Intermittent Fasting Stories

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Are you ready to be inspired? Tune in each week to hear real-world stories from successful intermittent fasters, including their best tips to help you find success. Intermittent Fasting Stories is hosted by Gin Stephens, author of Delay, Don't Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle and Feast Without Fear: Food and the Delay, Don't Deny Lifestyle.

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Jimmy Dettman
00:58:15

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin Stephens speaks to Jimmy Dettman from Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Jimmy is a middle school math teacher, Church Pastor, and also runs a DJ business. He shares that around Christmas of 2017, he visited a friend in the hospital who had health issues. This made him think about his own health, as Jimmy had reached his highest weight of 246 pounds. He had heard of intermittent fasting from the nurse at his school, and began watching YouTube videos on IF. A friend at work decided to join him, and on January 6, 2018, he started with a 17:7 protocol. The school nurse gave him the book Delay Don't Deny and he read it in four hours!

The first month of IF, Jimmy lost weight quickly. By April, he had lost 40 pounds. By the fall, he lost another 10 pounds. He has now gone from a size 38 pants to a size 32! His blood pressure has also dropped to a normal range. He currently keeps 20-22 hour daily fasts and enjoys the IF lifestyle.

The advice he'd give to new IFers: "Try going on walks if you're not doing any kind of exercise. If you can do 16:8, try to move to 18:6, because it's greater autophagy!"

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Jul 09, 2020
Daniel Hale
00:55:10

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin Stephens speaks to Daniel Hale from Edison, NJ.

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Daniel and his wife own a math learning center. Daniel shares that he was always skinny as a kid, but then into his 20s and 30s, he put on weight. This was when the yo-yo dieting began. He did Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and counted calories. He would lose weight, but then gain it all back, plus more.

In June 2018, he found out his wife was pregnant, and Daniel decided he finally needed to get his weight under control for his new baby. He tried to weigh himself, but the scale would not register past 350 pounds. This was a defining moment for Daniel. He knew he needed something different; a "long-term solution." He began listening to health podcasts and reading books, and found intermittent fasting.

In the Fall of 2018, Daniel began with skipping breakfast once a week. After a month of this, he noticed that he "felt his best" on those days. He was then ready to jump into IF everyday. He started with 16:8, and lost 60 pounds by February of 2019.

That same month, their daughter, Bridget, was born with Trisomy 18. Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder that causes severe developmental delays due to an extra chromosome. Bridget lived for exactly 31 days.

To honor his daughter, Daniel created the "Bridget Challenges," where he'd give up or do something for 31 days. The first challenge he did was IF with 18:6 for 31 days. Another was walking 31 miles in a day.

The advice Daniel would give to new IFers: "Be patient. You'll see progress over time, and you'll get to where you want to be! Be kind to yourself. Stick to it. IF takes practice. Let your body do the rest."

To date, Daniel has lost 130 pounds, and does a mostly 20:4 protocol.

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Jul 07, 2020
Linda Varghese
00:56:33

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Dr. Linda Varghese, a pathologist who lives in Minneapolis, MN.


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Linda was always trying to lose weight. She first came across intermittent fasting in 2016 when she came across Dr. Michael Mosley's book and blogs about the strategy known as 5:2, which is an up/down day approach where you fast two out of the five days each week. She liked the science behind it and followed this protocol for almost two years. But Linda never fasted clean, adding Splenda and cream in her coffee. And because of this, fasting was never "easy."

 

In May of 2019, Linda came across the Intermittent Fasting Podcast, where she learned about the clean fast. She read Delay, Don't Deny and The Obesity Code. Once she began to fast clean, the fast became easy and enjoyable! She then moved her window to a morning one, and this felt natural. Her window is typically 9 am-noon each day. She has lost 15 pounds. 


Linda talks about the science behind the current obesity epidemic, and explains that about "80% of chronic diseases are slinked to dietary choices." She also explains that "obesity is a hormonal disease." Restricting calories does not fix obesity, as it is an issue of insulin. "Fasting causes insulin to lower, and will heal the insulin problem, but this may take time. Be patient."


The advice she'd give to new IFers: "Understand the science behind IF. Start small and simple, and be persistent. Listen to the IF podcasts, use apps for tangible reminders, and tweak IF to fit your lifestyle. IF is not a diet, it is going to be your lifestyle."


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Jul 02, 2020
Jody Ayers
00:54:02

In this episode, Gin talks to Jody Ayers, a teacher from Bloomington, IL.


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Jody has been a 2nd grade teacher for the last 27 years. Jody shares that she always had 20 pounds to lose. She would follow Weight Watchers, limit carbs, count points, etc.  She would lose some weight, but then gain it all right back.


In 2018, Jody's daughter was having great success with intermittent fasting. Jody was skeptical of IF at first, and thought she could never go all day without eating. For Christmas that year, her daughter gave her Delay, Don't Deny, and she officially began IF in February of 2019. Jody jumped right in with 2-3 hour windows, losing 5 pounds in the first 10 weeks.


At the same time Jody began IF, her husband was in the middle of cancer treatment for Multiple Myeloma, which is a blood cancer. She shares that IF was the "stabilizing thing that brought a level of normalcy" to her life. David passed away in the spring of 2019, and Jody shares that IF also helped in the grieving process. IF had truly become her beautiful lifestyle.


Jody has lost around 20 pounds, and she loves the incredible energy IF has given her. The advice she'd give to new IFers: "You have to make IF a lifestyle."

 

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Jun 30, 2020
Jennifer Jenson
00:51:47

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jennifer Jenson from Bennington, ID.

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Jennifer is an organic dairy farmer and mother of four. Jennifer grew up on a dairy farm, and was very active and slender as a child. She recalls that her parents encouraged eating until satisfaction. However, her husband was raised 'not to waste food,' and once they married, she developed a habit of overeating. She had gestational diabetes with all of her four pregnancies. With her last pregnancy, her doctor put her on medication, and this left her feeling exhausted all the time. The weight she gained while pregnant never came off, and Jennifer began to notice health symptoms that told her something else was going on. She found out from her doctor that her thyroid was not functioning properly. And after many attempts with various medications, her doctor was unsuccessful at helping to regulate her thyroid.

