We’ve always been told a healthy lifestyle means following specific dietary guidelines. We may end up following the trend or a diet a friend has been doing without really asking ourselves, “What’s good for me?” Every woman should have the opportunity to look and feel their best. However, we sometimes forget to listen to our bodies, and we end up wondering why what’s working for others isn’t working for us.

Today, we are joined by Dy Ann Parham, creator of the Intermittent Fasting for Today’s Aging Woman course. She’s here to share the setbacks she experienced in her health and the importance of changing your lifestyle to match the changes in your body. She explains how we have to be mindful of what we feel when we eat and how society has affected our lifestyle choices. Dy Ann also talks about the combination of intermittent fasting and a keto-like diet.

Make sure to listen to this episode to find out about intermittent fasting and choosing food that’s right for you. Don’t miss out, and use this opportunity to learn how to look and be your best.

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About Our Guest

Dy Ann Parham is a wife, a mom, and an online fitness and nutrition coach who has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. She is a certified Precision Nutrition Exercise Nutrition Coach, as well as a certified running coach with the United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy. She created the Intermittent Fasting for Today’s Aging Woman course, teaching women across the globe how to heal their bodies.

Dy Ann’s Advice on Food and Fasting

Health & Fitness Challenges

  • Dy Ann worked in the health and fitness industry, nearly her entire adult life.
  • In her younger years, she suffered from hypoglycemia.
  • In her late 40s, she went through perimenopause. She became prediabetic and suffered precursor signs of Alzheimer’s. 
  • What was happening to Dy Ann was a result of her body chemistry changing and her not evolving with it.
  • A change she noticed was gaining and maintaining belly fat no matter how much she exercised.

Change with Your Body

  • Menopause is a natural state for women.
  • Give your body the time to heal and make use of its resources. 
  • Over-dieting and overexercising can change the way the body works.
  • When a woman’s body changes in the menopausal stage, she needs to figure out what it needs. No one answer fits all.
  • Figure out what’s right for you. A diet plan that works for others may not necessarily work for you.
  • Reflect on your lifestyle choices, such as alcohol consumption, and how it affects you.

Mindfulness in Food Consumption

  • Dy Ann realized that she was experiencing chronic pain due to soy intolerance. She then started checking the ingredients of the products she was consuming.
  • Be mindful of how you feel when you’re eating and after eating.
  • We end up consuming food for emotional reasons, not for life-sustaining reasons.
  • We have to heal ourselves emotionally and mentally so we can introduce food into our lives the way it was intended.

Food and Exercise in Society

  • In society, food has often been used as a reward. Exercise, on the other hand, is a punishment.
  • Exercise should be about rewarding yourself for future possibilities.

Misconceptions About Fat

  • A fat-free lifestyle is not appropriate. We need fat to build our hormones.
  • A researcher, Ancel Keys, made widely known the idea that fat was the leading cause of heart attacks. At the same time, studies on sugar as the main culprit of heart diseases were suppressed.

Intermittent Fasting

  • The most common protocol for intermittent fasting is 16:8 – 16 hours of fasting, 8 hours of feasting. It is mostly for young people and those who work out.
  • Another protocol is 20:4 – 20 hours fasting, 4 hours feasting.
  • The 20-hour fasting allows aging women to have enough time to reset their body chemistry.

Being Fat Adapted

  • A person can become fat-adapted through intermittent fasting.
  • Energized sense of calm: when our body’s fat adapted. You have an abundance of energy in a hungry state. You are emotionally and mentally sustained.
  • When a person is fat-adapted, instead of burning glucose for fuel, you’re burning ketones.

Keto Feasting

  • Dy Ann recommended intermittent fasting plus ketogenic diet without the strict rules.
  • Dy Ann’s ketogenic diet recommendation: higher naturally occurring fats, moderate to low amounts of protein, and conscious carbohydrates
  • Use nutrient-dense foods. 

Custom Diets

  • Many diet programs do not account for how you were raised, your family and cultural practices, and your daily routine.
  • Find what makes you thrive and happy and build a ketogenic-like approach from there. 
  • Choose food that will fuel your body.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting for Aging Women

  • Intermittent fasting can help women heal physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • Fasting for aging women helps them become more comfortable with feeling hungry. You think again and get to make better choices.

Before and After  – Amanda has been using intermittent fasting since July 2019

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You may visit Dy Ann’s website to discover more about her Intermittent Fasting for Today’s Aging Woman course.

You may also contact her on Instagram or Facebook.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas, you can share them with me at drgordon@menopausemovement.com. You may also join our online community at Menopause Movement with Dr. Michelle Gordon.

Get your early bird tickets for Menopause Movement Live on 25 April 2020 in Manchester, UK. http://menopausemovementlive.com 

Not only will you get expert teaching from me and other experts, but you will also meet up with like-minded women and find community! We will also enjoy lunch together and that’s included in your price! Don’t miss it!

I hope you enjoyed this podcast, and I hope you will take action to look and be your best self. Thanks for listening!

 

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