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Should I fast if I don’t have a cycle?


Should you fast if you don’t have a cycle? The short answer is yes! In fact, fasting may be the healing tool that energizes your cycle. Fasting has the ability to bring the body into homeostasis and balance, allowing to naturally regulate sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The key is understanding how to use fasting to help your cycle. Women can lose their cycle for a variety of reasons. Women may be on birth control, have had a hysterectomy, are in the perimenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal stage of life, or have a condition such as PCOS.  However, many women aren't sure why they don’t have a cycle. In these cases, I recommend doing a Dutch Hormone Test. The

5 Proven Fasting Hacks for Women


While the research is clear that fasting is indeed a powerful healing tool, what most people, including practitioners, fail to realize is that women need to fast differently than men. Here I’ll be sharing my top 5 fasting hacks for women! #1 Fasting hack for women: Stabilize your blood sugar with good fats The key here is increasing good fats, lowering bad fats. Good fats are things like avocado, ghee, grass fed butters, raw nuts and nut butters. Whereas anything that comes in a bag, box, restaurant or is fried and processed is highly likely to contain “bad” fats--trans fats, hydrogenated fats, polyunsaturated fats and commercially processed vegetables oils. Good fats will help you stabilize blood sugar, improve insulin

Are low levels of Vit D causing you weight loss resistance?


42% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient, creating an increased risk of impaired immunity, fatigue, depression, and muscle pain.  But not just that---did you know that low Vitamin D is also correlated to weight gain, increased fat storage, hunger cravings and high blood sugar? This is because Vitamin D influences the hormones insulin and leptin. Insulin signals your body when to store fat while leptin tells your body to burn fat.  Two studies, done in 1980 and 2019 found that low Vitamin D levels were connected to insulin and leptin resistance. When Vitamin D levels were low, insulin and leptin hormones would become less sensitive or functional, with weaker signals being sent from the brain telling the body to

Which types of fasting boost your immune system?


Studies show that fasting has incredible benefits—increasing mood, energy, mental clarity, weight loss, lowering inflammation, and boosting the immune system, helping it better defend against pathogens, viruses and bacteria.  There are three steps you’ll want to take to create this heightened immune response.  Step 1: Become Metabolically Flexible The first step to boosting your immune system is becoming metabolically flexible, this means you can easily go in and out of being a fat-burner and a sugar-burner. Metabolic flexibility has been shown by science as a valid approach to “dampening” the COVID-19 virus. Yet only 12% of American adults are metabolically healthy! How does metabolic flexibility help defend against viruses? Viruses do not have their own metabolism. This means that

Will intermittent fasting slow your metabolism?


A question I get all the time is, "won't intermittent fasting slow down my metabolism?" One of the most common mistakes I see fasters make is repeating the same fast over and over. Here’s what usually happens—when you first adopt a fasting lifestyle, you’ll likely see immediate positive results, you may start dropping weight, find an increase in your energy, focus and mental clarity. All great things. You get so excited about these results that you decide to continue intermittent fasting day after day. Then suddenly you realize you’re not seeing the same results. Maybe you’re even starting to gain weight.  Repetitive Intermittent Fasting and Metabolism Here’s what happened: repetitive intermittent fasting slowed down your metabolism.  Think of it

Can you exercise when you fast


The short answer is yes! Exercising in a fasted state will result in burning glycogen stores, which is a really effective way to lose weight and lean out. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when you exercise in a fasted state, which I cover here.  Fasted exercise for weight loss When you exercise in the morning in a fasted state, your blood sugar is likely already at its lowest. Low blood sugar means that you don’t have glucose readily available for energy and your body will have to look elsewhere for an energy source. This is a good thing. Without glucose available, your body will start to go after something called glycogen.  Glycogen is sugar

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021


1. Bearaby Weighted Cotton Napper  This buttery soft and breathable 100% organic cotton weighted blanket is the perfect sleep and calming aid. Weighted blankets have been medically proven to aid naturally deeper sleep cycles. The weight on your body stimulates the production of serotonin (the happy hormone), reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases melatonin, which helps you fall (and stay) asleep. This cotton napper will help you sleep more deeply and wake up feeling rested and revitalized! 2. Ketomanna Chocolate Fudge  Perfectly optimized nutrition. Delicious enough to be dessert. Loaded with brain-boosting MCT’s, KetoManna is a quick and seriously delicious way to keep your body and brain running optimally (burning fats, of course). With 12g of highly-ketogenic MCT's

Should you fast when you’re sick?


This is a great question, and I’ve been getting it a lot lately, especially in today’s viral climate.  The first thing I want you to do is to listen to your intuition. Have you ever noticed that animals will naturally fast when they’re not feeling well. It’s one of the first signs that there might be something wrong with your pet when they stop eating. You have an inner doctor inside you, that speaks to you through cravings and feelings. So instead of worrying about what you should do, ask yourself --do I feel like fasting or eating right now?  Fasting & Viruses: There are several things we know happen to your body when you fast: Ketones prime the

Fats that will make it easier to fast.


Contrary to what you may have been taught, not all fats are bad. One of the mistakes beginner fasters often make is failing to differentiate between good fats versus bad fats.  Eating too many bad fats can end up preventing you from seeing fasting results, leaving you frustrated, not getting into ketosis and hungry! Bad fats actually make it hard to fast. I covered this top in my previous video, so if you haven’t watched it, go back and watch it now. In The Resetter Podcast with Dr. Cate Shanahan, Dr. Cate went so far as to say that bad fats were even worse for you than sugar! That the consumption of bad fats is truly what is underlying

Bad fats that make it hard to fast


If you are new to fasting and/or keto, one of the first things I educate on is that bad fats will make it hard to fast. The body has two options for creating energy. It can either burn sugar or burn fat for fuel. When you fast (especially longer fasts), the body is forced to burn up all readily available sugar, and when glucose is significantly used up, the body will begin to burn fatty acids from stored fat for energy. When this transition to burning fat for energy is made, the body produces ketones and is said to be in a state of “ketosis”. There are levels of ketosis, from light to therapeutic.  Now, there are some foods


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