In July of 2019, a friend told Jennifer about intermittent fasting, but she didn't think she could do it. Months later, she felt "all hope had been lost." Because none of the medication worked, IF seemed to be her last hope. She began with a 16:8 protocol, and within two weeks, moved to 20:4. Her "puffiness" went away almost immediately. She has had many NSVs, (Non Scale Victories). Jennifer now feels more in control of her mental health. The "emotional roller coaster" is gone, she feels more calm, she is able to work through stress, and she feels more like herself. Jennifer has lost 35 pounds, and will do IF for the rest of her life.

The advice she'd give new IFers: "IF gives you the hope you're looking for, and it gives you the glimmer of the life that will be better than it is now."

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Jun 25, 2020
Courtney Contos
00:54:45

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to virtual chef and health coach Courtney Contos.

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Courtney is from Miami. For twelve years, Courtney suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA is an auto-immune condition which causes joint inflammation, pain and stiffness. She had difficulty walking and multiple surgeries: both of her wrists were "auto-fused," and one of her feet had to be completely rebuilt with seven auto-fusions. "I didn't know what it felt like to feel good anymore." She realizes now that her body was simply out of balance.

Courtney is under the care of a Functional Medicine Doctor. Courtney explains that working with a functional medicine doctor "empowers a person" because it is individualized and patient-centered healthcare. It goes beyond a patient's symptoms, focusing on areas where they may be deficient. A functional medicine doctor will then look at what supplements are needed, and what foods are best for your body. Courtney remarks, "Food is not energy. It is information." She describes her experience with her doctor as "a beautiful journey." To find an functional medicine doctor in your area, go to: IFM.org.

Once Courtney began intermittent fasting in April 2018, her RA symptoms began to go away. She does both 16:8 and 18:6 IF protocols, and has lost 38 pounds. Fasting has freed up her time, now that she is no longer focused on eating all day.

The advice she'd give a new IFer: "Results don't happen overnight, or even in a week. Trust the process. The results are going to be amazing."

To find Courtney Contos, go to: ccontos.com

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Jun 23, 2020
Heather Stuart
00:54:24

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Heather Stuart from New Zealand.

Fast. Feast. Repeat. The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny Intermittent Fasting: Now available everywhere books are sold! Get your copy through your favorite bookstore by following this slink:http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

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Heather is a mother of four, and a grandmother of two! She shares that has always been "short and round." When her first son was about to get married, she wanted to lose weight. Her doctor prescribed diet pills, and she lost 40 pounds. However, once she stopped taking the diet pills, all the weight came back on, plus more. When her second son was getting married, she still needed to lose weight, but the diet pills were no longer available. So, Heather decided that she'd walk 6 miles every day to lose the weight. Walking this far was too much to maintain on a daily basis, and she gave up. By the time her youngest son was getting married in 2019, she decided she must do something, yet again. This time, she skipped lunch and walked 10K steps everyday. She tried this for a week, but it was very hard for her.

Around this same time, her friend encouraged her to skip dinner instead of lunch. Heather researched intermittent fasting, and learned that skipping breakfast was actually a good thing! In February 2019, Heather began to wait for "tea time" (dinner) to eat. After a year of IF, she has lost around 70 pounds!

Heather shares that she feels IF is an answer to prayer, she feels more "in control" of her life, and her confidence has greatly improved. One of the biggest things she's noticed is the incredible amount of energy she has now.

The advice Heather would give to new IFers: "Take lots of photos from different angles."

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Jun 18, 2020
Dr. Gil Blander
00:50:32

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Dr. Gil Blander from Inside Tracker. He is a leader in the personalized nutrition movement and has been living an intermittent fasting lifestyle himself for the past 8 years. He calls intermittent fasting the "best natural intervention available to us today."

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Dr. Blander is internationally recognized for his research in the Biology of Aging. He shares that as a child, he was "fascinated by the aging process." A relative had passed away when he was young, and he realized he would not live forever. Dr. Blander decided to dedicate his life to the study of aging.

He moved to Boston in 2002, and received his PhD from MIT, with a focus on aging research. At the same time, he learned about intermittent fasting, studying its benefits on longevity. He learned that intermittent fasting lowers glucose and reduces inflammation, among other things. Dr. Blander has been living an intermittent fasting lifestyle for the last eight years, because his research showed its abundant health benefits. He fasts for health, not for weight loss, and his windows vary every day.

Dr. Blander created his company, Inside Tracker, with the desire to help people live longer lives with personalized nutrition. Inside Tracker looks at what is going on in ones's body by looking at a variety of different blood markers and DNA analysis. This combined information helps Inside Tracker give the best recommendations for optimal health. IF with personalized nutrition is the best way to help you live a healthy and long life!

The advice Dr. Blander would give new IFers: "The best intervention we have available for us today to live longer is IF. It is natural and simple. It's not easy for the first couple of weeks. But once it becomes a routine, then it's easy.

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Jun 16, 2020
Veronica
00:51:16

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Veronica, a Nurse Practitioner from Albuquerque, NM.

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Veronica is a Nurse Practitioner for a sleep medicine practice. Veronica shares that she was always a thin teenager, but in college, began to gain weight. She gained a large amount of weight with her first pregnancy. And then with her second pregnancy, she developed Gestational Diabetes. This began the next ten years of a "diet roller coaster," Weight Watchers being one of her preferred plans. She spent a great deal of money on countless diets.

By the time Veronica was forty, she came back to Weight Watchers. But this time around it didn't work. She was eating all day, meal prepping, counting calories, tracking macros....even trying Keto, which actually made her feel sick. She cried to her husband, "I've been a nurse for fifteen years, why can't I figure this out?" Her frustration was compounded by the amount of money she was spending on diets. 

Around this same time, she began researching diets, and came across Delay, Don't Deny. She read it, and it all made sense to her! She began with 16:8, and by the end of the week, she was at 18:6 and now follows OMAD (One Meal A Day). Intermittent fasting immediately felt normal and natural and easy to Veronica. 

Veronica has stopped weighing herself, but in her estimate, she has lost around 50 pounds. Because the scale can affect her emotionally, she goes by measurements and uses pictures to track her progress. She stopped following Keto and enjoys the foods she loves in her window. Her tastes have changed since IF, and she craves healthier things now.

The health benefits she has experienced: all of the signs of insulin resistance are gone, all of her levels have normalized, and Veronica is no longer pre-diabetic! Her skin is healthier, and she feels sustained energy throughout the day. 

The advice she'd give to new IFers: "Stick with it! IF takes a lot of time to figure out. Don't worry about being perfect. Give your body time to adjust to IF." 

