with GIN STEPHENS and MELANIE AVALON
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Melanie Avalon is a SAG-AFTRA actress, with a certification in Holistic Nutrition from the AFPA (American Fitness Professionals Association) and is currently pursing her Level II wine certification from the WSET (Wine And Spirits Education Trust.) She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 2012, with a double Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts and Theatre. In 2014, Melanie self-published the Amazon #1 Best Seller, The What When Wine Diet: Paleo And Intermittent Fasting For Health And Weight Loss. Now represented by Celeste Fine at Sterling Lord Literistic, a revamped version of the book - What When Wine: Lose Weight and Feel Great with Paleo-Style Meals, Intermittent Fasting, and Wine - with 80% new content and 50 amazing recipes, will hit stores with a traditional publisher in 2018!
Melanie's intermittent fasting journey began in 2010, when she saw a blog post about the weight loss potential and health benefits of eating one meal per day. Thinking it was crazy, yet always up to try something new in her ever-evolving trial of (unsuccessful) dietary escapades, Melanie vowed to try the whole "intermittent fasting thing" for one week. She never looked back.
By eating one meal per day in an intermittent fasting pattern, Melanie finally experienced effortless weight loss (~40 pounds) and energy, with banished hunger, as well as many other benefits: disease prevention, immune system revitalization, autophagy, clearer skin, and better eyesight, to name just a few! With IF, Melanie effortlessly maintains a low body weight and healthy muscle compensation to stay camera-ready, while feasting every night to boot! She is now on a mission to spread the health-promoting, weight loss-instigating, and longevity-supporting wonder of the intermittent fasting lifestyle. Because who needs silly diet restriction and hunger?
Melanie also personally follows a Paleo diet, with a daily glass (or 2!) of wine. Check out her blog, MelanieAvalon.com, for Melanie's latest findings and research concerning diet, food, health, genetics, wine, and whatever else strikes her fancy! You can also look for Melanie on the big screen, in 2018's upcoming feature film, Bug Out!
Melanie currently lives and works in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Gin Stephens lives in Augusta, Georgia, where she has been following an intermittent fasting lifestyle consistently since 2014. Gin earned a Doctor of Education degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Northcentral University in 2009, an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from the University of South Carolina in 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Wake Forest University in 1990. Gin has been teaching elementary school for 27 years, most recently as an elementary gifted specialist. In addition, she works as an adjunct instructor at two online universities.
Gin discovered intermittent fasting in 2009 and practiced it VERY intermittently: so intermittently, in fact, that she found herself topping the scale at 210 pounds in 2014. After returning from a family vacation, Gin looked at all of the photos from the trip and couldn’t believe what those pictures showed: an obese woman whose health was getting worse and worse every year. At that moment, Gin decided it was time to take back her health once and for all. She went on to lose over 80 pounds, and she has been maintaining her loss since 2015.
As a part of her journey, Gin founded an intermittent fasting Facebook support group, One Meal A Day IF Lifestyle, in 2015, and the group membership has grown to thousands over the years. Gin enjoys mentoring others as they travel on their own journeys to weight loss and improved health through intermittent fasting.
Because of the work with the Facebook group, Gin was inspired to write a book about intermittent fasting to share what she has learned over the years with a wider audience. Gin self-published Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle in early 2017, which has reached readers on six continents.
Visit GinStephens.com to view Gin’s blog and read success stories from other intermittent fasters.