Season 1

Episode 410: Mona Santos

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Mona Santos who lives in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.

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Mona is a compounding pharmacist.  She grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States in 2013.  She realized the way she grew up mimicked intermittent fasting through her cultural routine of eating at distinct mealtimes with no snacking—a lifestyle that maintained her weight and health without struggle. Growing up with this ingrained discipline, Mona was always conscious and appreciative of her body’s well-being. However, the true challenge presented itself after the birth of her daughter.

Mona shares the stress and challenges she faced postpartum, with 2020 bringing the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fear of judgment and stigma associated with mental health in her culture led her to seek alternative coping mechanisms to medication and therapy.

Mona began her journey with intermittent fasting after a childhood friend mentioned it to her. She found the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast and knew that the lifestyle was science-backed.

Despite losing only a small amount of weight on the scale—around five pounds—Mona feels more joyful and content. She shares her experience of body recomposition after childbirth, regaining confidence in her appearance, and the joy of fitting back into her preferred clothing sizes.

To wrap up the episode, Mona emphasizes how her newfound approach to food, self-care, and parenting has enriched her life. She encourages listeners to embrace minimalism, whether in diet, lifestyle, or parenting, and to realize the profound impact that simplicity and gentle approaches can have. Her final advice for anyone starting their intermittent fasting journey is to keep it simple, listen to your body, and trust in the process for a transformative experience.

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