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Jun 11, 2020
Stacey Downs
00:55:28

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Stacey Downs from Old River, Texas.

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Stacey works at a chemical plant in the shipping department. Stacey shares that growing up she was overweight, and watched her mother diet. She followed along with whatever diet her mother was doing. She lost weight in high school, even getting too skinny!

Stacey got married right after high school in 1996. She gained weight with each of her three pregnancies, but with Atkins and low carb, she got down to her lowest weight of 170 pounds. This led to a cycle of yo-yo dieting for Stacey. She would gain weight, then lose it following Keto or low carb.

Fast forward to 2018, a very stressful year. She had a hysterectomy, reaching her highest weight of 265 pounds. Low carb was no longer working. She found a Keto group on Facebook, and heard about intermittent fasting in the group. She first read, Obesity Code, then, Delay, Don't Deny. She began IF in March of 2019, losing 30 pounds by May!

Stacey says she was "tired of feeling bad and tired." She had aches and pains, and a "daily afternoon slump in energy." The health benefits she's experienced with IF: Her plantar fasciitis is gone, a cyst went away, and she no longer has heartburn. She has energy and mental clarity, and that afternoon slump is long gone! 

The advice she'd give new IFers: "Read the books, and educate yourself as to why IF works. Start today! Don't wait! Enjoy it. Find what works for YOU. IF is not a wagon to fall on or off of...you simply have shorter fasts and longer fasts!"  


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Jun 09, 2020
Mukund Ragunathan
00:53:28

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Mukund Ragunathan, who his friends call Matt. He lives in New Zealand but is originally from India.

Gin's new book is almost here! Fast. Feast. Repeat. The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny Intermittent Fasting: Available June 16, 2020! Preorder now through your favorite bookstore by following this slink: http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

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Matt is a Marketing Contractor who does merchandising for retail companies. At the age of 24, Matt was diagnosed with a fatty liver, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Matt was pre-diabetic. His doctor told him to reduce sweets, and to "eat a nice, healthy breakfast." He followed this for a couple of weeks, but then went right back to eating the same, and gained back what he lost.

In November of 2018, Matt heard a podcast about intermittent fasting, and started with 16:8. He quickly dropped 13 pounds! Matt currently follows 18:6 effortlessly, and is working towards OMAD (One Meal A Day). He is currently around 15 pounds from his goal weight.

Matt's health has improved immensely! All of his elevated levels normalized: blood pressure, cholesterol, and pre-diabetes. He no longer has fatty liver, and he is no longer pre-diabetic.

The advice that Matt would give new IFers: It is never too late! IF is the best medication for your diabetes. Don't worry as much about what you eat. Hunger pangs pass...ride them out. The health benefits far outweigh the momentary hunger. 

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Jun 04, 2020
John McDonnell
00:56:39

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to John McDonnell, who lives in Austin, TX. John is a comedian and actor who is loving the freedom IF brings him.

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John grew up as a "very, very skinny little boy" until the age of nine. He remembers sneaking food whenever he could, and over time, he became overweight. In an attempt to help him, his family talked to doctors, and this was when the dieting began. He started calorie counting, tried various diet plans, and was fed diet food. Many years later, John was morbidly obese.

He found IF in December of 2019, and started with 20:4. John has lost 45 pounds so far. IF has greatly improved John's mood, and he no longer needs medication for depression. He is also no longer on medication for his autoimmune diseases.

The advice John would give to new IFers: Clean fast. Love yourself. Trust the process and enjoy the journey. Love yourself for who you are, where you are, and where you're going to be. IF works for everyone, and it works differently for everyone. 

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Jun 02, 2020
Bronwyn Kerr
00:56:00

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Bronwyn Kerr from New Zealand.

Gin's new book is almost here! Fast. Feast. Repeat. The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny Intermittent Fasting: Available June 16, 2020! Preorder now through your favorite bookstore by following this link: http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html

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Bronwyn makes decorative horse gear. She shares that her mother put her on Weight Watchers when she was 11 years old. She says she had "hunted for the answers to her weight for her entire life." She was bullied at boarding school, and to avoid it, Bronwyn would only eat lunch. She lost weight this way, and didn't realize that she was intermittent fasting at the time. She maintained her weight loss through high school. Once she went to college, Bronwyn would do Weight Watchers every spring to maintain her weight to get into her riding jacket. But then she'd put the weight right back on during the winter.

In April of 2019, Bronwyn found IF through a group on Facebook. Her first week of IF she lost and gained the same amount of weight, and decided then that it would not work for her. A month later, she tried IF again. She heard about Delay, Don't Deny and the Intermittent Fasting Podcast through the Facebook group. To date, Bronwyn has lost 26 pounds thanks to IF. The health benefits she has experienced have been mental clarity, improved memory, and she is no longer tired during the day. She also realizes now that she used to eat to fill the emptiness. "Fullness brought comfort," she remarks.

Bronwyn has shared IF on her own personal Facebook page, and has given out three copies of Delay, Don't Deny to friends. She estimates that between 30-50 people are now IFing because of her!

The advice she'd give new IFers: "It's normal to gain at first. Make sure you clean fast. Take photos and measurements. Knowledge is power. Weight loss is about insulin, not blood sugar."

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May 28, 2020
Betsy Butler
00:56:29

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Betsy Butler from Effingham, IL.

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Betsy is a hairdresser who owns her own beauty salon. She was overweight from childhood, beginning around first and second grade. By the time she was 23 years-old, she was at her highest weight of 290 pounds. At that point, terrified of getting to 300 pounds, Betsy tried every diet under the sun, and she admits that "it consumed every minute of my life." She became food obsessed, tracking and counting macros and calories all day long. She managed to lose 100 pounds, but felt miserable. Then once she relaxed with her workouts, she gained back 50 pounds.

At the end of 2018, Betsy came across a Facebook post of someone who shared Before & After pictures with Intermittent Fasting. She found The Obesity Code, and tried low carb. She also listened to Intermittent Fasting Stories and learned of the incredible success people had with IF. Betsy began IF in January of 2019, and found that shorter windows worked best for her, as they created more structure with her eating. She has lost around 130 pounds from her highest weight, and feels so much better.

The health benefits Betsy has experienced are numerous. She has fewer aches and pains. She has not experienced any carpal tunnel or plantar fasciitis flare-ups. The major inflammation she had before IF is now gone!

