In the 15 years I've been in practice, the most common thing I've been asked is - "What is the one thing I can do to fix (insert health condition)"
The reality is there's never just one thing you need to do to get healthy - but intermittent and extended fasting comes pretty close.
There are 1000’s of studies on intermittent fasting and most of them look similar to each other. What they do is they give the same exact food to two different groups. One group can eat the food whenever they want, and the other group can only eat the food during a small window (6 hours all the way up to 12 hours). And then weeks later they see what is different.
What has been discovered is that our health gets better when we eat less often, even if we don’t change what we eat. Energy, weight loss, mood, blood pressure, brain function and even diabetes have all been shown to improve with intermittent fasting.
In 2019, the #1 searched diet trend on Google was intermittent fasting.
Everyone is talking about it. Everyone wants to learn more. In fact you probably know someone already doing it.
As a doctor and a Christian, I love how modern science is confirming what we spiritually recognized for generations.
Fasting is a part of every major religion in the world. In fact, it’s probably the only thing Buddha, Mohamed and Jesus ever agreed on. It is an ancient & universal practice, not specific to Christianity, but certainly an important aspect.
Growing up Catholic hearing the phrase "fasting and prayer", I never understood why the combination was so powerful. As I started to intermittent fast, I began to see why Scripture and Church fathers talk about the power of fasting joined with prayer. Genocides are thwarted, adulterers and murders are converted, enemies are defeated, and faith is renewed among believers.
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If your anything like me, every holiday season you tell yourself "This year will be different"! But then the momentum of the holidays picks up and good intentions get steamrolled. Usually it's because the kids schedule changes, my schedule changes, shopping and cooking has to be done, traveling has to be planned, and everything needs to be coordinated with everyone else's plans too!
When the dust finally settles, it's always the same. I'm exhausted and tell myself "Next year will be different". And of course, my waistline has grown 3 sizes too big. I always thought the reason for the increased inches was because of my food choices, and some years that is absolutely true. But there have been years where I made good choices, and still felt the same way - exhausted and heavier. Everything changed when I learned one simple truth. We gain weight when we are stressed out. More accurately, stress makes us fat.
STRESS is NOT A FEELING!
The Ketogenic Diet is the hottest diet right now. In-fact, it was the #1 health term of 2018 on google. If you haven't tried the ketogenic diet, you probably have a friend who won't stop talking about it. I have been helping people for years integrate the ketogenic diet into their lives and there is one common mistake that everyone makes. But before I explain what the mistake is, it is critical that you know what the ketogenic diet is and why everyone is doing it.
What it is and what it isn't:
In simple terms, the ketogenic diet is a HIGH FAT diet. By contrast, a paleo diet is HIGH PROTEIN, and a vegan diet is HIGH CARB. Here is a chart so you could see the differences:
Why Keto is so GOOD for you:
There are 3 huge benefits to a High Fat diet.