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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

Jimmy Dettman

2020-07-0958:45

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin Stephens speaks to Jimmy Dettman from Rapid City, South Dakota.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!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!"Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlShare your intermittent fasting stories with Gin: gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter @gin_stephensFollow Gin on Instagram @GinStephensConnect with Gin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast: Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
Daniel Hale

Daniel Hale

2020-07-0755:22

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin Stephens speaks to Daniel Hale from Edison, NJ.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!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.Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlShare your intermittent fasting stories with Gin: gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter @gin_stephensFollow Gin on Instagram @GinStephensConnect with Gin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast: Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
Linda Varghese

Linda Varghese

2020-07-0257:291

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Dr. Linda Varghese, a pathologist who lives in Minneapolis, MN.This episode is brought to you by Organifi. Gin loves Organifi Gold, but there are other delicious options available for you to choose from. Visit organifi.com/ifstories to save 15% on your order.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 linked 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."Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin: gin@intermittentfastingstories.com Follow Gin on Twitter @gin_stephens Follow Gin on Instagram @GinStephens Connect with Gin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779 Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast: Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Jody Ayers

Jody Ayers

2020-06-3054:32

In this episode, Gin talks to Jody Ayers, a teacher from Bloomington, IL.This episode is brought to you by Phylabiotics, created by a team of passionate scientists who aim to change your life by giving you back the beautiful skin you were born with. Visit phylabiotics.com/ifstories  to get 15% off any order of $50 or more.  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." Get Gin’s books, including her latest New York Times Bestseller, Fast. Feast. Repeat., available wherever you buy books! http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.html Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin: gin@intermittentfastingstories.com Follow Gin on Twitter @gin_stephens Follow Gin on Instagram @GinStephens Connect with Gin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779 Listen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast: Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes 
Jennifer Jenson

Jennifer Jenson

2020-06-2555:06

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Jennifer Jenson from Bennington, ID.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 link:http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlThis episode is sponsored by Ritual Essentials for Women: Ritual's Essentials have the nutrients most of us don't get enough of from food. Visit ritual.com/IFStories to get 10% off during your first three months. 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."Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Courtney Contos

Courtney Contos

2020-06-2357:09

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to virtual chef and health coach Courtney Contos.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 link:http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlThis episode is sponsored by Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative: It's grilling season! For the best tasting meat around, from local family farms straight to your door, go to grassrootscoop.com/IFStories to save $40 plus get free shipping! 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.comShare your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

2020-06-1854:36

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 link:http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlThis 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!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."Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Dr. Gil Blander

Dr. Gil Blander

2020-06-1650:53

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."Fast. Feast. Repeat. The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny Intermittent Fasting: Now available everywhere books are sold! Get your copy now through your favorite bookstore by following this link: http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlThis episode is made possible by Inside Tracker: Interested in the ultra-personalized nutrition system that analyzes your blood, DNA and lifestyle to help you optimize your body and reach your goals that Dr. Blander talks about in today's episode? Go to insidetracker.com and use promo code IFStories to get 20% off any plan, PLUS free InnerAge with the purchase of the Ultimate and/or Vitality plans.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. For more information on Inside Tracker, go to: www.insidetracker.com. Use promo code IFStories to get 20% off any plan, PLUS free InnerAge with the purchase of the Ultimate and/or Vitality plans.Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
Veronica

Veronica

2020-06-1151:36

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Veronica, a Nurse Practitioner from Albuquerque, NM.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.htmlThis episode is brought to you by Feals: Are you looking for high quality CBD oil from a source you trust? To save 50% on your first order of premium CBD oil plus get free shipping, go to feals.com/ifstories.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." Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes  
Stacey Downs

Stacey Downs

2020-06-0957:50

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Stacey Downs from Old River, Texas.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.htmlThis episode is brought to you by Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative: Are you looking for the highest quality meat? Visit grassrootscoop.com/IFStories to get $40 off plus free shipping.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!"  Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes 
Mukund Ragunathan

Mukund Ragunathan

2020-06-0454:05

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 link: http://www.ginstephens.com/get-the-books.htmlThis episode is sponsored by Ritual: Ritual's Essentials have the nutrients most of us don't get from food. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual's Essentials for Women helps fill the gaps in a woman's diet. Visit ritual.com/IFSTORIES and use code IFSTORIES to get 10% off during your first 3 months. 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. Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
John McDonnell