The advice Betsy would give new IFers: "Practice" fasting. It is practice, not perfection. Fast clean. Be patient, and give yourself time. Everyday is a new day. Once you get used to it, fasting is easy.

 

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May 26, 2020
Emiko Prigmore
00:51:03

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Emiko from Shoreline, WA.

This episode is supported by Dry Farm Wines: Gin has finally solved her wine dilemma by switching to Dry Farm Wines for good! If you are looking for organic/biodynamic wines that are lab tested to ensure they are sugar free, lower in sulfites, and contain lower alcohol, go to dryfarmwines.com/ifstories to start your own subscription to Dry Farm Wines, and get an extra bottle for just one penny in your first shipment!

Emiko is a stay-at-home mom of two kids. In early 2017, Emiko learned about IF from a friend on Facebook who posted the book Delay, Don't Deny. Emiko looked into IF and the IF groups, but because of the clean fast expectation, didn't begin IF at that time. She was doing strict Keto at the time, and cream in coffee was acceptable within the Keto community.

With Keto, she got down to 130lbs, and was happy with this weight! But then after 'relaxing' with carbs, she regained some of what she had lost. In the Summer of 2018, Emiko was re-introduced to IF by two friends. In July of 2018, she began to fast clean, continuing with low carb. But this time, Emiko was ready to give up the cream in her coffee!

Emiko has lost around 20 pounds since beginning IF and built lean muscle by working out. She loves the way her workouts make her feel, and does it for both the physical and emotional benefits. She no longer has guilt and shame about food. Emiko feels that IF was a "catalyst into a pathway of true self-care." She realized that before IF, she valued an excess of food and "stuff" in her life. Now, she focuses on balancing choices with her time, money and food.

The advice Emiko would give to new IFers: Value each meal. Dismiss the idea of 'bad' foods. Food is not good or bad. Food is not clean or dirty. Nothing about IF should feel like a punishment. Recognize your body's signals. Find a place in a community. Throw away the idea of a goal weight. Look at it as goal health...your goal life! Your body is a temple, not an idol.

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May 21, 2020
Marie Todd
00:55:15

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Marie Todd from Birmingham, AL.

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Marie is a Digital Banking Process Manager and a Moderator for the Delay, Don't Deny Facebook groups.

Marie has a long journey of dieting, beginning at age twelve. One of her cousins said to her that she should go on a diet to "keep from getting fat like her mom." This single comment changed Marie's life...she began to restrict food and calories, and four years later found herself almost obese. Dieting destroyed her.

At the end of 2017, Marie's daughter-in-law shared Delay, Don't Deny, with her, and Marie instantly connected with Gin's story. At the beginning of 2018, Marie began IF with a 20:4 approach. She decided that she would never restrict anything in order to heal her relationship with food. Her mind needed to be healed, even before the weight loss. She has lost 42 pounds very slowly, but Marie is completely at peace with this! She said from the beginning that her body would do what it needed to do, and she will never define herself by a specific size. For the first time in her life, Marie is enjoying her life and has peace with food.

She has some incredible NSVs (non-scale victories) because of the power of IF: her skin tags are gone, she no longer takes meds for allergies, GERD is better, and she no longer has recurring fever blisters. She used to have Plantar Fasciitis, but has not experienced another occurrence!

The advice that Marie would give to new IFers: Breathe. Embrace that IF is a lifestyle. Own your own journey. Define what success means to YOU.

Marie will never go on another diet, and she knows that her body will find a healthy weight. Her mind and emotions have healed. She truly has peace of mind, and will IF for the rest of her life.

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May 19, 2020
Catherine
00:52:13

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Catherine from Houston, TX.

This episode is supported by Dry Farm Wines: Gin has finally solved her wine dilemma by switching to Dry Farm Wines for good! If you are looking for organic/biodynamic wines that are lab tested to ensure they are sugar free, lower in sulfites, and contain lower alcohol, go to dryfarmwines.com/ifstories to start your own subscription to Dry Farm Wines, and get an extra bottle for just one penny in your first shipment!

Catherine is a stay-at-home-mom, and has an in-home bakery business. She heard about IF from her best friend long before she began fasting herself. Catherine told herself at that time that "IF was not for her," and she could "never go that long without eating."

The turning point in her life was in January of 2019 when she saw a picture of herself that she did not recognize. She immediately ordered Delay, Don't Deny and began IF that month. She started at 18:6, and has not gone a day without fasting since!

Catherine has lost around 60 pounds and is focusing on feeling great instead of a pants size. She and her best friend started an IF support group of their friends in Texas, and it has been a wonderful way to cheer one another on!

The health benefits she has experienced happened quickly: her eczema cleared up, along with her skin smoothing out. She looks ten years younger! Within six months of IF, she was off of her anti-anxiety meds. Catherine's husband also joined her in IF, and found that it helped with his ADHD.

The advice Catherine would give to new IFers: "Find what works for you, which can change. Don't overthink IF, because it then becomes a "diet". Focus on your health, not just a pants size or scale weight."

Catherine has a better relationship with food. And after countless years of avoiding mirrors, she confidently sees a new and healthy woman looking back at her!

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May 14, 2020
Paul Brodie
00:57:22

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Paul Brodie. Paul is a best selling author and a publisher who runs Brodie Consulting. He helps people share their stories with the world, and in this episode, he shares how intermittent fasting has changed his life and improved his health.

At Paul's highest weight of 340 pounds, his doctor told with him that he was prediabetic, had high blood pressure, high blood sugar, thyroid issues, and "would be dead in five years" if he did not lose weight. Paul focused on counting calories, and that worked for awhile. He lost 60 pounds and kept it off. But then he plateaued, and could not lose any more weight.

In July of 2019, another doctor suggested IF, and he started right away. Paul keeps a daily 17:7 routine, and has lost 20 pounds. He shared IF on his personal Facebook page, and someone commented about Gin's book, Delay, Don't Deny and her DDD Facebook group.

Paul's goal is to eventually get off his thyroid meds, as he loves the way IF heals the body!

The advice he'd give to people who'd like to write their IF story: "Just get started. Think of 10 different talking points to cover in your book. Try to find a way to record yourself, and start talking. Consider 10 minutes of audio for each chapter. That will be the foundation of your book."

The advice he'd give to new IFers: "Trust the process. You have to get used to water and black coffee. IF takes time!"

