What is a clean fast? What foods do you need to avoid on a clean fast? To fast cleanly means to eat nothing that hinders the insulin-curbing and fat-burning effects of fasting. Depending on your health and fitness goals (fat-burning, muscle building, or general health), you may have more or less leeway in terms of what you can eat. In this article, we’ll explain the “clean fast”—Gin Stephens’s approach to fasting—and her “delay, don’t deny” approach to feasting.
How can childhood trauma affect a person later in life? What mental health problems can arise? For children who suffer abuse, trauma’s impact on the developing brain tends to create long-term issues. In their book What Happened to You?, Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey mention three broad ways that childhood trauma can impact people in the long-term: 1) mental and physical health issues, 2) flashbacks and triggers, and 3) unrecognized behavioral patterns. Keep reading to learn more about the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma.
What is a stress-related illness? Can stress really make a person physically sick? Although science treats the mind and the body as separate entities, there’s a strong connection between stress and illness. Dr. Gabor Maté discusses this connection in his book When the Body Says No, explaining the links between peoples’ life histories, psychological profiles, and specific diseases. Here’s a look at some of the stress-related illnesses.
Do any diets actually work? Why does food- or calorie-restrictive dieting not work in the long term? According to Gin Stephens, the author of Fast. Feast. Repeat., dieting for weight loss doesn’t work in the long term. However, decades of contradictory advice about how and what to eat for weight loss has created immense confusion, a tangle that she calls “diet brain”: When you no longer have any clue how to eat “properly.” Here’s why dieting doesn’t work in the long term, according to Stephens.
Does stress cause cancer? How can stress lead to growth of cancerous cells? In his book When the Body Says No, Dr. Gabor Maté explains that certain cancers result from hormonal changes, and hormones can be affected by stress. Therefore, chronic stress can cause a domino effect, eventually leading to the growth of cancerous cells in the body. Here’s a look at the link between stress and cancer.
Is it normal for weight loss to plateau when intermittent fasting (IF)? How can you overcome a weight loss plateau on an IF diet? A weight-loss plateau can be tricky to get around. According to Gin Stephens, the author of Fast. Feast. Repeat., there are two ways to transcend the weight loss plateau by intermittent fasting (IF): you can either adjust your fasting or adjust your feasting. Here’s how to transcend the intermittent fasting plateau, according to Gin Stephens.
Does intermittent fasting help with fat loss? How does fasting compare to dieting in terms of weight loss? Many people resort to dieting by restricting their calories in an effort to lose weight. But dieting is not an enduring solution. As many dieters can attest, the excess weight often comes back once the diet is over. According to Gin Stephens, intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and keep it off long-term. Here’s why fasting is a better approach to weight loss than traditional dieting, according to Stephens.
How does trauma affect the brain of a child? Can childhood trauma impact brain development? Childhood trauma can have serious detrimental effects on the developing brain. If you think of the brain as a growing city, imagine trying to build structures on top of a damaged foundation. Eventually, the foundation may crack. Here’s how trauma affects the developing brain.
What is Dr. Gabor Maté’s When the Body Says No about? What is the key message to take away from the book? In his book When the Body Says No, Dr. Gabor Maté explores the connection between stress and disease. Maté argues that modern medicine fails to recognize the devastating effects of chronic stress on our health, in part because of misunderstandings about what stress is and what causes it. Here’s a brief overview of When the Body Says No by Dr. Gabor Maté.
What happens when you fast? How long does it take to start losing weight when fasting? What are the common side-effects of fasting? When you fast for extended periods of time, your body goes into a fat-burning mode. However, it takes some time to start seeing weight loss—your body needs to adapt to tapping into your fat stores for energy. During this acclimation phase, you may feel some adverse effects, including lethargy, headaches, and fatigue. Keep reading to learn what happens in your body when you fast.