Intermittent Fasting For Sobriety
Having lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks with intermittent fasting and sharing the results on the blog has been motivating and fun! Yet I’ve felt a little guilty for going off the rails a bit. This is a sobriety blog, after all. So I wanted to do a quick write-up of my thoughts on intermittent fasting for alcohol sobriety.
I’ve been sober for five months now. And I’ve only been experimenting with fasting for three weeks. Thus, I don’t have direct experience with using intermittent fasting for alcohol sobriety. But I can make a few assumptions.
In this post, I’d like to discuss five ways I believe using intermittent fasting for alcohol sobriety might be worthwhile.
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Intermittent Fasting Reduces Sugar Cravings
Perhaps the best way intermittent fasting can potentially help with quitting drinking is by reducing cravings. I have no idea if this is universal, but fasting for one day killed my sugar cravings.
Fasting might help with all cravings — at least a little.
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Intermittent Fasting Builds Discipline
I’m not gonna lie — in the beginning, intermittent fasting is a bit challenging. But something about making it 16, 18, 24 or more hours to your goal is empowering.
I’ve gone 24 days fasting every day now, and I feel so good about it! Perhaps discipline makes intermittent fasting for alcohol sobriety an excellent choice?
No Calories Means No Alcohol
A typical intermittent fasting plan would be at least 16 hours of no calories at all. Water, unsweetened tea, and black coffee are all that are allowed during fasting windows.
If you’re not ingesting any calories, you’re surely avoiding alcohol too.
Maybe you crave alcohol after work. You could plan to eat your last meal around 6 or 7 pm, ingest no food or caloric drinks past then, and likely ride out the wave.
Fasting Reduces Hunger
Have you heard of “HALT” (hungry, angry, lonely, tired)? You’re encouraged to address any of those feelings if you feel the temptation to drink or use.
Having fasted for 3 weeks now, I’m convinced that in the past when I thought I was hungry, I really wasn’t.
If drinking when you might really be hungry is a trigger for you, intermittent fasting can help you learn more about your body.
Becoming more aware of real hunger can eliminate the need to either eat — or drink — emotionally.
Physical Gains May Be Motivating
Finally, physical gains may make intermittent fasting for alcohol sobriety a breeze!
As previously mentioned, I lost TEN pounds in just three weeks of intermittent fasting. This was without any strict dietary changes or killing myself in the gym. Looking better, feeling lighter and having more energy are all positive changes that I’d be thrilled to maintain, even if still in my drinking days.
Do you think a similar result combined with all the other benefits might deter you from picking up that bottle? Maybe, right?
Intermittent Fasting & Sobriety
In conclusion, while I can’t say with 100% certainty intermittent fasting is a surefire aid in alcohol addiction recovery, I can confidently say that it probably could be beneficial. Everybody is different anyway so what works for one may not work for another. At the end of the day, we all have to pull from different sources and methods to come up with the strategies that work for us.