Crescendo Eating VS. Crescendo Fasting
I am a crescendo faster! A crescendo faster, is someone who fasts between meals, who cuts themselves off of eating at a certain time in the evening, fulfilling a daily ritual. For example: dinner at 5pm stop eating at 7pm, and then fast until 9AM the next morning. I do it a little bit differently because I don’t get home from work until 8pm or sometimes up until 9pm and so I cannot have dinner until at least 8:30pm. So, as a crescendo faster, I make it a rule to stop eating by 10pm, and then I fast until morning and continue to do so by only having coffee for breakfast with cream, until I have for lunch, usually a hard boiled egg sometime between noon and 2pm. Then I fast again until I get home for dinner.
So, here is where crescendo eating can come into play; crescendo eating is about feeling ravenous so much so that you eat anything in sight while waiting for dinner. So, for example, if you are the type of person who either doesn’t eat lunch and fasts for the rest of the day and then gets home for dinner, but dinner isn’t ready and then you start to eat as you wait for dinner because the truth is you can’t wait for dinner, then you are a crescendo eater. Your hunger reaches an intense apex, where you just can’t hold on anymore, and at that point anything is up for grabs!
As a crescendo faster, what I do when I come across a situation in which I arrive home and I am ravenous, is that I have a good assortment of cheese, meats, olives, dill pickles, devilled eggs, etc., available to me in the fridge, so that I can within seconds put together a charcuterie board as an appetizer, which fills me as I wait for dinner to be ready. Zero carb, fills the emptiness, makes me feel accomplished and positive, cuts out my wolf-man, and allows me to eat regular portion sizes of dinner.
I, in discussion with Dr. Laurie have realized that we have this technique in common. Even though I work from home, I have a tendency to eat a late night meal myself, and I have found that having an assortment of low carb/no carb available to me within seconds, as both appetizer and dessert, allows me to feel not only full, but pampered, because if I am experiencing any sort of lack or emptiness, I get to fill it until such time as I feel full and fulfilled. At a certain point in the evening I have had enough, and I put it all away in plastic baggies, to be continued.
This charcuterie allows me to end my day positively and encouraged, as well as successful. I put the leftovers away, begin my bedtime ritual, and part of the daily ritual is also the start of the fast.
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