Warning! This is bad Bad BAD advice.
According to Dr. Tara Swart, neuroscientist: “If you are under stress, eat every two hours for optimal brain function. Your brain can’t store glucose and so it is important to keep replenishing your stores. This will help you to maintain your focus and ensures a productivity boost.”
“It also ensures that your brain is well fed for any of the decisions it may need to make.”
“She adds that if you have the space to develop your mental resilience, then it can be useful to practice intermittent fasting as it teaches your brain that you can manage small amounts of physical stress, because you are in control of your recovery.”
When I’m stressed (which is a chronic state with fibromyalgia) I self-medicate on sugar. Sugar gives me an immediate dopamine boost which then sends my blood sugar crashing which then sends me to my medicine cabinet (the pantry) . . . .
When I read Dr Swart’s advice the pantry was bare (after I ate a package of sugar coated pineapple, 3 prunes, a bowl of Cheerios and a handful of almonds – I’m stocking the cupboards with health food).
Knowing my two hours would be up in another two hours I made a dash to the store. A mix of double chocolate brownies (on sale) was only $3.99 and a better bargain than the packaged bakery brownies at $5.99. Maybe my mental resilience didn’t need practice.
I had already eaten up (pun intended) 45 minutes of my two hour zone by going to the store. So I was doubly stressed making the double chocolate brownies knowing that two hours would be up before the brownies were done and the only thing left to eat were Cheerios.
Dr Tara Swart is a neuroscientist who probably is svelte, prefers salt over sugar and her brain is smarter to begin with than mine. I’ll bet she’s never had to practice “intermittent fasting”.