Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. I went on a roadtrip to visit my mom’s side of the family for a reunion in Wisconsin.
My husband gifted me some pretty sweet bowflex select tech dumbells. He knows the way to my heart!!
It was fun and included an iced dark chocolate mocha, french fries and an ice cream sundae. #noregrets
But today is going to be a fasting day. I just got done watching most of the “Skinny on Fat” series and Supercharged the movie. The series really should have been more condensed. Each episode was over 2 hours long and there was a lot of repetition. The Supercharged movie was pretty cheesy (low carb!) but had some good info. But again, mostly just more of what I already know I should be doing.
I say “should be” because the two things that stick out to me are two things that most human beings are pretty resistant towards- fasting and purposeful cold exposure. #notfun But if you want to get the best results, as far as being healthy, lean, and staying young- you have to embrace some discomfort.
One thing that sticks out to me is that now science is backing up practices that people have been embracing for health reasons for eons. Fasting as a religious practice has basically always been practiced. When I read about other people’s struggles to get into ketosis, it taking days and being very uncomfortable, I was surprised. I got into ketosis the first day and it really wasn’t a difficult process. Now I chalk that up to the fasting I’ve done over the years for spiritual purposes. If you go extended lengths abstaining from food you will go into ketosis even if you don’t mean to or have any idea what that means. At that point you have more fat-burning flexibility. Your body is much more adept at transitioning. Fasting has been embraced as a powerful spiritual tool throughout human history but now we can appreciate the truly amazing benefits . Fasting is probably the closest thing to the fountain of youth that we currently understand.
Up here in Minnesota we have what’s known as the “Polar Plunge”; where people will cut a hole in the ice (on a lake, of course) and jump into the freezing cold water. I used to live by a dentist who swore by this and would jump into our icy lake often. I thought these people were nuts. Nuts, maybe, but now we know the amazing health-promoting properties of exposing your body to intense cold for brief periods. It’s even better if you can alternate hot and cold. Like they do in Scandinavian countries- go from the sauna to the ice. If you don’t have access to a frozen lake you can always mimic this in the much less cool (but still effective) basic ice bath. Or even just cold water bath. I think there’s one in my future that I am currently psyching myself up for.
Why go through all of this? Well, I am 32 and I want to get better and feel better with age. I spent a lot of my 20’s feeling horrible and I have a lot of life I want to live. Oh, and I also want to look great while doing it. 😉
So here is to living life. Enjoying sundaes and fundays but also getting out of your comfort zone to tap into powerful, ancient health-rejuvenating powerhouses!!