Introducing the IDM Program Director, Megan Ramos

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.

 

 

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About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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Annlee

The link in the email goes to a 404 page – apparently at Dr. Fung’s kidney practice.

John
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Hi Megan.. Are you based in NorCal now? Will you be in the LA area anytime soon? Will you conduct sessions/seminars?
I have been diagnosed with T2 about 2 years ago but it has started to damage my kidney..I want to be in the program but do not know what to do..I lack the knowledge and also unsure if it’s advisable for me since I have this kidney issue..

Please reply..thanks.

John

Mike S
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Mike S

Good to see you back Megan, looking forward to your posts about ketogenic recipes. I keep motivated by frequently trying new things, will be reading with interest.

Elaine in Big D
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Elaine in Big D

Indeed, Megan! Looking forward to new/more ammo against the diabetes demon!

Erin
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Erin

I can’t wait for bbq recipes. Too bad they aren’t in this weeks blog. I’m heading to a potluck bbq tomorrow and struggling with what to take.

John C
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John C

Megan, The online dietary management meetings with you and a variety of fellow patients have been the most important thing in helping me keep my type two diabetes reversed. I thought that I had done well to lose weight and bring my blood glucose levels down to normal, but your guidance has got the levels even lower and even more stable and I have lost more weight without really trying. You and Dr Fung have inspired me to do what I can to extend education about diet here in the UK. I have joined the Public Health Collaboration here and… Read more »

Mike S
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Mike S

Good work John. It’s always motivating to hear success stories. Congrats!

Tess
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Tess

I am keen to learn more about the fat fasting. I’ve done the Atkins Fat Fast previously but some people warn it is dangerous if done for more than a few days which I’ve wondered about seeing that people fast solely on water for weeks why would a FF be more dangerous?

Sandra Rodriguez
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Sandra Rodriguez

Hello Megan… I enjoy and look forward to the IDM appts with you. You are super and answer all my questions. You keep me motivated and give me support when I need it most. Can’t wait to read all of your upcoming articles.

Bo
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Bo

I cannot wait to hear more. Especially the ice cream alternative. Ice Cream is my weakness.

Diana
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Diana

Very inspiring Megan! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Patty spanier
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Patty spanier

Hi Megan, what a great looking couple on the inside and out. Thank you for your enthusiasm and encouragement when we are in our GoTo meetings. You are so patient with us noncompliant types. I would add New Zealand to your list

kfacwpup
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Hi Patty! I miss you! I hope all is well. I am here any time you need anything. I hope things aren’t too chilly over there!

Maryann
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Maryann

Hi Megan! Congratulations on your wedding and great health! As a brand new follower beginning Dr. Fung’s Obesity Code program, I really hope you can help me with a question. What about supplements? We take 5-6 grams of DHA/EPA daily which has 150-200 calories. How doe we do that on fasting days? We used to spread it out morning afternoon and bedtime. Also incorporating fiber, which lists calories (skinny gut acacia 10 calories per serving 3x per day). I don’t want to inadvertently sabotage fasting results. If eating dinner begins at 7 and ends at 8 then fasting edges later… Read more »

kfacwpup
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You can take a multivitamin when you fast. I take magnesium citrate and extra virgin cod fish oil every day. I take vitamin D in the winter. I drink a lot of broth for nutrients. Of course, you should always check with your healthcare practitioner.

Yes, it is perfectly OK to fast from 8 PM to 7 PM. It all evens out 🙂

Nancy Williams
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Nancy Williams

Remember what Dr. Fung always says, “it is not about calories in–calories out. It is about what type of calories.” Eat whole, unprocessed low glycemic, low carbohydrate foods and eat only within a time restricted schedule. And eat your good fats. Stay away from poly unsaturated fats, such as corn, safflower, soy, canola, and grapeseed oiks, etc.

