Intermittent fasting

A perfect intermittent fasting beverage is water – of course. Maybe mineral water with a dash of salt. However, many people struggle with the almighty intermittent fast and desperately want to drink coffee. Well, I’ve been asked one million times by clients, just how much coffee can they have during the fast. Not much, if you ask me. Even the plain black coffee, with no sweetener, will spike the insulin after the second cup. In some cases, a second cup is already too much!

In short, what is Intermittent fasting?

As a ketonian on a weight-loss journey, you must have heard about it. You can find numerous articles online, of which the most informative is the one you can read in this link. Of course, intermittent fasting is not a new idea. People have been doing it for medical, spiritual or even cosmetic reasons since the beginning of time. Even the father of modern medicine Hippocrates mentioned something that could be described as fasting.

“Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help them in their work.  The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.  Our food should be our medicine.  Our medicine should be our food.  But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.”
                                               – Hippocrates

“Instead of using medicine, rather, fast a day.”
                                               – Plutarch

Modern times

However, much has changed in modern times. For example, in processed foods these days we have the omnipresence of sugars and trans fats – which leads to a large increase in obesity worldwide.

This increase had catastrophic consequences. Obesity not only increases the likelihood of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular issues but is also a significant economic burden. So, researchers are now looking for ways to alleviate ever greater obesity rates.

Constant hunger

Most people claim that constant hunger is one of their biggest challenges in adhering to weight loss plans. Intermittent fasting sounds like something they will not be able to survive and they keep asking for hacks and tricks. The best thing I can recommend here is to occupy yourself with something you love passionately. (Just not cooking) When you concentrate on something that gives you great excitement, you will not even think about food nor hunger. And with a grain or two of salt, your brain will immediately get the signal that food is not needed.

Short facts about intermittent fasting

Despite the popular belief, intermittent fasting is not a “diet” because there is no list of foods that you can or can not eat. Instead, it is more of a lifestyle change. Whether you decide to fast for 12, 14, 16 or 24 hours, you are simply managing the energy intake and teaching your body to burn your own fat for energy. Well, trust me, your body is well familiar with this technique, it just needs to be reminded!

But we can still drink?

Yes, and this doesn’t mean you can drink litres and litres of coffee and tea. Even if you take too much water, you could flush out all the minerals. The most difficult part for many people is dealing with the early morning beverage. When they just wake up, all they want is coffee. This is a cultural and psychological phenomenon. If your body could talk, it would ask you just for some water and a few minerals. Not coffee, not even tea. But, since we already grew to be addicted to certain taste in the morning, let me recommend you something that will change your intermittent fasting mornings into perfect and joyful moments.

Remember the orange juice?

In many movies and TV shows, you often see the main actor getting up from the bed and going straight to the fridge for some orange juice. How many of you have done this before? How many of you reached for the perfect sour-sweet ratio to wake you up. Even before the coffee? Well, even though the orange juice is one of unhealthiest options, the good thing about it is the citric acid, vitamin C and some minerals. So, if we exclude the sugar, maybe we can still enjoy this refreshing waking-up effect of orange juice?! Remember, orange essential oil is quite Keto friendly.

Intermittent fastingCaptain Picard’s Tea

I would recommend keeping the coffee for a later stage during the day. Anyway, you will not enjoy it as a first beverage in the morning as much as you would with cream, butter or sweetener… For a perfect wake-up beverage on an intermittent fasting day, I would recommend you something that even Captain Picard would approve! I am talking about Earl Gray tea, well with a dash or two of a secret yet unharmful additives!

I guarantee you a perfect hydration, perfect wake-up effect, pleasant taste and no fear of breaking the fast!

WIKIPEDIA ON EARL GREY

Earl Grey tea is a tea blend which has been flavoured with the addition of oil of bergamot. Bergamot is a variety of orange that is often grown in Italy and France. The rind’s fragrant oil is added to black tea to give Earl Grey its unique taste

Here’s a simple yet empowering recipe

Perfect Intermittent Fasting Beverage

Course Drinks
Cuisine Keto fasting
Keyword Fasting beverage, Keto fasting
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Apollonas Kapsalis

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Earl Grey tea
  • 1 micro scoop 100% stevia extract (not a blend sweetener)
  • 1 pinch Flower of sea salt
  • 1 pinch citric acid powder

Instructions

  1. Make the tea as usual and let it cool down a bit. Add a small pinch flower of sea salt, stevia and citric acid. Mix energetically.

  2. Enjoy it hot as captain Picard would, or add ice cubes on a very hot day! Don't worry about breaking the fast! 

Recipe Notes

Earl Grey is made with black tea but it's usually not a strong variety and it will not have the effect on your fast if you consume 1-2 cups.

Bergamot oil is literally present in traces and will not add calories to your beverage. But it will give the outstanding orange taste. 

Citric acid is very powerful, so make sure you use just a pinch. It could replace 2 tbsp lemon juice and unlike the lemon juice itself, citric acid will not add calories or carbs to your beverage.