HSP & intestinal complaints: why Intermittent fasting is difficult to sustain

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HSP & intestinal complaints: why Intermittent fasting is difficult to sustain

If you are HSP you are more likely to suffer from intestinal complaints, such as a bloated stomach, rumbling bowels, constipation, or diarrhea. This has to do with the fact that you receive much more stimuli than a non-HSP and perceive them more intensely. In addition, you also experience an energy dip faster that is often compensated by eating a healthy or not healthy snack. There are many benefits of intermittent fasting. This way of eating can be used, for example, to lose weight and to get calm bowels again. IF can be difficult to maintain if you are highly sensitive. Read in this article why it is more difficult for an HSP to practice Intermittent fasting (IF) and which tips will help you do this.

Intermittent fasting is difficult for HSP due to anxiety

As an HSP you are more likely to deal with fears that can often be found in daily life. Let’s say you’re doing intermittent fasting and you’re only allowed to eat between 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM. For example, you may fear that you will become light-headed if you have to postpone breakfast and do something without eating. You may even panic and have a panic attack or pass out. This is because highly sensitive people think much faster in cause and effect and try to avoid dangers. Because an HSP thinks more quickly about what can go wrong in advance, Intermittent fasting is not easy to apply.

HSP needs more food because of overstimulation and energy complaints

As an HSP you are more likely to have to deal with overstimulation due to unrest in your head. Think about your daily to-do’s, what other people would think of you and which bears are on the road. This is because you perceive stimuli from outside earlier and experience it more intensely.

HSP & intestinal complaints: why Intermittent fasting is difficult to sustain

This overstimulation can make you very tired in the long run, making you feel the need to eat something that gives you energy. This can be one reason why you feel the urge to snack in the afternoon or evening. You want to get over the overstimulation and fatigue right away, so you can’t keep up with the fastSuppressing your feelings through emotional eating is what takes precedence right now.

HSP finds changes such as Intermittent fasting extra difficult

Highly sensitive people often find life changes difficult. They like to know where they stand so they know what to do in a given situation. If you decide to start dieting and fasting, you will have to change your entire schedule. This can cause a lot of stress and can cause more intestinal complaints. Your conclusion may then be that Intermittent fasting does not help you and you stop it. It also took me a while before I could apply IF in practice. Watch the eating schedule I used for this and the video below with an interview about the benefits of Intermittent fasting and tips on how to apply it.

Highly sensitive people are often perfectionists, making IF unsustainable

HSP & intestinal complaints: why Intermittent fasting is difficult to sustain

Since many highly sensitive people are externally focused and often want to set a good example for themselves and those around them, they set the bar very high. They start with Intermittent fasting and want to meet the guidelines right away.

You may well imagine that if you are used to eating eight meals a day (including snacks and sugary drinks), it is very difficult to go straight to two or three meals a day. If you do this, you can suffer a lot from energy dips and start to feel bad about yourself. Try to let go of perfection and see what works for you. Starting breakfast half an hour later or having lunch a little later can also make a difference.

As an HSP, reduce your intestinal complaints with Intermittent fasting with these tips

The most important thing is to know what the pitfalls are when following Intermittent fasting as an HSP. You now know that you react faster to stimuli, find changes difficult, and are more anxious. It took me weeks before I could do Intermittent fasting. By making changes in small steps, you as an HSP can also reduce your intestinal complaints through fasting. The most important thing is to learn to listen to your body. Do you want to reduce your intestinal complaints?

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