Intermittet fasting is a method of eating that can aid in losing fat, maintaining leaness, and increasing productivity and performance. But can it also help cure food sensitivites? Hello dairy, old friend – how I’ve missed you…

The idea of intermittent fasting is actually pretty simple. You just don’t eat. WTF? I know! What about pre workout nutrition and the standard 6 meals a day hoopla?

At first the thought of training on an empty stomach seemed like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. The common question is how does fasting affect your lifts? Truth be told it makes them bigger. I am exponentially stronger, likely due to the increased level of focus. Food, however clean, can make you feel lethargic. When the body is not pre occupied with digestion it can lend itself readily to the vigor’s of movement. Fasting is pretty simple. I like simple.

The fact that I suffered from perpetual food obsession and frequent nasty lupus flares is what initially spawned this adventure. However after adhering to IF for the past 2 months, fasting has proved incredibly fruitful. I still consume over 2000 calories a day its just structured differently.

Pictured below is my first attempt at dairy. Last night I made smoked salmon pizza, inspired by my new addiction; ‘yummly’. I woke up this morning and felt really healthy. Approximately 18 hours later I deadlifted 240lbs for 3 reps at a body weight of 134.4lbs… BOOM!


Smoke Show Salmon Pizza


2 small whole wheat tortillas

1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese

50g smoked salmon

Option1 – spinach / mushrooms / onion / sugar free BBQ sauce

Option2 (MY FAV!!) 1 tbsp capers / 1 tsp fresh dill / arugula


1. Assemble pizza, and bake at 350-400F for 8-10 minutes.


With love from the Trench Kitchen,

xo Erika ♥