Product Review – The Complete Guide to Fasting – Healing Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate Day and Extended Fasting

I purchased the book in mid-december of 2016, when I became so disgusted with myself and my diabetes that I determined to do SOMETHING.  I researched and found this book by Dr. Fung and purchased it right then and downloaded it and read it straight through.  I purchased a hard copy later so my friends and family could look at it also.  I began fasting the next day.

Before mid-December, 2016, I was injecting 182 units of insulin daily.  Then I began my adventure with Intermittent Fasting (IF).  Within 78 days of starting IF, I was down to injecting under 10 units of insulin a day and I had lost a lot of weight (from 260 to 227 pounds).

Read how my fasting story started here.

TITLE:  “The Complete Guide to Healing Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate Day and Extended Fasting” by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore.

Author:  Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore.

Publisher:  Victory Belt Publishing, Inc. Las Vegas

Where to Purchase: This book is available at many book stores and online.  I personally purchased it on Amazon at a price of around $20.  This is well worth it.

 

 

 

Product Review: Book “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-day and Extended

Product:  “The Complete Guide to Fasting:  Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-day and Extended” by Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore, October 16, 2016.

Purchase:  The Complete Guide to Fasting

Cost:  Estimated >$21

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Target Audience:  Health conscious men or women who are interested the newer “bio hacking” methods and trying new things to benefit their health.

Overview

This is a popular book on fasting – specifically intermittent fasting – cowritten by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore.

Who are these guys?

Dr. Jason Fung is a kidney specialist (Nephrologist) in Toronto, Canada.  During his years of treating his patients, he has made detailed observations about diabetes, blood sugar, the body’s reaction to carbs, glucose and insulin.  In 2013, he published a range of theories relating to obesity and diabetes in a you tube series.Aetiology of Obesity YouTube Series.

During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that type 2 diabetes and obesity was on an expodential rise and that the standard diet recommended (reducing dietary fat) was definitely not effective.  Type 2 diabetes were treated with more and more insulins and their insulin resistance worsened and more insulin was given – it was a vicious circle which didn’t help the diabetic.   Diabetes was considered non-curable.  Yet many of Dr. Fungs patients were off insulins (as well as some other medications i.e., for blood pressure) after being treated by Dr. Fung’s team. Weight was lost and health improved as they contimued with Fung’s recommendatons.  He and his patients considered themselves “cured” as long as they continued eating the diet he proposed for maintenance. He started a program called Intensive Dietary Management  in which he provided patients with his special treatments for type 2 diabets and obesity that is based on different dietary changes, not medications. He now takes patients via an online program too.

Jason’s Intensive Dietary Management blog provides a lot of information on his theorys and studies and the experiences with his many patients that he treats for different medial issues using his theories about carbs and fasting.

Jimmy Moore  entered the low carb and fasting arena in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss enabled him to come off prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the author and host of the very popular blog Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and the host  of a popular high ranked oiTunes health podcast, The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, as well as Low-Carb Conversations and Keto Talk. He has interviewed hundreds of of the world’s top health experts and has dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible about nutrition  He’s also a  bestselling author of:

Description

This book provides Dr. Fung’s and Jimy Moore’s idead and theories on fasting – specifically intermittent fasting and a low carb diet.  Dr. Fung began using a new approach to treating his kidney patients and found that the new method of lowcarb and fasting combined has been successful at removing all signs of type 2 diabetes and several other disorders like high blood pressure for his patients, as well as weight loss and reducing insulin resistance.  You will learn how he developed his new theories and methods and how to begin using these methods yourself.

Effectiveness

Dr. Fung’s  Intensive Dietary Management website has testimonials from many of his patients that are inspiring and proves his patients are being helped by his methods.  I found his book one evening when I was very depressed about my uncontrolled BGLs and purchased it and read it in one night.  I fount as i followed his methods for 2 months, I regained control of my blood glucose numbers and finally reduced my insulin injects from 184 units each day to zero and allowed me to lose 20 pounds.  Unfortunately a few weeks after that I became ill and was put on large doses of prednisone which raised my BGL drastically and created such a “hunger” that I fell off his protocol and began struggling with my diabetes again.  However I know now that its works and I’m trying again to follow his protocol and stick with it until my insulin resistance is “cured”.

Benefits

The benefits of practing fasting and intermittent fasting are many.

Here is a link to a discussion about some of the benefits Dr. Fung’s patients have described.

