Mar 23, 2021
I wrote Fast This Way to explain both the spiritual
as well as physical side of fasting but what people get wrong is
that they will try to use the spiritual practice of fasting in the
middle of a work day. There's such a thing as a working fast which
you do for more energy, high performance, and anti-aging and then
there's something called a spiritual fast which is something that
you do for spiritual development and they're just fundamentally
different. Until you do a longer fast with rest, relaxation,
meditation, and introspection, you're not going to see it. So, I
see a lot of people trying fasting and then it doesn't work and
they say they couldn't do it right because it sucks. Well, when you
do intermittent fasting right it doesn't have to suck. -
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Wellness Force Radio Episode 389
What is the right way to
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[1:30] The Spiritual Side Of Fasting
[16:30] The Science Of Self-Care Practices
[25:00] How To Do A Successful Fasting Practice
Why it's our mitochondria
dictating our willpower.
- Mitochondria—Fundamental to
Life and Health
What happens when you start a fast but your mitochondria are
untrained to go without food.
Why the calories
in, calories out model
does not work and it's actually mean-spirited because all calories
are not the same and it's denying people reality.
Unpacking the top benefits of fasting: insulin
doesn't rise and you
Common fears and concerns about fasting that make people
hesitant to try it at first.
Why a safe environment is important when setting up a space
passed on from generation
to generation can impact your mitochondria.
The importance of recognizing that your family's trauma and
passed on thoughts, feelings, and beliefs aren't you.
that we all have
wired in us including "hunger equals fear" and if we don't eat all
the time, we're going to die.
[36:00] Exploring Emotional Intelligence & Fasting
- 40 Years of Zen
What insight he can give us to begin a fasting journey
when we have
The fact that 15% of the average person's thoughts every day
are about food.
that we may
experience during our lifetimes.
Why we feel hungry if someone else is hungry because "hunger
equals death" and this is why parents force their children to eat
when they don't want
Why there is no food trauma in Dave's household because he has
made hunger not be a scary thing for his children.
The two different states that people have mixed up around
Why most cravings are caused by eating inflammatory foods
make fasting harder to achieve.
The science behind charred meat and browned onions and direct
Exploring the relationship between the microbiome and the
mitochondria and how they drive hunger
What happens when you eat something that stresses out your
How to tell if you ate the wrong thing if you're hungry 30
minutes later after your meal.
[46:00] Should You Fast Alone Or With A Group?
Josh's plan to do a 5-day vision quest
with a group and what he's
excited to receive from the experience.
His recommendations on fasting with a group compared to doing
it on your own.
The best way to start fasting and why you shouldn't do it in
the middle of a workweek.
Why it's totally safe to do a 3-day fast and whether or not
you should do a longer one with assistance.
How to do a self-inventory
and know if
you're a candidate to do a longer fast.
The power of taking small steps and starting with something
simple like an intermittent fast to build healthy mitochondria
before getting into longer fastings.
What the "Keto Flu
" is and how it's similar to
the "Intermittent Fasting Flu."
How activated charcoal
can aid your
fasting experience especially during a Fasting or Keto "Flu."
The three biggest biohacks
in Fast This
for during your fasting experience.
[55:00] The Benefits Of Prebiotic Soluble Fiber
Power Quotes From The
Can You Ever Fast Too Much?
"I know intermittent fasting works but I also see this trap that
I've been in several times. There's a fasting trap, a vegan trap, a
keto trap, and an exercise trap and they're all from the same basic
human behavior which is, 'You know what, if something is good, more
is better.' If you go into keto and you stay in keto all the time,
you will hate your life eventually. You'll feel great for a while
and then when it stops working, you'll think it's because you're
not keto enough and you'll go from 15 grams of carbs to 12 and
wonder why it's still not working and then you'll be stuck there
and fasting is the same way. If you fast heavy every single day, it
might not be the best idea. Fasting in moderation and learning how
to have less stress and more energy during a fast is sufficient."
- Dave Asprey
Building A Stronger Mindset
"In Fast This Way, I found this study that 15% of the
average person's thoughts are about food every single day. So, if
you turn off your hunger - Wow! You just got 15% more of your
thoughts back. If that's just our thoughts on food, then it's a lot
more for our fearful thoughts. Is it half your thoughts? Are
two-thirds of your thoughts about the fear-running thoughts, inner
critic, and angry voices in your head? If most of your thoughts are
hunger and fear, there's just a little bit left for personal
development and self-improvement." - Dave
Cravings vs Hunger
"From a somatic perspective, understand that there are two
different states people have mixed up around hunger. One of them is
cravings and the other is actual hunger. Most people only have
cravings and they never get to feel hunger. A craving is, 'If I
don't eat soon, I'm going to die;' you have to have it and it's an
intense feeling. Cravings can be caused biologically when you eat
certain foods; in fact many or most cravings are caused by eating
the wrong stuff. Then you have hunger which is that mild feeling
of, 'Yeah, it's probably about time to eat but it'll be okay if I
do or don't." - Dave Asprey
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