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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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.



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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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Lose Weight During the Holidays



November is just a few days away….

Now is the time that everybody thinks “I may as well forget about my weight and health until January first….holidays are coming. Nothing I can do now.”

But with Intermittent Fasting, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

In three weeks, you could have your hormones balanced, your appetite corrected, your cravings reduced, your brain fog gone, your energy up, and your fat starting to burn away.

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 30


In this episode, Donna Reish, curriculum author, blogger, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, teaches about the hunger hormone, ghrelin. First of all, she begins explaining what this hormone is, where it comes from, and what it does. She goes into ghrelin’s path—where it is released from and where it goes, including what triggers its release. Donna explains how ghrelin isn’t to be feared—it acts on a part of the brain responsible for memory (which helps us think better!), is the precursor for human growth hormone, and its release means that we are burning body fat! She then explains what can trigger ghrelin. Other areas she teaches on in this episode include how much food our bodies need at lower weights, how waves of ghrelin can be controlled/worked through, and much more! Stay tuned for the next episode in which Donna teaches how to overcome hunger, appetite, and cravings through intermittent fasting! Subscribe to the blog for free Intermittent Fasting start up charts!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 29


In this broadcast, Donna Reish, blogger, curriculum author of 100+ language arts/writing books, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, teaches listeners about four metrics that we can use to track our Intermittent Fasting journeys. She starts out teaching about scale weighing, including the fact that the scale weighs everything that is placed on it—water, fat, muscle, bones, stool in our intestines….everything. She explains how to best use the scale as an effective tool, including averaging your weights for the week to get a total for that week’s weight, weighing at the same time in the same clothes, and not using the scale as your only metric. Donna then moves on to the tape measure as a second assessment. We need to remember that the tape measure can measure fat loss AND muscle loss, and that the measuring tape can be extremely subjective. Thirdly, Donna teaches about body fat percentage, including a few ways to measure it, the benefits of using it as a metric, and determining body fat goals. Lastly, she teaches her personal favorite metric, the goal pant. Here she helps listeners see the visual motivator that goal pants can be and advises on choosing the right pants so you don’t get discouraged. Today’s broadcast is sponsored by Plexus Boost, a plant based capsule that boosts metabolism, helps with hunger, and aids in energy boosting. This product has amazing botanicals, including caralluma fimbriata (edible cactus the ward off hunger!), green tea extract, yerba mate, higenamine, chromium, and bio-available B vitamins.

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5 Sugar-Free Apple Treats


Everyone thinks it’s pumpkin season…pumpkin EVERYTHING…..and I know it is ’bout that time. However, I am never really done with apple season. Are you?

In honor of apple season…..I thought I would put together my five favorite Sugar-Free Apple Treats from the blog. (And I’m working on another one—sugar-free apple crisp in a mug…so stay tuned!)

Have fun with these tasty apple treats. Low enough in carbs to even open your eating window with them (OMAD/3) if you fasters want to! (I know I do!)

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 28


In this broadcast, Donna Reish, blogger, curriculum author of 100+ language arts/writing books, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, teaches listeners about Carbohydrate Cycling—continuing from last episode’s overview to exactly how to figure out your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and how to figure out how many calories you need to weigh your goal weight (and maintain it). She then takes listeners through three levels of difficulty with Carb Cycling in order to see what works best for each person. She explains how Carb Cyclers “cycle” through their high carb and low carb days in order to pair it with their level of activity and energy output (especially with HIIT and large muscle strength training). She teaches readers the values of the three macro-nutrients and how we can incorporate all three in a healthy IF eating protocol. Donna teaches readers the details of the most difficult way of Carb Cycling and asks listeners to determine if that level of daily math and recording is necessary for each one’s goals. Finally, she helps listeners determine if any level of Carb Cycling is right for them—or if they can get the same results through Appetite Correction, long fasting, insulin balancing, etc. Today’s broadcast is sponsored by Plexus Ease—Donna explains the four natural, plant-based ingredients in this amazing pain-relief/anti-inflammatory product: Tumeric, Bromelain, Serrapeptaise, and Green Lipped Mussel.

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Fast Shot: Adding Time to Your Fasting Window Strategically and Painlessly

In this Fast Shot episode, Donna Reish, blogger, author of 100+ curriculum books, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, explains to listeners how to go about adding a fasting hour (or hours) to your fasting window. She starts by giving some ideas for when someone might want to add fasting hour/hours, including preparing for a special occasion, when someone is plateaued for a while, working on getting rid of the last ten to twenty pounds, and more. She then recommends when someone might NOT want to add more fasting time. Donna then looks at a couple of ways to add an hour and advises people to choose their plan ahead of time–another hour daily, extending their daily average via an app, adding an hour on weekends, etc. Finally, she gives tips and tricks for making it through another hour of fasting, including how to trick ghrelin, how to avoid dehydration and mineral imbalances, and more.

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Fast Shot: “I Can’t Seem to Get Beyond the Hangries of the First Few Weeks!”


Welcome to another Fast Shot Video post! I have loved creating these! They give me a chance to answer reader’s questions immediately in my private FB group–and I love the challenge of trying to stay under ten minutes! (Failed this time…but close at around twelve minutes!)

This is a super important question for people just starting out in IF (and one reason that I created the 20 page freebie, “IF Start Up Charts”! and my month-long course). The first few weeks can be challenging with hunger and the hangries!

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Intermittent Fasting Journal – Week 27


In this broadcast, Donna Reish, blogger, curriculum author of 100+ language arts/writing books, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, teaches listeners about Carbohydrate Cycling—and how it might be used with Intermittent Fasting. She begins by reminding listeners that if IF alone is working well, you are not plateaued desperately, or you are not working on the last stubborn 20 pounds, you probably want to keep doing what you are doing. However, we can all benefit from learning about what our bodies need, macro-nutrients, and healthier eating, so listen on! Donna gives an overview of Carb Cycling in general—how it isn’t necessarily a “low carb” or “keto” diet but rather is a focus on switching up fuel sources day by day and correlates with low intensity and strength training exercise days. Finally, in the first half of this two-part broadcast, Donna rants and raves about this approach—how it is healthy to focus on macronutrients, why it helps us incorporate real foods more fully, how we don’t need to villainize entire food groups, why it’s better to up carbs than it is to have cheat days, and the positive effect Carb Cycling can have mentally and emotionally compared to other “diets.” Finally, she recommends that listeners ask themselves how different this approach might be to other restrictions and how they might already do some of these things intuitively. Donna leaves listeners with the option of receiving a free sample of the Plexus pink drink, today’s broadcast sponsor. (Join Donna in Broadcast #28 when she explains three ways to Carb Cycle and teaches IF’ers how they can use a low math method to look at their entire week and make better food choices.)

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