Season 1

Episode 16: Amy Behlke

In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast, host Gin Stephens has a conversation with Amy Behlke, a middle school teacher and ardent supporter of intermittent fasting. Amy did not struggle with her weight until she was about halfway through her 30s, and then any successful method she used to help her lose weight proved to be unsustainable. Last March, she had a kind of epiphany, realizing that she wanted to enjoy life, and that her health/fitness stood in the way of this desire. Her husband had been toying with IF and seeing results, and though she was at first skeptical, Amy decided over her summer break to give IF a try. The first few days were challenging, but having endured the initial transition in her lifestyle, Amy noticed positive changes. She later learned about clean fasting, and changing to a clean fast helped her to see even greater changes in her body and life.

Though on different schedules, Amy and her husband keep an IF lifestyle together. He has lost about 80 pounds through IF combined with restricting his carb and sugar intake. His blood pressure has also improved, and he is no longer pre-diabetic. Amy did not have quite as much weight to lose as did her husband, but she is down about 40 pounds from her 199-pound starting weight, and has seen exciting change even in small ways as her hair and skin have improved and her feet no longer hurt. She also finds that IF helps her to be more positive and engaged in life. More profoundly, though, Amy was helped by IF to navigate the Camp Fire tragedy that struck her community. She was so focused on the events surrounding the fire that she did not think much about food, and was not distracted by the need for it. Her physical and emotional health, improved by IF, helped her to handle the tragedy well.

Though her daily fasting schedule changed as she went through the experience of the Camp Fire and its aftermath, as well as the holidays, Amy has settled on roughly a 21-3 schedule. She and her husband use food as a means of celebration, and enjoy cooking and eating good food together. Their diets and tastes have been altered by IF, and their healthier food choices have also trickled down to their children’s diets. Amy thinks that she will probably seek to maintain her weight at this point rather than to lose more weight, but she is committed to IF as a lifestyle that she will adhere to permanently. She advises those new to IF to be patient and open-minded. She wants them to know that there is more to IF than weight loss and that IF promises both an overall increase in quality of life and personal control in the realm of eating. She counsels these new-to-IF listeners to believe that IF is truly worthwhile. And as for her, the next step is joining her husband in being a more public representative of and advocate for IF.


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  1. Holly Jones

    February 14, 2019

    Hi Gin, I love your new podcast, every guest has been phenomenal and your hosting style is warm and natural. Thank you for creating this inspirational program. And for all you have done and continue to do to help us. I miss being on FB for one reason only, you and the DDD group. The things I did not like, however, keep me from going back to it.

    It seems like your guests, once proper IF-DDD protocol “clicked”, have sailed with ease through their health and weight loss victories.

    If you ever are looking for a guest who has swings and challenges and struggles, I am that person. I read your book after a couple years of incorrect IF-DDD protocol and absolutely improved my experience and success. I think it was Xmas 2017 when I found you and DDD.

    but, I continue to be challenged with overeating in window, awareness of hunger/fullness cues, making food selections that serve me well…

    I would say I’ve been successful in achieving health and weight goals, but it certainly is not a the easy-peasy-breezy way your guests to date seem to flow with.

    Thanks for all the TLC and southern hospitality you offer all of us, all the time.
    Happy Valentines Day!
    Holly in Austin

  2. Teresa Collins

    February 14, 2019

    Hi Gin
    I am new to IF (today is day 28). I feel great. I love the books, this podcast and also the IF podcast with Melanie, and the Facebook groups. I am also going on the 2019 cruise and look forward to meeting you and the other authors in person. Thank you so much for all you do. I have found all the stories on the podcast touching and inspiring but I do have a specific request. My request for intermittent fasting stories – I would LOVE to hear from a female who is post menopause like in their 60’s or even beyond who has had success with IF. I have seen some of these folks in the FB groups and I find them so very inspirational in their pictures, but I’d love to hear behind the scenes. I am about to turn 55 and really even since 50, I do have a totally different outlook on life, health, fitness that I think comes at this time. I’d really value their wisdom and experience. Thanks so much for listening. OMG I think it’s 16 days to the cruise – Woot !

  3. I am waiting on your book to get here. I have heard good things about it. Can’t wait.

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