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, talks about three steps that it takes to build belief and adherence to something in your life. In step one, she talks about how the initial step in adhering to anything is believing in what you are going to do. This first step is achieved by seeing it work for others (especially people you know and trust) and understanding the process well enough to think that it really could yield results. In step two, Donna describes how you must believe that YOU can make that protocol work! You have to believe that you have it within you to make this protocol work. You have to see yourself being successful with the plan. Lastly, you must put habits in place in order to become successful. You can’t just say that you want to do this or that. You must have the habits in place in order to become the person who succeeds. Every day. Every habit. That is how we adhere and persist in a successful program. Donna Donna gives tips for developing these habits—environment, consistency, habituation, and more. Lastly, Donna applies these steps to becoming fit through exercise. This week’s broadcast is sponsored by Plexus supplements. Donna is offering a private FB group centered around weight management coaching and teaching for all of her wholesalers and customers in the coming year!
Don’t make another typical resolution this year!
Make a resolution that you can stick with!
Research shows that 92% of the time, New Year’s resolutions are done away with by January 20th.
This made me wonder…what resolutions aren’t broken….what are those 8% of resolutions that “stick”?
Then I thought back to last year at this time.
Time to Seize the New Year
By Donna Reish
Time to let the past go by
To leave the former year behind.
To release its hurts and sing its praise
To look ahead to future days.
Time to love those undeserving
In forgiveness persevering
Leaving no ill will behind
Pure of heart and pure of mind.
Time to learn from past mistakes
To grow and change for future’s sake.
To leave regrets and undone goals
To enter in with heart and soul.
Time to face the days ahead
With hope and faith and not with dread
To see the light of life that’s clear
And give to those we hold so dear.
Time to give and love all more
To help the hurting and the poor
To speak kind words and give good cheer
Every day of this new year.
2018 was a year of great changes for us.
(Actually, the last five years have been years of huge changes: graduating our seventh/final child from 32 years of homeschooling, adding four kids-in-love to our family, becoming grandparents, becoming empty nesters, becoming entrepreneurs, getting into the business of health, learning and loving plant-based supplementation, becoming exercisers….so much change!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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
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 donnareish.com and/or Episodes #31 an #32 specifically.)
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!
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.
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.