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Intermittent fasting is a very flexible diet. The different strategies are based on changing the windows of time when you eat and when you fast.

7 items in the grocery store that will help you cut calories with a purpose

There are so many diets out there, some gimmicky and some legitimate. Most diets focus on foods you should and shouldn't eat, but intermittent fasting is designed around when you eat instead. Some may struggle with this diet because it does involve skipping traditional mealtimes. However, some foods can give you the nourishment you need while keeping you full longer.

So if you decide to give intermittent fasting a try, add these items to your cart the next time you're at the grocery store.

Water: Hydration is important, and water helps keep you full longer, improves your skin, maintains blood pressure, and reduces joint pain.

Avocados: One half of an avocado at lunch can keep you full for hours. It's also rich in monounsaturated fat, which may lower bad cholesterol and your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Fish: Seafood lovers rejoice! Your favorite food is high in protein, healthy fats, and Vitamin D, and you don't have to worry about running out of it here in the northwest.

Potatoes: Loaded with protein, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, potatoes are a low-calorie addition to any meal. They are also free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

Cruciferous veggies: This includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. They're low in calories, high in vitamins, and the fiber in them will help keep you full.

Eggs: This breakfast staple is high in protein, keeps your brain and nervous system running smoothly, and will help you maintain strong muscles.

Whole grains: Choosing whole grains over refined grains will give you the fiber and protein you need to keep going, as well as several vitamins and minerals.

Intermittent fasting is a very flexible diet. The different strategies are based on changing the windows of time when you eat and when you fast.

Some are easy to incorporate. The 5/2 method allows you to eat normally for five days per week and then cut down to 500 to 600 calories on the other two days. The Warrior diet tells you to eat small meals of fruits and veggies in the morning and then to feast at night.

The 16/8 method is slightly more extreme, asking you to skip breakfast and limit yourself to eating within an 8-hour period during the day.

Some people will alternate days of the week between eating normally and fasting all day. You can ease into that method by eating a few hundred calories on the fasting days and cutting back from there.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to help people lose weight, but reckless fasting is potentially harmful. When you completely stop eating, your body slows its metabolism to account for the missing calories. Then when you resume a normal diet, your body won't be able to burn calories as efficiently so you may gain back the weight you lost during your fast.

Committing to an intermittent fasting routine can help focus your mealtimes so you can thrive during the times you're eating and during the times you're not.

Nature's Market, located on Kent's East Hill, remains open during the coronavirus pandemic. If you decide to try intermittent fasting, or you're just looking to buy your regular round of groceries, you can go to Nature's Market and pick up everything you need.

You'll find a wide selection of organic and natural foods, supplements, and body care products. They also carry gluten-free, vegan, and paleo options.