Hi, this is me, April, the editor and founder of WILDFIRE Magazine. In 2017 I was at a total loss: I was eating healthy foods (in small quantities six times a day, like they say) and hiking daily. I was the heaviest I'd ever been, even when I was pregnant. I was five years out from cancer treatment (no evidence of disease) and in menopause. Bloodwork revealed I was prediabetic. I felt hopeless. I knew I should be happy to be five years NED, but I was really frustrated with my post-cancer weight gain.
I finally came clean to my oncologist at my five-year appointment and he introduced me to a book called The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung. It changed my life and my body. In the past 18 months, I've lost 80lbs and my bloodwork shows I'm no longer prediabetic. My oncologist is beyond thrilled. What worked? Simply eating within a set amount of hours each day. That's it! Nothing else changed. Every day in breast cancer groups I see women post about this very topic: I'm gaining weight even though I'm doing everything right. I know I should just be happy to be alive but my body depresses me. I feel hopeless.
I am not a nutritionist or doctor. But I am happy to share what's been working for me. In fact, I want to shout it from the rooftops! This is my first video about my journey. Please leave a comment with any questions you have and I can do a follow-up.
A couple of quick notes:
Food. In the video, I didn't go into what I eat. That's because intermittent fasting is way more about when than what. I don't follow a specific diet, though I do emphasize real food, as unprocessed as possible. I don't avoid sugar, but I do try to limit it because I personally feel my best when I do. (If you really want a book on nutrition, one I love is listed down below).
Exercise. I exercise nearly every day, often in a fasted state. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not weaker when fasting. In fact, my body is charged with adrenaline, making exercising easier than ever.
Sleep. I have found that sleep is a huge component of weight loss. I am strict with myself and aim for at least 7 and a 1/2 hours each night.
Medication. I know a lot of breast cancer patients are taking daily pills that can’t be consumed on an empty stomach. The good news is that intermittent fasting is highly flexible. You will create the eating window that works with your life and schedule. One person may fast 20 hours a day while another may fast 14.
WHEN to eat:
The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung (there is also a Facebook group)
Delay Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens (there is also a Facebook group)
AC: The Power of Appetite Correction by Dr. Bert Herring
Fasting Aps: Vora (iOS & Android) & Window (iOS)
WHAT to eat:
Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan (does not include intermittent fasting)