How the Intermittent Fast Boost Worked for Me
How the Intermittent Fast Boost Worked for Me
Kristi Morrill Juarez, May 2018
Before I started the IFB, I ate pretty much anything and everything I wanted, though I had begun to really be watchful of portion size. Even so, I noticed a definite decline in my physical health and was at my highest weight ever-both of which kept me from being active or being who I had always been.
Most days I felt tired and had little to no energy or drive to do more than I was absolutely required to for work and at home. Mentally and emotionally I was exhausted because I *knew* I wasn't eating right and knowing that I wasn't created a LOT of guilt.
But change seemed impossible. Just the thought of it overwhelmed me to tears. I felt a lot of shame because my parents and husband (who is older than I am) were all in better health and able to do more than I.
I began to lose interest in all things related to food prep and cooking. Food itself didn't sound good. My husband and I would ask each other after work "what should we have for dinner?", and we'd sit there staring at each other because nothing sounded good. The foods we were putting into our bodies were causing more harm than good and I believe my body was saying "ENOUGH!" All of this, coupled with an autoimmune disease diagnosis, pushed me to reach out to Celeste for help.
MY IFB GOALS
My Dr. had suggested I try IF as a way to begin healing my gut (and hopefully the autoimmune disease), so I signed up for the IFB with the hope that I could begin to alleviate the extreme inflammation in my body and start healing from the inside out. Additionally, I set a weight loss goal of 25lbs, though this wasn't necessarily limited to the duration of the IFB class only. Just a place to start.
I'm thrilled to say that at the end of 6 weeks - 2 weeks eliminating offending foods and incorporating alkaline foods, 1 eating strictly alkaline, and the last 3 weeks of the Intermittent Fast Boost -
- IBS symptoms are completely gone
- Digestion is significantly improved
- I don't feel bloated all the time
- My skin has cleared of almost all acne and the tone is much more even.
- AND, as a bonus to better health, I’ve lost 20lbs (now 30 pounds) !
- I don't feel tired all the time, and in fact am sleeping much better (I had alot of insomnia before).
- I have a new spring in my step, but also more energy.
- I have a more positive outlook on life overall and have fewer mood swings.
Though my joint pain is still ongoing, we knew that this would be a longer-term goal, as healing the gut is a slower process. Joint pain or not, now, you'll often find me zipping around the house getting things cleaned up or ready for the next day, doing food prep, etc. I am able to do more and work longer before the joint pain sends me to the recliner. And guess what else? I'm starting to really LOVE the foods I'm eating now, feeling creative about what I eat. The fresh fruits and vegies and the protein smoothies are what sound good to me. I had a cup of coffee this morning and couldn't even finish it because it didn't satisfy.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
All of this to say: Are you feeling fat, sick and/or tired? Overwhelmed by emotions and the thought of all the changes you’d have to make to eat healthy? You don't have to! Learning a new way to eat does take time and commitment, but like anything, once you learn it, it gets easier and you become more efficient at it with time. I love the structure that IFB gives you, and you have the group and mentor support every step of the way. It takes a lot of the guess work out of what to eat when, which were a large part of my food stress before starting.
Bottom line? YOU are worth the investment of time and money. Don't settle for a life of unhappiness because you aren't healthy. God made us for so much more, and he gave us the tools to do it. Celeste and Barbara can help you learn to use those tools and find your way to YOUR new life as I have. I couldn't be happier with the results I've had so far, and I look forward to continuing to learn as I implement this into my life long-term.
Thank you, Celeste and Barbara for being a part of this journey with me. You both are amazing mentors.
PLEASE feel free to ask me questions about my journey, about the IFB program... anything. I am happy to help, even just one person, change their life and feel at home in their own body again.
UPDATE: I scheduled a follow up Dr. Visit to coincide with my 6-week IFB program. To date I have lost almost 3 points in my BMI and I am 2 pounds away from my first weight loss goal. My personal symptoms score (a tracking tool in the IFB program) went from 79 to 28 in just 6 weeks!
UPDATE #2: June 11, 2018 – Now I’m down 27 pounds…exceeding my first weight loss goal of 25 pounds! End of June 30 pounds!
