From Survivor to Thriver

Mindful Eating and Intermittent Fasting for Physical and Mental Healing with Fred Rutman

December 27, 2022 Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes Episode 92
From Survivor to Thriver
Mindful Eating and Intermittent Fasting for Physical and Mental Healing with Fred Rutman
Show Notes

 Have you heard of intermittent fasting? 

It’s the practice of switching between fasting and eating on a regular schedule. While most people think of it in terms of the physical effects, it can also positively impact your mental health. 

In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we sat down with Fred Rutman who has died and come back to life numerous times. This brought serious physical and mental health challenges for him but he found healing through intermittent fasting. 

Fred Rutman known as “Repeatedly Dead Fred”, has had 11 heart procedures in 11 years, been clinically dead dozens of times, suffered dozens of concussions, PTSD, Post-concussion syndrome, brain trauma, defective pacemakers, and botched surgeries. To put the icing on the cake, you can throw in multiple incidences of cognitive medical bias and misdiagnoses.  

Through it all, his faith and belief/practice of Judaism was rocked to the core. He also discovered the most powerful prophylactic medicinal tool we have - Intermittent Fasting. If we are supposed to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, then he is making the best lemonade ever produced. 

In today’s episode we cover: 

  • Fred’s health journey
  • The Lazarus Effect
  • How social anxiety impacted his life
  • The cost of men not speaking up about mental health issues
  • The problem with our education systems
  • Why learning something new helps with brain trauma 
  • The power of intermittent fasting
  • How it helps your body heal
  • The importance of mindful eating
  • How Fred’s mental health has improved

We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Fred. If you want to hear more from her, make sure to follow him on Instagram and watch for the release of his new book The Summer I Died 20 Times. You can also email him at

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Fast. Feast. Repeat. By Gin Stephens 

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“Intermittent fasting is the most effective non-medicinal tool that most doctors have and not many of them use it.” -Fred

“I try to be very specific about the foods that I put into my body.” -Erik

“Theory only takes us so far. We need theory to challenge practicality, but you can’t do that without practicality.” -Marc