Cost

This book is available in Kindle, paperback and audio formats for under $21.00

In Conclusion

I highly recommend purchasing this book and learning about this new clearly effective approach to treating obesity, type 2 diabetes and more.  It has certainly changed my life.

Comments

Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would also love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  I enjoy talking about my experiences online and what has worked or not worked for me. – Shirley

Note: There are affiliate links included in this article which allows me to recieve a small commisison if an item is purchased (to help fund hosting this blog site) – with no increase in cost to the buyer.

 

Why I Stopped Eating!

Eating has consequences for diabetes


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An image of Shirley in Austrailia

If the title of this post caught your attention and you are thinking I’m taking some drastic measures,  well, you are right.  I’m stopping eating two meals a day and some of the foods that are mainstays of the standard American Diet.

 

Being a type 2 diabetic for many years is no fun.  I deal with blood glucose lows and highs and insulin injections daily, as well as the pain of neuropathy in my feet, legs, and hands.  I’ve lost some of my fine motor skills in my hands which makes picking up small objects more difficult.  I also suffer from fibromyalgia and degenerated discs in my low back.  I am in a wheelchair most of the day.  I’ve been in this wheelchair since the fall of 2014 when I developed severe diabetic feet and leg ulcers.  It was eight months before these were healed and life was very painful, excruciating even and trying.  I’ve been in this wheelchair ever since.

An image of diabetic testing equipment.
An image of diabetic testing equipment.

Like many type 2 diabetics, I’m overweight.  I wasn’t always overweight.  I was actually very normal and active in sports and coaching all through my 20’s and until I turned 34 and became pregnant with my only child.  I gained 60 pounds and my back went out – severely. Afterward, could not be active at all and continued to gain weight.  At one time I weighed 284 pounds on a 5.5″ frame.  In 2016 I found out about the “Whole30” way of eating and ate that way for most of the year.  I lost 30 pounds that year.  But I still had my issues with uncontrolled diabetes, even though the diet made some improvements overall.  It also helped with my inflammation and the pain of fibromyalgia, since I removed gluten and grains, sugar, soy, legumes and alcohol mostly from my diet.

Then I came across a book by Dr. Jason Fung, about how he is curing his diabetic patients of their type 2 diabetes through Intermittent Fasting.  It was the middle of December 2016 and I began Fasting the next day.  I did very well, fasting anywhere from 24-72 hours a couple of times a week and in February of 2017 my blood glucose numbers were so good I was off all my insulins.  My blood pressure was way down, my cholesterol was way down and my weight had dropped from 260 to 240 – a 20-pound loss.  I felt great.

Then I got a cold and ended up with a very bad sinus infection.  I was given 12 days of prednisone tablets.  This sent my blood glucose number skyrocketing and I was hungry all the time.  My fasting was impossible to keep up because of the hunger cravings and I had to go back on my insulins again.  This was in the summer of 2017 and I have struggled since that time to get back to fasting and eating low carb.  Its been uphill and downhill – mostly downhill.  Then the holiday season came and I had lots of social activities where I was not strong-willed enough to not eat the candies and cakes and bread.

2018 came around and I tried to go back to eating only one meal a day.  I ended up having to eat two meals a day more than I needed.  When I cook – I eat.  Yesterday I was miserable – my entire body hurt and my BGL was very high (high 300’s and 400’s), I cried a lot and decided I HAD TO get back to my fasting and low carb eating.

A Decision

So I began fasting after dinner last night.  Today, January 28, 2018, I kept fasting and only eating one meal a day again (OMAD).

An image of a salad
An image of a salad

Today was pretty successful with me eating only a large salad for dinner which really filled me up.  It was not an extremely low carb meal because it had some croutons and ranch dressing.  I did manage to push aside half of the croutons though.  When I checked myBGL tonight it was 277, (not good but much better than the 300 and 400’s I’ve been having at night.  We’ll see if I can keep this up.  I hope to get back to my LCHF (low carb hi fat) eating with no sugar and bread.  It may take a few days but that is my intention.

I weighed just now and I weighed 245.0 pounds.  I injected 70 units of long-term Lantus and 28 units of short-term Novalog tonight and took my regular 1000 grams of Metformin. I’m curious what my morning BGL will be as I tend to be high in the mornings (dawn syndrome).

Resources

You can read my post about the Whole30 healthy eating plan and access a link to purchase the book here.

You can read more about my decision to start fasting here.

Comments

Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others’ stories about how they handle their own diabetic issues.

– Shirley

Ramping up my weight loss efforts!

A New Year’s Push!


