Never Fast the Week Before Your Period! The Shocking Science About Intermittent Fasting & Women’s Health

    enSeptember 21, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Understanding Intermittent Fasting: Unlocking Health Benefits Through TimingIntermittent fasting focuses on timing your meals rather than restricting what you eat, allowing your body to tap into its fat-burning energy source and offering remarkable health advantages. Determine your fasting type by answering four essential questions.

      Intermittent fasting is a health protocol that focuses on when you eat, rather than what you eat. It involves periods of time where you actively abstain from eating, allowing your body to switch between two energy sources: the energy that comes from eating and the fat-burning energy source that activates after eight hours of not eating. Just as our bodies have natural cycles for sleep and wakefulness, intermittent fasting recognizes that our eating patterns also have rhythms. By intentionally fasting for at least 12 hours, you can unlock incredible health benefits. To get started, ask yourself four key questions to determine the fasting type that suits you best.

    • Understanding the Differences in Fasting with Men and WomenDr. Mindy Peltz emphasizes finding a fasting routine tailored to individual needs, incorporating flexibility and avoiding foods that spike blood sugar. Embrace natural rhythms and don't reject fasting information due to healthcare confusion.

      There is a significant difference between fasting with men and fasting with women. This difference is often overlooked and not discussed enough. It is essential to understand and listen to these differences when it comes to incorporating fasting into our lives. Dr. Mindy Peltz, an expert on fasting and its benefits, emphasizes the importance of finding a fasting routine that works for you personally. She shares her own fasting routine, which includes skipping breakfast and having her first meal around noon or one o'clock. Dr. Mindy also highlights the flexibility of fasting based on individual needs, such as longer fasts or occasional water fasts for cellular cleansing. It's important to stick to foods and beverages that won't spike blood sugar, like water, mineral water, coffee, and tea without sweeteners. While bone broth is beneficial for breaking a fast, it's not recommended during the fasting period Dr. Mindy suggests three simple hacks for successful intermittent fasting and urges women to embrace their natural rhythms and not reject the information about fasting based on healthcare confusion.

    • Simplifying Intermittent Fasting with Eating and Fasting WindowsEstablish specific eating and fasting times, add MCT oil to coffee to promote fat burning and control hunger, use sea salt to alleviate discomfort, consult a medical professional before starting fasting.

      Implementing intermittent fasting can be made easier by establishing a specific eating and fasting window. This involves determining a stop time for eating at night and a start time for eating in the morning. Additionally, adding a small amount of MCT oil to your coffee can help facilitate fat burning and suppress hunger hormones, making it easier to extend your fast. It is important to note that MCT oil should be used sparingly, with just half a teaspoon to a teaspoon being sufficient. Furthermore, for those experiencing discomfort during the fasting window, a pinch of sea salt can be added to your coffee to help alleviate symptoms. However, it is crucial to consult with a medical professional, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions, before embarking on a fasting journey.

    • Considerations and Symptoms of FastingPregnant and nursing women, individuals with eating disorders, and those with food challenges should avoid fasting due to potential risks. Temporary symptoms such as moodiness, brain fog, rashes, constipation, or diarrhea may occur during fasting but are part of the body's detoxification process. Adaptation time is necessary, and fasting may impact hormone levels in women differently.

      Fasting is not suitable for pregnant or nursing women, as toxins released during fasting can be passed on to the baby through breast milk. Additionally, individuals with eating disorders or food challenges should avoid fasting as it may trigger their condition. When starting fasting, it is important to be aware that the body may experience some discomfort or detox symptoms, such as moodiness, brain fog, rashes, constipation, or diarrhea. However, these symptoms are temporary and indicate that the body is eliminating toxins and entering a healing state. It is crucial to honor the process and give the body time to adjust. Furthermore, women have different fasting requirements than men, as fasting can affect hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

    • Understanding the Hormonal Hierarchy: How Insulin and Cortisol Influence Women's Health and Well-beingThe hormonal hierarchy in women greatly impacts their health. Insulin levels affect sex hormones, while cortisol influenced by stress can make the body insulin resistant. Oxytocin can help reduce cortisol levels, and fasting impacts hormones differently based on the menstrual cycle.

      Women have a hormonal hierarchy that greatly influences their health and well-being. Insulin plays a key role in this hierarchy, as it affects the levels of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. High levels of cortisol, which is influenced by stress, can make the body more insulin resistant. However, oxytocin, commonly obtained through connections with others, can help bring cortisol down and make the body more insulin sensitive. Men, on the other hand, primarily operate off testosterone, which follows a 24-hour cycle. Women operate on a 28 to 30-day cycle, with different hormones pulsing in at different times. Fasting can have different effects on estrogen, progesterone, and glucose levels, depending on the phase of a woman's cycle. Understanding this hormonal hierarchy can lead to a more effective fasting lifestyle for women.

    • Hormone health and Intermittent Fasting in womenWomen should be mindful of their hormone cycles and adjust their fasting approach accordingly to avoid negative side effects and maintain hormone health while practicing Intermittent Fasting.

