7 Things I Learned From Doing Intermittent Fasting For 7 Years

Multi-tasking is a huge mistake.

If you want something done right, you put all your effort into that one thing to make it perfect.

You don’t half-ass it while you’re doing other things at the same time.

This applies to eating as well.

When it comes time to eat, EAT.

There are hordes of brainwashed people in this world who believe you’ve got to eat 5-6 small meals a day to “stoke your metabolism”.

Most people believe the propaganda that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you miss breakfast your day will be ruined.

What a bunch of baloney!

Eating 6 small meals a day is a nightmare!

You’re completely ruled by the clock, you’ve got to eat every 2-3 hours or you’re feeling irritable and angry.

You’re never full, tiny meals don’t satiate you like big meals do.

It’s a never-ending cycle.

I don’t know how anyone can get anything done eating so often!

Imagine the time saved if you ate only one or two meals a day and completely stopped worrying about getting your next meal in.

Leave the grazing to the cows.

Eat like a Lion.

A Lion eats once every day to every few days and a Lion eats huge.

This type of eating plan for humans is called Intermittent Fasting (IF).

On IF (Intermittent Fasting) you have a set eating window where you get in your meals and you fast the rest of the day.

Typically you have an 8 hour eating window and a 16 hour fasting window.

I like to eat just one or two giant meals per day and be done with eating.

I use the time spent not eating building this website, writing, coaching, researching, conducting business, and improving my body, mind and spirit.

I skip breakfast and I have been skipping it since 2015.

Here are the most important 7 lessons that I have learned from doing intermittent fasting over the past 7 years:

1. Breakfast is Completely Overrated. It is NOT the Most Important Meal of the Day.

In fact, breakfast slows down your mental acuity.

When you skip breakfast you are a lot sharper and more clear minded.

This is because every time you eat food, your body shuttles blood away from your brain and into your digestive system to help digest your food.

It takes a lot of energy to digest food, energy that could be used for more useful things during the day.

The next time you eat a meal, notice how your energy drops after.

So forget breakfast, eat later in the day and use your energy to get your business going, smash the weights in the gym and study and learn with a lot more focus.

2. You ARE What You Eat

If you eat nothing but processed garbage and fast food you’re going to look and feel like garbage.

Processed food and fast food is created by multi-billion dollar, profit driven corporations that have zero care for your health and well being.

Their “food” has zero nutritional value, is loaded with toxic chemicals and GMO’s that zap your energy and your vitality, and ultimately shorten your life.

Eat nothing but REAL food 6 days out of the week.

By “real food” I mean food that will eventually spoil.

Stick to the outer section of the grocery store for your food.

A Lion eats pounds and pounds of meat.

My two meals of the day I eat Steak, Fish, Chicken, Eggs, Butter, with plenty of raw veggies and fruit with minimal grains and starch (oatmeal, potato, rice etc..)

It’s what Vince Gironda called the strong man’s diet.

Eating this way takes care of any hunger pangs.

I’m almost never hungry.

All the protein and fat from the meat and eggs keeps you full for far longer than any carbohydrate based meal, eliminating any need to snack or graze.

My eating window is from 2-10, so I get my two meals in during that time frame.

Always eat the biggest meal post-workout, the real most important meal of the day.

Pick one day out of the week to have as a cheat day.

On this day eat anything and everything you want.

Life was meant to be lived after all.

If you’re eating right on the other days this cheat won’t make you fat but will actually help to lean you out.

Plus you will probably be so disgusted at what you ate you’ll be really happy to start eating good again the next day.

For all you muscle-heads scared of losing all your gains – stop worrying!

You’re not going to lose all your hard-earned muscle just because you don’t eat for a few hours.

Serge Nubret ate only one meal a day – 4-5 pounds of meat topped off with rice and beans.

Does it look like his muscles wasted away?

3. Intermittent Fasting CURES Allergies, Anxiety, Depression, Indigestion, Colds, the Flu, Brain Fog and MANY other ailments and illnesses

Back in 2015 I had allergies… BAD!

I had a runny nose or a stuffy nose nearly 24/7.

I had itchy, red, watery eyes nearly all the time.

I thought I was doomed to suffer allergies forever.

I thought that was my fate in life and I accepted it and went about living life with allergies.

