About Juliette

Juliette Morris Founder of iFasters
Juliette Dryson

Hi there, I’m Juliette Dryson and I created IFasters after struggling to find enough information online about intermittent fasting that I felt was relevant to women like me.

My Credentials

I’m a Physiotherapist with three Post Graduate qualifications of Health Science and I’ve written two books about intermittent fasting and have a third book on the way.

Click here to see my LinkedIn profile  and here for my books on Amazon.

 

 

How Did I Get into Intermittent Fasting?

If you’re like me you’ve probably tried countless diets and ways to lose and maintain your weight, even though you know they’re probably bad for you. Sadly, in today’s society us women tend to favour our figure over our health.Fat Reflection in Mirror

I read a mind-boggling study recently that showed that more women would rather be run over by a truck than be fat! That’s just crazy. What are we thinking?

But the pressures of today’s society mean that our weight is just so important for our confidence and self-esteem. If we don’t feel good about our body we just don’t feel good about ourselves.

I’m a health professional and even I am guilty of giving up a healthy eating and exercise plan in favour of the next quick fix.

In today’s busy world, sometimes there is just no time to be on an eating plan all the time! And it can get sooooo boring. Not just for yourself but for the people around you.

It was during one of my many quests to find the next weight loss solution, that I found Intermittent Fasting in 2010.

Even though the science behind it (and trust me I did a lot of research) was solid, it was incredibly difficult for me at first, because as a chronic dieter I had created an obsession with food.

Through Intermittent Fasting I conquered that food obsession and endless yo-yo dieting  So for me that was a bigger relief that just losing weight. It was sustainable and now I can actually enjoy eating food without feeling anxious about it.

Juliette Morris

I started to recommend Intermittent Fasting to my clients (in my role as an injury consultant) who were overweight and struggling to keep to any exercise programme because of their pain. They all had amazing results.

I started this website, wrote some books and created the ‘Eating Personality Types‘ so that people like me (Type C) can ease in to ifasting slowly.

I’ve also learned so much more about the female body, what makes us tick and how and why we can store fat or have trouble losing fat through hormones and what we eat and I’ll be sharing everything I learn on this site.

I love to receive feedback from the site visitors and I would really appreciate you hitting those Facebook ‘Like’ buttons wherever you can.

We have a facebook group for other fasters to share their ideas and and iFasters facebook page.

To get started just grab a copy of the quick start guide to the right of this page and if you haven’t already, read my book on intermittent fasting for women

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “About Juliette

  1. Hi there! I’ve started complete fasting (Distilled water only and black coffee in the morning) on Mondays that is usually between 24-36 hours. I also am trying my best to only eat between the hours of 12-6 on regular days. Is it okay to combine both methods or do you think it’s too restrictive?

    It’s going well so far and getting easier and easier to abstain from food! Just a few questions–

    Coffee is the absolute hardest to give up. I know, weight wise, black coffee in the morning won’t upset the fast but what are your thoughts on coffee health-wise? You mentioned hormone disruption and I’m very interested in that because I’ve suffered from insomnia for years now. Maybe there is a correlation. Hoping the fasting will help that but maybe I need to stop the coffee for complete recovery.

    Also, can I take vitamins while fasting or will that throw my body off?

    Thanks so much! Love your help.

    1. Hi Kara, that’s fine to combine the two but it does sound pretty restrictive. Everybody is different in what they find restrictive though. Just be aware that when we’re first starting out we can get a bit carried away sometimes so if you start to dread your fasts when you wake up in the morning or start to overeat in anticipation of a fast then you know you’re probably doing too many. You wont need to do the daily fasts if you’re doing a long fast on Mondays. Instead you could do 2 x long fasts a week or 1 x long fast on Monday and 2 x shorter fasts (eating between 12pm and 6pm) during the week. If you do too many fasts then you might not be getting enough calories throughout the week so you might slow your metabolism. So just make sure you’re eating your calorie needs. Yes I personally don’t drink coffee or anything with caffeine because it can increase cortisol and adrenalin levels which can cause our body to subconsciously think we are in a constant ‘crisis state’ and it will therefore do it’s best to hold on to out fast stores for protection which is not what we want! It can also contribute to adrenal fatigue which can be a cause of insomnia. Unfortunately yes, it has it can also put stress on the liver which can throws off our estogen vs progesterone levels and our ability to detox which can then lead to a build up of fatty tissue around the body (especially abdomen and thighs in us women!). If anything I drink a calming herbal tea like chamomile to have the reverse effect. A great read is Rushing Woman’s Syndrome by Dr Libby http://www.drlibby.com/product/rushing-womans-syndrome/ or if you havent seen it already this TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ0SME6Z9rw Anything that contributes to the ‘rushing state’including caffeine should be minimised. So if you could cut down to one cup a day that would be great for your body! Or herbal tea (I know that’s not quite the same though 🙂 ) As far as vitamins go I recommend supplements from plant sources and they are fine to take on your fasting days. Anything to help your liver do its job (detox and burn fat) and your gut to digext food. I would take them after the fast though if you can but not a big issue if you can’t. My recommendations are here. http://bodyecology.com/natural-liver-cleanse-livamend.html http://bodyecology.com/the-immune-system-vitality-supergreen.html http://bodyecology.com/probiotic-drink-innergy-biotic-1250ml.html http://bodyecology.com/detox-nutrtitional-supplement-ancient-earth-minerals.html Good luck with your fasts!

