# Intermittent Fasting # Intermittent Fasting for beginners

Intermittent Fasting, MADAME CHIC, and the Jane Austen Diet

What do intermittent fasting, Madame Chic, and The Jane Austen Diet all have in common? How did I lose the baby weight after having four kids? These are all questions I'm answering in today's video

* Please note: This video and blogpost is for entertainment purposes only. Please consult your doctor before trying Intermittent Fasting or any of the diet or exercise advice I discuss in today's video. 

What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather a system of eating. With intermittent fasting it is not about what you eat, but about when you eat. That's not to say that you should eat an unhealthy diet... If you try IF, you should still have a healthy diet. But Intermittent Fasting does not prescribe a specific diet (like Keto, Paleo, etc.). You are free to eat how you would like to eat (which is good news for me because I do not like to deprive myself of my favorite foods).

There are many ways to do Intermittent Fasting. I do the 16:8 method, which means that I fast for 16 hours (many of those hours are while I'm sleeping), and I have an 8 hour eating window. This is how that works in my daily life: I eat dinner at 5pm (finishing by 5:30pm) and then the next time I eat would be breakfast the next day at 9:30am. That gives a 16 hour fast. 

How does Intermittent Fasting relate to The Madame Chic method? In my book, Lessons from Madame Chic, the first part of the book is devoted to diet and exercise. I share the lessons I learned while living in Paris including, snacking is so not chic, and deprive yourself not. One of the hardest lifestyle changes I had to make while living in Madame Chic's home was cutting out snacking. When dinner was finished, the kitchen was CLOSED. There was no late-night rummaging in the refrigerator as I learned on my very first night in their apartment. So not eating after dinner was difficult for me, but I am now doing this again with the Intermittent Fasting structure.

What about The Jane Austen Diet? This is a book written by Bryan Kozlowski that does a deep-dive into Austen's novels to uncover the wisdom of diet and health in the Regency Era. The book is not only informative, but really funny. Jane Austen also believed in mini-fasts as we discuss in today's video. Her philosophy also ties in to the "deprive yourself not" motto that I learned in Madame Chic's home. 

I go into these subjects much more in today's video, which I hope you enjoy. Here are some of the resources mentioned in the video: 

Lessons from Madame Chic The Jane Austen Diet My Rebounder Intermittent Fasting TEDx talk Dr. Mike on Intermittent Fasting Women's Health Magazine 

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Mrs LJ said...

I was excited to see this video today, as I have recently been looking into intermittent fasting! I even put a book at the library on hold (The Obesity Code) to learn more. Glad it worked for you and maybe I'll give it a go!

Sandy said...

Thank you for the information and reminders. We have slipped with some of our routines and I will be working to get us back on track. When we ate early enough before going to bed without full bellies, we slept and felt so much better. My hang up is always wanting a later glass of wine but I can give that up, and not grazing as I cook. We do eat an earlier breakfast because of early work hours, but the heartier meal earlier in the day as you mention (as opposed to a heavy evening meal) does help us get through the day better. You look great and it's so nice to feel good too. Again, thank you for the inspiration. I will work on having dinner ready to eat on time tonight.

Question - how do you manage kids and snacking? My tweens have big appetites but I also think sometimes they want to snack as entertainment while working on school etc. I think I will limit snacks and just like we do, have them sit and enjoy the snack and not eat while distracted. I want to help them develop good habits too.

Have a wonderful week! : )

Christine said...

I have been on this “plan” for about 6 months.
Hard at first but very rewarding.

ekonomiawjabluszkach said...

Jennifer, let me start by saying that you look great! I have tuned back in to your blog a few weeks ago and I can see the difference. I love this video. I am currently pregnant with my 3rd child so I cannot start following immediately but I am saving this video.

I do wonder, with all of you studying/working from home how do you manage the meals for the kids? Do you all eat sit-down meals (a la Madame Chic)? With you doing the fasting, do you just sometimes not eat but sit at the table? Before kids I used to do intermittent fasting all the time, as I'm just not a breakfast person. But now I find myself eating more because I sit down with the kids as I want them to have 3 meals at home. I always have breakfast even though I "feel" I don't need it, but I feel if I don't sit down and just hover by my little ones they won't eat. Result... I end up eating much more than I need!

Oh and thank you about the reminder of mindless snacking...

DD said...

I used to sip tea on the afternoon and evening to distract myself from mindless snacking, but even decaf and herbal teas messed with my sleep. Now I sip hot water from a nice mug or cup instead. It has been magic! Because it's hot, I sip it instead of gulping it down, and reaching for that cup replaces reaching into a bag of chips.

Gigi said...

I have been doing intermittent fasting, more or less, for the majority of my life - minus when my child was tiny. I'm generally not hungry in the morning so I just don't eat until I get hungry and, mostly, cut off eating after about 6 or 7 in the evening. It sounds so much harder than it actually is.

jnethery said...

I was very inspired by this youtube video on IF. I am planning to make some changes and implement this type of fasting for the next few months while I'm mostly working from home. I also ordered the rebounder that you use. I am getting ready to retire in the next few months and I think this routine will work for me. Thank you for the inspiration.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Thank you so much, ladies, for your thoughts on the Intermittent Fasting video. I plan to do a follow-up video where I discuss many of the popular questions. I received hundreds of questions so that is the best way for me to respond. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll see you on the blog tomorrow! With love, Jennifer

Krystal said...

Thank you SO much for posting this video Jennifer!!! I had been wanting to try IF and this was just the push I needed! You reminded us of all of the other benefits besides weight loss which I also really appreciate! Anyways, I have been doing it since your video and I’ve really been able to stick with it! YAY!!! Cutting off eating in the evening around 5:30-6pm has been life changing! My breakfast at 10am tastes SO good too! It’s amazing how much more you enjoy food and how delicious it tastes when you’re only eating in an 8 hour window each day! Cannot WAIT for the follow up video on this!