I also had chronic anxiety, on and off depressive moods, frequent colds and flu, a less optimistic mood, poor digestion, and other modern ailments.

But then a funny thing happened…

In 2015 I started experimenting with intermittent fasting and within a week my allergies went away.

They just disappeared.

Poof.

No longer did I have a constantly runny nose or itchy eyes.

Was there something wonderful in the 2015 air that cured my allergies?

Not even remotely, our modern air is polluted to the point of being poison.

So how did my allergies seemingly cure themselves?

My allergies did not go away out of thin air, my allergies went away because I started doing something new with my diet.

What did I do?

INTERMITTENT FASTING

Miraculously, the intermittent fasting diet routine is what cured my allergies forever.

It also cured my chronic anxiety, periodic depression, frequent colds and flu, and quickly, too.

By giving my system a break from non-stop eating, my ailments healed themselves in a matter of 7 days.

Here’s the deal; when you don’t eat anything for at least 12 hours, that means NO calories whatsoever from food or beverages, your body enters something called “Autophagy”.

When you enter Autophagy, your body cleans out all the dead, used up (old) cells in your brain and muscle tissue.

Your body literally re-news itself in Autophagy.

Like a snake that sheds its old skin every winter season.

During Autophagy aging slows down, dead cells that carry illness and disease vanish from your body, and you feel super energetic, optimistic, vibrant and rejuvenated as a direct result of this cleaning out process.

Those allergies, the constant anxiety, a depressed mood, indigestion and many other ailments that I thought were there to stay simply went away when I started eating less food AND by fasting through a large part of the day.

When I don’t do intermittent fasting such as on a cheat day, my allergies and other problems never return.

Autophagy works like nothing else to cure you of any illness or ailment.  

4. Meat is KING

100 years ago there was a great explorer named Vilhjalmur Stefansson who spent 11 years in the arctic.

For 9 of those 11 years he ate nothing but meat.

When he came back, the scientific community was shocked and they didn’t believe that people could live on only meat.

So they did a study: For one year Stefansson and another man, Karsten Anderson, were allowed to eat nothing but meat and drink only water.

At the end of the study these two men were evaluated and deemed perfectly healthy.

These are the reported results (from wiki):

  • There were no deficiency problems; the two men remained perfectly healthy; their bowels remained normal, except that their stools were smaller and did not smell.
  • Stefansson’s gingivitis disappeared by the end of the experiment although there was an increase in the deposit of tartar on his teeth.
  • During this experiment his intake had varied between 2,000 and 3,100 calories per day and he derived, by choice, an average of almost eighty percent of his energy from animal fat and almost twenty percent from protein.
  • Daily intake varied from 100-140 grams of protein, 200-300 grams of fat, and 7-12 grams of carbohydrates.

100 years later we seem to have forgotten the work of the great explorer and we still believe we need vegetables and fruits and grains to be healthy.

After reading about the one year study, and after reading Steffanson’s own book Not By Bread Alone in which he chronicles his years eating nothing but meat, I was inspired to try it myself.

Personally, I found that my time eating a lot of vegetables, fruits, and especially grains produced profound negative results.

These results include:

    -massive brain fog

    -massive bodily bloat

    -constipation and frequent trips to the toilet

    -symptoms of hypoglycemia

    -my bones hurt

    -and I believe I had early symptoms of diabetes

Something had to be done and about 2 years ago I greatly cut down on my vegetation intake and I felt a lot better.

But I was still eating carbohydrates in the form of oats, potatoes and occasional gluten free pasta.

I wanted to do my own study and see what would happen when I completely cut out most carbohydrates and ate 90-95% meat, also know as the zero-carb carnivore diet.

So that’s what I did.

I set out to eat almost nothing but meat for 30 days.

What I experienced profoundly changed my life.

Within just a week or two eating very low carbs I had the clearest head I have ever had in my entire life.

I credit this profound realization (brain fog is caused by carbohydrates) to my renaissance.

Before, I’d be able to do great work only sporadically.

After upping my meat intake and dropping my carbs down to less than 80-90 grams a day, my productivity tripled.

The “Hangry” feeling vanished

I had steady energy throughout the day, never experiencing lulls in energy.

My mood completely stabilized on this diet. I was never once angry, anxious or stressed.

