Nutrition is a significant factor in overall human health and using it to your and your patients’ advantage can optimize recovery efforts as well as long-term health. From dietary changes, to fasting strategies, implementing nutrition-based practices into your treatment plans could very well be the best thing for your patients’ health.
The term “fasting” can have a negative connotation because there is a fine line to be walked between losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle and developing an unhealthy lifestyle that can put someone’s life at risk. It is very common, especially in today’s culture, to accidentally cross over the line.
Fasting does not need to be an unhealthy practice. In fact, it can have health benefits that modern medicine (prescriptions, operations, etc.) has a hard time providing.
Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP, has fasting tips that you can learn and apply to your practice to ensure that your patients are being mindful when on a fast:
- Stay Hydrated
Rest and Relaxation
- 1/2 body weight in oz daily of filtered water or herbal tea
- No alcohol
Avoid streneous activity, but don't be a couch potato
- Take time to repair and regenerate while fasting
- Plan fasting time strategically
Gentle movement, like a nature walk, is key Emphasize nutrient-dense foods on feeding days/hours
- Colorful, non-starchy vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean, clean proteins
- Healthy plant-based fats