Even if you normally eat a very healthy diet, it’s likely that you still have a tendency to overindulge and “let yourself go” during the holidays. Most of us do. And between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we seem to spend more time at holiday parties than we do at work, it can be especially hard to stay on track. But it’s still possible to stay healthy during the season of celebrations, and fasting can help.
Fasting is defined as taking periodic breaks from eating, typically lasting up to 24 hours at a time, once or twice a week. There are many health benefits associated with fasting, and the practice can be helpful in preventing obesity, improving disease biomarkers, reducing oxidative stress and preserving learning and memory, according to researchers at the National Institute on Aging. (1)
Excerpted from the Observer