Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy, Megan, and special guest patients Jeff and Carolann McCann answer your questions all about fasting in Episode 20.
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1. Can I fast if I am still nursing and would an intermittent fast be better than extended fasting for the milk?
I’m excited to see this podcast because I have had so many questions about fasting. Currently I am nursing and most likely will be for another year. Can I still fast? I’m wondering about how fasting affects the milk with all the detoxing that takes place? Would an intermittent fast be better than longer fasts while I’m nursing? I’m currently eating Paleo with white potatoes, but I’m ready to switch over to a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting using Bulletproof tea with gelatin.
Thanks for your advice!
2. Can I fast for a couple of days prior to running a marathon to more efficiently burn fat for fuel during the race?
Hey Jimmy and Megan,
Thanks for doing Fasting Talk. It’s been a useful, professional, and inspirational guide in building my fasting knowledge. I made my first fasting attempt this week and made it 48 hours with my typical intense workouts (hard running on one day and swimming the next day) just to see what would happen. To my surprise, I had lots of energy to power through my workouts. So my question for you guys is this: Is it a good idea to fast for two days prior to running a marathon? My goal is to efficiently burn fat for fuel during the race, so will this strategy help me?
Thanks for take the time to answer my question.
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3. What does true hunger feel like when you are fasting?
Jimmy and Megan,
I love the show, thank you for all of your hard work with it! My question is a simple one: What does REAL hunger supposed to feel like during a fast?
Thanks again for your work!
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4. Does pain symptom improvement while extended fasting mean the damaged cells are removed or is it simply the inflammation going down?
I have been suffering with awful post nasal drip for over a year along with a sore Achilles heel and I thought my running career was over (I’m a long distance runner and keto athlete). I began fasting in January consuming water, tea, and bone broth. By the 36-hour, my post nasal drip had vanished and some tooth pain I was having had disappeared as well. By Day 5, my Achilles pain was 50% more tolerable. I felt so good on Day 7 that I continued my fast. I’m currently on Day 9 and ran 10 miles yesterday. I noticed my Achilles pain was minimal during that run and the morning stiffness I had been experiencing has vanished. Finally, my nagging tennis elbow in my right arm is now pain-free. Does this mean that the fast has perhaps eaten all the damaged cells that were causing all these symptoms? Or is it more likely that my inflammation is down significantly as a result of the fasting to allow healing?
Fasting ROCKS and thanks SO much for your work sharing about it! I’m so excited about this podcast and The Complete Guide To Fasting. THANK YOU!
5. Does black coffee activate enzymes in the liver that prevent someone who drinks it during a fast to experience the full benefits?
Love this podcast! Thank you for all you are doing for people all over the world! Keep up the great work. I was curious, I heard one of your fellow podcasters Dr. Rhonda Patrick (Find My Fitness podcast) state that even black coffee activates some enzymes in the liver. She noted that this means technically a fast that allows for black coffee is not a true fast. Personally, I feel I get the benefits of my 24 and 36 hour fasts even with my black coffee. My question for you is this: In light of this information from Dr. Patrick, can we still experience autophagy and other fasting benefits while drinking coffee? Or do we only get these benefits from a water-only fast?
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