The Most Effective Diet of 2019 Uncovered By Research!


It is the end of the year/beginning of a new year….the time for reflection, goal setting, and resolution making.

However, the statistics for yearly goal setting and resolution making are bleak at best.

Studies indicate that only 8% of the people who make resolutions are still following those resolutions come January 22nd.

And less than 1% of people will keep said resolutions throughout the whole year.

Diets are usually at the top of a resolution list. Followed shortly by exercise and finances (i.e. saving a certain amount or staying on budget or getting out of debt).

The diet resolution news gets even worse.

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Two Coaching Options For 2019 From Donna Reish



In this video, Donna Reish, author of over a hundred curriculum books for kids, blogger, health seeker, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, explains her two coaching options currently available. The first one is her month-long Intermittent Fasting course ( in which Donna guides her students via daily videos, outlines, graphics, charts, and images in everything they need to get started on IF! This comes with a private course FB group in which Donna interacts with students daily and answers questions as they come up. This course is truly “a month to learn it; a lifetime to live it!” Secondly, Donna describes her health and weight management coaching for her and her team’s Plexus Ambassadors and customers. With a minimum monthly purchase of plant-based, health-changing Plexus supplements, users are invited to join her closed FB group called Reishes’ Serious Plexus Peeps where Donna will address tons of issues related to health, fitness, food, and weight management in live videos three times each week! Consider one or both options in which you will learn how to help your body help you achieve your goals!!!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal #37


In this Broadcast, Donna Reish, blogger, author of 100 curriculum books for preschool through twelfth graders, seeker of health and fitness, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, shares with listeners more of the “things she has learned after one year of Intermittent Fasting.” This is Part II of this topic—in Broadcast #36 she talked about how she realized she had been “dieting” on too much food/too many calories; how she can control food–food doesn’t have to control her; how overweight is not always our fault; and that sustainability is everything. In this episode, she continues with why IF is the best weight management approach for her due to her ability to adhere to it. Severe restrictions or cutting out entire foods and food groups result in immediate failure as soon as the individual goes to a party or eats out. With IF, this continually failure is not a part of the faster’s life—and success breeds success whereas failure breeds failure. Next, Donna describes the many avenues of freedom that Intermittent Fasting has brought her, including food freedom, financial freedom, time and resource freedom, decision freedom, and much more. Next Donna talks about one of her favorite new “lessons” from her year of IF—the importance of sleep on hormone balancing, metabolism, brain function, and more. Lastly, Donna describes how IF has led her to become a fitness person—someone who works out regularly, builds strength and muscle, and keeps her fitness commitments. This has been another area that eluded her prior to IF, so it is an exciting one to her! This week’s broadcast is sponsored by Plexus’ new thyroid, adrenal, metabolism, and mood product, the all natural MetaBurn!


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Creamiest Hot Mexican Dip


Dips are perfect additions to holiday get togethers! They are great to have out while you are finishing dinner and everyone is gathered around the kitchen looking for food! They are great for potlucks (especially when people anxiously await your dip!). And they are great for appetizer nights.

I have made Mexican dips forever —with seven kids, you can imagine the chips and crackers we have gone through over the past years! You can try my favorite cheese spread here, my favorite cheeseball here, and my low carb crackers and chips here!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 36


In Episode #36, Donna Reish, blogger, curriculum author of over 100 books for preschool through twelfth grade, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, brings listeners Part I (of II) of what she learned during her first year of IF. The first thing that Donna focuses on is something that all IF’ers learn (and that anyone interested in weight management needs to learn)—that she has spent the past forty years of her life eating way more food (and calories!) than what she needed. Setting aside food types and making each food “healthier” according to the “diet of the year,” she came to realize that she was creating foods that were too calorie dense for every day fare and that true weight management only occurs in an environment in which food intake is greatly diminished (which IF helps with immensely!). Donna then delved into something that she was overjoyed to learn (and to teach others)—that many of our food problems stem from hormonal imbalances and not understanding the brain’s response to food. Simply put, much of our overweight is not our faults. But now we know how to counteract many of these issues, and we can begin to have the food control that we have always dreamed of! She describes some of these mechanisms and how they are helping her and her husband. Finally, Donna tells the most important thing that she “re-learned” (and now embraces fully)—that sustainability is everything when it comes to weight loss and weight management. Today’s sponsor is Plexus Slim Hunger Control, the pink drink that helps fill up the stomach, balance blood sugar, give energy, and help with mood.

