If you think breakfast is the most important meal of the day to eat, you may want to reconsider your dietary schedule.  Recent studies have shown that intermittent fasting is one of the best ways to teach your body how to burn fat for energy, instead of sugar.  Skipping breakfast, as part of an intermittent fasting schedule, has shown to have many health benefits including the improvement of insulin sensitivity (preventing diabetes), weight loss, increasing energy levels, stimulating the immune system and boosting your levels of Human Growth Hormone.  HGHs are also known as the “fitness hormone”.  Intermittent fasting can increase HGH levels in men by 2,000% and by as much as 1,200% for women!  You can also improve your brain function when you practice intermittent fasting by boosting the production of the protein BDNF, which activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons.  BDNF also stimulates other healthy brain chemicals that prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and other forms of “old age” neuro-muscular system break down.

This is fascinating to me, because I started practicing this way of eating years ago!  I am a huge exercise enthusiast and I like to work out on an empty stomach (because I always felt better and had more energy).  I also like to go to bed around 10PM with an empty stomach so I sleep better.  At night when we’re sleeping the body becomes more alkaline and does a lot of cleaning and repairing, preparing for proper elimination of waste in the morning.  If you eat right before bed the body has to devote energy to digestion rather than the other duties I mentioned.  While you’re sleeping the body also generates HGHs for function and repair.  It’s these hormones that keep us young!

When you wake up in the morning, I suggest you drink 16oz. of warm lemon water.  Lemon is very alkalizing to the system and will aide in elimination.  Warm water goes directly into the bowel and will assist in eliminating waste.  You can add a pinch of Celtic Sea salt to the water for increasing minerals along with ½ t. of cinnamon (which will help stabilize your blood sugar).  Eat nothing else and go exercise, which will stimulate more HGHs.

The Intermittent fasting plan is that you only eat between an eight or nine hour period of time, during the day.  Personally, I consume my first meal of the day around 10AM and I finish eating dinner by 6-7PM.    Intermittent fasting is very complimentary to an organic nutrient-rich, whole food diet, so please avoid processed foods, sugar and fructose, excessive amounts of alcohol and other unhealthy lifestyle practices.  Intermittent fasting is contraindicated for people with hypoglycemia, diabetes, chronic stress or elevated cortisol levels.  Avoid fasting if you are pregnant or nursing.