With constant updates in nutritional science and the rise in fad diets, it would be easy to dismiss the current rise in popularity of fasting as just another wellness trend. However, with an abundance of scientific evidence and new studies emerging all the time, many types of fasting protocols are shown to have fantastic and wide ranging health benefits.
Not only rooted in many traditions and cultures, but also our ancient physiology, thinking about when you eat, not just what you eat, may improve your metabolic function, brain health, reduce the risk of many chronic diseases and slow down the effects of ageing.
Simply put, fasting can help you to access your body's own innate healing system. However It is important to remember that one fast doesn’t fit all - so always go with what works for you.
Our products with prebiotic fibres, nourishing proteins and ketogenic MCT’s offer effective sustenance designed to fit both into different fasting protocols and eating windows depending on your goals.
Our high fibre, high protein blends are packed with natural nootropics and adaptogens to help increase your alertness and improve concentration during your fasting or eating windows.
If you are on a gut-rest or metabolic fast, you may also want to try our True MCT Oil which can be added to coffee or taken alone to sustain your energy and support ketosis.
"Fuelled by the delicious Cacao + Collagen and True MCT oil intermittent fasting was a doddle."
Coffee + Collagen
- Just 35 calories per serving
- Natural nootropics to help increase your alertness and improve concentration.
- Adaptogenic ashwagandha known for its benefits in reducing stress.
- Baobab known for its ability to promote feelings of fullness.
- Chicory root fibre known to support weight loss through appetite regulation.
Cacao + Collagen
- With 33 calories per serving.
- Full of flavonols and polyphenols.
- Balancing ashwagandha for its anti-anxiety benefits.
- Baobab, known for its ability to promote feelings of fullness.
- Nourishment to help avoid in-between meal snacking.
True MCT oil
- Clean balanced blend of 60% C8 and 40% C10
- Contributes towards satiety and feeling fuller for longer.
- Popular nootropic support as a source of fuel for brain cells.
- Add to your favourite blend for the ultimate bullet experience.
- Energy source to help power through your day.
HOW DO THE ANCIENT + BRAVE BLENDS AND VEGAN COLLAGYN SUPPORT FASTING?
Some people find that the last few hours of their fasting window, which is typically the first few hours of their day, tend to be the most challenging. Many fasting protocols allow a small amount of calories to help and this is where the Ancient + Brave blends and vegan Collagyn range come in handy. Coffee + Collagen and Cacao + Collagen both contain a natural source of caffeine to help kick start your morning, and hydrolysed collagen peptides (units of protein) for nutritional sustenance to help you extend your fast to the finish line. If you are following a plant-based diet, then the vegan Collagyn contains vegan sourced key amino acids as an alternative to our bovine collagen. Coffee + Collagen, Cacao + Collagen and Inspired Collagyn also contain botanical adaptogens which help build stress resilience offering up support during busy and demanding mornings. All of these drinks are delicious with hot water. On a fat fast, adding a teaspoon of True MCT oil provides a source of fat that helps you feel fuller for longer and which cells can readily convert into energy and ketones.
COULD ADDING MILK OR MYLK TO MY COFFEE+COLLAGEN, CACAO+COLLAGEN OR VEGAN COLLAGYN INTERFERE WITH MY FAST?
Full fat, semi and skimmed cow’s milk all contain too many calories to keep you in fast. But if you use an unsweetened plant mylk, avoid ones that come fortified with extra protein and if you’re not adding half a cup at a time, then a little plant mylk shouldn’t make a big difference. As a general guideline, keep the total calories (of your brew + mylk) within the 50 kcal limit, so we recommend no more than 50mls of any milk providing the nutrition information states :Under 28 Kcal per 100ml, Under 2.5g of total carbs per 100ml, Under 2.5g sugar per 100ml, Under 0.5g of protein per 100ml.
DOES ADDING EXTRA TRUE COLLAGEN TO MY BREW AFFECT MY FAST?
Taking hydrolysed collagen is a popular health ritual so we totally understand why you would want to add some to your brew. There’s a limit to how much you can add before you end up disrupting your fast. In many fasting protocols, it’s generally considered that anything over 50 Kcal is likely to take you out of a fast and both True and Wild Collagen contains 18Kcal per 5g (approx. 1 tsp). Coffee+Collagen contains 35 kcal so you could add just under a teaspoon of extra True or Wild Collagen. Cacao+Collagen contains 32 kcal so you could add an additional teaspoon of True or Wild Collagen. Adding True or Wild Collagen to water, then you can add 3 teaspoons (15g) before you hit your 50kcal fasting limit. Adding extra True or Wild Collagen could give you that extra nutrition to help you feel full and satisfied until your next eating window depending on the protocol you follow. It is also a useful tool to help avoid snacking during your eating window. Read our Intermittent fasting page to find the right protocol to suit your needs.
CAN I EXERCISE WHILST FASTED?
Absolutely, although we recommend you listen to your own body whilst doing this. Some people swear by the benefits of fasted exercise, whilst it leaves others lethargic and unable to perform at their optimum.
The theory behind fasted exercise is that fasting depletes your body of carbs, forcing it to use alternative sources of energy to power your workout such as fat. However some people find fasted exercise leads to symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness or shaking.
Many people like to have something small and easy to digest before a workout to help with their endurance which is why True MCT and our True and Wild Collagen blended with a coffee has become a cult-favourite pre-workout drink
WILL I LOSE MUSCLE MASS IF I PRACTICE INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Muscle loss is another key consideration that could also be impacted by fasting during exercise. One review of early studies reported that pairing intermittent fasting with resistance training may help maintain or possibly even increase lean body mass; however we still need more science to support this benefit.
I THINK I HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE – SHOULD I FAST?
In this case fasting may not be your tool of choice. Instead we recommend nourishing your body, especially an hour after waking and enjoying our range of products across the day. Many of our blends contain Ashwagandha, which is a fantastic adaptogen for adrenal stress. We recommend you engage in the Brave Lifestyle by spending more time outdoors and getting your required daily dose of sunshine, ideally with your shoes off on the earth. Eat nourishing and warming seasonal foods and try to reset your circadian rhythms by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.
CAN YOU DRINK ANCIENT + BRAVE BLENDS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT FASTING?
Of course! Our products are designed to make nutrition and nourishment simple, easy and delicious. Many of our products contain botanicals and adaptogens which help build resilience to stress, so these products may be helpful when your to-do list is looking pretty stacked up. The vegan Collagyn range also contains essential vegan nutrients that are hard to achieve through diet alone, this range provides an excellent daily supply of vegan vitamin D, and choline.