I have long practised the art of fasting; for the weight control benefits sure – but also for the health and mental wellbeing that it affords. On the latter it is much more than mere wellbeing by the way. Fasting enables an extraordinary boost in mental acuity. With no doubt whatsoever, I am at my sharpest and most capable when fasted for about 20 hours or more. Thus I prepare for stressful or challenging situations – by not eating for a long period in advance.
Reading “The Complete Guide to Fasting” was a hugely enjoyable experience. While doing so the above quote from Julius Caesar sprang into my mind. Caesar sees the danger in Cassius, his intellect honed from lack of overfeeding. Deep down might we all like to be Cassius? Perhaps not the dangerous piece. But certainly the lean and sharp-minded aspects. How do we achieve this state of body and mind? How do we reverse metabolic disease and poor health status? Is it just by old-fashioned calorie-counting, and perhaps getting your macros right (i.e. healthy LCHF)?