Season 1

Episode 186: Mike, Ann, & Claire Espeset

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Claire Espeset and her parents Mike and Ann.  They are a family of intermittent fasters from Ames, Iowa.

Are you ready to take your intermittent fasting lifestyle to the next level? There’s nothing better than community to help with that.  In the Delay, Don’t Deny community we all embrace the clean fast, and there’s just the right support for you as you live your intermittent fasting lifestyle.

You can connect directly with Gin in the Ask Gin group, and she will 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.  After your fast start, join us for support in The 1st Year group.  Need tips for long term maintenance? We have a place for that!  There are many more useful spaces beyond these, and you can interact in as many as you like.

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Mike and Ann found intermittent fasting through their son. They read Delay, Don’t Deny, watched Dr. Fung videos, and officially began their IF journey in December of 2019. Mike jumped right in with a 20:4 protocol. Ann eased in with 14:10, eventually settling on 18:6. Meanwhile, Claire thought they were crazy to fast every day. But months later, she decided to give IF a try, and began during the height of the pandemic in 2020.

Mike has lost 25 pounds, Ann lost 10 pounds, and Claire lost around 15 pounds. They all sleep better and have more energy. “IF is so easy to sustain,” Mike remarked. They share IF with friends and family, and will live the IF lifestyle the rest of their lives.

The Espesets’ advice to the new IFer: “Read Delay, Don’t Deny and Fast Feast Repeat. Listen to The Intermittent Fasting Podcast and the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast. Don’t let the concept of IF scare you!”

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