Image of a woman holding loose jeans out
Image of a woman holding loose jeans out

As the new year approaches, I’ve been ramping up my weight loss efforts. I’m concentrating on several methods to enhance my weight loss.

 

 

 

Through Intermittent Fasting (IF)

I’m doing at least an 18:6 fast each day.  That’s 18 hours fasting with a six-hour eating window where I eat either one or two meals.  I try to eat my last meal around 8 pm at night and then skip breakfast and eat again around 2 pm in the afternoon and another meal around 7 pm.  Then fast again.

Whenever I can, I’m doing a 23:1  fast, one meal a day.  I eat around 7 pm, then fast all night, skip breakfast and eat again at 6 pm the next night.

I highly recommend Dr. Jason Fung’s book to learn more about how to start intermittent fasting and the many benefits of fasting. This is the book that started me on my journey of IF (Intermittent Fasting) and the loss of 30 pounds during 2017.

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended

Recently I also purchased a product by Young Living that is helping a lot with curbing my hunger pain between meals.  I put 4 drops in an 8 oz glass of water when I am fasting or between meals to suppress my hunger pains.  I’m finding that this citrus-like taste really works on cutting my appetite.  They have some tea that I’m anxious to try also.

Slique Essence Oil 15 ml by Young Living

Ocotea Oolong Cacao Tea Slimming Spice Tea 25 pouches by Young Living

 

 Autophagy – Healing my Body

Both of the above ways of intermittent fasting can get me several hours of autophagy – a form of cell cleansing which is good for the body.

Autophagy refers to the body’s response to a lack of food (fasting) which stimulates a degradation pathway of components.  By digesting its own parts, the cell does two things. First it rids itself of unnecessary proteins that may be damaged or otherwise malfunctioning. Secondly, it recycles those amino acid ‘spare parts’ into new cellular components.  This is a form of body detoxing and healing.

Here’s a good article to read by Dr. Mercola about autophagy.

I just got this book and have begun reading it.  I’m finding some interesting information on detoxing while reading it.

Autophagy: A Guide on Autophagy and How We Can Use Its Process to Cleanse and Detox For a Healthier Body and Mind (Detox, Cleanse, and Healthy Body Series Book 1)

Sugar is Poison – get rid of it!

An image of sugar cubes
An image of sugar cubes

I’m cutting out sugar, which is pretty hard with all the social events we are attending right now, but I’m determined to lose weight by the New Year.   I recently read Dr. Taubes book about sugar and I am convinced that sugar is poison and a large cause of the obesity epidemic in our culture.

I feel about the sugar industry like I did about the Tobacco industry once – they are using the addictive effects of sugar added to foods to sell products and we are becoming addicted to foods with added sugar because of this.  This huge increase in sugar consumption has been part of the rise of obesity in the U.S.

The Case Against Sugar

 

 

Deep Breathing

Another thing I’m doing is going back to my deep breathing exercises that I had achieved some success with a while back when I first started doing this and actually lost some weight after reading Greer Childer’s book.  You can read one of my previous posts on this here.

Be a Loser!: Lose Inches Fast–No Diet by Greer Childers 

“Push to the New Year Weight Loss Campaign”

Would you like to join me on my “Push to the New Year Weight Loss Campaign?”  If so, comment below and comment again on January 1, 2018.

 

Comments

Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I send out a monthly newsletter around the 1st of each month.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

Why do I have Food Binges?

Fail and Binge – Yes I Do


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An image with the text Failure on it

I have been doing so well with my LCHF eating and Intermittent Fasting, and I love all the benefits and the way I feel when I’m doing things right.  But I do occasionally have some issues. I have the occasional binge eating fail. This is so disturbing to me when I do that and I feel awful afterward, both emotionally and physically.  My fibromyalgia pain returns, my hunger is out of control and my blood sugar tends to go way up because of what I eat.

Continue reading “Why do I have Food Binges?”

My insulin injections made me fatter!

Why my insulin injections and insulin resistance make me gain weight


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image of injection kit

Another part of the curse of being a Type 2 diabetic is that the treatment for my diabetes made me gain weight and gaining weight was hurting me.  It’s a vicious cycle.  My blood glucose levels go up, my doc prescribes more insulin to be injected, I gain weight and my blood glucose goes up more, so I need more and more insulin to force my blood glucose levels down.  As a diabetic, we find out that much of the standard treatment for our disease actually makes it worse instead of better.

