I have been intermittent fasting for quite a few years now and it is my saving grace. At only 5 ft small, I have to watch my weight and especially since as I age (Im 55), extra wobbles and curves can creep up and stay on. I use Intermittent fasting together with the Qi Gong exercises in Chi Flow with Jo to get fit and healthy not necessarily to get skinny, and it works
At the beginning of every year everybody in Chi Flow with Jo practices intermittent fasting/digestive resting for 6 weeks. (Chi Flow doors open on the January 2nd in preparation for fasting the night of Sunday 7th January // Doors will close Monday 8th of January to begin the 6week Programme)
It’s super easy and supper effective – I use my knowledge of Chinese medicine to do it safely and easily so that following the fasting period I don’t rebound back, end up craving the sweet stuff and piling on more of the pounds I lost. I am also careful not to stress the body by excessive dietary changes or intensive cardio training. This combination can often exacerbate symptoms or sore joints, brain fog and hot flushes.
Our main goal in Chinese Medicine and Chi Flow with Jo is to move, often stagnant, Liver energy (akin to Non Alcoholic Liver Fatty Disease) and support the Spleen meridian system by clearing dampness from the body. Which if left unchecked can be the cause of many conditions such as joint pain, inflammation, hot flushes, brain fog, anger, irritation, sugar addiction, heavy limbs and a slow metabolism
I have found my weight has been stable and within my healthy range, my energy levels are clear and consistent throughout every day, I don’t suffer any dietary issues or inflammation and I have not experienced prolonged brain fog associated with menopause and age bracket. I enjoy consistently high mental energy and clarity.
One menopause symptom I have to watch is Insomnia and after overindulgence at Christmas I can find my sleep patterns all over the place. Intermittent fasting helps get my circadian rhythm and sleep cycles back to normal.
I am not alone: This method of watching when you eat rather than what you eat has become very popular. In 2019, it was the most Googled diet on the planet. But Traditional Chinese Medical wisdom has long recommended eating during daylight and resting the digestive organs at night. This is part of living in harmony with the circadian cycles and following the energy of nature.
The Liver is the organ in charge of metabolism. After a meal, the fat is stored by the liver around the belly. Between meals, stored fat is slowly released, keeping body cells supplied with energy. However if the liver is congested through over-eating, eating at the wrong time, or toxic overload from medication, excess hormones, alcohol and fats, the liver is not able to metabolise the energy already stored so we can’t shift the belly weight, feel exhausted, suffer sore joints, disturbed sleep, even our nails and hair begin to thin.
Traditional Chinese Medicine always recognised the early meal as the most beneficial to health. If you eat during earlier hours it gives your body more time to incorporate food and repair itself.
According to the TCM meridian clock (a chronological map of the strength of the organs at different times of the day), the digestive organs of the Spleen and Stomach are most active in the morning (Stomach time being 7-9am and Spleen time 9-11am). So it makes sense to load up your calories earlier in the day, when the digestive fires are strongest.
Ensuring there is no food intake in the evening and night allows the Liver to rest and detoxify the body.
“I know what I should be doing to lose weight, but I need a way to do it that fits into MY life.”
“I have been thinking about weight loss for a while, but life is so busy I find myself putting convenience first.”
Is that you? Then we are on the same page and this Chi Flow with Jo intermittent fasting programme is perfect for you. When a diet lays down the law, it can be frustrating. Everything ends up being harder than it should be. Welcome to something different. this is so easy. You feel in control of your eating, you feel light and free, pain reduces and sleep becomes easier.
PLUS – You are not alone, there are over 380 of us, all ready to begin in January. This is the game changer ….. acting independantly but still being part of a group and therefore accountable
Once you experience this Chinese Medicine method of fasting, you will will be able to use it. This is not a “one-diet-fits-all” plan. You will gain control over your food and you will notice the difference. Having the support and the accountability of the group is essential to help you stay on track and to help you when you go off track.
This method with Chi Flow with Jo is not about Yo-Yo dieting – it’s about creating new habits and that doesn’t happen overnight which is why it’s a 6 week programme
- A fasting schedule that increases gently and slowly – not eating from 8pm to 8am – could you do that?
- 30 min Daily Qi Gong exercises working on the Spleen and Liver (recordings also sent daily)
- Daily Live Check in – for Q&A and support
- Daily nutrition advice and recipes
- Free access to Live Boost metabolism Talk and join me LIVE in my kitchen for easy simple healthy recipes
- Closed facebook group for sharing and support
Chi Flow doors open to join on the January 2nd in preparation for fasting to begin on the night of Sunday 7th January
Doors will close Monday 8th of January to begin the 6 week Intermittent Fasting programme
Have a look at what others say about the practice:
A recent review article in the “New England Journal of Medicine”, titled “Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Ageing and Disease”1 reviews the scientific research currently available on intermittent fasting, and comes to some very positive conclusions about the practice. It states that, ‘preclinical studies and clinical trials have shown that intermittent fasting has broad-spectrum benefits for many health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, cancers and neurological disorders.”
There are some people that this fasting practice does not suit so I would ask that if you are diabetic/adolescent/pregnant/have chronic illness/kidney issues/recently recovered from illness or surgery/hospital it is best that you do not intermittent fast.
Also, if you have a food disorder or have had one in the past it is best that you chat with me before taking part. If anyone is unsure about joining in, please contact me and we can have a chat – or ask me anything at my free info talk via zoom – January 5th @11am Dublin time – add your email below for the live link and the recording.
Joanne Faulkner is a Qi Gong teacher – Chi Flow with Jo – teaching live daily online Qi Gong classes to hundreds of people; a Shiatsu practitioner specializing in the energy of food in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a published Author. Her residential and day Wellness Retreats focus on Chi Gong, self-Shiatsu & Conscious Cooking Demonstrations, and are extremely popular.
Joanne is currently the Irish representative to the European Shiatsu Federation and until recently was the Chairperson of the Shiatsu Society Ireland.
“Good Food: Better Sex” and “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” , both written and published by Joanne, are modern cookbooks full of delicious recipes, Traditional Chinese Medicine plus acupressure points for health and wellbeing.