out old immune cells and regenerating new ones – it’s a process scientist say could protect against cell damage caused by factors such as aging, chemotherapy and possibly alzheimers.
“A detoxification process occurs, because any toxins stored in the body’s fat are dissolved and removed from the body,” noting that after a few days of fasting, higher levels of endorphins – “feel-good” hormones – are produced in the blood, which can have a positive impact on mental well-being.
Dr. Longo, Cell Stem Cell
Dr. Longo and colleagues, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, the team found that repeated cycles of 2-4 days without food over a 6-month period destroyed the old and damaged immune cells in mice and generated new ones.
Certainly food (or lack there of) for thought. For now, I’m going to ride out my intermitted fasting. I’ve just been finding that I’m satiated by the foods I’ve been eating. I don’t wake up hungry, so I don’t eat. I do have a coffee or a tea in the morning and often times have happily made it to dinner and still feel totally full with one portion and another cup of tea before bed.
As they say: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
We will see.