Intermittent Fasting Stories

By Gin Stephens

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Tune in each week to hear inspirational stories from real people who have found success with the intermittent fasting lifestyle.

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Episode 16: Amy Behlke
53:31

In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast, host Gin Stephens has a conversation with Amy Behlke, a middle school teacher and ardent supporter of intermittent fasting. Amy did not struggle with her weight until she was about halfway through her 30s, and then any successful method she used to help her lose weight proved to be unsustainable. Last March, she had a kind of epiphany, realizing that she wanted to enjoy life, and that her health/fitness stood in the way of this desire. Her husband had been toying with IF and seeing results, and though she was at first skeptical, Amy decided over her summer break to give IF a try. The first few days were challenging, but having endured the initial transition in her lifestyle, Amy noticed positive changes. She later learned about clean fasting, and changing to a clean fast helped her to see even greater changes in her body and life.

 

Though on different schedules, Amy and her husband keep an IF lifestyle together. He has lost about 80 pounds through IF combined with restricting his carb and sugar intake. His blood pressure has also improved, and he is no longer pre-diabetic. Amy did not have quite as much weight to lose as did her husband, but she is down about 40 pounds from her 199-pound starting weight, and has seen exciting change even in small ways as her hair and skin have improved and her feet no longer hurt. She also finds that IF helps her to be more positive and engaged in life. More profoundly, though, Amy was helped by IF to navigate the Camp Fire tragedy that struck her community. She was so focused on the events surrounding the fire that she did not think much about food, and was not distracted by the need for it. Her physical and emotional health, improved by IF, helped her to handle the tragedy well.

 

Though her daily fasting schedule changed as she went through the experience of the Camp Fire and its aftermath, as well as the holidays, Amy has settled on roughly a 21-3 schedule. She and her husband use food as a means of celebration, and enjoy cooking and eating good food together. Their diets and tastes have been altered by IF, and their healthier food choices have also trickled down to their children’s diets. Amy thinks that she will probably seek to maintain her weight at this point rather than to lose more weight, but she is committed to IF as a lifestyle that she will adhere to permanently. She advises those new to IF to be patient and open-minded. She wants them to know that there is more to IF than weight loss and that IF promises both an overall increase in quality of life and personal control in the realm of eating. She counsels these new-to-IF listeners to believe that IF is truly worthwhile. And as for her, the next step is joining her husband in being a more public representative of and advocate for IF.

 

 

Links:

Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:

gin@intermittentfastingstories.com

Follow Gin on Twitter

@gin_stephens

Connect with Gin on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779

Read Gin’s book Delay Don’t Deny:

https://www/ginstephens.com/get-the-book.html

Read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung and Brian Nishii:

The Obesity Code

Learn about and donate to the North Valley Community Foundation:

https://www.nvcf.org/

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Feb 14, 2019
Episode 15: Rachel Awad
54:40

In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast, host Gin Stephens interviews international educational worker Rachel Awad about her adventure with intermittent fasting. Rachel is from Philadelphia, and started intermittent fasting in 2017 after trying weight-watchers and a host of other methods before finally discovering Gin’s book on an expat forum. She promptly ordered the book, and started IF right after that.

 

Rachel and Gin discuss how people sometimes don’t stick properly to diets and weight programs, because they choose to incorporate only parts that they feel are suitable for them, or miss the fine print. This usually results in – no results. Rachel realized that she could do 20-hour fasts and stick to one meal during the day since she started IF. However, she has occasional weight gain issues, mainly when she comes back to the States, because she indulges in food not available abroad. This shows that IF is not a solution for every weight problem and every bad eating habit.

 

What she noticed on the positive side is that her energy has improved; she was losing weight in a slow but stable manner (a pound per week on average,) and she feels great in general. Her blood sugar and pressure levels are also normalized, and she gained a lot more confidence and willpower. She also improved her diabetes condition, as fasting is known to improve insulin resistance (and sometimes even reverse diabetes and pre-diabetes.) Gin and Rachel discuss how IF can help directly improve these conditions, instead of treating the symptoms as is often done by taking insulin medications. By fasting, Rachel recently officially and amazingly scored as low pre-diabetic, after previously being diagnosed as diabetic. IF also provides metabolic and hormonal benefits that you don’t get if you simply do calorie restriction (i.e. just eating less food/calories.) This is the reason why advice such as “eat less-move more” doesn’t work that well in the long run without applying IF in parallel, as the body adapts to the new calorie input and enters conservation mode.

 

Rachel also shares that she switched from the daily window fasting to alternate day fasting (a day of fast for a day of food.) What she does is practically keep a 6-8 hour eating window within each 48 hours (which translates into 40 hours of fast,) during which she has 2 meals. Although this looks intimidating, Rachel shares that it is not, as the same food cravings appear – and they are identically surmountable. However, if you should do what feels right for you.

