IF done right helps women balance hormones, improve metabolic health, lift brain fog, get more sleep and crank up physical and mental energy.
Cynthia Thurlow experienced a health breakdown when she entered her 40s that intermittent fasting fixed. She lost weight, put food cravings to rest, gained energy, and lowered her blood glucose levels. She even went viral with her 2019 TEDx Talk (more than 10 million views and counting) about it “Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique.”
She joins the show to talk about how intermittent fasting can help women change their body, metabolic system and brain function. She has tips for women at all stages: from active menstrual cycles to perimenopause to menopause.
Cynthia is a Johns Hopkins-trained nurse practitioner and functional nutritionist founded and serves as CEO of Everyday Wellness Project. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Functional Nutrition certifications with advanced trainings in Endocrinology and Gastroenterology. Her career in healthcare includes nearly 20 years of emergency medicine and cardiology experience.
She brings a broad perspective when working with women to improve the state of their health.
“I really start from a foundational level talking to women about fasting,” Cynthia says. “It’s really honoring our own unique physiology. It’s leaning into that menstrual cycle. It’s leaning into the lifestyle piece that so much of us forget to talk about with our patients, our sleep quality, stress management, anti-inflammatory nutrition, our exercise quality, our connection with nature, all of which are critically important. When all of those things are really reigned in well fasting can be an incredible, incredible strategy.”
She also addresses diet dogma that frustratingly persists, even with established and emerging science about the benefits of intermittent fasting.
“We’ve been conditioned, and we’ve been conditioning our patients, to believe meal frequency stokes our metabolism,” she explains. “[For example] breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is complete BS. And so we really have to start with the basics, and this could apply to men and women. But the differentiator is when we go from stopping snacking to restructuring our macros, the next thing that’s really talked about is honoring where you are physiologically.”
She tackles this outdated dogma (and a lot more!) in her new book, “Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The 45-Day Program for Women to Lose Stubborn Weight, Improve Hormonal Health, and Slow Aging.”
“[Intermittent fasting] restores our intrinsic rhythms, burns fat, regenerates our health right down to the cellular level, and stabilizes our hormones,” Cynthia says in her book. “In turn, we are less likely to develop obesity, diabetes, vascular diseases, and autoimmune disorders.”
At the end of this conversation, you’ll have the tools to decide if intermittent fasting is the right choice for the state of your own health.
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