Intermittent Fasting FAQ
Feeling incredibly grateful to know that something I created has resonated with so many. My TEDx Talk, Intermittent Fasting: Transformative Technique, was created with the premise in mind that, yes, intermittent fasting is a great technique for weight loss; however, one of the key components to sustained weight loss is balanced hormones. I know that intermittent fasting helps balance blood sugar and hormones for most people. Females especially need natural hormone support throughout multiple phases of their lives, and that’s why I’m passionate about sharing and speaking on this topic.
I’m answering a few Frequently Asked Questions below and have also included a FREE guide that you can download and print.
Is this technique valuable for both men and women?
YES!! This technique does not gender discriminate! Both men and women can see transformative results from utilizing intermittent fasting.
Can Breastfeeding women use this technique?
Many nursing mothers need a substantial amount of calories to meet the milk production needs of their baby. I do have concerns that a breastfeeding mother will see a negative impact in milk supply. Always consult your OB or Midwife before starting something new and pay attention to your own body. Intermittent fasting might not be the best choice for you during your phase of life while nursing.
Can pregnant women use this technique?
My greatest concern for pregnant women is calorie consumption. Your body is working hard to create a new life and that requires sufficient energy/calories. If you diligently track macros/calories and can get in your needed amount of calories during your feeding window this can still be a viable option. Please discuss with your OB or Midwife before starting intermittent fasting.
Is this safe to do if I have been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Yes! Those that have been diagnosed with PCOS tend to be an ideal candidate for intermittent fasting due to the fact that most are insulin resistant. Intermittent fasting can help drive down insulin levels which can improve glucose control, the balancing of sex hormones and weight loss.
How should I break my fast and eat during my feeding window?
Break your fast with a balanced light meal or light salad. Here’s what I recommend:
Break your fast with a small salad with arugula, steak/pork/chicken, avocado or nuts/seeds, include radishes or cabbage. You can also break your fast with a coconut milk yogurt with berries and salted cashews.
Next meal: try a lettuce wrap burger (organic grass-fed beef is ideal) with roasted asparagus as a side
Next meal: enjoy grilled chicken with a starchy vegetable like spaghetti squash or sweet potato
What if I eat less than 50 calories? Does that break my fast?
YES! Adding cream or nut milk to your coffee breaks your fast. I’m a purist in this department. The goal of intermittent fasting is NOT to play some kind of minimal caloric game. The goal is to stay in a fasted state for optimized health results. If you consume foods, you are creating an insulin response, no matter how small. Stick to water, herbal tea and black coffee. One more time for the people in the back: stop consuming 40-50 calories in your fasted state. You are breaking your fast!