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Play the FREE Calories In/Calories Out Game (With Videos) and Learn How to Lose More!



Our bodies run on them.

We spend half of our lives trying to reduce them. And the other half trying to burn them off.

But what if this thing known as “weight/size management” is based on more than simply calories?

What if there are other things that affect our weight, size, metabolism, cravings, and appetite?

What if we could figure out how to make simple tweaks in our day (and night!) that would help us meet our weight management goals more easily?

AND….what if we could learn these hacks through a GAME?



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1) Weight

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3) Metabolism

4) Cravings

5) Appetite



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The FREE five daily videos, along with the detailed outlines and colorful game board, show you which way to turn to win the CI/CO Game–and to win the CI/CO Life!

AND….we need all the help we can get during the holiday season–help in burning more calories, help with our control around treats, and help with our appetites.

SO now is the PERFECT time to play this FREE game—and let your body help you with these eleven smart (yet simple) moves.

You will be so glad you did as we approach 2019!


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Join my private FB group where I teach IF!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 35


In Episode #35 about “Specials,” Donna Reish, blogger, author of over 100 language arts and writing curriculum books, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, discusses how to decide on, navigate, and carry out “special” days with Intermittent Fasting. Donna begins with her and her husband’s one year anniversary with IF and how close they are to their goal weights, as well as some of their goals for the coming year. Then she explains the concept of “specials,” including her mantra from thirty-two years of homeschooling her seven children: “Every day is special, but every day can’t be a special day!” She explains how our mindset has to shift if we want to make IF a lifestyle—we have to get out of the “go off and on” and “how can I find a way to take days off” and onto the “I want to do this for my health, my goals, and my life.” Next, Donna explains how to select times that truly are special occasions and how to tweak your fasting hours rather than going off and on for days that are special but you still want to keep going towards your goals. She teaches specific steps for how to make little tweaks in your fasting schedule in order to have an earlier, later, shorter, or longer eating window later in the week. She talks about how to end your eating window even when others are continuing and how to use non-food activities rather than using food all the time. Donna explains her two favorite self talk mantras that help her through specials, exercise, and any occasion that she wants to strengthen her mind and will. She then goes on to explain what to do after special occasions—how to avoid punishing yourself, how to get back into fat burning quickly, and how to live this lifestyle all the time. Today’s Plexus product sponsor is Vital Biome, a probiotic supplement that is clinically shown to improve health and mood, reduce anxiety and anger, and much more.

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25 Days of Christmas


My kids started an amazing tradition a few years ago that has grown to be the highlight of my and my husband’s parents’ Christmas season. Our kids, seven kids ages eighteen through thirty-four, call it “The Twenty-Five Days of Christmas,” but you could easily do “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and make it just as special. If you did twelve days, you could literally start it anytime—twelve days before Christmas. Twelve days before the December 31st, etc. Also, this would make a nice outreach for an elderly neighbor or disabled person in a group home, etc.

They prepare the list below and give it to the grandparents before December first. Each day, the grandparent (s ) open the Christmas card for the day (dated—Day One, Day Two, etc.) that contains a signed card with a personal greeting from one of the grandkids (they alternate) and a verse from one of the links below (or that they create) for that day. With the card, they also open a gift that is wrapped (twenty-five of them in our case) that they choose out of a Christmas box.

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Fast Shot: Why and How to Start IF During December!




1) You have special foods to look forward to during your eating window! This always makes starting easier.


2) You can be a fat burner by January 1st—get ahead of those New Year’s resolutions, and make IF a lifestyle!


3) Feel good during the holidays–instead of so much food heaviness, etc.


Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 34


In this episode, Donna Reish, blogger, author of over 100 English curriculum books for students in grades K through 12th, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, teaches on the hormone leptin. Donna begins describing what leptin is and how we have become resistant to it, “leptin resistant.” She then teaches about how leptin signals are like trying to hear someone with headphones on—and how much we truly miss of the signaling when our brains do not get the messages. She encourages overweight people that so many of the things that are bodies do not do for us now are not our faults—and how we can easily fix many of these things with knowledge and a few tweaks (like sleep, water, protein, fiber, timed eating, and more). Finally, Donna goes through a long list of ways that we can either increase leptin or increase our ability to hear leptin’s signals. These include fasting, eating anti-inflammatory foods, keeping insulin low, losing weight, eating real foods, consuming fewer processed foods, not drinking calories, eating high protein, exercising, and more! This broadcast is sponsored by the plant-based metabolism booster and appetite suppressant Plexus Boost.

