In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Erin Giles, an optometrist from Phoenix, AZ.
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Erin does telemedicine related to diabetic retinopathy, which is blood vessel damage caused by diabetes. She works for Indian Health Services.
At two years-old, Erin was diagnosed with a blood disease, known as ITP. She had to take steroids, which caused increased appetite and weight gain. Always snacking, she was known as the ‘snacking chubby kid.’ Erin eventually outgrew this, and would not struggle with her weight again until after pregnancy.
While pregnant with her son, Erin gained 75 pounds. Despite restricting calories and working out, she could not lose the weight. Concerned she may be insulin resistant, Erin did some research on how to reverse it. Intermittent fasting came up, along with Gin’s Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast. She read Delay, Don’t Deny and The Obesity Code, and learned about the clean fast. In June of 2019, she began with a 16:8 protocol. She currently follows a daily 18:6 (or more) IF protocol and has lost 25 pounds.
One of Erin’s health benefits has been improvement in her dental health. Prior to IF, she had severe cavities. Her asthma is gone, her stretch marks have disappeared, her blood markers have normalized, and she is no longer controlled by food.
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