Michaela C
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Michaela C

Megan, Great to meet you and hear your story! My husband and I discovered Dr. Fung just a couple months ago and are really excited with our progress. He’s lost over 30 pounds in 2 months and I’m at about 20 so far. I have struggled with my weight and obesity for about 29 years and intermittent fasting is the first “diet” that I’ve gone on that I’m confident is going to succeed in taking the weight off and fixing the insulin resistance for me. Can’t wait to learn about the fat fast as I’ve had a bit of a… Read more »

kfacwpup
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It’s best to shake things up if you’re in a plateau, such as doing a bit of a longer fast (with medical supervision). Spicing things up tends to kick things back into gear. For example, if you do 24-hour fasts try to do some 36 or 42 hour fasts.

Michaela C
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Michaela C

I’ve been trying but I find that around 22 hours or so I start to feel weak, a bit shaky and intense hunger. I’ve generally been breaking my fast at this point but not sure if this is something I need to push through instead? Any thoughts? Or does that get into too much personal medical advice? 🙂

kfacwpup
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You should always check with your doctor and follow their recommendations or do any blood tests. The are many reasons patients feel this way around 22 hours, some of them related to medications. This is very common in the start and something I personally experienced. My blood work was good. My blood pressure was good. I just needed more hydration. I consumed broth with some himalayan salt, which helps retain fluid. The sodium in the salt helps the body retain potassium. Both sodium and potassium are absolutely vital for survival. Sometimes it is literally just carb withdrawal. I’m not even… Read more »

Michaela C
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Michaela C

Megan,
Thanks! That’s really helpful info. I will check in with my doctor again. She’s for IF and I think interested in how it’s working for me, which is a huge bonus.

John
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Hi Megan.. Are you based in NorCal now? Will you be in the LA area anytime soon? Will you conduct sessions/seminars?
I have been diagnosed with T2 about 2 years ago but it has started to damage my kidney..I want to be in the program but do not know what to do..I lack the knowledge and also unsure if it’s advisable for me since I have this kidney issue..

Will appreciate your reply..thanks a lot.

John

kfacwpup
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Hi John:

I’m not based there in California. I just go there occasionally. No plans to be in the LA area anytime soon.

John
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what do you suggest that I do ?..is the LCHF / Intermittent Fasting safe for people with kidney issue? is there a way I can contact you ? Skype perhaps?

kfacwpup
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You could join the long distance program (instructions on our ‘join’ page. We can connect via GoToMeeting. We no longer use Skype. You can always email me at intensivedietarymanagement@gmail.com. Today is a holiday (Canada Day), but I can get back to you early next week.

You should really discuss with your doctor what is best for you. Dr. Fung is first and foremost a kidney specialist. Most of our patients have some degree of kidney disease, and we even have some on dialysis.

Bo
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Bo

Diarrhea? I fast for 48 hours each week from Sunday dinner to Tuesday dinner. I get diarrhea on Thursday evening most weeks. Each time I fast I feel bloated from before I eat on Tuesday until Friday. Wondering if this is normal. I even wonder if it has something to do with losing some fat?

kfacwpup
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Hi Bo – Diarrhea can be an issue for some people. It will stop eventually. You can expedite the process by eating more vegetables, especially leafy greens, on your eating days. Raw vegetables would even work better. You can just pour olive oil or butter over them to add fat. Add flax and chia as well. You can also consume some ground psyllium husk in water as well.

John
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Hi Megan
I will really appreciate getting a reply from you. My diabetes has started to damage my kidney(Stage 2) and I want to get into the program right away but lacks the knowledge..is the LCHF / Intermittent Fasting safe for people with kidney issue? is there a way I can contact you ? Skype perhaps?

Will wait for your reply .Thanks so much and Gold bless.

