Intermittent Fasting

My Personal Story and Protocol

I should start by saying, I am not a nutritionist, dietician, doctor, or other medical professional. This is my personal story and experience. Please consult your healthcare provider before beginning an intermittent fasting plan.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of eating and fasting. The periods of fasting are typically 16 hours, or one may choose to do an eat-stop-eat plan that involves eating for a day, then not eating for a day. 

Aside from weight loss, intermittent fasting can have several other positive effects on your body, including increased levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which aids in fat loss and muscle gain, lower insulin levels (which makes stored body fat more accessible), and cellular repair processes, increased fat burning hormone norepinephrine, increased metabolic rate, and more.


The NingXia wolfberry is a native Chinese vine with deep red fruits. It is highly regarded in China for its taste, nutrient value, and medicinal properties. There are legends about the wolfberry dating back as far as 5,000 years and it's found in many ancient medical manuscripts. It has the highest levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides and is one of the most nutrient dense foods, rich in many vitamins and minerals.  

Wolfberry has been found to be very high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory micronutrients, and has an abundance of specific natural sugars essential for building the glycoproteins that make up cell membrane receptors and cell messengers of communication. Reducing oxidation, inflammation, toxicity, and mitochondrial dysfunction are essential for overall health and wellness. These high levels of micronutrients ensure you're getting optimal nutrition during your intermittent fasting program.

Using fresh wolfberry puree is best to ensure best results. The NingXia Red I use in my drinks is the only pure whole food NingXia wolfberry puree available in the United States. 

My Intermittent Fasting Story
I struggled with weight and health my entire life, up until I turned 14 and started puberty, I was tiny. In less than one year, I gained 4 dress sizes. My mother was so concerned that she took me, at 14, to have my thyroid tested because I put on so much weight so fast, she was certain that I had a thyroid issue. My thyroid showed normal levels but this year was to be the beginning of my roller coaster ride with my weight and overall health and wellness.

I have spent literally my entire adult life and most of my teens feeling self-conscious because of my weight. I have tried just about every diet out there and have been able to loose weight with most of them only to put it back one with a few more pounds to spare. What I didn't know is that all of these diets weren't addressing the underlying issues. 

My body was not functioning properly because it wasn't getting the proper nutrition!! By the time I was 21 my cholesterol was already 210 and the doctor wanted to put me on medication. After 3 pregnancies and 3 miscarriages, I found myself weighing 235 pounds on a 5'3" frame, I was tired ALL THE TIME and couldn't even go up a flight of stairs without having to stop and catch my breath. To make matters even worse, I was using food to hide from unresolved emotional issues. I turned to food for comfort. 

In August 2020 I started going to a metabolic center. I told them I wasn't interested in bariatric surgery but I wanted to have access to the doctor, nutritionist, and therapist to try to unlock my emotional and psychological issues surrounding food.  The doctor said that my insurance wouldn't cover it unless they could get me qualified for surgery. So, they did the tests needed and I started meeting with the nutritionist via video and was told I needed to follow a specific eating and exercise plan and was expected to lose 10% of my body weight but not more than that because then I wouldn't qualify anymore. WTH?? After a year I had lost and gained the same 5-7lbs several times and the doctor finally said, "Your metabolism and digestive system isn't functioning correctly but we can help you by doing surgery to close off part of your stomach." I never wanted surgery but I was literally weeks from scheduling it when they told me I would be on a full liquid diet for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after. It was then that I said whoa!! I can't do that. I am not ready for that and withdrew myself from the program. Enter, my sister with another idea.

I had heard of fasting, but thought it meant I had to deprive myself of food for days on end. I love food to much to deprive myself of it. I had never heard of intermittent fasting until my sister tried it. I was intrigued but I wasn't to interested in trying this because I'd most certainly be starving and I'd fail on Day 1. So why bother trying? 

Instead I watched my sister go through 25 days of intermittent fasting between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and she was feeling great and she lost weight! I asked some more questions and she explained how she patterned her protocol around juicing and reminded me that I have the most nutrient-dense juice on the planet right there in my kitchen already! By giving my body the nutrients it is lacking, I could bring my body back into a state of balance, where it wants to be anyway, I could bring my body back into an optimal state of health. And so she helped me create my own custom intermittent fasting.

Instead of failure, I saw a big positive difference from Day 1. The hunger was a little rough the first few days, but not enough to make me quit. I had headaches and skin inflammation/breakouts the first few days, but once they subsided, I felt better than I ever had before. The weight has been coming off and I don't feel deprived. I have tons of energy. I sleep better. My mental clarity and focus has increased. My cravings for sweets such as cakes, cookies and ice cream have disappeared as well as cravings for salty snacks. These types of cravings would plague me in the evenings and I would end up binging. Even the taste of food has changed - I feel like I better appreciate the different flavors in my meals and I actually crave raw vegetables, especially bell peppers, which I have always disliked before!

