Looking for other ways how to introduce some freshness or taste into your fasting window?
Well, both parsley and ginger are known to be low-calorie, low-sugar alternatives to gum. However, to prevent you from looking a little crazy and smelling like a root of ginger, I can recommend other solutions.
If you have to have something during your fast, make it a drink. After all, staying hydrated is one of the keys to success while fasting.
Here are a few options open to you:
- Lemon Water: Lemon is both low in calories and a natural antioxidant. It is good for your digestive system and will quench your thirst. Just be careful not to go too crazy squeezing out lemon juice!
- Green Tea: If enjoyed without any additives, green tea has numerous benefits. It can suppress hunger and studies have shown that it can decrease cholesterol levels.
- Ginger Tea: if you really need some ginger, instead of eating it, try it with some hot water and gain the digestive benefits that come with it.
- Cinnamon: Adding cinnamon to your black coffee or black tea can also help to aid fasting through stabilizing your blood glucose levels.
- Black Coffee: perhaps the most popular fasting drink of all. Black coffee contains high levels of caffeine and can act as an appetite suppressant.
As you can see, there are a lot of options available to you instead of chewing gum. Each of the drinks listed above are not only safe to drink, but will actually give your stomach something to satisfy it as well.
This is essential because if you chew gum, the stomach will feel like food is coming because you are chewing. When food does not arrive, it will make you even hungrier. These are unnecessary risks that you want to avoid when trying to fast.
In conclusion, chewing gum and fasting might not be the best combination. If you need to have something while in your fasting window, try to keep it to one of the drinks listed above. They won’t raise blood sugar levels. Instead, they will nourish and hydrate you well enough to keep you energized until the next meal.
If you like the idea of burning fat at a faster rate, you can try our 21-day intermittent fasting challenge.
Or check out our other intermittent fasting blog posts. We have articles on various fasting nutrition-related topics.