I work better with routine, as does Mark Mattson, the neuroscientist I mentioned earlier, who has been intermittent on an empty stomach for the past 35 years. When I sent him an email for his advice in the trenches, here's what he said: I would suggest that in the morning you drink tea or coffee and that you keep working until you reach the end of the day. at 1 pm. If you are exercising, you may want to exercise at noon. Then, eat a moderate amount of (healthy) food just after exercising (for example, 600 calories) and eat the rest of your food for a period of 3 to 4 hours in the end after Midday or early evening. The biggest benefit is that your mind will be clearer and you will be more productive throughout the morning.
That's what I did. I spent most of my work in the morning drinking a ton of water, black coffee, bullet-proof coffee, green tea (see what's going on). happened when a woman was drinking green tea every day for a month). By 11 am, my stomach siren was extinguishing, but knowing that noon yoga or a hike was not far away pushed me through. By the time I returned from yoga (1:30), the hunger was accentuated so that I could eat my first meal, usually Greek yogurt with berries and flaked almonds, without dreadfully gobbling it up . The rest of the day was easy: I usually had dinner and maybe a sweet snack and that's all. In a few days, it became my new normal, haunted switch off, and Mark was right: all that mental energy previously spent on food preparation, food planning, and consumption of food, cleaning of food seemed to flow elsewhere
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