I've been on my intermittent fasting journey since December 31st and have seen successful weight loss but the most telling benefit for me is that I am able to easily say no to certain trigger foods that I never could before. I will continue until I feel I've addressed all of the underlying emotional issues that keep me going back to old undesirable habits, and reached the health and wellness goals I've set for myself. Find me on Instagram and Facebook to watch my journey.

My Protocol
Reminder: this is the plan I developed for myself. You should base your plan on what your body needs, with your physician's approval.

I use the 16/8 method (16 hours of fasting, then 8 hours when I can eat). The 16 hours of fasting may sound scary, but a good bit of that is while you're asleep, so it's not as hard as you might think. 
I eat between 1pm and 9pm each day, and fast from 9pm to 1pm the next day.

  • Large cup of wolfberry juice drink (recipe #2 below)
  • Supplements: Multigreens, Comfortone (digestive support), Femigen, Progessence Plus (for happy hormones), Vitamin D (because I'm over 50 and need to support my bones), a good multi-vitamen (I like Master Formula)
  • Essential Oils: 6 drops Endoflex (supports my thyroid), and 6 drops Longevity Vitality Oil in a veggie capsule (to support the body's response to inflammation), something energizing in my diffuser (i.e. something mint or citrus)
Throughout the day:
  • 2-3 more wolfberry juice drinks using recipe #1 below
  • Dinner is a salad with lots of fresh organic veggies. Sometimes I add imported feta and/or some chicken. I balsamic vinegar for dressing.
  • Essentialzyme digestive enzymes (to aid in breaking down the food I ate).
  • If I get hungry again before bed, I snack on raw veggies, sometimes with hummus.
  • Continue drinking lots of water.
  • Progessence Plus, Comfortone, Multigreens, Thyromin and Life 9 before bed.

Check with your doctor before starting an intermittent fasting plan. 
Intermittent fasting may not be suitable for individuals with certain eating disorders or illnesses.

Things to avoid:
  • Processed, packaged foods. 
  • Refined sugar.
  • I limit dairy to a little bit of imported feta or raw dairy on occasion, but mostly avoid dairy since it can cause skin issues.
  • Sodas, energy drinks, or other juices besides the wolfberry juice.
  • If you must have coffee or tea, use no sugar or cream (or sub stevia and almond milk), and limit to once a day.
  •  It's important to remember not to binge during the 8 hours you eat. Listen to your body.
Things to focus on:
  • The emotions behind your eating habits.
  • Getting plenty of water.
  • Anything your body is telling you.
  • When you feel hungry during your fasting times, drink more or have some NingXia Red!
  • Journaling and accountability partners can help you keep track of your progress and stay on track, plus help you process your emotions and mindset.
  • Exercise is perfectly fine while fasting. Just make sure you're getting enough protein/nutrients to support the amount/type of exercise you're doing. The last thing you want to do is fall out on a treadmill.
  • Pick timeframes that work for you. If you don't typically eat after 8pm at night and go to bed at 9pm, plan your fasting period from 8pm to noon the next day. Figure out what works best for you and stick with it.

Wolfberry Juice Recipe #1:
  • 16-20oz water
  • 2oz NingXia Red wolfberry puree
  • 1 squirt of Vitality Drops (Electrolyte or Energy flavors) optional
Add ingredients to a glass or stainless steel cup with ice. 

Wolfberry Juice Recipe #2:
  • 16-20oz water
  • 2oz NingXia Red wolfberry puree
  • 1/2 tsp Sulfurzyme powder
  • 1 scoop Ningxia Greens (for gut health)
  • 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen (for skin health)
  • 1 scoop ICP Daily
  • 5 droppers Mineral Essence
  • 1 scoop Golden Turmeric (optional, for bone/joint support)
  • Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 squirt of Vitality Drops (Electrolyte or Energy flavors)
  • 1 NingXia Nitro (optional, when you need a natural energy boost)
Combine all ingredients and shake well until blended. Serve over ice in a glass or stainless steel cup.

You can sub recipe #1 for recipe #2 if you don't have all of the ingredients for recipe #2. The most important ingredient is the wolfberry puree.

Fresh Energy Diffuser Recipe
  • 3 Lime
  • 3 Purification
  • 2 Spearmint
  • 1 Lemongrass
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Information courtesy of Nichole Utt

Nichole Utt
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Phone: 8507888733


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