My Second Fastiversary – plus Donate Your Dinner is back!
So… today is my second ‘fastiversary’. Two years since I first took a leap of faith and tried out fasting for one day, after watching the truly fantastic BBC Horizon programme presented by the inspiring Dr Michael Moseley. Back then I was fed up, frumpy, two stone overweight and worried about my long-term health.
More than a ‘diet’ – a life-changing experience
It’s been the easiest life change I’ve ever made. Two years on, I feel fit and energetic, still love eating out and baking, and – despite some really challenging times at home, and some comfort eating – I am still fasting, and still a healthy weight. In fact, I went on the scales this morning and discovered I’ve even lost a little more weight without trying. I am now 9 stone 5lbs, exactly 30lbs lighter than I was this time two years ago, with a BMI of 22.5.
5:2 has brought so many other positive changes: it’s given me the opportunity to write three books (the fourth is almost finished) that combine my fascination with health, psychology and good food. I now understand so much more about how our bodies work and how amazing they are.
A world-wide community with a shared goal
But the biggest thing for me has been discovering a great community, as we’ve learned and experimented together with how intermittent fasting can change lives. Our Facebook group, which started with me and a few friends, now has over 32,000 members worldwide. Seeing the stories, the photographs and the mutual encouragement is very inspiring.
Whether you’re just considering 5:2, trying it for the first time, or are a two-year veteran like me, I do feel we’re part of a revolution.
Your chance to give back – with Donate Your Dinner 2014
To celebrate, we’re also re-running our Donate Your Dinner campaign, in aid of UK Foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust. The 2014 campaign was only launched this morning, and already we are 7% towards our target. It’s simply about donating the cost of a meal you might not have bought on a fast day, or perhaps the number of pounds you’ve lost. If you can donate even the cost of a coffee, it’ll help the network of 420 food banks, which last year helped 900,000 people with emergency food and support. If you’re doing 5:2, you know we’re lucky to be able to choose when to eat, and this is a chance to help those who have no choice.