We have been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for so long that it seems like a pillar of nutritional wisdom. New research however points to the fact that this might not be the case. Wait, skip breakfast?!
The idea that when you eat can be just as important as what you eat is not a new idea. However, our ideas about when we eat have certainly changed in the last few years. While most people’s schedules have traditionally been built around eating three meals a day, for a while, it became common practice for those trying to be healthier to instead eat 6 small meals throughout the day. The idea was eating more frequently would keep one’s metabolism activated, and that you would be less hungry and have more energy.
This idea of eating multiple, small meals has become less popular, because new research into the idea of intermittent fasting has shown some promising results.
Fasting, of course, is going without food. People have used fasting for millennia for a variety of reasons related to faith, religion or health. Typically, a fast involves only consuming water but no calories from food for a period of time, whether it be certain hours of the day, to days or even weeks at a time. (If you ever choose to fast in this way, it is always recommended to consult a physician before attempting this type of fast.)
Intermittent fasting (IF) is the practice of restricting your eating window to a limited number of hours, usually 8 hours or less during any given day. This means, if your first meal is at noon, your last meal would be finished by 8PM. Some people choose to increase their fasting window to 20 hours of fasting, 4 hours of feeding. Some even only switch to eating one meal per day. There are other ways to incorporate intermittent fasting, but these methods are among the most common.
Research is pointing towards many benefits of intermittent fasting:
- Intermittent fasting has been shown to help people lose weight
- Intermittent fasting has benefits for blood sugar control
- People often report having more energy and better focus while intermittent fasting
- People report that it helps control hunger and cravings
- Intermittent fasting might have benefits against diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes
Many proponents of intermittent fasting say that it does not matter what you eat during your feeding period––within reason. Still, in the interest of promoting health, sticking to The Kaufmann Diet is likely a good idea. You will still be limiting the amount of mold poisons (mycotoxins) in your diet and starving any pathogenic yeast or fungi in your body by denying them their favorite food source (sugar and simple carbs), while gleaning the benefits of IF.
IF takes some getting used to for some people, and if you are new to The Kaufmann Diet, it might be beneficial to acclimate to the diet first before integrating IF into your regimen. But if you have been on the diet for a while, integrating IF may help take your health to a new level. The easiest way to integrate IF? Simply skip your morning meal. By skipping breakfast and finishing dinner 8 hours after lunch, you will have easily integrated a health-promoting strategy into your regimen without too much work.