Paul feels like a completely different person, and is totally committed to IF for the rest of his life.

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May 12, 2020
Sara Walton Steele
00:55:04

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Sara Walton Steele, who lives in South Padre Island, TX. Sara and her husband are both in their sixties, and live an intermittent fasting lifestyle together.

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Sara is a retired school principal's secretary. She also homeschool's her granddaughter. Prior to IF, Sara tried countless diets over the years.

In Summer of 2018, she tried a "juice fast", drinking only juice for breakfast and lunch, and then skipping dinner. Sara managed to 10 pounds by doing this. And then, in October of 2018, she happened to see a segment on Dr. Oz about OMAD, (one meal a day). She decided this was something she could do, and posted on Facebook that was going to give OMAD a try. In December of 2018, a friend shared Delay, Don't Deny with her, and Sara joined the DDD Facebook group. In December of 2018, she officially began IF.

A year later, she has lost around 55 pounds, going from a size 3X pants to a size medium. She has also noticed a great deal of body recomposition. Instead of a goal weight, she has a goal size of 8, sharing that eventually she will put the scale away. Sara followed the LIFE app for a long time, tracking her fasts, but found she no longer needs the it. Instead, she simply listens to her body.

Sara's husband joined her in IF about a year after she did. Sam had Type 2 Diabetes and some heart issues. Sara presented IF to his doctor...his doctor was open to IF. Sam has lost 60 pounds, and is off insulin, as his A1C has gone from 8 to 6 in only 3 months! His Type 2 Diabetes is being healed with IF.

Sara's advice she'd give to new IFers: "Take before and after pictures and inches. Take a picture of your face, which can be the biggest change! Share without fear. Follow the Facebook groups, and follow Gin."

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May 07, 2020
Natalie
00:52:34

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Natalie, a young mother who lives in Germany with her husband.

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Natalie shares that she was always overweight, and always the "bigger girl." In high school, she started her first diet by counting calories and working out. She also took diet pills and detoxes, and nothing really worked...yet she continued to look for something to help her lose weight.

In 2014, she became a Health & Wellness Coach. She thought this would keep her motivated, but instead, it became emotionally and physically draining. In 2015, she and her husband tried to start a family, and after a year, they saw a fertility doctor. She experienced deep depression as a result of this, and ate out of emotion. Finally in September, 2016, she got pregnant. Breastfeeding actually made her gain weight, which brought back depression. In 2018, she had a miscarriage, and this brought back her depression yet again. Once Natalie hit her highest weight of 195 lbs, she decided to get serious about her health.

In June 2018, Natalie came upon Delay, Don't Deny on Facebook from a comment someone had posted, recommending that others read the book. After quickly reading it, Natalie began IF on June 28th. She has done 18-20 hour fasts ever since. Weight "fell off". She has worked hard on changing her diet mindset, as IF has helped her to "heal mentally and emotionally."

The health benefits that Natalie has experienced have been incredible energy (she no longer needs an afternoon nap) and she has barely even had a cold since beginning IF!

The advice she'd give new IFers: "Research IF so that you know why you do what you do. Understand the science behind it. Listen to Podcasts for support and encouragement."

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May 05, 2020
McKenna
00:56:17

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to McKenna, who is a college student at Kennesaw State University. McKenna explains how intermittent fasting has helped her find freedom from dieting and food restrictions.

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McKenna grew up dancing competitively. In her freshman year of high school, she begged her mom to try her first diet. Looking back, McKenna really didn't need to lose weight, but with being a dancer, she was very body conscious. She didn't lose much weight.

In order to prepare for her audition to the dance program, she did a strict 'eat-every-two-hours' diet, getting to her lowest weight. But during a trip to Mexico for Spring Break 2017, McKenna broke her foot. This took her out of dance altogether until the end of the year. She got a full-time job, which had her sitting all day long, and gained around 50-60 lbs. She tried Keto, low carb, etc., but nothing worked to lose weight. Then, in October of 2018, her mom sent her a YouTube video about IF. She also discovered this podcast. They both started 16:8, and haven't looked back! So far, McKenna has lost 33 lbs, and she feels so very free.

Some of the health benefits she's experienced: her skin has smoothed out, her acne is better, she no longer needs her glasses, her foot has stopped hurting, and some of her scars are gone! She also enjoys "brain clarity" and "mental focus."

The advice McKenna would give to new IFers: "Be patient, your body is going to get to where you're most happy. Clean fast, take it day by day. Some days are hard, so remind yourself why you're doing this, and how good you feel. You'll be thankful for why you stuck with it!"

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Apr 30, 2020
Episode 82: Paige Davidson
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Paige Davidson from Lexington, KY. Paige explains how intermittent fasting has helped her lose the "diet brain" that plagued her for her whole life.
Apr 28, 2020
Paige Davidson
00:54:38

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Paige Davidson from Lexington, KY. Paige explains how intermittent fasting has helped her lose the "diet brain" that plagued her for her whole life.