I attribute this to the complete lack of blood sugar spikes from eating very little starchy carbohydrates.

5. The Human Body Never Completely Digests Vegetation

Humans cannot properly digest vegetation, which is why you fart so much after eating plants, beans, and other high-fiber foods.

Ruminant animals such as cows have different stomachs than us and they can digest vegetation.

Ruminants (e.g. cows, deer, goats, antelope, bison, buffalo, moose, giraffe, elk) have a specialized stomach for fermentation, which requires that they chew, regurgitate and chew their food (cud) again.

We humans don’t do this (thankfully!).

(By the way, our digestive differences start in the mouth. Most ruminants have a thick dental pad they use to chew plant-based foods and they don’t have upper incisors.)

The ruminant has a stomach that is made up of four separate compartments, each with its own digestive function.

After bacteria have done the job of fermenting cellulose, ruminants digest those bacteria in the fourth stomach chamber — the only enzymatic digestive chamber in their complex four-stomach system.

Unlike humans, ruminants do not absorb glucose from dietary carbohydrates via an enzymatic process. Instead, they get their energy from Volatile Fatty Acids (VFAs) through fermentation of fibrous and non-fibrous carbohydrates in the first two chambers and obtain the majority of their protein from the digested bacteria (i.e. microbial protein) in the fourth chamber of their stomach. (source)

In a nutshell, the animals eat the vegetation that we cannot properly digest and they turn that vegetation into vitamins. Then we eat the animals and get our vitamins that way.

6. Veganism = Death

If you need more convincing that we humans are primal animals MEANT to eat meat, then you are either ignorant to the laws of nature or you have been sufficiently brainwashed by the food industry (or both!).

The vegan diet is a form of eating disorder and your vegan friend is mentally ill.

All vegans are profoundly deficient in important vitamins and suffer from extreme malnourishment.

Meat and animal fat is a vital necessity for the brain.

When the brain does not get the nutrients it needs, mental illness appears.

“Dr. Deans warns that many of the nutrients our brain needs are often found in meat and animal proteins. When our brain is lacking in these vitamins, the levels of glutamate in our bodies is lower, which causes an increase in feelings of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When our brains don’t have enough zinc or iron, both of which we find in meat, then it’s expected that one can experience mood swings.

Dr. Deans recalls that in the past she’s treated patients who believe they’ve had a panic attack but are really just experiencing iron deficiency.

These feelings can compound themselves even worse in vegetarians who are unsure what to eat and instead reach for white bread, rice, pasta, and cereal. Experts call this the “carb-itarian diet” and warn that the “resulting seesaw of blood sugar and hormone levels may lead to even more irritability, depression, and anxiety.” (source)

Here is a video showing you the reality of what happens to people who don’t eat animal products (must watch): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJnPZgLHHWQ

It’s a very disturbing look at the extreme mental and physical deterioration that vegans go through.

7. Fasting Makes You Feel Like a Million Dollars

When you fast, mood elevating (feel good) hormones go up, creating a unique “high” that you cannot get from any drug or food.

After 12 hours of fasting Autophagy causes a huge spike in the hormones adrenaline and norepinephrine.

When these hormones are elevated you feel energetic, laser focused, optimistic, joy, calm and clear headed.

There’s so much more out there to focus on and appreciate other than food or substances that you put in your mouth to make you feel good.

Not eating for at least 12 hours brings true focus.

To increase focus and energy even further while fasting, I like to drink a small amount of unsweetened coffee or green tea before my 1st meal.

If you want to cure your allergies, chronic anxiety, stress, bloating, headaches etc… I strongly recommend you to try intermittent fasting for at least 7 days.

During these 7 days you should eat all of your meals in either an 8 or 10 hour window.

The remaining 14-16 hours of the day you should drink only water.

You can start off with a 12,13,14 hour fast until you eventually reach 16 hours of fasting.

What are you allowed to eat if you intermittent fast?

Chicken, fish, beef, rice, potato, sweet potato, all vegetables, all fruits.

Basically, you are allowed any natural food to eat.

As always it is best if you avoid any unnatural, man-made foods as these foods are the culprit of your illness, unease, allergies and ailments.

Do not drink milk or eat yogurt!

Dairy is a very big cause of many ailments for many people.  

