episode #247

Intermittent Fasting For Women with Cynthia Thurlow


Dr. Stephanie and Cynthia Thurlow, RN talk about all things fasting and reveal the best strategies for women. You’ll hear how intermittent fasting (IF) originated, the different types, and the key benefits. You’ll discover the key role of AMPK in your cells and what happens with insulin during your fast. Ladies with PCOS will find out the additional effects fasting has on their bodies. Dr. Stephanie and Cynthia will reveal how cortisol drives weight gain and how women who have a history of disordered relationships with food should approach IF. They’ll touch on the connection between oxytocin and insulin and how IF affects ladies in perimenopause and menopause. You’ll get Cynthia’s exact fasting regimen, the steps to start and break your fast, and hear about her new book.

Episode Overview:

  • 1:00 – Intro
  • 3:00 – Welcoming Cynthia Thurlow
  • 4:00 – Intermittent Fasting Transformation Origin Story
  • 10:55 – The Different Types of Fasting
  • 22:00 – The Benefits of Fasting
  • 29:04 – The Role of AMPK in Your Cells
  • 31:06 – The Fate of Insulin During Fasting
  • 37:30 – PCOS and Fasting
  • 43:30 – How Cortisol Drives Weight Gain
  • 49:20 – Fasting and Disordered Relationship with Food
  • 56:20 – Relationship Between Oxytocin and Insulin
  • 1:02:00 – Fasting in Perimenopause and Menopause
  • 1:11:30 – Steps to Start Fasting and Breaking Your Fast
  • 1:18:45 – Cynthia’s Fasting Regimen
  • 1:23:40 – Bonus for Pre-ordering Cynthia’s New Book
  • 1:24:50 – Conclusion

I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!