Good morning everyone! I would like to introduce myself: my name is Megan (Christie) Ramos, and I am the Intensive Dietary Management Program Director. My major role in the IDM Program is to facilitate the patient’s education on the IDM dietary principles and counsel them on their fasting regimens. I get to work with patients both in office and in our long distance program. In the long distance program I have been fortunate enough to work with patients in Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, and all over the United States of America and Canada. I have learned so much from all of my patients, especially since they all come from such different parts of the globe. You guys have educated me so much on all of the different dietary struggles among the various cultures of the world, which has enabled me to help patients even more!
The IDM Program was very small when it first started. Dr. Fung was blogging here and there. We decided I was going to start blogging too. My blogs were supposed to focus on foods, recipes, fasting tips and carbohydrate addiction. I wrote a few blogs very early on but then the IDM Program suddenly boomed! I became so busy I was unfortunately unable to keep up with the blogs. Things finally started to settle down in the clinic but then my personal life became crazy. My husband’s job landed him in Palo Alto, California. We have had to travel back-and-forth between. Also, we had to move up our wedding date a year-and-a-half early to January 2016! The craziness just continued all around.
Since getting married in January, my husband and I were bombarded with people telling us we were going to lose our lovely figures and get fat. Nice wedding sentiments, right? We decided to prove them wrong and get into our best shape. We had both been low carb since I initially started following the IDM protocol and lost 60 pounds, but this year we decided to start following a ketogenic diet 95% of the time (we aren’t perfect and pizza happens on special occasions). Since February 1st we have lost 50 pounds of body fat between the two of us and neither of us have ever felt this good in our lives. I have all of this energy now, which is fantastic, and I have finally caught-up on my blogging!
I thought I would use Dr. Fung’s holiday time to resume posting my dietary advice for our followers. Next’s week’s post will be geared towards two major holidays in North America: Canada Day and Independence Day B.B.Q.’s. We will discuss how to enjoy the upcoming B.B.Q. season safely. It is actually the healthiest season of all. I will share some of my favourite summertime recipes with you guys to bring to your parties over the long weekend (I have a killer alternative for ice cream coming your way!). After that we will focus on fat fasting. It is a great way to help combat carbohydrate addiction for those of you just starting off on low carb diets and trying to figure out what fats you should be eating. A lot of people find fat fasting to be good training for real fasting as well.
I will continue to blog about diet strategies, food and share my favourite low carb and ketogenic recipes once Dr. Fung as returned in July. I am so excited to be back in the world of blogging and can’t wait to share everything I’ve learned from my own personal journey and from all of my patients with you!
Please check out my own patient profile if you can read more about my own journey as a patient in the IDM Program by clicking here.
By The Fasting Method
For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.
By Jason Fung, MD
Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.