How Intermittent Fasting Works for Women – Cynthia Thurlow, NP : 919


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  • You’ll learn about the science-based benefits of intermittent fasting for women, especially during midlife.
  • You’ll get details about intermittent fasting advantages for women like how to gain hormonal stability and metabolic health, and how to improve your energy.
  • You’ll get practical intermittent fasting how-tos, nutritional guidelines, carb cycling recommendations, food lists, and recipes to try during your feeding window.

Cynthia Thurlow joins the show to talk about how intermittent fasting can help women change their body, metabolic system and brain function. She has tips for women at all stages: from active menstrual cycles to perimenopause to menopause.

Cynthia is a Johns Hopkins-trained nurse practitioner and functional nutritionist founded and serves as CEO of Everyday Wellness Project. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Functional Nutrition certifications with advanced trainings in Endocrinology and Gastroenterology. Her career in healthcare includes nearly 20 years of emergency medicine and cardiology experience. She brings a broad perspective when working with women to improve the state of their health.

“I really start from a foundational level talking to women about fasting,” Cynthia says. “It's really honoring our own unique physiology. It's leaning into that menstrual cycle. It's leaning into the lifestyle piece that so much of us forget to talk about with our patients, our sleep quality, stress management, anti-inflammatory nutrition, our exercise quality, our connection with nature, all of which are critically important.”

She also addresses diet dogma that frustratingly persists, even with established and emerging science about the benefits of intermittent fasting.

She tackles this outdated dogma (and a lot more!) in her new book, “Intermittent Fasting Transformation: The 45-Day Program for Women to Lose Stubborn Weight, Improve Hormonal Health, and Slow Aging.”

“[Intermittent fasting] restores our intrinsic rhythms, burns fat, regenerates our health right down to the cellular level, and stabilizes our hormones,” Cynthia says in her book. “In turn, we are less likely to develop obesity, diabetes, vascular diseases, and autoimmune disorders.”

At the end of this conversation, you’ll have the tools to decide if intermittent fasting is the right choice for the state of your own health.

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