“We would not have evolved as a species if we could not have gone through periods of food feasting and famine.” – Cynthia Thurlow
From ancient Rome to the Industrial Revolution, people have been fasting for various reasons, including religious rites and social customs. But while it’s not a new practice, modern-day intermittent fasting exists in a new environment where food is abundant, but nutrient density is much lower than in the past.
Today I’m joined by my friend, intermittent fasting expert Cynthia Thurlow. A nurse practitioner and bestselling author, Cynthia used intermittent fasting in perimenopause to reverse some of the changes she didn’t like seeing in her body. Now she’s passionate about helping women find wellness through the healing power of nutrition and fasting.
In my practice, I recommend Cynthia’s book to almost all my patients, especially the ones that have that stubborn 10 to 15 pounds they’re trying to lose, and they’ve seen tremendous results. In this conversation, we talk about the history of fasting, how it benefits the body, who should try intermittent fasting, why getting enough protein is essential, and more. If you’ve been fearful of fasting or think you can’t do it, you’ll get so much from everything Cynthia shares in this episode and her book.
About Cynthia Thurlow
Cynthia Thurlow is a nurse practitioner, author of the best-selling book Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The IF45 Plan, a 2X TEDx speaker, with her second talk having more than 10 million views, and she’s also the host of the Everyday Wellness Podcast. With over 20 years of experience in health and wellness, Cynthia is a globally recognized expert in intermittent
fasting and women’s health and has been featured on ABC, FOX5, KTLA, CW, Medium, Entrepreneur, and The Megyn Kelly Show. Her mission is to educate women on the benefits of intermittent fasting and overall holistic health and wellness so they feel empowered to live their most optimal lives.
-Cynthia’s pivot from allopathic nurse practitioner to entrepreneur
-Why Cynthia decided to focus on helping women in particular
-How being metabolically flexible saved Cynthia after her appendix ruptured
-What allopathic medicine lacks when it comes to prevention and chronic disease management
-Benefits of allopathic and integrative perspectives coming together
-Fasting has been practiced throughout history
-The driving factors behind our collectively rising metabolic issues
-Why what you eat for breakfast matters and the crucial role of protein
-Understanding the role of digest and rest
-Does the length of your fasting window matter?
-Fasting at each stage of the menstrual cycle
-Why it’s important to work with a medical professional to determine the best course of action for you
-The connection between fasting, longevity, muscle protein synthesis, and insulin sensitivity
-What you can expect from Cynthia’s book, Intermittent Fasting Transformation
-Who will benefit the most from intermittent fasting, and who should avoid it?
Cynthia’s Confession: Evolving as an allopathic practitioner
Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
Cynthia Thurlow’s Website | CynthiaThurlow.com
Cynthia Thurlow’s TEDx Talks | TedxTalk
Cynthia Thurlow’s Free Intermittent Fasting Quick Start Guide | Download Fasting Guide Here!
Cynthia Thurlow’s Book | Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The IF45 Plan
Cynthia Thurlow’s Podcasts | Everyday Wellness | The Intermittent Fasting Podcast
Cynthia Thurlow on Instagram | @cynthia_thurlow_
Cynthia Thurlow’s Facebook Group | Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle
Mentioned In This Episode
Araújo, J., Cai, J., & Stevens, J. (2019). Prevalence of Optimal Metabolic Health in American Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2016. Metabolic syndrome and related disorders, 17(1), 46–52.
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