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Can someone in layman's terms explain intermittent fasting to me? Because I already eat all of my food within an 8 hour window each day, so I am confused about the "fasting" part. Am I already apparently intermittently fasting by sticking to this 8 hour window? I eat between 9ish-5ish every day. I looked through the existing thread for IF'ers and I don't really understand the difference between... just eating between a certain timeframe and the 16:8 stuff or whatever.

Also, when is this supposed to be healthy for you, technically?

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Here's a lot of good info on the topic. We have a thread that's over 100pages. LOL. Also YouTube and Google can do a great job of the why's etc. Start at the first page.

But you are not at the point to even worry about that for months. :D Right now for today and next few months just worry about getting your Protein in and poopin! :D (and getting your liquids UP UP UP!)

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4 minutes ago, FluffyChix said:

Here's a lot of good info on the topic. We have a thread that's over 100pages. LOL. Also YouTube and Google can do a great job of the why's etc. Start at the first page.

But you are not at the point to even worry about that for months. :D Right now for today and next few months just worry about getting your Protein in and poopin! :D (and getting your liquids UP UP UP!)

Yesss I read a few pages of that thread but it is insanely long. lmao. I read some "Guide to Intermittent Fasting" I googled, but it seems like I am already... by virtue of when I eat anyways... doing that.

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https://blog.bulletproof.com/intermittent-fasting-guide/ I read that. I don't get how 16:8 is any different than me... eating everything within 8 hours. Or is it the same. *head explodes*

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5 minutes ago, mousecat88 said:

https://blog.bulletproof.com/intermittent-fasting-guide/ I read that. I don't get how 16:8 is any different than me... eating everything within 8 hours. Or is it the same. *head explodes*

It's no different. But the point is that you shouldn't be doing that right now. :) It's WAY too early for you. Set a schedule. Use the one your surgeon gave you!!! Mine started at 6-8am. :) I had something scheduled to go down my piehole every 2-3 hours in the early days. :) And between all that I had fluids to worry about. I actually started my day at 4am and ended it at 10-11pm and the whole day did nothing more than drink, eat, walk, and poop. :) I ate by the surgeon's schedule (or drank) and didn't deviate from it. And I definitely didn't begin IF or didn't do eating windows of 16:8. It's way too pre-mature and your tummy is too tiny and still healing. :) Oh and I ate by the clock, not cuz of hunger. I just knew I had to get my fluids in and get my Protein in and it was as hard and simple as that.

Does that make any sense?

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6 minutes ago, FluffyChix said:

It's no different. But the point is that you shouldn't be doing that right now. :) It's WAY too early for you. Set a schedule. Use the one your surgeon gave you!!! Mine started at 6-8am. :) I had something scheduled to go down my piehole every 2-3 hours in the early days. :) And between all that I had fluids to worry about. I actually started my day at 4am and ended it at 10-11pm and the whole day did nothing more than drink, eat, walk, and poop. :) I ate by the surgeon's schedule (or drank) and didn't deviate from it. And I definitely didn't begin IF or didn't do eating windows of 16:8. It's way too pre-mature and your tummy is too tiny and still healing. :) Oh and I ate by the clock, not cuz of hunger. I just knew I had to get my fluids in and get my Protein in and it was as hard and simple as that.

Does that make any sense?

I don't have a schedule by the surgeon. Just breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. That just happens to be when I eat, and there's enough time between each one. I am pretty much just having 3 or 4 of the 5 right now, and he says that's fine. My personal schedule is 8-9 yogurt, 10-11 small snack, 12-1 lunch, 5 dinner. *shrug* I go to bed at 7pm! lol. How in God's name do you stay up from 4am to 11pm. I would be dead. lmao. I get up at 7 and go to bed at 7 and want to die.

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6 minutes ago, mousecat88 said:

I don't have a schedule by the surgeon. Just Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. That just happens to be when I eat, and there's enough time between each one. I am pretty much just having 3 or 4 of the 5 right now, and he says that's fine. My personal schedule is 8-9 yogurt, 10-11 small snack, 12-1 lunch, 5 dinner. *shrug* I go to bed at 7pm! lol. How in God's name do you stay up from 4am to 11pm. I would be dead. lmao. I get up at 7 and go to bed at 7 and want to die.

Oh wow. Really? We were given a book/binder at the 1st RD appointment with all of that information in it and it included post-op scheduled food stages and advancement schedules with sample meals. If you Google Post Op RNY diets you will see several of them. Now whether they mirror your doc's advice or not, who knows. Right?

LOL in the early days I had a ton of energy (many do). :) So I just used that time to my advantage and I took a nap. :) Every live long day. I work at home.

And your schedule sounds fine, but why not add a couple ounce of Protein Drink in a morning decaf at around 7? Then add another couple ounces of Protein drink or a high protein chocolate milk (low carb low sugar) before bed at 7pm? That way you're getting in more liquids and more protein?

LC Choco Milk

8fl oz Fairlife Fat Free Milk (high protein)

1/3-1/2 scoop chocolate Protein Powder (or genepro--whatevs)

SF Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

You can make it into hot cocoa if you want--just mix the protein up cold first and slowly warm it in the micro.

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4 minutes ago, FluffyChix said:

Oh wow. Really? We were given a book/binder at the 1st RD appointment with all of that information in it and it included post-op scheduled food stages and advancement schedules with sample meals. If you Google Post Op RNY diets you will see several of them. Now whether they mirror your doc's advice or not, who knows. Right?

LOL in the early days I had a ton of energy (many do). :) So I just used that time to my advantage and I took a nap. :) Every live long day. I work at home.

Oh, I have a 200 page manual with grocery lists and food progression and meal plans and all kinds of stuff. But no focus on timing, specifically. Not that I can recall anyways. Everything is all jacked up since I am on extended puree foreverrrrrrr. Seemingly.

I have had zero energy. But I always have. Even tiny, skinny me had zero energy. lol. I can't keep my eyes open and crawl into bed at 7. The older I get (and mind you I am only 30), the sooner and sooner I crawl into bed. Staying up until 9 is scary because I'm like OMG HOW AM I GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH WORK TOMORROW. lol.

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5 hours ago, mousecat88 said:

The older I get (and mind you I am only 30), the sooner and sooner I crawl into bed. Staying up until 9 is scary because I'm like OMG HOW AM I GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH WORK TOMORROW. lol.

You're lucky you can sleep that much. It's a great accomplishment for me if I can get 8 hours. I'm 52 and it seems the older I get the less sleep I get. I feel way better if I sleep more so when I roll over and see 5am on the clock and I went to bed at 11pm, I'm pissed. LOL

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You're lucky you can sleep that much. It's a great accomplishment for me if I can get 8 hours. I'm 52 and it seems the older I get the less sleep I get. I feel way better if I sleep more so when I roll over and see 5am on the clock and I went to bed at 11pm, I'm pissed. LOL
I take Ambien and Valium each night so... yeah. lol.

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