      Women need to be mindful of their hormone cycles when practicing Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent Fasting was initially designed and discussed without considering how it would affect women's hormone health. Women have different hormonal rhythms throughout their menstrual cycles, and these rhythms influence their metabolism and overall well-being. Ignoring these hormonal fluctuations can lead to negative side effects such as hair loss, anxiety, and hormone imbalances. To avoid these issues, women should avoid fasting during the week before their period. By understanding and adjusting their fasting approach according to their cycle, women can still benefit from Intermittent Fasting without compromising their hormone health.

    • Hormone cycles and adjusting eating habits for a healthy weightWomen should pay attention to their hormone cycles and adjust their eating habits accordingly, incorporating fruits, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and vegetables before their period and intermittent fasting during their period. Additionally, following the moon's cycle can be helpful for those without regular cycles.

      For women trying to maintain a healthy weight and break the cycle of gaining and losing, it's important to pay attention to their hormone cycles and adjust their eating habits accordingly. Starting with intermittent fasting can be effective, but during the week before their period starts, women should give themselves grace and include nature's carbs like fruits, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and vegetables in their diet. When their period begins, they can go back to their intermittent fasting protocol. For those who don't have a regular cycle due to birth control or menopause, following the moon's cycle can be a helpful alternative. Recognizing the connection between the moon's cycle and our own 28-30 day cycles reminds us of our magical nature as women.

    • Aligning Intermittent Fasting with Your Menstrual Cycle for Optimal Health and Hormonal BenefitsBy syncing intermittent fasting with your menstrual cycle, women can optimize their health and hormonal balance, regulate menstrual cycles, and improve overall well-being. Use apps like Moon Lee to track the cycle accurately.

      Intermittent Fasting for women should align with their menstrual cycle for maximum health and hormonal benefits. Starting the Intermittent Fasting protocol with the new moon and fasting for 12 to 15 hours until day 21 is recommended. Then, taking a break from fasting for a week before starting again with the new moon. This is because women's physiology and hormone network are different from men, and their metabolic and hormone health should be considered. Even for women in menopause, they can still follow a 30-day reset and match it to the moon. It's important to use apps like Moon Lee or simply Google the new moon to track the cycle accurately. Following this protocol can help regulate menstrual cycles and optimize health.

    • The Importance of Finding the Right Fasting Protocol and Building a Fasting LifestylePersonalize your fasting approach, listen to your body's rhythm, and engage in a supportive community to optimize your fasting results and amplify the benefits through shared experience and support.

      Finding the right fasting protocol for your individual needs is key to success. As shared in the story of Bridget, who initially experienced amazing weight loss and increased energy with intermittent fasting, it is essential to understand and listen to your body's rhythm. Bridget's experience showed that prolonged fasting without cycling it led to negative outcomes such as weight gain and hormonal imbalances. Building a fasting lifestyle involves four steps: identifying your goals, cycling your fasts, cycling your food, and engaging in a supportive community. By personalizing your approach and working with others, like participating in fast training weeks or book clubs, you can optimize your results and amplify the benefits of fasting through a sense of shared experience and support.

    • Flexible fasting for your lifestyleAdjust your eating window to fit your schedule and preferences. Include enough protein when breaking your fast and prioritize good oils for enhanced fasting effects.

      Fasting can be done in a flexible way that fits with your lifestyle. You can adjust your eating window to match your preferences and schedule. For example, if you want to eat dinner with your family at 7 pm, you can start your eating window at noon and finish at 8 pm. This flexibility allows you to enjoy special meals or brunch without feeling deprived. It's important to remember to include enough protein in your diet, especially when breaking your fast, to support muscle maintenance and growth. Additionally, focusing on limiting certain foods, such as bad oils and prioritizing good oils like avocado and olive oil, can enhance the effects of fasting.

    • The impact of certain oils and processed foods on our bodiesChoosing healthier oils and whole, natural foods can help prevent inflammation and promote better cellular health. Avoiding artificial sweeteners and toxins found in processed foods is also important.

      Certain oils and processed foods can cause inflammation and health issues in our bodies. Oils like canola oil, cottonseed oil, and corn oil, as well as partially hydrogenated oils, should be avoided. These oils can lead to cell inflammation, which can affect our brain, joints, and belly. Instead, we should opt for healthier oils like walnut oil and avoid manmade carbs found in breads, cakes, cookies, and pastas. Fruits, vegetables, potatoes, wild rice, and quinoa should be emphasized in our diets. Additionally, artificial sweeteners, colorings, and other toxins found in processed foods can harm our cellular health. It's best to choose whole, natural foods without complicated ingredient lists.

    • The Power of Mindful Eating for HealingBy being mindful of our eating habits and observing the results, we can take charge of our health without any additional expenses or supplements. Support and learn from doctors like Dr. Mindy for practical and valuable information. Remember to consult professionals for personalized advice.

      There is a zero-cost tool available to us that can help unlock the power of our bodies to heal themselves. This tool is the result of decades of research and allows us to tap into our body's natural abilities without needing to add anything extra. By simply being mindful of when we eat and watching the results, we can take control of our health and our lives. It's important to support and listen to female doctors like Dr. Mindy, who are sharing valuable information in a simple and applicable way. Through unity and education, we can all benefit and thrive together. Remember, this information is presented for educational and entertainment purposes, so consult a qualified professional for personalized advice.

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