I came across a nugget that protein stop/reduces autophagy during extended fasts. Dr. Fung recommends consuming bone broth during fasting with the purpose of the consumption of the broth aids in being able to complete a fasting interval, which is fine. When I fast, I want the maximum benefit so I am now limiting my fasting fluids to tea and water. I recently completed a 60 hour fast with tea and water and it was fine.
I will confess that I have given in to putting cream in my coffee on the days I was intermittently fasting (rather than black coffee). I now reserve coffee + cream consumption to the days I am not fasting. And you know what, it tastes wonderful.
I will continue to research the autophagy and protein connection.
More to come….