In my research on insulin resistance and insulin and studying Dr. Jason Fung’s articles and videos, I’ve learned that insulin injections are not what my body needs to get better.  I was taking 182 units of insulin daily to keep my blood glucose numbers within a decent range.  But then I began intermittent fasting to lose weight and improve my health, I gradually reduced my insulin injections and within 2 weeks, I was off all my insulin injections and my average blood glucose level was 145.  My Intermittent fasting was like doing bariatric surgery to my body.  But it was bariatric surgery without a knife.  Bariatric Surgery is surgery enforced fasting according to Dr. Fung. Continue reading “My insulin injections made me fatter!”

Definitely Back on Track

I think I’m Back On Track


After a pretty much wasted month of March, I think I’m back on track.  I’m doing alternate day fasting and I am doing much less nibbling/breaking during my fasting times.  I’m also continuing to do the exercises for my back and hip that I blogged about a few days ago.  I’ve found that these are definitely helping me loosen the tight muscles in my left hip that has been giving me so much pain.  I’ve also found that going to the pool and sitting and stretching in the hot tub for a long time helps a lot.  Speaking of hot tub, I was reading about some health/metabolism benefits to doing hot water exercises.  Here are links to some informative articles.

Continue reading “Definitely Back on Track”

Product Review – “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” cookbook

My Review of “Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking” cookbook


This book is the first ketogenic cookbook I have purchased in hard cover.  I have googled and found different keto recipes online but never purchased a full cookbook before.  However I’m really glad I got this one and got it in hard copy form.  I am overweight (to the point of obesity) and a type 2 diabetic with metabolic issues.  I also have fibromyalgia and spinal disc degeneration and use a wheelchair most of the time. (so exercise is pretty much out except for swimming).

Before mid-December, 2016, I was injecting 182 units of insulin daily.  Then I began my adventure with Intermittent Fasting (IF).  Within 78 days of starting IF, I was down to injecting under 10 units of insulin a day and I had lost a lot of weight (from 260 to 227 pounds).  I mostly practiced alternate day fasting and a few longer fasts (5 days is the longest fast I’ve done).  Most of my fasts were from 24-48 hours with a few 72 hour ones.

On my eating days, I eat low carb high fat (LCHF).  I try to keep my diet to a pretty low-carb, ketogenic style of eating.  Here is a link to a nice article explaining the ketogenic way of eating.  This way of eating has really helped my health, I have much less pain, my blood pressure is lower, my coloresterol is better and my weight is down a lot.  See my previous post on my lab tests before and after I began IF.

TITLE:  “Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking”. Time-saving paleo recipes and meal plans to improve your health and help you lose weight.

Author:  Maria Emmerich.  Ms. Emmerich is am international Bestselling Author.

Publisher:  Victory Belt Publishing, Inc. Las Vegas

Where to Purchase: This book is available at many book stores and online.  I personally purchased it on Amazon at a price of over $20.  Its on sale today for $17.82.  That’s a good deal.  Check it out.

Continue reading “Product Review – “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” cookbook”

A Month Wasted

My One Month Fail


 

I have to admit to having a very bad month since February 26th.  I found that after my trip to take food photos, I got off my fasting/feeding schedule and slid backwards.  I had so much trouble with my fasting times.  My hunger came back strong and I began to nibble and nibble on my fasting days.  My nibbling was low carb at least, but broke my fasts nevertheless.  Although I did have one day I craved chocolate and gave in for a dark chocolate binge.  That’s a first, since I normally do not crave sweets or sugars but plain old good food.  I’ve spent each day since the 26th losing a pound or two and then gaining it back again, over and over.  My blood glucose reading went up and up, I was into the 200, 300 and even a few 400s.  All this made me very frustrated and mad at myself.  After days of high bgl, I began to inject my insulins again to bring my numbers down and then of course I could not lose any weight.  But the high numbers were scaring me.

Now I’m back on track

To get back on track, it took me several tries and I basically decided to do a restart.  I went back to doing one meal a day or a 20:4 fasting style and injecting enough insulin to bring my numbers down to 200 and below.  Finally I’ve managed to get back to an alternate day schedule of true fasting with no nibbles.  Also, I reduced my eating during my feeding window some and began to eat salads again with some chopped chicken or tuna on top.  This morning I finally weighed below 235 again (233.4) for the first time since February 26th when I weighed 227.  My morning fasting BGL was 251 and I did inject 10 units of short term insulin but no more today.  My bgl was 190 at 2:45pm and will go down a little more before the dawn thing takes hold again in the morning. I notice that today I’m having no problem with hunger and I feel certain I will do well until my Lunch time feeding tomorrow where I plan on eating scrambled eggs and bacon.  I’m also trying to drink lots of water to keep me feeling full.  To motivate myself, I’ve been rereading Dr. Fung’s “The Complete Guide to Fasting” again and going to his website and reading the various success stories there.  They are truly inspirational to read and help me to visualize myself being successful.  I’m praying that I can now stay on an alternate day fasting schedule again and keep my weight/fast loss going.  Yes, this has been a wasted month as far as making progress, but I’ve learned how a break can affect me now and know that sticking to my schedule and my LCHF eating style is important to keep me on track.

