Fasting has changed my life, my body and my mind – and it’s easy.

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Who knew intermittent fasting (IF) was this easy, and could change my body, my mind and my life.

Bondi Beauty Founder Renae Leith-Manos talks about intermittent fasting.

“Fasting is the new black, Everyone from Beyonce to Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Hugh Jackman are doing it, and it guarantees weight loss.

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is not being called a diet, but ratter a new way of eating. It’s all about the timing of eating healthy, balanced meals, which kicks the metabolism into burning fat stores.

The science-backed benefits are extraordinary, from weight loss to a reduction in inflammation, lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure,  and even a reduction in the signs of ageing. It helps boost your immune system (by boosting the body’s productions of white blood cells) and can calm your gut.

Basically all of the above is achieved simply by giving the body and the systems within it a rest. Makes sense.

I know I eat too much, not easy to admit, but I eat too much rich food accompanied by great wine.  I am sure many people can relate to that.

A part of my job is to review restaurants and interview chefs and MD’s of luxury hotels, so in essence I am paid to over-eat, so even though I know how to eat well, I tend to eat poorly.

Renae Leith-Manos at la reserve beaulieu sur mer in The French Rivera last week.

I turned to IF to see what all the fuss is about, and it has been life changing.

Intermittent fasting is about fasting 2-3 days a week ideally, from 14-36 hours a day. When you do eat, you simply eat healthy, nutritious fresh food ( eg no processed food).

The key is, it is flexible. You can start by having an early dinner, finishing at say 630pm, and not eating until lunch time the next day and you will have fasted for around 17 hours. A great start.

I started with a 36 hour fast, which I started straight after an early dinner, so at 730pm. I was in bed by 10.30pm, and woke up to a day of no food, just water, a black coffee and herbal tea. It wasn’t easy, and the toughest part was cooking for and sitting and having dinner with my children, whilst I sat on a glass of water. They were not impressed.

My mind did play a few tricks on me, and flashed up snacks in my mind during the day, but overall, it was relatively easy. I went to bed at 10.30pm again, and woke up at 530am and went on my usual 8km run, and felt great.

I went back onto food, just eating as I regularly would – scrambled eggs and an almond smoothie for breakfast.

What I noticed most was how alert I was – it was incredible, and my energy levels were higher.

Two days later I fasted for 24 hours, so I had a late dinner that night.

For me, 2-3 days a week works, and I feel lighter, I have more energy and I actually feel less stressed.

Do your research, and ideally see a health professional, but what a great way to give yourself a boost.

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Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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