  2. Hi…
    I am in the middle of a weightlifting program. The stage I’m at right now has incorporated cardio back into the workouts along with lifting. It is a 3mo program by Bodybuilding.com.
    I have been following the eating plan as well. Of course, this is the part that gets conflicting with IF. Eat 1hr after waking and eat 2-3hrs all thru the day having 6meals. Nothing unusual about this except it is not IF.

    After reading a lot about the different options of IF, I feel like the 6-8hr window of eating is my best option. I have started this only a few days now where I eat starting at 11am-7pm. My workouts usually aren’t until later due to me working all day. So, I get to the gym around 7:30-8pm. Right now, the work outs consist of weight training and cardio 6days a week. Phase 3 will start in 3wks for me.

    My question is, will I be success in both my fitness and weight loss goal if I stick to this plan or do I need to figure out a different IF option? I have read that after a work out you should have a recovery meal – protein shake as an example which I am not doing since my fasting has already started for the evening.

    I realize I have only started the IF so I have no real way of knowing if this is going to produce the results I am looking for but if you could provide any feedback that may help me along it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer, Yes it is important to eat/have a shake after a workout that involves weight training. With any other kind of exercise (unless its chronic cardio) it doesn’t matter when you work out during the day. Have a look at this post http://ifasters.com/exercise-on-fasting-days/ So why not shift your eating window to later in the day like 4pm to 10pm? Or alternatively change your fasting method to 2 x 24 hour fasts a week. So for example you would eat as you normally would all week but Mon and Wed night you would make sure you stopped eating after 7pm. Then on Tues and Thurs you would wake up and fast all day (no calories at all just water or tea etc) then have a small snack at 7pm go to the gym and then eat your evening meal afterwards. Are you training for a body building competition or is this just for weight loss? If it is for weight loss, remember that men and women respond differently to ‘stressful’ exercise So just be aware not to put too much on your plate. This TED talk by Dr Libby Weaver is a great’overview of what happens to our (women’s) hormones and tendency to store fat if we overdo things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ0SME6Z9rw&feature=kp And also just make sure your plan needs to be something that you can stick to in the long term. What happens at the end of your 3 month programme? Do you need to do a maintenance programme? All the best with it!

  3. Hello,
    I do not know what to say. I’ve been lowcarbing then intermittent fasting to maintain weight . Everything was well until one day I started cheating on IF….and got diagnosed with pcos.

    After a year of trying to lowcarb and metformin was unsuccessful as metformin made me too hungry. Then I decided to go back to IF…… BY DAY 3 I was cured!!! And in too quick a time I lost 21 pound pounds and massive amounts of inches. I may have been suffering from inflamation as there is no way I could shrink so much overnight. I am a totally different person.

    I eat one meal a day. Sometimes 2 with the extra meal being protein only.

    Do you have any advice on what fasting strategies will best help my condition? (Pcos and insulin resistence)…. I do not desire to have long feeding windows. I eat carbs once a day. AND IVE BEEN VERY INDULGING….something I am Changing as I write this….

    1. Hi Faye, Yes inflammation and the reactions to the food we eat can play a huge part in developing hormonal disturbances, insulin resistance and many other health issues. The great thing about fasting is that it gives our body a complete break from the foods that may be causing these issues and gives our body a chance to heal itself. In my opinion the food we eat on or non-fasting days is extremely important too and we all need to figure out which foods are triggering inflammatory responses. Any method of fasting will be beneficial so just do what suits you best. I do recommend longer fasts though such as 2 x 24 hour fasts a week and drink only filtered or mineral water when fasting. I recommend seeing a naturopath or holistic nutritionist to see what foods you can eat without any adverse effects. Otherwise you can just try to cut out dairy, gluten, sugar caffeine and alcohol for 4 weeks and see how you feel. Alcohol and caffeine can play a huge part in hormonal disturbances as well as stress & lifestyle. After 4 weeks you can reintroduce dairy and wheat slowly and see how you feel. Any food that triggers a response after that is best avoided. You say that your meals are usually protein only? Make sure that you are getting the right nutrients and minerals! It only takes a deficiency in one thing to disrupt sleep, stress and the ability to burn fat. Your liver also needs to be supported in order to process out hormones and insulin sensitivity. Have a look at this great TED talk by Dr Libby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ0SME6Z9rw I highly recommend stress relief activities like yoga and meditation, a liver support supplement, supergreens powder, spirulina and a liquid probiotic to help with digestion, detoxificaion and elimination. Here are some great examples http://bodyecology.com/natural-liver-cleanse-livamend.html
      http://bodyecology.com/the-immune-system-vitality-supergreen.html http://bodyecology.com/probiotic-drink-innergy-biotic-1250ml.html I hope that helps!!

  4. I have been doing IF (2 – 24 hours fasts per week) for about three weeks, I do 30 minutes of Interval Training at a moderate pace 4 times a week and have lost 3.5 pounds. Is this about what I should expect or will my weight loss increase the longer I do it??

    1. Hi Ann, that’s a positive result so far. Keep it up! For most, our weight loss will start to increase significantly after 2-3 weeks as our bodies get used to fasting because our we are gradually changing our body’s fuel source from burning sugar/glucose to burning fat. So you should start to see some real changes. If you want to improve your results though, I recommend eating 25% of your calorie needs after your 24 hour fasts (which is a mix of 24 hour fasting and the 5:2 method). You don’t need to do that for long, maybe 2-3 weeks, and then go back to what you were doing. The best exercise for fat burning is High Intensity Interval Training so I recommend you try that. It’s the working at ‘full exertion’ part that triggers the body to start burning fat so if you use an exercycle pedal as fast as you possibly can for 20 seconds followed by 40 seconds of no cycling or slow cycling. You’ll only need to do about 20 minutes of that. Best of luck!

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