 

Nonetheless, be careful with going overboard. Sometimes people believe that, since fasting is good, more fasting is good. Going over the top with fasting-vs-eating window ratio can bring adverse consequences. Your body may begin thinking you are experiencing famine, so it will kick into conservation mode which will dramatically decrease your energy, motivation, and mental clarity. Additionally, very short eating windows prevent getting enough nutrient content because it is physically impossible to eat large amounts of diverse food during this time.

 

To wrap up the episode, Rachel shares her advice concerning starting and pursuing IF. Try not to over-complicate things – keep it focused and simple. Also, don’t be intimidated by the different fasting protocols, try to feel your way around them and see if they fit you more than what you are currently following. We are all different, and different regimes fit us best.

 

 

Links:

Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:

gin@intermittentfastingstories.com

Follow Gin on Twitter

@gin_stephens

Connect with Gin on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779

Read Gin’s book Delay Don’t Deny:

https://www/ginstephens.com/get-the-book.html

Read Dr. Fung’s The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type-2 Diabetes Naturally

Join the Delay, Don’t Deny Cruise here:

https://www.thetravelmaven.com/delay-don-t-deny-cruise

Read The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung and Brian Nishii

Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:

Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes

Feb 07, 2019
Episode 14: Ryan Smith
53:34

In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast, host Gin Stephens interviews the high school English teacher Ryan Smith from Bangor, Maine. Ryan started his journey with intermittent fasting in 2014. Ryan and his wife Kim (the very first guest on the podcast) wrote a book called Unbelievable Freedom: How We Transformed Our Health and Happiness with Intermittent Fasting which describes their journey of trying IF and losing around 215 collective pounds through it.

 

Ryan’s first try with IF ended unsuccessfully, where he abandoned it after the first day. However, trying a paleo diet for a while after that enabled him to unintentionally prepare for trying this significant lifestyle change once more. Ryan shares that now he feels as if IF is the way people are supposed to eat.

 

His and Kim’s diet changed as a result of the deeper lifestyle changes they introduced in their life together. Initially, they struggled with the type of food to eat and the food preparation, now they have become a lot more synchronized. IF is partly responsible for this as it had an effect of restoring the sensitivity in their taste buds. An additional unexpected positive development for Ryan was the disappearance of the need to plan meals for work, as well as the need to prepare them during lunch time at the school he is teaching at.

 

Gin and Ryan also discuss how great they feel since they started applying clean fasting i.e. absolutely no calories during the fasting window, except water. Clean fasting cleanses your body and makes you feel lighter and healthier; and not breaking your fast with coffee (even keto coffee,) tea, or similar usually provides better overall effects. Ryan originally lost 120 pounds from 278 pounds in 2011 by going through a vegetarian, then a paleo diet, and then finally IF. There was a certain point where he gained back several tens of pounds, but it didn’t affect his look as his muscle-to-fat ratio went up. This is a common effect appearing in those that started IF with a higher weight and stuck to it while loosing a great deal of fat. Therefore, it is important not to focus too strictly on your weight targets, and focus on how healthy you look and feel.

 

The health changes Ryan experienced after sticking with IF are numerous. He may have reversed his diabetes condition for which he was diagnosed more than a decade ago. IF also improved his chronic pain related to his auto-immune Ankylosing spondylitis up to the point of getting off his anti-inflammatory medication.

Ryan’s final recommendation is to believe in IF and just live your life and enjoy your food. Stick to it and wait for the results that are likely to come.

 

 

Links:

Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:

gin@intermittentfastingstories.com

Follow Gin on Twitter:

@gin_stephens

Connect with Gin on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779

Read Gin’s book Delay Don’t Deny:

https://www/ginstephens.com/get-the-book.html

Read Unbelievable Freedom: How We Transformed Our Health and Happiness with Intermittent Fasting by Ryan and Kim Smith

Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:

Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes

Jan 31, 2019
Episode 13: Donna Dube
55:49

In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast, host Gin Stephens interviews Donna Dube about her experience with intermittent fasting. Donna is a Rhode Island native who, after retiring from her nursing career, began to work for a non-profit organization that provides vaccinations to underserved populations. She entered the IF lifestyle in 2017 after going on a cruise and being horrified by a picture taken of her. Over the three hundred-pound mark at that point in her life, she wanted to make a change that would be permanent, rather than jumping back into the cycle of unhelpful diets she had already tried during her fifty years of struggling with her weight. The internet led her to resources on intermittent fasting (including Gin’s book!), and she immediately jumped into the lifestyle.

 

Donna started her fast at a stretch of sixteen hours, with eight hours (including two meals) comprising her window. After a month, she slowly moved to a twenty-three hour fast each day, and then restricted her carb intake. Donna found it necessary to take these measures because, after years of dieting and counting calories, she had developed insulin resistance that needed to be accommodated. Her initial goal was to lose one hundred pounds in two years, but she broke that goal in the first year and is now down one hundred thirty pounds from her starting weight. She has lost twenty inches from her waist, improved in her overall health, and both increased energy levels and altered tastes. She is able to listen to her body effectively, has corrected her insulin resistance, and has even seen a thirty-year-old scar nearly vanish! Though sharing some details of her journey has been challenging for her, she is excited to tell others about her story, and to encourage them to give IF a chance for themselves.