Apr 28, 2020
Episode 81: John Brown
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to John Brown, a high school teacher from Columbus, OH.
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 81: John Brown
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to John Brown, a high school teacher from Columbus, OH.
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 80: Jennifer Banek
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jennifer Banek. Jennifer is a certified registered nurse anesthetist who is also a member of the Army Reserves.
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 80: Jennifer Banek
00:55:06
In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jennifer Banek. Jennifer is a certified registered nurse anesthetist who is also a member of the Army Reserves.
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 79: Star McEuen
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Star McEuen. Star is from Pima, AZ, and she has lost 63 pounds in just over 5 months of living an intermittent fasting lifestyle.
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 79: Star McEuen
00:57:35
In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Star McEuen. Star is from Pima, AZ, and she has lost 63 pounds in just over 5 months of living an intermittent fasting lifestyle.
Apr 15, 2020
Episode 78: Gabrielle Bryen
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Gabrielle Bryan from Bethlehem, PA. Gabrielle is a retired Army clinician. This episode is supported by Dry Farm Wines: Gin has finally solved her wine dilemma by switching to Dry Farm Wines for good! If you are looking for organic/biodynamic wines that are lab tested to ensure they are sugar free, lower in sulfites, and contain lower alcohol, go to dryfarmwines.com/ifstories to start your own subscription to Dry Farm Wines, and get an extra bottle for just one penny in your first shipment!
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 78: Gabrielle Bryen
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Gabrielle Bryan from Bethlehem, PA. Gabrielle is a retired Army clinician.
Apr 13, 2020
Episode 77: Tiffany Henschel
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Tiffany Henschel. Tiffany is a high school English teacher from Dallas, TX. Today's episode is supported by Dry Farm Wines: Gin has finally solved her wine dilemma by switching to Dry Farm Wines for good! If you are looking for organic/biodynamic wines that are lab tested to ensure they are sugar free, lower in sulfites, and contain lower alcohol, go to dryfarmwines.com/IFStories to start your own subscription to Dry Farm Wines, and get an extra bottle for just one penny in your first shipment!
Apr 09, 2020
Episode 77: Tiffany Henschel
00:56:10
In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Tiffany Henschel. Tiffany is a high school English teacher from Dallas, TX.
Apr 08, 2020
Episode 76: Amy
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Amy from Tampa, Florida. Amy is a reading specialist who has been living an intermittent fasting lifestyle for about 2 years. This episode is brought to you by Organifi: visit organifi.com/ifstories for 15% off any product.
Apr 07, 2020
Episode 76: Amy
00:57:42
In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Amy from Tampa, Florida. Amy is a reading specialist who has been living an intermittent fasting lifestyle for about 2 years.
Apr 06, 2020
Episode 75: Michele Singletary
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Michele Singletary. Michele is a nurse who lives in Evans, GA. Beautycounter: Clean beauty? Yes, please! Beautycounter takes safety seriously. Over 1,800 ingredients are never used in their formulations—they call this The Never List™—and they go above and beyond to test every ingredient to match their high standards in pursuit of clean beauty. Join my Band of Beauty! Go to beautycounter.com/ginstephens
Apr 02, 2020
Episode 75: Michele Singletary
00:58:51
In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Michele Singletary. Michele is a nurse who lives in Evans, GA.
Apr 01, 2020
Episode 74: Carrie Graves
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Carrie Graves. Carrie is a Nurse Practitioner from Franklin, IN. This episode is brought to you by Feals CBD Oil. For premium CBD oil that you can trust, go to feals.com/ifstories. Become a member and get 50% off your first order plus free shipping.
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 74: Carrie Graves
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Carrie Graves. Carrie is a Nurse Practitioner from Franklin, IN.
Mar 25, 2020
Episode 73: Joan Bish
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Joan Bish of Phoenix Arizona. Joan has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and explains how this has affected her life since childhood. This episode is brought to you by Feals, Grove Collaborative, and Ritual Essential Vitamins. Feals CBD Oil: For premium CBD oil that you can trust, go to feals.com/ifstories. Become a member and get 50% off your first order plus free shipping. Grove Collaborative: Happy spring from Grove Collaborative! Go to grove.co/ifstories for a free five-piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyers and Grove--a $30 value. Ritual Essential Vitamins: Looking for high quality vitamins? Go to ritual.com/ifstories to save 10% per month for your first three months!
Mar 19, 2020
Episode 73: Joan Bish
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Joan Bish of Phoenix Arizona. Joan has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and explains how this has affected her life since childhood.
Mar 18, 2020
Episode 72: Mary Lou Reece
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Mary Lou Reece, a highway contractor who lives in Houston, TX. This episode is brought to you by Beautycounter. Beautycounter: Clean beauty? Yes, please! Beautycounter takes safety seriously. Over 1,800 ingredients are never used in their formulations—they call this The Never List™—and they go above and beyond to test every ingredient to match their high standards in pursuit of clean beauty. Join my Band of Beauty! Go to beautycounter.com/ginstephens
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 72: Mary Lou Reece
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Mary Lou Reece, a highway contractor who lives in Houston, TX.
Mar 11, 2020
Episode 71: Chantel Ray
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Chantel Ray. Chantel owns a real estate company and is also a writer, podcaster, and host of the Fasting Reset Summit. This episode is brought to you by Beautycounter and Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative. Beautycounter: Clean beauty? Yes, please! Beautycounter takes safety seriously. Over 1,800 ingredients are never used in their formulations—they call this The Never List™—and they go above and beyond to test every ingredient to match their high standards in pursuit of clean beauty. Join my Band of Beauty! Go to beautycounter.com/ginstephens Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative: Are you looking for the highest quality meat? Look no further than Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative! Healthy animals raised outdoors with sunlight, fresh air, and clean grass. No hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs needed. Go to grassrootscoop.com/IFSTORIES to get $40 off your first order and free shipping!
Mar 05, 2020
Episode 71: Chantel Ray
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Chantel Ray. Chantel owns a real estate company and is also a writer, podcaster, and host of the Fasting Reset Summit.
Mar 04, 2020
Episode 70: Cynthia Thurlow
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Cynthia Thurlow. Cynthia is a nurse practitioner whose March, 2019 TedX Talk on Intermittent Fasting went viral. This episode is brought to you by: Martha and Marley Spoon:  To save $80 ($20 per week for your first 4 weeks), go to the Favorite Things tab at http://www.ginstephens.com/gins-favorite-things.html or click this link https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=6988&awinaffid=668873&p= Helix:  Looking for an amazing mattress, customized for your sleep and body type, and shipped right to your door? To save up to $200, go to helixsleep.com/IFSTORIES  Grove Collaborative:  Get a FREE 5-piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove— a $30 value!  Go to grove.co/ifstories 
Feb 27, 2020
Episode 70: Cynthia Thurlow
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In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Cynthia Thurlow. Cynthia is a nurse practitioner whose March, 2019 TedX Talk on Intermittent Fasting went viral.
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 69: Cherie Whelan
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In this episode, Gin talks to Cherie Whelan from British Columbia. Cherie explains how intermittent fasting has given her back her athletic body at the age of 50. This episode is sponsored by Ritual and Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative. Visit ritual.com/ifstories and use promo code IFSTORIES for 10% off your first month. Go to grassrootscoop.com/ifstories and use promo code IFSTORIES for $40 off your first order and free shipping.
Feb 20, 2020
Episode 69: Cherie Whelan
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In this episode, Gin talks to Cherie Whelan from British Columbia. Cherie explains how intermittent fasting has given her back her athletic body at the age of 50.
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 68: Matt & Laurie Jones
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In this episode, Gin talks to Matt and Laurie Jones. Matt and Laurie are high school teachers from Tulare, CA. Not only do they work together, but they also began intermittent fasting together.
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 68: Matt & Laurie Jones
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In this episode, Gin talks to Matt and Laurie Jones. Matt and Laurie are high school teachers from Tulare, CA. Not only do they work together, but they also began intermittent fasting together.
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 67: JoAnn Howard
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In this episode, Gin talks to JoAnn Howard from Florida. JoAnn shares how she used intermittent fasting to lose weight without struggle.
Feb 06, 2020
Episode 67: JoAnn Howard
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In this episode, Gin talks to JoAnn Howard from Florida. JoAnn shares how she used intermittent fasting to lose weight without struggle.
Feb 05, 2020
Episode 66: Dawn Kneese
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In this episode, Gin talks to Dawn Kneese from Texas. Dawn shares the story of how she and her husband both learned about intermittent fasting on the same day in 2018, and began the lifestyle change together. Through IF, they both have found peace around food and eating.
Jan 30, 2020
Episode 66: Dawn Kneese
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In this episode, Gin talks to Dawn Kneese from Texas. Dawn shares the story of how she and her husband both learned about intermittent fasting on the same day in 2018, and began the lifestyle change together. Through IF, they both have found peace around food and eating.
Jan 29, 2020
Episode 65: Kathleen, Heather, Lori, and Liz
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In this episode, Gin talks to four elementary teachers from North Kingstown, RI. These ladies support one another daily as they live the intermittent fasting lifestyle and have dubbed themselves "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," because they love to pass clothing down to each other as they shrink out of the larger sizes.
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 65: Kathleen, Heather, Lori, and Liz
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In this episode, Gin talks to four elementary teachers from North Kingstown, RI. These ladies support one another daily as they live the intermittent fasting lifestyle and have dubbed themselves "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," because they love to pass clothing down to each other as they shrink out of the larger sizes.
Jan 22, 2020
Episode 64: Jen Havard
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In this episode, Gin talks to Jen Havard, who has lost over 100 pounds in her first 10 months of intermittent fasting.
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 64: Jen Havard
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In this episode, Gin talks to Jen Havard, who has lost over 100 pounds in her first 10 months of intermittent fasting.
Jan 15, 2020
Episode 63: Samantha Lief
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In this episode, Gin talks to personal trainer Samantha Lief.
Jan 09, 2020
Episode 63: Samantha Lief
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In this episode, Gin talks to personal trainer Samantha Lief.
Jan 08, 2020
Episode 62: Shelby Marquardt
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In this episode, Gin talks to Shelby Marquardt, MD from Austin, TX. Dr. Marquardt is an anesthesiologist, a mom, and the owner of a scrubs company.
Jan 02, 2020
Episode 62: Shelby Marquardt
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In this episode, Gin talks to Shelby Marquardt, MD from Austin, TX. Dr. Marquardt is an anesthesiologist, a mom, and the owner of a scrubs company.
Jan 01, 2020
Episode 61: Gagan Behl
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In this episode, Gin talks to Gagan Behl, from Punjab, India. He is a musician and a music therapist who works in the field of mental health, and he is also a fitness enthusiast.
Dec 26, 2019
Episode 61: Gagan Behl
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In this episode, Gin talks to Gagan Behl, from Punjab, India. He is a musician and a music therapist who works in the field of mental health, and he is also a fitness enthusiast.
Dec 25, 2019
Episode 60: Kathy
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In this episode, Gin talks to Kathy, who has struggled with her weight ever since her parents put her on her first diet at age 8. Kathy shares how intermittent fasting has freed her from a lifetime of diet-thoughts and worries.
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 60: Kathy
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In this episode, Gin talks to Kathy, who has struggled with her weight ever since her parents put her on her first diet at age 8. Kathy shares how intermittent fasting has freed her from a lifetime of diet-thoughts and worries.
Dec 18, 2019
Episode 59: Amy Land
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In this episode, Gin talks to Amy Land, an HR professional who lives just outside of New York City.
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 59: Amy Land
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In this episode, Gin talks to Amy Land, an HR professional who lives just outside of New York City.
Dec 11, 2019
Episode 58: Stephanie Gish
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In this episode, Gin talks to Stephanie Gish, host of the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast. Stephanie shares how she uses IF to manage her Crohn's disease.
Dec 05, 2019
Episode 57: Dana Bowman
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In this episode, Gin talks to Dana Bowman. Dana is the author of Bottled: A Mom's Guide to Early Recovery and How to be Perfect Like Me, and you can follow her blog at momsieblog.com.
Nov 28, 2019
Episode 56: Taylor Berntson
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In this episode, Gin talks to Taylor from Seattle. Taylor is a research assistant in the children's mental health field, and she explains how intermittent fasting has brought her freedom from dieting and food obsession. .
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 55: Tammy Haldeman
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In this episode, Gin talks to Tammy Haldeman from Wisconsin.
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 54: Paul Hunter
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In this episode, Gin talks to Paul Hunter from Nashville, TN, who used intermittent fasting to reach his "fittest by 50".

