Dealing With Food Associations

Dealing with Food Associations



Yep, I’m going to talk about them again!

May was a month of vacays, biz trips, and travels. Normally in those times, I would have called a break from my weight loss protocol—and started collecting junk food for our travels.

I used to go to Walmart and buy a lot of junk food.

Then I would come home and organized it into tubs by type. (I told you I was a crazy organizing woman!)

Then we would stop at Cracker Barrel and gas stations for more….the more “specialized” things that we couldn’t get at Walmart.

But this association had to go.

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 19


In this podcast/videocast episode, Donna Reish addresses Intermittent Fasting and Vacations again! Following up last week’s episode in which she described their two weeks of vacation, weight gain, calories, and more, Donna now addresses how to keep healthy habits going and have minimum weight impact during vacations. She talks about the importance of not starting vacation before vacation begins (a mindshift change from our old dieting ways!). She recommends doing some longer fasts before vacation in order to be at your best when you leave—size wise and motivation wise! Donna recommends that you look at your vacation week, choose your “specials,” and try to figure out some fasting hours that you can keep during vacation. These can vary, but they will help you not feel so bloated, have energy, AND control calories some without counting or restricting. Next, she moves into the effect that exercise can have on a trip—burning some extra calories, keeping metabolism stoked, putting you into fat burning sooner, and more. Donna then describes the roles of insulin (fat storing) and glucagon (fat releasing) and how eating two meals a day during your vacation vs grazing can have an effect on fat burning, calorie control, satiation, insulin production, and more. Donna’s Plexus biz sponsors the episodes—and this week’s was Plexus Slim Hunger Control—the pink drink that fills your stomach up so you aren’t hungry! She describes this in the “commercial” portion at the end of the episode.

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 18



In this episode, Donna Reish, Intermittent Fasting blogger, teacher, and podcaster, gives her and her husband’s five and six months update, including a total weight loss of over sixty pounds for the two of them and multiple clothing sizes. She describes how, unlike other weight management plans they have tried, they continue to lose pounds, inches, sizes, etc., in a plan that they are able to easily implement and stick with—even during special times and vacations! During the “Listener Lessons” portion of this recording, Donna explains their vacation experiences of twelve days out of fourteen traveling for business and pleasure and how they continued with at least sixteen hours of fasting during this time. She teaches readers the importance of deciding ahead of time what your eating plans will always be rather than waiting until the heat of the moment and letting hunger or emotions make decisions for you. By deciding ahead of time what her fasting protocol was going to look like during these trips, she was able to plan for each day ahead of time and stick with her plan. Donna continue to teach about how we need to “plan our specials carefully.” One special can turn into two, which can turn into three…and the next thing you know, everything is special, and it is hard to meet our weight management goals. She gives benchmarks that she uses for choosing “specials.” She explains the difference between other weight loss times in which she “threw in the towel” before vacation because it felt futile—compared to Daily IF in which you just vary your eating window so minimize vacation weight gain. This mindset shift included starting vacation on a strong note of good fasts before the trip. Donna then examines her vacation days and why she chose to fast when she did and eat when she did. She encourages listeners to create new food associations and new pleasurable activities in place of eating (during fasting hours). She helps listeners learn to use self talk to motivate oneself and help achieve self discipline. Lastly, she describes a new product from the show’s sponsor, Plexus Slim Hunger Control and she teaches how this plant-based, healthy drink can help with fasting.

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“Restarting” Your Daily Intermittent Fasting (Video)


Graduation parties. Weddings. Showers. Vacations. Long weekends. Lake days. Family reunions. Feeding kids all day. Picnics. BBQ’s. Summer can be the best of times and the worst of times! All. Of. That. Food. And the next thing you know, you have fallen off of the Daily IF bandwagon…! I recently answered some reader questions about how to get “restarted” with IF. I hope the video and the outline below are helpful to you as you “navigate” the summer waters! Blessings!

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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…

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