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Fast Feast Repeat By Gin Stephens
If you have followed me at all over the last 3 years here on my blog, you know that the intermittent fasting lifestyle & overall wellness are very important to me.
On December 26, 2017 at the age 46, I began the journey to physical healing and weight loss I had desired for so long.
I began keto combined with intermittent fasting and it changed my life forever. Even though ‘what’ I eat has changed. Intermittent fasting has remained the corner stone of my continued success in my weight management and health journey.
My intermittent fasting journey began with the book Delay Don’t Deny. But this book, Fast Feast Repeat, really took my understanding of intermittent fasting to a whole new level.
What I Love About Fast Feast Repeat
Fast Feast Repeat, written by Gin Stephens, is in my opinion one of the best books on not only beginning, but how to live out daily the intermittent fasting lifestyle. (I actually have the book on audible too!)
Equally divided on the how and why intermittent fasting works, it is really all you need to dive in and make this you new way of life & healthy living.
It even includes a ‘Fast Start’ 28 day step by step guide to help you dive in and quickly make this way of life a success.
The book is definitely more on the ‘sciency’ side but the clear explanations are very easy to understand. It clearly explains why fasting is so healthy and effective for healing inflammation and achieving wanted weight loss and then maintaining it.
The first section is all about the Fast. It has 11 chapters on what the FAST is and how to correctly do it.
One big component of Gin’s Fasting protocol is the ‘clean fast‘. She outlines in chapter 5 just exactly what the ‘clean fast’ consists of. Hint – it includes black coffee, plain tea, and water. You can have these beverages cold or hot. And the water can be sparkling. But, absolutely no flavors what so ever.
She lovingly states that fasting is not the time for a party in your mouth 😜
During this part of the book, the different approaches to living the intermittent fasting lifestyle are explained.
Here you will find out which ‘eating window’ you can choose and the length of the time you will go without any calories (fasting hours) each day.
There are also some ‘red flags’ she covers here. These are to let you know how to protect your success and health while keeping in mind some signals that may be a sign of a problem that may occur.
Gin offers several tools to help you tweak your individual intermittent fasting experience in order to make it perfect for you. Everyone is different – my eating window and fasting schedule may not work for you and your body. This is so important for all of us who are using this lifestyle to address our individual health concerns and issues.
This first part of the book is my absolute favorite. It answered the many questions I still had even after years of intermittent fasting. Thank you Gin!
This section is all about the FEAST. But, it doesn’t include a list of forbidden foods. It explains the why and how to approach your particular eating window. No specific foods are off the table per se. You will learn how to know what foods are best for you and your body and what foods are not.
If you eat a keto diet and want to start intermittent fasting, go right ahead. If you are a carnivore, intermittent fast is perfect for you. If you just follow the common standard American diet, you can still intermittent fast. Vegan? Yup, you can also enjoy the benefits of an intermittent fasting lifestyle.
Did you know that ‘diet brain’ is a thing? Gin discusses what this is and why she does not recommend counting calories, macros, or carbs. And I have slowly come to realize that this is the approach I am beginning to take.
After following a keto diet for 4 years, then a strict carnivore diet for 6 months, I have found that intermittent fasting has been the biggest constant that has led me down the road to more healing, achieving food freedom, and maintaining health for my individual body.
The repeat section of Fast. Feast. Repeat book is also a very informative section for those who want the freedom they receive from living this lifestyle.
It addresses your mindset, exercise, plateaus, and living life in the maintenance stage of your intermittent fasting journey.
The book is truly a complete outline if you are interested in learning more and beginning a life of intermittent fasting.
Still On The Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle Train
Over these last 5 years, intermittent fasting has been my constant way to improve my health and maintain my 40 pound weight loss.
I am now 51-years-old and feel better than I did at 20! I have energy and clarity of mind like I’ve never had before. I am able to do what I need to do everyday while being open and able to pursue the dreams and goals that God has placed in my heart for the future.
Being a wife, mom, and now grandmother with the energy and health that I am now experiencing, I believe, is due to the decision I made 5 years ago to begin to add fasting into my daily life.
The intermittent fasting lifestyle is definitely worth, at the very least, looking into!
Get Fast Feast Repeat – By Gin Stephens here. You can get it in hard copy, kindle, and/or the audible version – I own all three! 😊
A Catholic mom of 10 & a Deacon’s wife.
A Christian who lives an intermittent fasting lifestyle, my days faithfully begin with prayer & black coffee.
I want to encourage women to realize their life’s purpose, share their faith, embrace God’s Word, grow in confidence, and commit daily to reclaiming overall health while living a life dedicated to their vocation.