Nov 07, 2019
Episode 53: Alex
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In this episode, Gin talks to Alex from Oxford in the UK, where he runs a headhunting company and also works as an actor/does voice over work. Alex explains how intermittent fasting helped him prepare for a recent role.

Oct 31, 2019
Episode 52: Andrea Tollison
00:54:57

In this episode, Gin talks to Andrea Tollison from the Philadelphia area. Andrea explains how she combines intermittent fasting and intuitive eating into an approach that has given her the food freedom she was looking for.

Oct 24, 2019
Episode 51: Piper Brinkley
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In this episode, Gin talks to Piper Brinkley, an intermittent faster from Mauldin, SC.

Oct 17, 2019
Episode 50: Renee and Joel
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In this episode, Gin talks to Renee and Joel, and mother and son from Missouri who both live an intermittent fasting lifestyle.

Oct 10, 2019
Episode 49: Marie
00:52:21

In this episode, Gin talks to Mare, a research librarian and medical school library director from Connecticut.

Oct 03, 2019
Episode 48: Susanna Patten
00:57:20

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Susanna Patten, a senior research analyst from Washington, DC.

Sep 26, 2019
Episode 47: Kevin Sheridan
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In this episode, Gin talks to Kevin Sheridan from Maplewood, NJ. Kevin is a painting contractor who also operates a Jiu Jitsu studio.

Sep 19, 2019
Episode 46: Russ Shanahan
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In this episode, Gin talks to Russ Shanahan, creator of the Happy Scale app as he shares how intermittent fasting has impacted his life.