After 7 days you can go back to eating processed food and dairy again if you want, but give yourself 7 days to see how well you react to not eating it so frequently.

Guess how you’re going to feel when you’re not sick all the time…?

In 7 days you are going to feel a lot better and you’re going to feel truly AMAZING.

Is intermittent fasting a good long-term diet?

Yes. If you do it right and make sure to eat plenty of REAL FOOD during your 2 or 3 meals in the 8-9 hour eating window..

Again, make sure to eat plenty of REAL food when you are not fasting as you need food to survive and thrive.

Fasting is the #1 way to re-set your metabolism and supercharge your immunity to prevent and reverse ANY disease.

Fasting is not just for weight loss.

But always remember…

Your allergies and illnesses are caused by the FOOD you are eating and, in my experience, allergies and digestive issues are caused by eating too much food too frequently.

Fasting gives your stomach a much needed break from digesting food constantly.

Our ancestors thousands of years ago lived on a feast and famine basis.

That means they did not eat food constantly but only when they hunted and killed animals, which sometimes could be days, even weeks apart.

What about doctors and medicine?

As I’ve said hundreds of times before, doctors will not try to cure you, they will try to give you medicine and pills instead of results.

MEDICINE WILL NEVER CURE YOU OF THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING.

Go see a doctor if you want toxic medicine with awful side-effects and don’t want to do any work to actually FIX your illness and unease.

If you want to fix your anxiety, allergies, depression, indigestion, constipation, bloating, gas, rashes, and other ailments, well, you may want to do a small fast.

Until next time,

-Adi

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5 thoughts on “7 Things I Learned From Doing Intermittent Fasting For 7 Years”

  1. Once again great article Adi. My question is what do you think about meat only diet and adding juicing also? I have cut eating salads and veggetables but juicing give me great energy also /especially juicing oranges and lemons.

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  2. Just the post I needed to see! I’ve been thinking about intermittent fasting for awhile now..not to lose weight, but to be more productive as food usually slows me down. But I had no idea the effects it’ll have on Allergies! I’ve had allergies my whole life too, tried numerous supplements to cure them, but nothing worked permanently. I’m going to try this today, I’ll keep you updated!

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  3. Great post, I had some experiences with fasting in the past and I really can confirm there’s more mental lucidity and many of the ailments one suffers normally just go away. It helped me a lot to stop smoking. When you put the food aside you realize how much there is to life other than oral gratification.

    Most people spends their days jumping mindlessly from one oral gratification to the next; one snack, one drink, one meal, rinse and repeat, thinking only with their reptile brains and going with the flow. When you have enough mastery over yourself to control one of the strongest urges of the body there is a whole new level of consciousness you operate on.

    One of the best reads on the subject of fasting is Upton Sinclaire’s “The Fasting Cure”. It’s a century old book but there’s a wealth of information that will be very persuading for anyone that wants to do it but is still hesitant. It also explains the persecution the medical profession has exercised on fasting advocates and the kind of misinformation they’ve spread. One caveat though, is that Sinclaire recommends extended fasts as a cure (+24 hours), but it still is very informative and it’d probably persuade many of you to try it if you’d read him.

    When I was following an intermittent fasting plan I had year round abs, but I was also freezing all the time and my testosterone levels plummeted.

    I don’t measure my T levels but in my experience with fasting I never felt the typical symptoms of lowered test and in fact some studies show an higher than 100% increase in T from fasting. Could it be that because you were trying to be as shredded as possible you were under-eating cholesterol and animal fats which are what T production largely depends on?

    Whatever it is, I’m glad there is more advocates for fasting out there. Unlike the authority based medical advice, fasting spreads by word of mouth because it works. Thank you.

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  4. I am curious of what you were eating on a daily basis prior to start your first IF ??
    Was it meat every day with eggs ? How many green veggie, salad and how many fruit would you eat ? I am a crazy maniac about nutrition, diet and every human being has their own need…
    And if your diet wat too much “yang”, it can cause a lot of stiffness and keep your toxins in your bloods… Anti-oxydant in ( FRESH!! ))fruit, (FRESH !! ) vegetables can cure a lot of diseases .. IF is above off course… but balance in all keys of life is essential …

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    • Meat and eggs are #1, veggies and fruit are important but don’t overdo it.
      They can clog your digestive system if eaten too often.

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