On a Mission to Minimise – Thanks to Intermittent Fasting
Since I started intermittent fasting a few weeks ago, never did I imagine all the energy I would gain, not only energy but motivation to get moving on my goals and, well life in general. So, I stop eating at 6pm, sleep by about 11 and up at 530am for my morning meditation and yoga. Forget breakfast completely which was mega strange at first as I loved a giant smoothie about 9 ish. Then 12 comes along and that was my normal hour for lunch, but I am just far too busy decluttering, cleaning and general odd jobbing it. I time my lunch this week to fit in with my 30 minutes of TV for the day. I just can’t miss Home and Away, a great Australian Soap. So, I have a massive salad with all my favourite things and each day I add something different.
Okay so my mission this week is to minimise my life, I have been on this mission on and off for about a year now. On a good day I load up my car with clothes and off to my friends and sisters house to deliver. The bad days, I have nothing to wear and am told by my loving sister that I am always in black and look bla….queue running to the shops for a bright orange top only to bring it home to discover I DON’T SUIT BLOODY ORANGE, so another trip to my friends to deliver her new top.
This week however is a good week for me, I have stuck to all my daily disciplines which makes me feel amazing, I have spent a good 10 hours decluttering my home and now for the dreaded loft. I know this will take me some time as I am 38 years old and still have my diaries, drawings and birthday cards from day dot. It is funny what we become attached to in life but I am on my journey to become less attached and more present in the moment.
WHY? What is so great about having less stuff?
- I have more money to experience more things
- I have more time to do things I enjoy and discover new things that I may or may not be good at – So far interior design, glitter glue guns and refurbishing old furniture – Not very good at any but I had fun finding that out.
- For me, I don’t wanna spend half an hour searching through junk drawers for a pair of scissors..gaaahhhhh…
- Yes, it is true a clear and decluttered house gives you a much clearer mind
In my twenties I travelled about and had only one suitcase to my name, I lived each day at a time, my only worry back then was if I had enough money for a beer (actually it was more vodka red bull but I just thought beer sounded more cool)
Then I settled down and started a family and responsibility hit in, even the word responsibility makes me shudder. With that I fell into the trap of STUFF and kids like STUFF. I always felt like I was behind everyone else as they had their jobs, their mortgages and kids etc and because I was away travelling my Life started later? Isnt it funny how we say that – my life started..like we haven’t been living till then…weird.
Things just never seemed quite right though for me, I don’t really care about money, clothes houses cars and stuff and I think since I stumbled upon mindfulness after some horrible health conditions that I really began to take stock of my life.
So I shall keep going on my inner journey to improve myself and what I see in my outer world shall reflect this. A nice Clear calm environment to go with my new improved calmer mind.
This month I am grateful for discovering intermittent fasting as it has given me a new lease on life and is helping me to achieve my daily goals of remaining.
*if your looking for more info on Intermittent Fasting and Minimalism I have included some of my fave youtubers below
Markus and carl
Dr Pompa is big on fasting – I myself haven’t managed to fast yet but the intermittent fasting is much easier for me at the moment, not to say I wont get up to a fast eventually.
Intermittent fasting unlike traditional fasts or caloric restrictive diets are safe for weight loss and reversing inflammatory conditions. Intermittent fasting for weight loss avoids nutrient depletion and muscle wasting.
Below is Thomas Thomas DeLauer, he knows his stuff, highly intelligent guy who clearly puts what he teaches into practice.
Basically the benefit of intermittent fasting more so comes from the secretion of human growth hormone. I wanna focus this video mostly on that HGH secretion because that is such a big component.
There are a multitude of different reasons why intermittent fasting is great, and why it’s great to do from TIME TO TIME.
Okay so now onto Minimalist – Well I watched the documentary Minamalism and I follow these two guys on their podcasts and youtube videos
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known to their 2 million readers as The Minimalists, are the authors of several bestselling books, including EVERYTHING THAT REMAINS. They spoke at TEDxWhitefish about minimalism, the value of community, and discovering what makes people rich. For more info about The Minimalists visit http://theminimalists.com