Intermittent fasting for food addiction? Let’s discuss.

Posted on July 28th, 2015

I’m a cautious fan of intermittent fasting and have previously shared my thoughts on the best way to go about it. But I picked up on something in an interview with American integrative doctor Chris Kresser recently that stoked the fasting fire a little.

Image via ville-noire.com

Image via ville-noire.com

As something of a side note to his ramble about how he personally flirts with this particular food fad, he mentions the spiritual aspect of intermittent fasting:

“Where for some people who can get a little addicted to certain aspects of food or certain types of food or our relationship to food starts to feel a little bit out of whack, then intermittent fasting can be one way of resetting that.” He goes on:

“(Intermittent fasting) can really set you free from some habitual patterns around food.” 

I reflected on this a bit. I personally have rigidity around a few food issues. I get anxious when a meal is not a proper meal. And I’ll eat a heaping meal even if I’m not hungry. I struggle to respect my appetite. To manage this Read more

The I Quit Sugar One-Pot Wonders Cookbook is here!

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

Most of you know how much I love stretching out meals to make them more sustainable and cheap. I tend to bore my mates with the topic. It was inevitable, then, that the I Quit Sugar team would conspire to shut me up by creating a One-Pot Wonders Cookbook featuring my favourite no-brainer, densely nutritious shortcuts for getting meals onto the table.

Here’s why I love it so much:

* It’s simple on a stick. All 33 recipes can be prepared in one single pot. Less chaos, less washing up.

* It’s sustainable. The Sunday Cookups a geared at creating waste-free dinners that provide you with leftovers during the week.

* It’s affordable. Most of the dishes are under $5 a serve, some are even $3.

Forthwith some pretty pictures that tell the wondrous One-Pot Wonders story: Read more

Ditch the NavMan for a more meaningful life!

Posted on July 21st, 2015

It’s a simple idea, but one that intuitively gels: Navigating without technological aids like Google Maps or Navman works an important part of the brain associated with a sense of self. Finding where you are helps you find yourself, says a study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet.

photo via The Little Red House

It goes like this:

Exerting ourselves spatially, extending ourselves to have a better sense of our relative relationship to the world connects us with the part of the brain that craves to know where we are and, thus, who we are.

My take is that the more we work this muscle, the more we get a sense of where and who we are. So often with matters of the mind, mere striving is enough. It plonks us on the path and then “life” takes over from there.

For me, bike riding and hiking totally connect me into myself. They’re instant techniques for this. I reckon it’s in part because of Read more