One question I would like to have answered is “has this happened to other diabetes following Dr. Fung’s plan?”  I’ve been watching many of his youtube videos and reading on his website to get an answer to my question, but so far, no luck with finding an answer to this.

I did learn during this break, that I need to only keep just enough food to get by in my frig.  When I know that there is chicken, ground beef or other meat sitting there waiting to cook, it bothers me so much I want to cook that day and when I do that, I feel that I NEED TO EAT.  So I plan from now on to only keep salad fixings in the frig along with eggs and bacon – no perishable meats.  That way I will not feel the pressure to cook it or let it ruin.  One good thing I learned was how to fix a ketogenic pizza and it turned out good, so I now know how to fix a pizza crust out of almond flour and cream cheese.  I combined several keto recipes and came up with my own keo crust. Continue reading “A Month Wasted”

I’m off all my insulins – Success!

SUCCESS WITH MY INTERMITTENT FASTING (IF)


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A headshot image of Shirley

About the time I started doing IF, I met Dr. Manuel Lam online and he offered to help me, as I was struggling on how to determine how much of my insulins I should use and how to begin my intermittent fasting.  He was awesome with helping manage my fasting times and how much of my insulins to take.  His encouragement and knowledge of what would happen from me doing IF was wonderful. 

I’m currently on Day 34 of my IF adventure.  I’m down 22 pounds and essentially off all my insulins (short and long term).  My fibromyalgia pain is pretty much gone and I’m getting up from my wheelchair and walking a few steps now.  My A1C is down and in fact, my overall blood work is much better. 

Here are my Blood work numbers and stats  from an appointment with my general physician on 9/12/16 and a follow-up appointment today (1/13/17).

 

9/12/16 1/9/17
Tests/Stats Results Results
Hemoglobin A1C 7.1% 6.9%
Est Avg. Glucose 157 151
Cholesterol 186 92
Triglyceride 231 135
HDL 40 32
LDL Calculated 100 33
non-HDL Cholesterol. 146 60
 Sodium 141 137
 Potassium  4.4 4.2
 chloride  103 97
 CO2  24 22
 Calcium  10.5 10.5
 Bun  16  12
 Creatinine  0.47 0.62
 Glucose  97 155
 Total Protein  7.4 7.7
 Albumin  4 4.2
 Bilirubin Total  0.2 0.5
 Alkaline Phosphatase  136 109
 AST  17  18
 ALT  19  13
Blood pressure 136/85 123/77
Pulse 79 81
Temp 99.4 F 98.4 F
Respirations 20 20
Weight 260.9 239
BMI 43.37 39.77
Inches lost 12.5

 

My general physician was pleasantly surprised by my 21 pound weight loss and the much better numbers on my tests.  He was curious about what intermittent fasting was and how I was eating.  So I explained.  My husband was there and wanted to ask if I was going to hurt myself.  My doc indicated that I would not do myself harm the way I was fasting and eating and that all was good.  I was happy after leaving my appointment.

DAY 34 GALLERY

I did take some more pictures today to start my before and after progression gallery.  So I’m including them as part of this post.  You’ll see that my 118 pound Giant Schnauzer decided to be part of that bottom right image.  There’s not a lot of change to see yet, but I can feel those 12.5 inches gone and can definitely get up and down easier.  And Wow oh Wow, I’m practically off all my insulins!  Thank you SO much Dr. Lam

Day 34-gallery images
Day 34-gallery images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait until I’ve lost enough to do swimsuit pictures, as of right now, it would be very embarrassing.

I’m sharing a link to the book that I read which started me on this journey.  It’s wonderful and when I read that Dr. Jason Fung stated IF (intermittent fasting)  is like “bariatric surgery without the knife”, I was hooked.

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

COMMENTS

Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others stories about how they handle their own diabetes issues.  I will be sending out a monthly newsletter starting in January 2017.  If you would like to receive that email newsletter, you can sign up here.

– Shirley