Maryann
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Maryann

Hi Megan, On page 193 of The Obesity Code, Dr. Fung says pure fats do not raise insulin. So can olive oil and coconut oil be taken during fasting periods? If put in broth or coffee will the calories from the oil be stored as fat because the broth or almond milk in the coffee raised insulin? Please help 🙂 How many calories of bone broth are acceptable since you mentioned you drink it, but in the book Dr. Fung recommends bone broth in one section, and in another recommends no calories. A bit confusing. Thank you so much! Maryann

Laura
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Laura

Hi Megan,
Is fasting safe for those with Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease?
Thanks so much!
Laura

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Anthony
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Anthony

For those of us who are ateletes, Ketosis and Anabolic Bursts do not get along at all. My sport is Ice Hockey and when I am not burning sugar and in Ketosis, I have no BURST energy…It’s VERY NOTICEABLE on the ice. Anyway, has anyone been able to conquer this while in Ketosis…?

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Chris

Hello, my name is Chris. I have been a diabetic for over 20 years. I have tried to do the diet control and then needed medication. A friend told me about Dr. Fung and I jumped at the chance to do something for my body. I am about 30 # over weight ( though I weighed 145 for a long time) and have been doing the fasting that is no breakfast, bone broth for lunch, and bullet proof coffee all day, and eating dinner. I was 136# when I started and I have lost 10.5# ! It has been 4… Read more »

Suzanna Griffith
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Suzanna Griffith

Hi Megan! It’s been a long time! I’m so glad you are doing well. I’d love to sign back up for the program.

Ross
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Ross

Hi Megan
I do a 24 hour fast but do have 2 coffees a day with coconut oil to reduce my hunger. So I just eat dinner. It works well for me. My question is how many days can I do this in a row without affecting my metabolic rate? Do I really need to alternate this every other day, or can I do it for a few days in a row?

Lisa Fieseher
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Lisa Fieseher

I would like to read the blog’s Megan describes in this email I received today. How can I find them?

Ronald
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Ronald

I have type 2. I have fasted . Went from 207 to 186. I. A few months. My current a1c is 7.6. I take Metformin 2 bid. I want off Metformin and sensitize and eliminate insulin resistance. When loosing weight while fasting I ate more fat. My total cholestoral went up my tryglycetides down LDLdown and HDL up. My understanding is insulin resistance is fat in tissues (not adapos tissue) that should not have fat including receptors. Eating animal fat tastes good but what about cholestoral ? What especially the insulin resistance. Riding fat and eating fat do not compute.… Read more »

Crystal
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Crystal

Megan, I’ve read/listened about your journey many times. Do you have any pictures you would be comfortable posting from the start of your journey. I know losing 50 lbs is a lot for anyone, but for someone your height it seems like an even bigger accomplishment.

Noureddine
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Noureddine

Great to see you back to blogging Megan

Doug
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Doug

Hi Megan,
Living in North California (orig. Calgary) now and we BBQ every day. I have read Jason’s ‘Complete Guide…” twice and now have the Obesity code delivered yesterday. Looking forward to ZC recipes if you are able. Over one year ago I followed Dave Asprey’s fasting protocol and lost 29 lbs. in one month and felt fantastic but did not like eating carbs after day 5 to reset leptin. Can you discuss that? Thank you.

Maria
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Maria

Lovely to hear from you Megan – i think you rock!

Esme
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Esme

I started 4 days ago I fast 16 ours then have a 7 hours eat time til 8 which is about two normal meals of veggies meat and very small carb. NO SUGAR STUFF!!!! I will increase fasting as I feel I can till I get to 24 hrs. How often do you fast 24 hours??

Lisa
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Lisa

If I join the paid program, donwe select our coach or is the coach randomly assigned?

Karen
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Karen

I have two questions: I fast 16 hours a day and eat two meals during the 8 hours. Is that enough for me to help my insulin resistance? Also, in Dr. Fungs book he had talked about the Mediterranean diet which would allow me to have some fruit, but now it sounds like that is not helpful for reducing my insulin levels…do I have to be in ketosis to affect my health? I have about 10 or 15 lbs to lose. I’m not diabetic or prediabetic but want to reduce my insulin, and also, in the interest of reducing the… Read more »