I’ve practised 5:2 fasting for the past eight years and counting. And I’m a cyclist too. It is possible to fast and ride. This isn’t an article strictly on the science behind it, but a chance to share my personal experience of how and why it works for me. Why do I fast?
I went through menopause at 42. My mother did too. I didn’t know. The question never came up, and I never asked. I lived a healthy lifestyle and didn’t think of it. Ladies, it’s an important topic as you age if considering motherhood.
Before menopause, I went through infertility treatments to conceive. But no luck after 12 months of a heavy hormonal regimen. In short, I got the baby fat, but no baby. It was hard since I had a lean, athletic build my entire life.
I took on a layer, particularly around my middle, where the injections went. Post-treatment, I suffered cysts as a medical side effect from my body’s hormonal imbalance. Meanwhile, my menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes, were intense and a nightmare to endure. I just wanted to feel like “me” again.
Menopause remains somewhat of a science mystery. Because of our monthly cycle, researchers didn’t include women in medical trials until 1993. Shocking, isn’t it? I was already in a hormonal balance crisis and didn’t want any artificial HRT (hormonal replacement therapy). But I was looking for a natural means of mitigating the severity of my symptoms.
This is where intermittent fasting comes in. I […]