Intermittent Fasting: Choose Your Specials Carefully (My Vacay Days)


Niagara Falls was amazing! My husband, five of “our” kids, and I went there for a long weekend, and I think we saw it from thirteen different spots—on both the American and Canadian side. It was truly breathtaking.


However, I had a little intermittent fasting problem related to the trip—as soon as I returned from five days up north, I was home for two days then was turning around to leave for a business/pleasure trip with my hubby for seven more days.

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Intermittent Fasting Start Up Options—Article, Video, and Outline!


“I could never go daytime hours without eating!” “I’m starving if I don’t get to eat breakfast, much less skipping lunch also!” “I hate feeling hungry; makes me feel sick!”


Yep….even die-hard Intermittent Fasters used to say things like that! We couldn’t imagine it either. And yet, here we are…fasting 19, 20, 21 hours a day…eating one snack, one meal, and possibly dessert. And living to tell about it! (And weighing less, feeling amazing, and looking great!)

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Intermittent Fasting Weekend Thoughts


TGIF! Thank God It’s Friday! This mantra is spoken by people everywhere—-those who are tired of school, work, daily grind, and typical schedules. AND….those who are on diets. Yep….dieters everywhere wait for the weekend to relax their diet protocols, eat foods that they haven’t allowed themselves during the week, and yes, even “go off” the diet.


Intermittent Fasters don’t need to do this! We can make this a way of life! We might shorten or lengthen our eating windows based on social situations, family events, etc., but we don’t have to go “off and on”!


You can learn to fast as a lifestyle—check out the video and outline below! May the fast be with you!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 17


In this episode, Donna Reish, author of “Fasting Inferno” Youtube parody and Intermittent Fasting blogger, describes her fasting experience five months in with a forty pound weight loss, one jean size reduction, and more. She describes her twenty hour fasting period each day and OMAD/3–One Meal a Day divided into three parts. She happily describes her husband’s four months of IF with an average of 21 fasting hours a day and forty pound loss. Listener Lessons this week focus on “How IF Works WITH Your Body”! Amazing things happen to our body—things that we always wanted to have happen or be able to carry out on our own but were unable to. However, with Daily IF, these things happen naturally. These include fat adaption, forcing the body to release fat each day/going into ketosis through IF. (We go into it 20 fold more frequently with IF!) Human Growth Hormone is released—with tremendous benefits, including vibrancy, energy, balancing cortisol, and more! Insulin sensitivity works in our favor with IF! No energy crashes and no uncontrollable cravings! The hunger hormone, Ghrelin, is brought under control with IF. And finally, Appetite Correction (AC) is achieved—so we are able to control emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, and more. Daily IF does for our bodies what we always wanted to do ourselves but were not able to since these hormones were controlling us negatively. How cool is that?

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 16


Welcome to Episode 16 of The Intermittent Fasting Journal Podcast/Videocast! In this episode, I tell about another week of Daily IF. Reishes’ Fasting and Feasting found Hubby and I at a 50 pund week loss together (me for 20 weeks; him for 12 weeks at that point in our weight loss!). He is losing FAST…..36 pounds in three months. I am losing pounds slowly but losing inches super fast–at 14 pounds in 20 weeks. read more…

Why You Just Might LOVE Daily Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss!


I LOVE Daily Intermittent Fasting…and so do eight of the fourteen adults in my family! Once our kids saw my husband dropping three pounds a week for a couple of months (now more than that!), they knew this was the real deal. Their dad, who was 100 pounds overweight most of their lives, was shrinking before their very eyes. While I started out down to my last 30 pounds or so when I began Daily IF, they also saw me going down in weight consistently–and more importantly, going down in size. (You always look like you lost more than you have with Daily IF!) AND….they also saw me eating whatever we had at the family parties–not eating my own low carb cream cheese dessert instead of birthday cake or crisping my low carb tortillas instead of chips at the Mexican restaurant, and not taking the toppings off of pizza on family movie night. (There is a time and place for that for me as I still keep an eye on carbs during a typical evening–but this celebratory food thing was the real deal to them!)

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Some Little Intermittent Fasting Helps!


Fasting is simple, right? You don’t eat. Then you do eat. Then you don’t eat again. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. And that is pretty much true. After all, we get to “Enjoy Anything While We Do Nothing.” And “Enjoy Anything But Not Everything.” However, sometimes we need a little help–maybe a little something to help us make it through the early fasting days or a longer fasting window. Some caffeine to take the edge off our hunger. A little salt or magnesium to help balance our electrolytes. Perhaps a multi vitamin to be sure we’re not missing something. Or…possibly something for the dreaded “fasting breath.”

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My Favorite Intermittent Fasting and More Books


I get asked a lot these days where someone can get started learning about Daily Intermittent Fasting. Of course, I tell them our FB Group, the 5 Tips About IF Slideshows, my Podcasts/Videocasts, The Daily Intermittent Fasting Start Up Charts, and my upcoming course (Donna’s Daily IF Course). But there are sooo many great books to help people get started, so I love to give IF book recommendations. (And I love to give away a fasting book every month in my FB group!) But then when I start giving book recommendations, I can’t stop with IF books only. I love self-development books, podcasts, videos, and more! And if you do not, don’t worry….Daily Intermittent Fasting builds your confidence and increases desire to do better in other areas of your life too. Daily Intermittent Fasting is a self-development process–with the added benefits of weight loss and health! 🙂

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 15


Welcome to Episode 15 of The Intermittent Fasting Journal Podcast/Videocast! In this episode, I tell about my fifteenth week of Daily Intermittent Fasting, including my two week experiment in low carbing combined with IF and what I learned about keeping to OMAD/3 (one meal a day divided into three parts). I talked about my weight gain from that two week experiment and subsequent loss of all lost within a few days of focusing more on OMAD than on “counting.” I also describe my husband’s first ten weeks on Daily IF–and his nearly 30 pound loss in that time frame. Next I dive into Listener Lessons (the teacher in me can’t help it!) of exactly how OMAD/3 with my first food being low carb (with a typical dinner later) has helped me with cravings, overeating during the eating window, reducing overall carb intake, nutrition density, and more. Finally, I describe three benchmarks that should be considered when choosing WHAT to eat during the eating window, reminding listeners that while Daily IF’ers can eat ANYTHING they want, they can’t eat EVERYTHING they want (emphasizing the need to keep a small calorie deficit in play all the time). The three benchmarks for what to eat during your eating window include (1) Foods that help you get your nutrition in; (2) Foods that make you feel great; and (3) Foods that you enjoy.

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 14


In this episode, blogger and Daily Intermittent Faster, Donna Reish summarizes her fourteenth week on Daily IF, including her week of carb counting while IF (under 50 net carbs)–and the effect this had on her weight and her enjoyment. She explained how the carb counting took precedence over the control of the eating window–and how she would do that differently if she ever decided to count carbs more often. Then Donna explained the difference between low carb eating and keto eating–and why a person can seldom “sort of keto” with good results. In “Listener Lessons,” Donna dives into the three things factors to consider in determining what to eat in your eating window: a) food that gives you the nutrients you need; b) food that makes you feel good (i.e. no carb comas or brain fog); and c) food you enjoy. Daily IF can meet all of these criteria! Finally, she emphasizes the importance of following something that you can stay on!


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