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Top 3 Mistakes People Make when Breaking a Fast – Thomas DeLauer
Fasting can be as simple or as complex as you truly want to make it. Ranging from the person that just wants to play around with their eating windows and structure their timing a little bit, all the way down to the person that wants to truly biohack their body and get down to the nitty-gritty of what they put in their body after breaking a fast.
But, the purpose of this video is to give you a breakdown of the big fast-breaking mistakes. These are the big things that people hiccup on whenever they’re breaking a fast. I wanted to lay them out, because rather than doing videos on how to specifically break a fast, it’s easier for me to do a video on what not to do. Then, from there, you can work in whatever you need to work in.
The first thing when we are breaking our fast, unfortunately, we should not be consuming veggies. I am just as healthy as the next guy. I am a big proponent of consuming lots of veggies. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Berg’s work where he always condones consuming a lot of veggies and promotes that. But, right when you’re breaking a fast is not the time to be loading up on veggies.
You see, some arguments will say that when you break a fast, it’s the best time to consume your veggies, because you’re going to absorb most of those nutrients, and you’re going to get all the power from it.
That would be true, but we have a few things that stand in our way. We have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth that stands in our way. We have sugars like raffinose that stand in our way, and we have fiber that stands in our way.
Let me break these down a little bit. By small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, what happens is after you break a fast, or after you’re done fasting, your body is very, very sensitive. That means your gut’s sensitive.
That means that you have a lot more of a tendency to have an overgrowth of bacteria when you do consume something. Veggies have different kinds of sugars and different kinds of fibers in there that are hard to break down and have a higher likelihood of fermenting.
Now, fermentation is not a bad thing, but it can be hard to deal with when you’re on a totally empty stomach after 16, 18, 20, 48 hours. It can be really difficult, and what can happen is you can have the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth that could just make you feel bloated. I’m not necessarily talking about a chronic condition here. I’m talking about just that feeling of distension and feeling pretty sick.
Then we have things like raffinose. Raffinose is, a perfect example of raffinose is broccoli. Broccoli is very high in sulforaphane, but, also in raffinose. Raffinose is a sugar that’s hard to break down.
Let’s go ahead, and let’s move on to the next biggest fasting mistake. This is combining your carbs with your fats. Now, for first reference, I’m only go to talk about those that are not following a ketogenic diet.
Now, if you follow my channel, you know I talk a lot about keto, so I’m going to address that as well. But, first and foremost, if you’re not doing keto, you’re just practicing intermittent fasting, what’s going to happen is when you combine your carbs with your fats is you’re creating an insulin spike. This insulin spike from the carbs can allow the fats to come into storage.
Now, it’s getting on to the next one, grains, lectins, and dairy. Now, I say grains with a grain of salt, no pun intended. With grains, I highly recommend just avoiding gluten and avoiding the processed grains. If you can get your hands on higher glycemic grains that are clean, I’m okay with that. An organic rice cake to spike your insulin might not be a bad idea if you’re not in keto. You’ll probably be okay with that.
But, lectins, you’ve probably seen my videos on lectins. This is a little bit complex. I don’t want to go into a whole lot of detail, because this is a pretty simple video that I want to keep for everybody. But, lectins are going to be things that are going to be in a lot of beans. You’re going to want to avoid beans, things like that. Then, you also want to limit your dairy.
In essence, what we’re getting out of this is for a very small period of time, with breaking your fast, you need to eat a very, very controlled diet. But, it’s the one time. If you can just control that one little window, you have a lot more flexibility the rest of the day. Just be very, very critical about what you put in your body during that first period where you break your fast.
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