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Hey FaeryRae, I actually can't do yoga except in a fasted state. I follow Iyengar's teaching that yoga be done no less than 3 hours after eating, ideally after having evacuated. I'll rarely practice after 1 pm.
I think it's pretty widely practiced not to eat prior to yoga for a few hours (I hear you on not being able to do it after eating--that is just an uncomfortable thing to attempt!)--but I find my practice feels easier/smoother/better in general when I do a longer fast before it for 14-18+ hours. When I practice, I like to do it at the end of a fast, even if that's just in the am after not eating all night. I do find after a longer fast though, it's just a neat feeling!
I skimmed through the lean gains site. Interesting enough. I might revisit it at some point. Right now, I'm very much focused on the behavioral aspects of intermittent fasting. I think that's the foundation. Once that's established I can decide whether the content of my diet needs tweaking. For now, though, I'm loving eating the things I like during my feeding window. I like my coconut kefir green smoothies for breaking my fast. Sometimes I make one while I'm cooking dinner so that I'm not tempted to eat other things. In my book, green smoothies are an unrestricted/unlimited. And I am an absolute rice lover, and I like my seasonal fruits. As long as I can have my daily rice, my greens, and an apple or asian pear or two I am a happy woman. I also try to include adequate animal-based proteins and fats. I, too, am a TF-type, although I pick and choose the parts of it that suit me. Maybe as the kids get older I'll start making my own yogurt and kefir again, but for now, So Delicious Coconut Kefir and Fage Yogurt are working nicely.
Today I tried So Delicious Strawberry coconut kefir. I found that on its own, it's a little too sweet for me, but mixed 1:1 with the plain, it's actually quite delightful and refreshing, pretty filling, and not to bad a carb load. I needed something for when I'm unable to make an actual smoothie, due to time, being busy, etc..., so that I don't reach for something less than ideal to tide me over. This will do the job nicely.