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Welcome to my Intermittent Fasting Toolkit!
This tool kit is small in size, but HUGE on useful information and items that will help you start and remain on track with your intermittent fasting lifestyle.
This toolkit has all of the items that I personally use (and read) that I found (and still find) VERY beneficial for my intermittent fasting lifestyle.
Table of Contents
To Get You Started!
If you haven’t already, check out some of my blog posts to help get you started with your intermittent fasting lifestyle! They are short and quick and can give you a nice overview when it comes to intermittent fasting!
The Blog Posts.
The Short Course.
Want more? Then sign up for my 3-Day Self Paced Email Intermittent Fasting Short Course. In this short course, I dive into the specifics of the fasting schedules, tips to get you started, and how to help keep you focused for success!
The FREE Apps!
Intermittent fasting is so easy you really don’t need too much to keep you on track. For me, I like to track my daily fasts and I like to track my weight on a daily basis. There are many apps out there that can do what these apps do, but these are the apps that I’ve been using for the past few years and they work just fine for what I need them for.
Before I understood what intermittent fasting was and if it was right for me, I dove into the books. I needed INFORMATION! Reading about intermittent fasting, about how to successfully fast, and about all of the health benefits of intermittent fasting that I can enjoy, only helped keep me on track and gave me all the reasons to live this lifestyle. I hope you enjoy these books and learn just as as much as did!
Many intermittent fasters view the Obesity Code as the book that got them started. In this book, Dr. Fung talks about why our current method of weight loss (calories in vs. calories out) simply does not work, why it’s actually causing us to get fat and why intermittent fasting is not only a successful weight loss tool, but an excellent health tool. I was pretty much sold on intermittent fasting after reading this book. So much amazing information.
Fast, Feast, Repeat is Gin’s latest book about intermittent fasting and it’s a great compilation of her previous books (Delay, Don’t Deny (DDD), and Feast without Fear). I read Delay, Don’t Deny after the Obesity Code when I first started intermittent fasting, and I still believe that it’s a great book full of great information, but this latest installment not only includes what Gin writes about in DDD, but what she has learned since she wrote DDD. If intermittent fasting scares or confuses you, this is a great book to read.
I read Dr. Herring’s book, The Power of Appetite Correction, after I read Delay, Don’t Deny. It was the book that sealed my intermittent fasting deal. Dr. Herring dives into the science behind appetite correction and provides tips to reset your appestat. Want to know how to get to a place where your body tells you “I’m full”, a place where you stop the binge because you have taken the steps to correct your appetite? Then read this book! It’s short but full of so much information.
All the "Things"!
The beauty of intermittent fasting lies in the fact that you don’t need all that much in terms of “things” to be successful. For me, I like to have my “go-to’s” in place for my fasting time and to have my “go-to’s” in place for my feasting time. These items below are what I use on a daily or weekly basis to pretty much guarantee my success. I use them all the time and have been 100% satisfied with them for a good long time.
For the Fast.
I go into more detail about HOW I make it through my daily fasts in my 3-Day Short Course, but what I can tell you here is that the items below are an integral part of my daily fasts. They play a HUGE role in my fasting process.
When you start intermittent fasting you will start to hear a lot about all the different things you can drink during your fast and it won’t take long until seasoned IFer’s will start singing their praises of all different kinds of sparkling mineral water. And, while I certainly drank my fair share of Topo Chico, I decided that I wanted to take a more sustainable route when it comes to my sparkling mineral water. Over the past year, I have been making my own sparkling mineral water by using my Soda Stream and a Trace Mineral Drops.
Black coffee and intermittent fasting go hand-in-hand. For a good while, I was drinking my black coffee from the Kuerig, but I always wanted a Nespresso Machine. I wanted to “up my coffee game” so last year my husband surprised me with a Nespresso Machine for my birthday. I’ve been hooked ever since. While the pods don’t jive with my sustainability mojo, Nespresso does recycle their pods so I do take full advantage of that free service and send my pods in when needed. I drink a minimum of two cups a day as a part of my fast and for the health benefits that black coffee has to offer.
For the Feast.
As an intermittent faster, and someone who now only eats one main meal a day, being prepared to make one GREAT meal a day has become an integral part of my intermittent fasting lifestyle. And, since I just LOVE simplicity, I rely on the few items below to help me choose, prepare for and make those meals.
If you’re only go to have 1-2 meals a day they might as well be amazing, right? I am a HUGE Skinnytaste fan. I mean, HUGE. I don’t think there has been a recipe that I have made from Gina that was not family approved! Since I don’t yet own an air fryer I don’t make any of those recipes, but I frequently make the Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, and one-pot recipes. I’m also a huge fan of her website. So many amazing recipes.
For a long time, I had this bad habit of writing my shopping list on the back of whatever piece of paper I could find. (Not the best planning method) Then, one day, I found this shopping list while I was in line at some store somewhere and instantly fell in love. Since I only eat a meal (or maybe two) a day, I want to take some time and plan the meals that I will make during the week and this little shopping planner helps me do just that! And, once I have the plan complete I use the back of the planner sheet to write out my shopping list.
Geez, I guess if you don’t already have one of these, and you’ve been on the fence about getting one, I can at least tell you that it is totally worth it. While the meals aren’t “instant” they sure are tasty and having the ability to use only one pot sure gives us busy folk more reason to invest in one of these. I use mine 2-3 times a week cooking, primarily, Skinnytaste meals from the One and Done cookbook or from recipes on on the Skinnytaste website.
And that's that!
The beauty of intermittent fasting truly lies in its’ simplicity. There are no tracking journals or scales to buy, no product to purchase that will “guarantee” your success. It’s just you, the fast and the feast. And, while nothing that I list here is necessary, they are certainly very helpful.