IDM Round Up – October 4, 2019

In Megan’s Blog:

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Something huge is happening!

Tune in tonight for some big announcements from IDM

Dr. Fung and Megan Ramos will be live in the Membership community on October 4th at 6:30 PM EST to talk about exciting changes coming to IDM. 

You definitely won’t want to miss the big announcements!

IDM Members


Megan and Nadia live in Houston

Event looks at the factors behind obesity, diabetes and other critical issues

IDM’s own Megan Ramos and Nadia Pateguana will be speaking at the Low Carb Houston Conference (October 24 to 26)

Taking place at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Bayou Theater, the event looks at how modern nutrition and sedentary behaviours have contributed to the pandemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers and dementia. Low Carb Houston is a not-for-profit conference devoted to objectively discussing and translating research evidence and clinical experience related to a low-carbohydrate high-fat (LCHF) lifestyle (ketogenic diet).

The 2nd Annual LCH Conference, hosted by the Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute (ENHI) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, will address the contribution of nutrition and obesity to chronic disease. Organized by Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Nadir Ali, Low Carb Houston is a transformational experience welcoming community members as well as medical doctors, nurses, scientists, public policy makers and other allied health practitioners.

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Fasting Aids: Yay or Nay?

Nadia What are “Fasting Aids”?

Fasting aids – aka “training wheels” or “crutches” – are things that can be ingested which are perceived to help, not hinder, your fast. In other words, it’s the stuff that is going to make your fast easier, at least for now. 

The analogy of training wheels is really accurate. When you’re initially teaching your kid to ride a bike without training wheels it might be virtually impossible for them to even inch forward. But, after a few training sessions, once they have figured it out, those training wheels are just going to hold them back! You need to let go of the training wheels and your fear! You (and your child) will do just fine!

At IDM, we don’t recommend dry fasting. Water is not considered a fasting aid but an essential component. It is required. The same goes for a good quality salt to prevent electrolyte depletion or imbalance.

What we call ‘Fasting Aids’ may be used by beginners and can include: 

  • heavy cream
  • MCT oil
  • butter/ghee 
  • coconut oil
  • bone broth
  • pickle juice/olive brine
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lemon/lime juice
  • naturally flavoured sparkling water 

How about things like olives and nuts? Nope. Now you’re pushing it 🙂 Except in maybe very few exceptions, we wouldn’t consider this a fasting aid. You would be “eating” after all and not fasting. Also, the stimulation of your digestive juices and process would likely just make you hungrier and make your fast that much harder after.

How much of the Fasting Aids can you have?

I would say it would be reasonable for a beginner to have one fasting aid per meal that they were skipping. If you normally have three meals, maybe having three fasting aids, makes sense at first. It follows then that if you normally only have two meals on your eating days, initially you may feel like you need two fasting aids. 

Many people feel just fine fasting for 20 to 24 hours with no fasting aids, but jumping over that hurdle of having one meal to having no meal, often requires just one fasting aid. The key thing in my opinion, whether you have one/two or even three fasting aids initially, is that you consume it in a short “drinking window” and move on. Don’t “nurse” your fasting aids all day long!

When should you (or not) use Fasting Aids?

If you are a beginner to fasting and your initial goal is weight loss, use your fasting aids so long as you need to and is working for you. If you need to change things up (because your weight loss has stalled, for example) and you no longer need them, drop the fasting aids.

If your end goal is autophagy, then you need to avoid fasting aids, and fast with water and salt only.

Happy Fasting everyone!


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