 

To that end, Donna’s interview is interspersed with insight and advice. She recollects her past feelings of being a failure, and her guilt because she thought her own will was to blame for her lack of lasting dieting results. She and Gin describe the sense of confidence and control that IF brings, as well as the reality of hormonal imbalances that make weight loss incredibly difficult for many people. Donna addresses her hope that medical professionals will be increasingly more open minded about IF and encourages listeners to set realistic goals/objectives and to lean into community on their IF journeys. She advises them to educate themselves about IF, to trust Gin and follow her advice, to push themselves, and to know that success truly is possible (even if it requires patience). Success, she says, starts in your mind. And to further shape listeners’ minds and fuel their motivation, Gin and Donna discuss and recommend Donna’s newly released book, A Timekeeper’s Guide to Weight Loss.  

 

Links:

Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:

gin@intermittentfastingstories.com

 

Follow Gin on Twitter

@gin_stephens 

 

Connect with Gin on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779 

 

Read Gin’s book Delay Don’t Deny:

https://www/ginstephens.com/get-the-book.html 

 

Read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung and Brian Nishii:

The Obesity Code

 

Find Donna’s new book, A Timekeeper’s Guide to Weight Loss:

A Timekeeper’s Guide to Weight Loss

 

Read The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton:

The Biology of Belief

 

Find Gin’s recommended artisan bread, and other favorite things:

http://www.ginstephens.com/gins-favorite-things.html

 

Read Gin’s blog post on mindset:

http://www.ginstephens.com/all-blog-posts/the-importance-of-mindset

 

Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:

Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes

Jan 24, 2019
Episode 12: Melissa Wages
52:06

In this episode, Gin talks to pediatric dentist Melissa Wages.

Jan 17, 2019
Episode 11: April Stearns
56:08

In this episode, Gin talks to April Stearns, a breast cancer survivor who learned about intermittent fasting from her oncologist.

Jan 10, 2019
Episode 10: Rebekah Vepraskas
53:56

In this episode, Gin talks to Rebekah Vepraskas, a therapist who works with clients seeking help with depression and anxiety. Rebekah shares how intermittent fasting has changed her life and also made her a better therapist.

Jan 03, 2019
Episode 9: Sheri
52:03

In this episode, Gin talks to Sheri, who works in the healthcare field. Sheri describes how she makes intermittent fasting work with her overnight work schedule.

Dec 27, 2018
Episode 8: Eddie Friedman
44:33

In this episode, Gin talks to Eddie Friedman, an attorney from Rosland, NY.

Dec 20, 2018
Episode 7: Sue Wilsey
45:59

In this episode, Gin talks to Sue Wilsey from Chicago. Sue is a library marketer who is one year into a one-meal-a-day intermittent fasting pattern, and is also twelve years post-gastric bypass.

Dec 13, 2018
Episode 6: Christiana
44:01

In this episode, Gin talks to Christiana, from Torrance, California, who describes how intermittent fasting has helped her get through a period of grief in her life.

Dec 06, 2018
Episode 5: Dennis Shock
45:55

In this episode, Gin talks to Dennis Shock from Augusta, Georgia. Dennis explains how intermittent fasting fits into his daily life, and how he has lost about 35 pounds over the past 10 months.

Nov 29, 2018
Episode 4: Laurie Lewis
48:43

In this episode, Gin talks to Laurie Lewis, a marketing and branding specialist who lives in Portland, Oregon. Laurie tells her story of weight gain after menopause, and how intermittent fasting has helped her get back to her ideal weight over the past 17 months.

Nov 22, 2018
Episode 3: Barb
49:18

Today, Gin talks to Barb, a legal nurse consultant from Frankfort, Kentucky, who works with attorneys to help them understand the medical aspects of their cases. She shares how intermittent fasting has changed her life.

Nov 15, 2018
Episode 2: Lyn
39:06

Lyn is a teacher from Duckwater, Nevada who works in a modern-day one-room schoolhouse. Lyn has lost 100 pounds through intermittent fasting. She is also an exercise enthusiast who loves to ride her Elliptigo. Listen to her story of both dietary freedom, weight loss, and incredible healing, thanks to adopting an intermittent fasting lifestyle.

Nov 08, 2018
Episode 1: Kim Smith
49:04

In this episode, Gin talks to Kim Smith from Maine. Kim has lost 90+ pounds and is living her best life, thanks to intermittent fasting. Kim and her husband Ryan just released a book about their journey called "Unbelievable Freedom."

Nov 01, 2018
Episode 0: Intermittent Fasting Stories
04:45

Welcome to Intermittent Fasting Stories. 

Oct 26, 2018