Kristi Morrill Juarez Intermittent Fast Boost June 11, 2018
Victory Over Cancer and Fear!
Stephanie Carmichael learned to walk by faith and not by sight after two battles with breast cancer. She willing shares her struggles and how she found new faith for herself. Rather than a "survivor" she sees herself as a "Victor" with God's healing power and strength.
Anyone struggling with fear in any form will benefit from this powerful testimony. Listen to her visit with Phil and Celeste Davis on The Wellness Workshop Radio Hour at the end of this post.
Stephanie Carmichael is an inspirational speaker and author of the book Victory Over Cancer and Fear. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and has learned how to have joy and peace in the midst of the storm of cancer. Stephanie currently serves in Stonecroft ministries, an evangelistic outreach speaking ministry. She has travelled across the Pacific Northwest as an inspirational speaker since 2010. Stephanie's heart is to reach out to people who are diagnosed with cancer to help them walk through the fear and gain a new peace and increased faith. There is joy to be found even in the battlefield of cancer - peace in the midst of the storm, and that is victory!
Stephanie and her husband Mark have also served as leaders and teachers in the Ministry Training Institute at their local church in Bend, Oregon since 2003.
Buy Stephanie's book at www.victoryovercancerandfear.com
Stephanie is also available as a speaker for Christian women's events.
Live Interview by Phil & Celeste Davis on The Wellness Workshop Radio Hour
Stephanie Carmichael www.victoryovercancerandfear.com May 10, 2016
God’s Power Healed My Son
Tamara Finn (who I call the Erin Brockovich of Cancer) shared the true story of her son's amazing cancer recovery...using God's healing power and nutrient dense AIM juices.
Tamara is a fiesty lady with a lot of faith in God and nutrition.
Your child has cancer. A mother's worst nightmare. It can paralyze you with fear and cause you to lose hope. But not Tamara. Tamara had faith and prayed to God for answers. A fighter by nature, Tamara studied and prayed and found that whole God-Made, organic foods was what he needed most. A friend who had healed from cancer, Cindy Ponchot, introduced Tamara to the powerful nutrition products from the AIM companies and God's healing power went to work where man's treatments failed. This family did not have a lot of extra money to spend but God provided and today her son is happy and healthy.
"The doctors treatments were killing my son. Finally I had enough. I took him home, if he was going to die, he could die there, but I believed he would be healed. His doctor told me I was murdering my son. He was wrong."
Tamara's son was told he would never be able to produce sperm to have a child. In the spring of 2017 his fiance told him he was going to be a father. He wept at this news, God's healing is complete. He and his fiance are filling their body with good nutrition and expect a healthy child later this year.
Here's a photo of her son in the heat of his cancer battle and her son 5 years later, strong, healthy and cancer free.
May 10, 2016
I couldn’t have done this on my own!
Celeste is a great coach. A couple of days before I started the detox she helped me plan meals.
The day before the detox she went grocery shopping with me and showed me how to shop for healthy food and save money too. We had a lot of fun and even went out for lunch!
She has given me so much support and encouragement through the whole plan. It's been a month now and I'm ready to get started reintroducing foods.
My blood pressure was high and my doctor said I needed to get it down. Not only have I brought my blood pressure down to normal, I've also lost weight.
I couldn't have accomplished this on my own. Overall this has been a very good learning experience and has me on the right track for eating healthy. JC, 68 yrs old
JC April 25, 2016
We received a call from our friend Doug in Oregon. Doug attended our class in Oregon, dusted off his 20 year old Champion Juicer, remembered how great he felt years ago when he ate well and went to work. His biggest changes were juicing and completely eliminating all dairy including the yogurt he had been eating daily “for health”.
Doug was so excited to report that in just a few weeks he no longer had any of the daily allergy symptoms which plagued him daily and even better he has completely stopped snoring! He is so happy about that and so is his wife!
Doug says he will continue to juice daily, eliminate dairy products and eat his veggies every day! Thank God for great food and great health. God is Good and His Blessings do not add sorrow.
February 8, 2015