TFM on YouTube!
Dr. Fung videos posted
If you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe to the TFM YouTube channel. We’ve started posting videos from Dr. Fung there – with him tackling topics like fasting, obesity, PCOS and type 2 Diabetes. Be sure to check in to see what’s new and to leave comments – we have lots more planned from all the TFM community.
What is fasting and why is it important?
Coach John Clary takes it back to basics
In the strictest sense, fasting is not eating. We’ve all heard of many kinds of fasts and some of us have tried most of them. I did a juice fast once, consuming only homemade green juice I made from kale, spinach, apple, cucumber, etc. I thought I was doing something good for myself but now I know I was spiking my glucose and insulin with a load of carbs on the fast track to my bloodstream.
Every time we eat or drink something, there’s a release of insulin. For many people, the objective of fasting is to help us to lose weight, improve inflammation and reverse metabolic disease. We can aid in this effort by keeping insulin low, which fasting helps us do. If we are not consuming food and drink, the body is not spiking insulin and it can work on healing our insulin resistance.
We often advise the use of fasting aids, such as a little heavy cream in your coffee or tea, a spoon of coconut oil, or a cup of homemade bone broth. This is to help get over a hump in your fast where you might otherwise be ready to throw in the towel and end your fast. If taking a fasting aid to help extend your fast, it’s a win! There’s no shame in using a fasting aid! It’s not a competition.
Of course, the idea of a fasting aid is that you will build your fasting muscle and be able to fast without them. And if autophagy is your goal, consider using only water and salt on your fast. But, if fasting for weight loss, these fasting aids will still allow you most of the benefits of a water fast. Above all, fast in the way that is right for you.
Why is Fasting Important?
Throughout history, there have always been times of food insecurity. Our ancestors ate when they had food. Many foods were only available seasonally, and only when we gathered or hunted them. There were no supermarkets and convenience stores to buy favourite foods year-round. We ate when food was available, and when there was no food, we consumed body fat. This is how the body is designed to eat. We store body fat in times of plenty and burn it in times of shortage.
So, many of us in modern times have gotten into trouble because of our eating. Part of this is due to the highly processed factory foods we eat, which our ancestors did not eat. We also have year-round and around-the-clock access to foods of all kinds, both healthy and unhealthy, almost everything is available in abundance. We used to have certain foods, like fresh fruit, as an occasional or seasonal treat. Some foods were reserved for special occasions. Now we can eat birthday cake every day if we want!
Thinking back again to how our ancestors ate, there were times of feasting and times of fasting. What we have now in our modern world is feasting without the fasting. We weren’t meant to feast all the time, but many do, which is why some of us turned out to be fat and sick. We need to balance the feasting with fasting.
Quick and Tasty
Another great cold-weather recipe: Chicken Sausage Skillet
One-pan meals reign supreme – they’re quick, easy and have minimal cleanup! (That last bit is especially welcome…) It doesn’t get much better than that. Check out this recipe from our friends at truLOCAL! This simple dish is filled with hearty veggies and packs major flavour – it’s bound to become a weeknight staple!
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Looking for other great cooking ideas?
Don’t forget Dr. Fung’s new book!
The Obesity Code Cookbook: Recipes to Help You Manage Insulin, Lose Weight, and Improve Your Health – is now available!
The Obesity Code Cookbook makes it even easier to follow Dr. Fung’s weight-loss advice. Mouth-watering recipes—from slow-roasted pork shoulder to chia pudding and almond cake—showcase healthy fats, nutrient-dense foods, and low or no carbs. It’s an indispensable tool for home cooks looking to lower insulin, lose weight, manage diabetes, or simply lead a healthier, longer life.
Low-carb ideal for managing Diabetes
ADA CEO says she manages her diabetes with a low-carb diet
Over on the Diet Doctor, they’ve posted some encouraging news: the influential CEO of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is on the record as a low-carb eater.
In a recent podcast interview that is setting the low-carb world abuzz, ADA CEO Tracy Brown said she successfully manages her own type 2 diabetes, and has come off all her insulin and three other medications, by mindfully avoiding sugar and carbs.
Carolann initially came to IDM after a cancer diagnosis in early 2016. Working with Megan Ramos, Carolann implemented a low-carb, healthy fat diet and fasting protocols to help her through 18 months of traditional cancer treatment. Carolann is ready to help through her personal experiences and as a former client!
Calling all members!
Members new or old, come join us for a walkthrough of the membership community.
On February 10 & 24 at 11 am ET, a member of our team will be conducting a tutorial for members. This session will include a tour of the membership community, what The Fasting Method has to offer, and answer any of the questions you have! Sign up on the membership community homepage by clicking the ‘Sign-up for a Walkthrough’ button in the top left corner.
A new book for Fungsters!
Life in the Fasting Lane ready for pre-order
Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle – and Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health is hitting shelves April 9, 2020 and is available for pre-order now. Life in the Fasting Lane is co-written by Dr. Fung, Megan Ramos, and Eve Mayer.