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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Sep 22, 2019

Fasting is not only something you do when you’re trying to lose weight; it’s been proven to help regulate your metabolic system during and after menopause. Plus, it’s something that women should be doing throughout their lives in order to maintain healthy bodily functions. Dr. Felice Gersh is with us today to explain how our changing bodies are supported by fasting.

Felice is a board-certified gynecologist who has a holistic, well-rounded approach to women’s health. Her integrative insight looks at every aspect of a woman’s body to determine the best course for treatment; so everything is working together to bring your health back into alignment.

In today’s episode, Felice describes what happens when our bodies go through menopause at a metabolic level. It’s not only our estrogen production that changes during this time! And she explains how intermittent fasting can improve your health during these hormonal changes.

In fact, Felice goes on to say that women should be fasting regularly twice a year from their twenties in order to support their metabolic and hormonal health. Her favorite type of fasting diet is a fasting-mimicking one, which almost tricks your body into thinking you’re fasting when you’re really eating food! Fasting and timed eating can also help you get your circadian rhythm back on track at any time of your life.

Next, Felice gives us her medical opinion on how destructive taking birth control pills is to our body and what happens when we control or take away a woman’s natural hormones long-term. She explains why we shouldn’t be taking hormone supplements orally, and how, instead, we should be taking them. And then Felice lets us know how important progesterone is to our bodies at all times.

Are you looking for more hormonal support through menopause? Have you ever tried getting your body into ketosis? Do you take the birth control pill?

In This Episode:

  • What happens to women metabolically when they go through menopause
  • How the different hormones in our body react to going through menopause
  • How intermittent fasting can improve your health, especially through menopause
  • Why you should fast twice a year to help improve your metabolic and hormonal health
  • What happens to your body when you start on a fasting-mimicking diet
  • Who can benefit from a fasting-mimicking diet
  • Why you should avoid taking birth control pills 
  • How timed eating can help you get your circadian rhythm back on track after menopause
  • Why you shouldn’t take estrogen supplements orally
  • How important progesterone is as our bodies go through menopause
  • What happens long-term when we take away women’s natural hormones



“No matter how hard you exercise or meditate, no matter how many vegetables you eat, eventually every woman, universally, will get into menopause. So we all face this. Every female. We’re all in this together. So we want to make those post-menopausal years really wonderful ones.” (6:25)

“To get the label of food, it actually has to have nutrition in it! And most of the things we eat have no nutritive value. So if you put things in your mouth that have no nutrition, that’s not food! It’s like, you might as well lick the street! Do not put anything in your mouth that’s not food.” (17:44)

“Testosterone levels go down independently. And by age 40, the average woman has only half the testosterone she had at age 20 and boy, that does change everything.” (39:11)

“A period is a vital sign of female health. If you have an abnormal period because you have cramping, it’s heavy, it’s irregular, you have to fix the health of the woman! You don’t try to cover it up with birth control pills.” (51:54)


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