Employees that fast together…

I interrupt my blogging rebellion to bring you this awesome news: there is a company — a whole company — that collectively fasts on Tuesdays! Unlike those gluttons at Google getting an endless supply of free gourmet catered food and snacks all hours of the day and night, this company — Nootrobox — has a fasting day once per week. It’s certainly a new take on “team building”. Another cool aspect is that they all break their fast together with breakfast on Wednesday. Wouldn’t we all love a work environment this supportive of our fasting days?!

A couple things to keep in mind before you go and get pissed at your uncooperative coworkers:

1 — It’s a biohacking company so the employees were already into unconventional health/science-y stuff.

2 — It’s really easy to get the whole company to fast when the whole company is made up of 4 people.

3 — We’re going to be seeing a lot more companies like this popping up because biohacking is apparently a movement in Silicon Valley. I can’t wait. 🙂


Dr. Mosley on Low-Fat Diets

Hey, y’all!

I’m a little busy this week, but I wanted to share with you this article that Dr. Mosley wrote about low-fat diets and why he thinks they don’t work. It’s an interesting and informative read. It also supports the phrase: “if it’s not one thing, it’s another.” He talks about how he got his dad to stop eating fatty foods, so instead his dad ate starchy foods and became diabetic.

I believe all things are okay in moderation. I started intermittent fasting because I didn’t want to have to give up anything completely. Why spend your whole life worry about one thing or just a few things? There are a whole bunch of other things you’re not worrying about that could be creeping up on you while your focus is elsewhere. I don’t think worrying about anything is a good plan or even a worthy use of my time. Life’s too short!

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!


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NY Post Article on Fasting

The NY Post wrote an article about fasting diets!!!
Regardless of what you think about the Post, people read it so I think this is good news and the story was well done and informative.

CLICK HERE TO READ: Forget calorie counting — this it the real secret to weight loss

It even talks about another book on the subject, which I’ll probably order and read this week.
Let me know what you think about it!

<3 Mara

Reader Question: Do I have to read??

My very first reader question has been posed to me from (who I’m sure is) my one and only reader thus far. So I’m happy to answer it…and I quote:

“Is it necessary to read the book?
I ask bc I have zero time to read.”
~Treasured Reader

Well, reader, “necessary” is a strong word in general. I mean, do I NEED wine to get through the IMG_6341work week? Do you NEED sneakers to run a marathon?

The answer is: No, but those things sure do help.

You don’t NEED to read the book, but I believe it will set you up for success.

I say that because of my own personal story: I only wanted to lose about 20 pounds, which really isn’t a lot. That weight could have easily come off if I had taken up a raw-vegan diet and started running. I do know people who live like that and my general attitude about that lifestyle is:


Carrying around an unwanted 20 pounds seemed like a small price to pay to keep doing the things I loved (frequently enjoying great food & wine…with dessert) and not have to do things that I didn’t want to do (I will not run. Not even if I’m being chased).

You might be thinking “there are other ways to drop 20 pounds.” You’re right, but I didn’t like those options either.  As long as that extra weight wasn’t an immediate threat to my health, giving up my main sources of enjoyment in life to lose it seemed almost superficial.

I needed more incentive. “Looking good” was never incentive enough. You know those people who say “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”? I’m not one of them. Pizza tastes pretty damn good where I come from.

When I read The Fast Diet, I got my incentive: to take control of my future health.

When you read the book you’ll learn the fascinating science about how fasting can help heal the body, slow down the aging process, possibly prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s — we’re talking about living a longer, healthier life and not having to give up carbs or booze. Jackpot! All of those benefits, plus the ability to lose weight and eat what I want was my incentive to really commit to intermittent fasting.

I am not going to be able to explain how and why these benefits are possible as well as Dr. Mosley does in the book. If you carve our an hour a day, it should take you about a week to finish it. There’s even an audio book to “read” on the go!

Even though I’ve been fasting for years now, there are some weeks where I might want to make an excuse and skip my fasting day, but as they say in the book: what ever food you’re missing today, you can have tomorrow.

And with intermittent fasting, there’s the potential to have a lot more tomorrows.

Jimmy Kimmel does The FastDiet!

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Anyway, I wanted to share this article I read earlier in the year from Men’s Journal about Jimmy Kimmel’s experiences on the FastDiet (he calls it the 5:2 Diet and/or Occasional Starvation — whatever, it’s all the same).

Click here to read “The Weird Way Jimmy Kimmel Lost the Weight” from Men’s Journal January 2015

My thoughts on this article:

#1 – Who are you calling “weird”, Men’s Journal?!?!!

#2 – What do you mean “You may NOT want to try this at home”? It worked!

#3 – Jimmy Kimmel has the means to hire the best trainers/personal chefs/nutritionists or any other help he needs to lose weight, yet he chooses to fast. He’s made it clear he doesn’t care about exercise and chooses to do this because of the convenience, ease, and results he’s gotten.

Let me know what you think of the article. And if you bought The FastDiet book, let me know what you think about that too.


Pardon my appearance…

I guess I can say “I woke up like dis…”

This is what the early stages of blogging looks like. A little sparse, I know, but we all have to start somewhere. I would like to thank iMark Interactive for getting me this far. If you’re looking to start a blog, they’ll set it up for free if you purchase your hosting through their website.

Click here for that sweet deal!
They gave me nothing to say that. When I have a good experience, I like to pass it on.

Now, what you’re really here for: to follow my fabulous life on The FastDiet.

PeopleIMG_0833 ask me about it all the time: friends, family, family of friends, co-workers…you get the point. When they hear I do it, they want to know all about it. I’ve been intermittent fasting for almost 3 years. I’ve been holding down my 25 pound weight-loss and I don’t plan to ever look back. Not only am I thinner, I feel better, get less headaches, have less digestive problems, and I don’t feel like such a failure for not being able to take control of my weight and my health. So, I guess I’m in a good position to at least dispense some words of wisdom from all of this experience.

Of course, I couldn’t have gotten this far if I hadn’t taken the MOST IMPORTANT step in my process, which is to GET THE BOOK AND READ IT. It’s a quick read — shouldn’t take you more than a few days — and you’ll find there’s much more to it than losing weight (although, that’s a lot of fun too). I have yet to read the revised version of the book, but that’s what’s for sale on Amazon right now. I’m going to make it really simple for you:

Click anywhere on this sentence to buy The FastDiet book!

Thanks for checking me out. Stay tuned. I’ll have some more stories, photos, research, and recent articles about intermittent fasting to share.

Oh, and on the days I’m not fasting — which is MOST of the days — I eat a lot of awesome food. Keep an eye out for my social media accounts coming soon.

Peace out.