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Fast Shot: What Should I Do When I Reach My Goal Weight?



I love questions from readers and viewers! They cause me to think deeply, research more, and examine things from different points of view. So send me questions! 🙂


Today’s Fast Shot video is about weight maintenance. Oh glorious day! I can’t wait…how about you?


So here are some thoughts I have as someone who is still 20 pounds from that exhilarating place! 🙂

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Fast Shot: Ready to Face Holidays With an IF Lifestyle!


I wanted to give my FB group a little pep talk and help them make IF a lifestyle during the upcoming holidays, so I made a quick Fast Shot video for them that I thought you, my blog readers and YouTube viewers, might find helpful too.

Happy Thanksgiving! And blessings to you on your weight management and health goals this holiday season!

Preparing for Thanksgiving With IF

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 33


Donna Reish, author of over 100 curriculum books for kids, blogger, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, focuses this episode on more hunger during the fast issues—both in the beginning days and for long-term fosters. She begins by talking about an important subject that those who are only eating two or three times a day (snack/meal or meal/meal)—distracted eating. In working towards healthy eating habits and appropriate food associations, we need to learn to enjoy our meals and snacks more than ever before. She talks about how we can get rid of old food associations once IF becomes a way of life for us and how we can make new ones that involve sitting down and eating, savoring our foods without including another “stimulus.” Next, Donna talks about one of her favorite IF-related subjects—sleep! The research is clear from all camps on this one—sleep is crucial to fat burning (metabolism), hunger, mood, energy, cognitive function, and more. She shares studies about the effect of sleeping under seven hours on hunger, and it is significant! The third “hunger” component she describes is food during the eating window. What does protein and fat do for satiety during the fast? And what do carbs do for satisfaction (food reward) during the fast? Today’s broadcast is brought to you by Plexus ProBio 5, a three-in-one product with healthy bacteria, digestive enzymes, and anti-fungals (to get rid of bad bacteria!). This product is specially encapsulated so that it doesn’t have to refrigerated, and its contents are intact until it hits the gut, where it is needed. (For more hunger help, see the blog and/or Episodes #31 an #32 specifically.)

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 32


Donna Reish, curriculum author of over 100 books (for students grades pre-school through 12th!), blogger, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, tackles more hunger issues during the fast. (Episode #30 was all about ghrelin; Episode #31 was all about ghrelin tips and hunger.) She teaches about the effects of caffeinated drinks on appetite, metabolism, and exercise performance. Then she delves into a study about the effect of chlorogenic acid from decaf coffee, caffeinated coffee, and caffeinated water—and their effect on the third hunger hormone, Peptide YY. Following this, she described why gut health influences hunger and cravings. And finally, she discusses the huge effect that cortisol has on hunger, cravings, and weight, including ways to reduce cortisol levels. This episode is sponsored by Plexus Slim, the pink drink!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 31


In Episode 31 of Donna’s Intermittent Fasting Journal, Donna Reish, author of 100 curriculum books (for kids!), blogger, and IF teacher, teaches about how to control appetite/hunger/cravings/ghrelin. She begins the episode by giving her and her husband’s update—down over 100 pounds between the two of them in ten months with just over and under 20 pounds each remaining! She describes how fasting brings out various food sensitivities that might have been dormant or unknown prior to fasting, and how she has been having sugar headaches despite loving sugar her entire life! This has caused her and her husband to reduce their sugar intake somewhat. Donna then reviews some info from Episode 30 about the hunger hormone ghrelin, including where and how it is released. Next, she describes the food control that IF provides in general, including regulating blood sugar and insulin, healing the gut, providing more pronounced leptin signals, and more.

Donna moves into some tips on controlling ghrelin next. She describes the following: how ghrelin comes in waves and how to overcome those waves; foods and drinks that ghrelin works well with and doesn’t work well with; the effect of water (including mineral water and sparkling water) on ghrelin; stomach distensibility, fiber, and fruit; clock hunger; sleep; mineral balance; and more! Finally, Donna touches on foods that have an effect on satiety/hunger/ cravings, including protein, fat, and fiber. This episode is sponsored by Plexus’ ProBio 5—a three in one product that aids in gut health, digestion, breaking down bad bacteria such as candida/yeast overgrowth, and much more.
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