I've been enjoying reading through this thread. I keep thinking I should try IF - it sounds so doable and yet I never seem to be able to stick to it. The idea of being able to have dinner every night sounds good, and might make it more manageable.
I live near my son and daughter-in-law and we often have dinner together. My son is *rabidly* opposed to IF. His dad was down visiting sometime in the last year (he is very fit, thin and healthy) and casually mentioned that he had been reading some stuff about the benefits of the 5/2 diet, and my son just about jumped down his throat with a list of all the scientific reasons he'd read that showed IF is really bad for your health.
Call me a coward, but I just didn't want to decline a dinner invitation by saying "sorry, I'm fasting tonight".
So now, if I follow this plan, if I'm invited to dinner I'd have no reason to decline,
I'm currently on vacation in the wilds of very rural Canada, so watching videos is out of the question here. I don't have an internet connection to support it. And the stores here are pretty basic. Something like ACV would definitely be too frou-frou for stores to carry. Just plain white vinegar here!
I've tried reading some of the stuff on the blog - but don't find it indexed well - and lots of the stuff seems to be video oriented. (disclaimer - even when I DO have decent internet I HATE watching videos and much prefer to read).
Oh, I also have no scale that works up here either. But maybe I will try to see about fasting tomorrow. I have no bone broths here either, but I do have cream and CO and cinnamon and coffee. I've been drinking hibiscus tea every day lately as it really seems to help with my BP, but always looking for more arrows for my quiver.
I was sad to say he says no artificial sweeteners on his food lists though. It's only the occasional sweet treat that had enabled me to stay mostly LC for the last 8 years and maintain my 100-pound weight loss for the last 5 (though of course I'm still stalled with at least another 100 to go <sigh>). Every time I've tried to give up AS I last 3-6 weeks and them the cravings get so bad I go on a wild carb binge and consume a half gallon of ice cream in a sitting, or some such.
And being in Canada I just stocked up on my favorite AS - liquid Sugar Twin (cyclamates) which I bootleg back into the US every year. It's my fave AS and would probably be the only one I use except it's illegal to sell in the US, so I try to buy enough each summer to last me through the year if I use sparingly. Last summer I was upset as not one single grocery store carried it and I came home empty-handed - my one shot for the year gone. But this summer I found it again so stocked up!
No AS on fast days is certainly doable. I hate sweeteners in coffee and tea, but no AS ever has always been a big "diet fail" for me.
I wish his blog was a little better indexed so I could more easily see the articles worth reading, though I've been trying to pick through some of the topics that sound of interest - but a lot of them lead me to unviewable videos.