In Episode 122 of The Vendor's Daughter podcast Jen sits down with Laurie Lewis, the Founder of Fast Forward Wellness, to talk about all of the benefits of Intermittent Fasting.
For Laurie, an intermittent fasting coach, menopause dealt a crushing blow - brain fog, lack of balance, memory loss, and the sudden gain of 50 pounds of stubborn hormonal fat. She tried everything she knew to feel better, and the methods that worked in the past made no difference.
After fours years of struggle, Laurie stumbled upon intermittent fasting and started fasting that very same day. The menopausal fog lifted in less than one week, she had more energy and felt more "like herself." She lost 51 pounds in 15 months and has kept it off for years!
Now, at 57-years old, Laurie has turned her personal success into the premier thriving intermittent fasting coaching business. As a certified health coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) she combines her knowledge of nutrition with deep research and practice of time restricted eating. Laurie guides her clients with a dream come true- eat the foods you love and enjoy the rest of your life feeling vibrantly well.
You guys, I know when it comes to intermittent fasting there are strong feelings on both sides. Some people, like Laurie, are all about it. And some people, think it's a glorified eating disorder. Here's where I land, I think intermittent fasting makes sense.
When you think of the way our bodies were created, we were designed to live within a circadian rhythm. Before the advent of the lightbulb life was meant to slow down when the sun went down, and we naturally woke up when the sun rose. In the same way before food preservatives and inventions like refrigerators, humans ate during certain windows.
I don't know about you but when I'm trying to clean up my diet, I don't bring things like chips, candy or soda into the house. Why? Because I know when the craving hits that if it's not in the house, I won't eat it because the chances of me getting into my car and driving the half mile to the 7-Eleven are VERY slim. If I lived pre-electricity there is no way I would be motivated to go out and kill or grow my food probably ever, but especially if it was dark outside (I live in a beautiful home, in a great community but I still get "scared" and turn on all the lights if I need to go from one room to another after dark, there's no way I would risk my safety for a craving.
What I'm trying to get at is that it's only with modern inventions that food has been accessible to us 24/7. And since we can eat anything (even "food" that our body doesn't recognize as food) at any time of the day, we aren't giving our bodies the breaks they need to perform all of their other necessary functions outside of digestion.
To me, intermittent fasting seems like a way to give your body the break that it needs, it allows your body to fuel itself off of your body's stored fat and it falls in alignment with circadian rhythm.
Other studies have shown that when you go to bed on an empty stomach you can also get into a deeper sleep, because your body isn't busy digesting when it should be resting.
Since my interview with Laurie, Ryan and I have been keeping to a 12 hour eating window and it seems to be working. We both feel like we have more energy, have clearer minds throughout the day and also feel like we've slimed out a little. We like it....for us.
I think one really important thing to remember is that every body is unique. For some people intermittent fasting might not be the right solution. For some people fasting for longer than 12 hours might be the right solution. As Laurie mentions in our interview, the spotlight is on YOU, you do not have to do what the "guru" does. Your job is to take small baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle and to pay attention to how your body responds.
A few other things I took away from my time with Laurie:
My body is not my enemy - my body is working really hard to keep me alive. I can help it out by getting enough sleep, drinking my water, and feeding it healthy real foods
I don't need to do ALL of the things at once. It's okay to go slow.
The body doesn't have calorie receptors, it only has nutrition receptors. If you listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs (hint: it's never going to need the caramels).
When it comes to food, try to delay not deny.
If your interested in learning more make sure you listen to Episode 122 of The Vendor's Daughter. According to Laurie, intermittent fasting makes everything better, you'll sleep better, brain fog will go away, you'll be more focused, have better conversations, and be more productive at work.