It’s the Insulin!
Coach John Clary on the connection to our health
Reading The Obesity Code was the beginning of an eye-opening education that changed my life. Learning how insulin works was instrumental when it came to making the changes I needed to make to reverse the type 2 diabetes I’d been treated for for nearly 20 years.
Insulin acts to get excess glucose out of our bloodstream and into fat cells. You can think of this as a protective factor because, if we didn’t have insulin to store the excess glucose, the amount in our blood could reach dangerous levels. But if we continue to consume the foods that cause high levels of glucose, we become insulin resistant.
Over time it takes more and more insulin to get the job done. Eventually we might get sick… or sicker.
There are two ways to tackle this problem. The first is to take a hard look at the foods you’re consuming and cut out the ones that cause the most insulin release: processed foods high in carbohydrates, bread, pasta, starchy vegetables and, of course, anything made with sugar (even many fruits.)
The second is to reduce the number of times a day that you secrete insulin. If you’re eating three meals and three snacks daily, that’s six times a day your body is pumping out insulin.
Cutting out snacking and eating only real, whole meals of real, whole food is a great way to work on reducing your glucose and insulin levels. Adding fasting can put you on the fast track to better health!
I’d be glad to help you with this, as would any of the coaches at The Fasting Method.
Expand your reading list
Some great new titles coming out in the spring!
The Fasting Lane’s Eve Mayer has announced the release of her new book – with co authors Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos! Life In The Fasting Lane is set to be released in North America on April 7, and is now available for preorder online. If you’ve ever been curious about intermittent fasting, or fasting for weight loss and better health, it’s definitely a must-read. Mayer says the entire book is devoted to answering all the questions she’s heard about changing to a fasting lifestyle.
The very next week – April 14 – sees the release of The PCOS Plan: Prevent and Reverse Polycystic Ovary Syndrome through Diet and Fasting paperback. Written by TFM’s Nadia Brito Pateguana and Dr. Jason Fung, the book examines the methods for prevention and reversal of PCOS.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common reproductive disorder in the world, affecting an estimated eight to 20 percent of women of reproductive age, almost half of whom are unable to conceive. PCOS is also associated with increased risks of heart disease, ovarian and endometrial cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
In this clearly written guide, backed by science and personal experience, Fung and Brito Pateguana identify the symptoms of PCOS and reveal its root cause: excess insulin. They show how it’s possible to prevent and reverse PCOS with a low-carb diet and intermittent fasting. As a bonus, 50 recipes and a variety of menu plans are included to put this new knowledge into (delicious) practice.
Re-Engaging Your Why
For coach Larry Diamond, it’s important to remember the reasons
I believe consistency is important when it comes to life-long success in a health journey – especially as we engage in practices such as eating low-carb, whole food and fasting, lifestyles that have sadly become uncommon in our modern world. But, even when we’re making our best effort, we all experience life events and go ‘off-plan’ either via stress or by choice.
Sometimes, this results in us feeling like we’ve become a ‘fasting beginner’ again. But, that’s ok. I think about Major League Baseball players and NFL football players. Baseball players go to Spring Training. NFL players go to camp. Every year. And they all do the same basic drills again.
If you haven’t done a 36- to 72-hour fast in a while and you want to do one, one of the tools I find to be helpful is to re-engage with your ‘Why.’
Welcome Fasting Newbies!
Beginners course updated
We’ve updated our Fasting for Beginners course in the Member’s Section, so that it’s even easier to understand and successfully get started on your journey.
Our beginning fasting course will teach you what you need to know in order to start incorporating time restricted eating, and intermittent and extended fasting into your daily routine. We will discuss the most successful fasting and eating strategies, troubleshooting tips, and what kind of results you can expect to achieve.
Check it out when you get the chance!
Don’t miss author Nina Teicholz
A special guest in the TFM Book Club on January 10
We’re proud to say that we’ll have special guest Nina Teicholz live in the Book Club on January 10. Author of The Big Fat Surprise, Teicholz will be on hand to discuss how her book came to be, and how she discovered people around the world were living healthy on high-fat diets. She’ll also be addressing questions like: What actually happens to populations when the ‘fat is bad’ approach is implemented as dietary guidelines?