John McDonnell

2020-06-0257:551

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.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.htmlThis episode is sponsored by Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative: Are you looking for a better way to source your meat? Delicious, nutrient-rich meat from a source you can trust! Go to grassrootscoop.com/IFSTORIES to save $40 plus get free shipping.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. Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
Bronwyn Kerr

Bronwyn Kerr

2020-05-2856:21

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.htmlThis episode is sponsored by Ritual: Ritual's Essentials have the nutrients most of us don't get from food. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual's Essentials for Women helps fill the gaps in a woman's diet. Visit ritual.com/IFSTORIES and use code IFSTORIES to get 10% off during your first 3 months. 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."Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Betsy Butler

Betsy Butler

2020-05-2658:221

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Betsy Butler from Effingham, IL.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 This episode is sponsored by Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative: Are you looking for a better way to source your meat? Delicious, nutrient-rich meat from a source you can trust! Go to grassrootscoop.com/IFSTORIES to save $40 plus get free shipping. 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.  Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Emiko Prigmore

Emiko Prigmore

2020-05-2151:06

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.Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
Marie Todd

Marie Todd

2020-05-1955:43

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Marie Todd from Birmingham, AL.This episode is sponsored by Phylabiotics: Phyla is an acne care line that uses the power of probiotics to recalibrate your skin's microbiome, thus giving you healthier and clearer skin. Learn more about Phyla by visiting phylabiotics.com/IFStories. You'll get $15 off an order of $50 or more with the promo code IFSTORIES.This episode is also sponsored by Feals: Feals premium CBD oil works naturally to help you feel better with no high, hangover, or addiction. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety, pain, and sleeplessness, among other things. Go to feals.com/IFStories and you'll get 50% off your first order with free shipping. 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.Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes
Catherine

Catherine

2020-05-1452:502

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!Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Paul Brodie

Paul Brodie

2020-05-1257:36

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. Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.com Connect with Paul Brodie: https://www.brodieedu.com Follow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes   
Sara Walton Steele

Sara Walton Steele

2020-05-0755:431

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.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!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."Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes    
Natalie

Natalie

2020-05-0552:551

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Natalie, a young mother who lives in Germany with her husband.This episode is brought to you by Organifi: visit organifi.com/ifstories for 15% off any product. Gin's favorite? Organifi Gold! 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."Share your intermittent fasting stories with Gin:gin@intermittentfastingstories.comFollow Gin on Twitter@gin_stephensConnect with Gin on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Stephens-370557866639779Read Gin’s book Delay, Don’t DenyListen to Gin on the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast:Intermittent Fasting Stories on iTunes 
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Arlene Delehanty

We do have dental hygienists in NZ.

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Wendy

Beautiful podcast

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Michelle Holcomb

loving this podcast!

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P.J. Watkins

great episode

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Eileen Check

I just listened to this episode and I want to thank Gin and Dana, as a 50ish, menopausal woman in recovery I found this very helpful! Off to Kindle to look for Dana's books. 🙂

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Amy Mabe

totally loved this!! the hour flew by.

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Carrie Rose

I really loved this episode! Thank you for sharing your unique perspective, Rachel!

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Dara Waldron

Such an inspirational story.

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Maria Goette

❤️I love everything about this podcast

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Elaine Jacobson

Eddie was a great guest. I loved his common sense wisdom and related to so much he shared. I I definitely agree about the paradigm shift.

Dec 20th
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Marilyn

No-nonsense podcast. I will listen to this again and again. Both ladies shows you both are intellectual, genuine, kind, humble person thru the conversation. Thank you for sharing your experiences in intermittent fasting. Very inspiring.

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Jenifer Harding

I love you ladies so much! I've read all the books, including Kim's & am obsessed with this lifestyle. THANK YOU!

Nov 16th
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Becky McCutcheon

Love this podcast! Great support and motivation! Gin keeping it real and I love it!

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Carol Vonrekowski

loving this new channel so much! in down 45 pounds in two and a half months! IF has definitely changed my life forever!!

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Patricia Lauzon

Love this podcast!

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April Crowder

where is Episode 2?

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Rosanna Bules

Can't wait for episode 1 on Thursday 11/1!

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