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verbeier Tue 03-Feb-15 22:16:31

I did 5:2 last year for about three months and got on really well with it. I then fell off the wagon and have restarted. Its all going well, except for the insomnia on fast days. Is there anything I can do about this? At the moment I have a lunch and a dinner of 250 calories each. I would love to have full dinner only but in the late afternoon I have much rushing around, collecting multiple children and found myself feeling bit faint without a lunch. Any tips from all you lovely experienced fasters?

BigChocFrenzy Tue 03-Feb-15 23:22:01

Hi there
Insomnia is usually just until your body gets used to fasting (again, in your case) Most folk thereafter sleep better than ever.

Suggestions wrt food on FDs:
. Lower the GI, to keep insulin level steady and reduce hunger. So:
. Just lean protein or eggs, plus masses of veg - will fill your tum too.
. Cut out starches, fruit juice
. Don't have fruit or yoghurt with supper
. No coffee or coke after 3pm (caffeine)

. Avoid electronics for at least 1 hour before bed, i.e. no tablet, TV, game console etc during that period.
. Make sure room is dark and quiet

verbeier Wed 04-Feb-15 14:48:09

Thanks BigChoc, some good advice here! I'm completely in the fasting zone so was disappointed with such an annoying side effect. Glad to hear it usually goes!

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