July 12, 2022

Mindy Pelz: The Power of Fasting and Learning to Read the (Keto) Labels

At 43, Mindy Pelz felt like someone had hijacked her body. Despite avoiding obvious ingredients like sugar and exercising, she couldn’t sleep and felt depressed. Mindy snacked non-stop to combat hypoglycemia, but those snacks were “healthy”, so what could possibly be the problem? 

That’s when she discovered the power of fasting. Through trial and error, Mindy learned to listen to her body and use fasting to stay sharp, stay healthy, and regulate the hormonal landmine of menopause. 10 years later, Mindy is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, nutritionist, and functional health expert teaching people to retrain their health through fasting and smart choices. 

Today, Dr. Mindy Pelz talks with Jen about how and when she fasts, reading labels beyond the word “keto”, what ingredient Mindy always avoids, how big brands spread the biggest food lies, and her top four tips for metabolic health.

Key Takeaways

  • [00:39] - A brief introduction to Mindy.
  • [01:25] - What and how Mindy eats. 
  • [04:02] - How long Mindy’s been fasting. 
  • [04:46] - Why breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. 
  • [07:03] - How Mindy fasts. 
  • [08:11] - What fasting actually means. 
  • [08:59] - Why (almost) everybody should fast. 
  • [09:53] - How to break a fast. 
  • [10:41] - Where Mindy buys her protein. 
  • [12:08] - The fastest way to lose weight. 
  • [14:04] - What ketones do for your brain. 
  • [15:17] - The power of “bad” symptoms. 
  • [18:06] - Why keto labels don’t always mean “healthy” labels. 
  • [19:17] - The one ingredient Mindy always avoids.
  • [20:27] - Mindy’s four tips for metabolic health. 
  • [22:50] - Mindy’s Wake Up moment. 


[03:45] - “I’ve learned to use fasting as a tool for mental and physical performance. So I really look at what I’m doing that day, and if it’s back-to-back-to-back interviews, or videos, or writing, I won’t eat. I’ll keep those ketones going.” ~ @dr.mindypelz

[12:18] - “The fastest way to lose weight is fasting. I think we have not solved the weight loss challenge for people with diet. I mean, how many more crazy diets do we need to come up with? What we haven’t done is gone in the fasting door.” ~ @dr.mindypelz

[14:53] - “When people come to fasting what they don’t realize is that they come for weight loss, which is beautiful, and it’s a healing diet. This is going to help create a healing effect on your body.” ~ @dr.mindypelz

[19:28] - “We have villainized sugar – and I’m not a fan of sugar – but we can’t lose sight of oils. Oils are the number one reason people are insulin-resistant.” ~ @dr.mindypelz


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