Season 1

Episode 174: Brooke Roberts

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Brooke Roberts from British Columbia.

Gin’s new book Clean(ish) is available for preorder!  Gin wants to show you how to become clean(ish) where it counts:  you’ll learn how to eat (mostly) clean and live (mainly) clean as you unlock your body’s natural ability to self-clean.

Instead of aiming for perfection (which is impossible) or changing everything at once (which is hard, and never leads to lasting change)you’ll cut through the confusion, lose the fear, and embrace the freedom that comes from becoming clean(ish).  As you learn how to lower your toxic load through small changes, smart swaps, and simple solutions, you’ll breathe a (clean) sigh of relief and embrace your own personal evolution toward becoming clean(ish).

Go to https://www.ginstephens.com/cleanish.html for more information.  The book will be released on 1/4/22, but you can preorder now through Amazon or your favorite online book retailer.  Preordering is really important, as it gives the publisher an idea of how many books to print.

In 2013, Brooke was diagnosed with a fatty acid oxidation disorder. Her creatine kinase levels were too high, which caused muscle break down. This meant Brooke could no longer enjoy the hiking, weightlifting, and dancing she loved. This also caused weight gain, and Brooke tried counting calories to fight back. She would restrict then binge, which led to even more weight gain. By the time she reached her highest weight in 2018, Brooke simply stopped caring.

After suffering a miscarriage the same year, she finally gave up. Brooke reflects, “self care went out the window.”

Miraculously, Brooke was pregnant shortly thereafter, and the baby was premature. She spent six months with her son in the NICU.

By the time she could bring him home, Brooke knew it was time to do something about her weight. She had heard about IF in passing, and did some research to learn more. She found Delay Don’t Deny, joined the Facebook groups, listened to the podcasts, and began her IF journey in September of 2020.

Brooke began with 16:8, and gradually worked up to 22:2 or 23:1. She has lost 72 pounds, and feels amazing.

Her creatine kinase levels have remained in the healthy range, and she’s able to exercise again! Brooke shares that she has a positive relationship with food, and feels “centered and grounded” in general.

Brooke’s advice: What you’ll gain from IF is far more profound than the weight you’ll lose. Commit to IF for at least 6 months. Be flexible, and know that IF is ever-changing.

BIG NEWS!  We have made some major changes in the Delay, Don’t Deny membership community, including moving to a whole new platform.  Our old platform had some bugs and issues with functionality which kept us from connecting as easily as we hoped, so we have moved the entire community.  It’s new and improved—and we are already feeling at home.  If you’re  looking for intermittent fasting support in a cozy community that celebrates the clean fast, you can now join us by going to ginstephens.com/community.  And, if you were a Delay, Don’t Deny Social Network member who was under-whelmed with the experience, we promise the new community has everything we hoped for but didn’t have on the old platform.

You can connect directly with Gin in the Ask Gin group, and she’ll answer all of your questions personally.  If you’re new to intermittent fasting or recommitting to the IF lifestyle, join the 28-Day FAST Start group, and both Gin and the other group members will walk virtually beside you each day of your FAST Start.  After your fast start, join Gin and other community members for support in The 1st Year group.  There are many more useful spaces beyond these three, and you can join as many as you like.

Members of the DDD Community have access to all episodes of Intermittent Fasting Stories streaming within the community platform, ad-free!  You can even download them to your device and listen off-line.  That’s just one reason to join.

Visit ginstephens.com/community to join. An annual membership is $59.95.  If you aren’t ready to fully commit for a year, join for $9.99 a month and you can cancel at any time. If you know you’ll want to stay forever, we also have a lifetime membership option available.

IF is free. You don’t need to join our community to fast. But if you’re looking for support from a community of like-minded IFers, we are here for you at  ginstephens.com/community.

NOTE:  If you were an annual member of the DDD Social Network who joined between March and September of 2021, please go to dddsocialnetwork.com, log in, and read the most recent announcement at the top of the live feed about how you can make the transition to the new platform at no additional charge.  We can’t wait to have you join us on the new platform!

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