Sep 12, 2019
Episode 45: Juanita
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In this episode, Gin talks to Juanita, who is a wife, a mother of 6, and grandmother of 18. While Juanita is fairly new to intermittent fasting, she is already having great results.

Sep 05, 2019
Episode 44: Susannah Juteau
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In this episode, Gin talks to Susannah Juteau, a registered dietician who specializes in IF.

Aug 29, 2019
Episode 43: Donna Arcara
00:54:35

In this episode, Gin talks to Donna Arcara from Birmingham, AL.

Aug 22, 2019
Episode 42: Jamie
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In this episode, Gin talks to Jamie, a nurse from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a background in emergency medicine and cardiology.

Aug 15, 2019
Episode 41: Melissa
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In this episode, Gin talks to Melissa Blanchenay. Melissa shares how she is incorporating intermittent fasting into her cancer treatment plan, with the blessing of her oncologist.

Aug 08, 2019
Episode 40: Bett Lucas
00:52:08

In this episode, Gin talks to Bett Lucas, a mom of five from Gig Harbor, Washington who works in the energy industry.

Aug 01, 2019
Episode 39: Carly Hawthorne
00:58:20

In this episode, Gin talks to Carly Hawthorne, a radio personality who lives in Colorado.

Jul 25, 2019
Episode 38: Charlee Rankin
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In this episode, Gin talks to Charlee Rankin, a mother of five from Idaho Falls.

 

NOTE: Due to the nature of remote interviews, sometimes the technology doesn’t cooperate. The audio fades out in a few spots during this interview. Please excuse the imperfections and enjoy the content!
 
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 37: Lori LaMantia
00:53:02

In this episode, Gin talks to health and wellness coach Lori LaMantia.

Jul 11, 2019
Episode 36: Josi Goldman
00:52:21

In this episode, Gin talks to Josi Goldman. Josi is originally from Brazil but now lives in Southern California, where she is a court reporter.

Jul 04, 2019
Episode 35: Amanda Tarver
00:53:32

In this episode, Gin talks to Amanda Tarver, a singer with the Metropolitan Opera.

Jun 27, 2019
Episode 34: Cecily Ganheart
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In this episode, Gin talks to Kansas OB/Gyn Dr. Cecily Ganheart, who has lost 80 pounds thanks to intermittent fasting.

Jun 20, 2019
Episode 33: Terry
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In this episode, Gin talks to Terry, who has lost over 100 pounds thanks to a combination of a low carb eating and intermittent fasting.

Jun 13, 2019
Episode 32: Mark and Lori Evans
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In this episode, Gin talks to Mark and Lori Evans, a couple with two things in common: they are both stand-up comedians and are also both intermittent fasters.

Jun 06, 2019
Episode 31: Rachel Nekati
00:54:41

In this episode, Gin talks to Rachel Nekati, who lives in Botswana.

May 30, 2019
Episode 30: Leah Comerford
00:54:17

In this episode, Gin talks to retired graphic artist Leah Comerford, who lives in Fredericksburg, VA.

May 23, 2019
Episode 29: Ronni Jones and Michelle Brown
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In this episode, Gin talks to two sisters, Ronni Jones and Michelle Brown, who both started intermittent fasting on the same day, after first listening to The Obesity Code on a car trip.

May 16, 2019
Episode 28: Melissa Navarro
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In this episode, Gin talks to Melissa Navarro, a realtor from Santa Rosa, CA.]]>
May 09, 2019
Episode 27: Melody Patrick
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In this episode, Gin talks to Melody Patrick, who lives in Harrisburg, PA and works for a local credit union. Melody shares her story of overcoming a decades-long battle with Crohn's disease.

May 02, 2019
Episode 26: Amy Garrison
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In this episode, Gin talks to Amy Garrison. Amy is a financial planner from Greenville, SC.

Apr 25, 2019
Episode 25: Julie Carson
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In this episode, Gin talks to Julie Carson, a health coach from Utah who helps people with emotional eating and body image issues.

Apr 18, 2019
Episode 24: Nissa Graun
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In this episode, Gin talks to Nissa Graun. Nissa has used a combination of intermittent fasting and Keto/low carb to lose and maintain over 100 pounds.

Apr 11, 2019
Episode 23: Graeme Currie
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In this episode, Gin talks to Graeme Currie from Perth, Australia. Graeme shares how he lost over 100 pounds thanks to intermittent fasting.

Apr 04, 2019
Episode 22: JJ
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In this episode, Gin talks to JJ from Columbus, OH. JJ shares how he lost over 100 pounds and got his health back through implementing an intermittent fasting lifestyle.

Mar 28, 2019
Episode 21: Dan Bateman
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In this episode, Gin talks to Dan Bateman from Hanover, PA.

Mar 21, 2019
Episode 20: Jeethah Atwal
00:54:35

In this episode, Gin talks to Jeethah Atwal, a teacher from Vancouver.

Mar 14, 2019
Episode 19: Brian Gryn
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In this episode, Gin talks to Brian Gryn, a health coach and personal trainer from Chicago. Brian has been an intermittent faster for the past three years, and he also uses intermittent fasting with his clients as he works with them to lose fat and build muscle.

Mar 07, 2019
Episode 18: Todd and Nicole Hachey
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In this episode, Gin talks to Todd and Nicole Hachey, a couple from Maine who both live the intermittent fasting lifestyle.

Feb 28, 2019
Episode 17: Fred
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In this episode, Gin talks to Fred, a professor who lives in Toronto. Fred's cardiologist recommended intermittent fasting to him, and with the approval of his endocrinologist, Fred has gone on to improve his health in many ways thanks to IF.

Feb 21, 2019
Episode 16: Amy Behlke
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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/

Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:

Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes

Feb 14, 2019
Episode 15: Rachel Awad
00:54:47

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
00:53:42

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
00:55:57

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
00:52:13

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

Jan 17, 2019
Episode 11: April Stearns
00:56:16

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
00:54:03

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
00:52:11

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
00:44:35

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

Dec 20, 2018
Episode 7: Sue Wilsey
00:46:06

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
00:44:07

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
00:46:01

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
00:48:50

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
00:49:25

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
00:39:12

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 07, 2018
Episode 1: Kim Smith
00:49:11

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
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Welcome to Intermittent Fasting Stories. 

Oct 26, 2018