Fast Mimicking Diet for 5 days: Return to Svastha + Homeostasis with Cate and Kristen Hugins

Welcome to the Thrive with Cate Stillman podcast, where health, habits, and transformation intersect. In this episode, Cate delves into the benefits and intricacies of the Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD). Joined by a Club Thrive member, Kristen Hugins, they explore the profound effects of FMD on the body, emotions, and mindset.

What You’ll Get Out of Tuning In

  • Discover the power and benefits of Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD).
  • Insights into the transformative effects of FMD on regenerative habits and life goals.
  • Understanding FMD’s impact on autophagy, apoptosis, and the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
  • Personal experiences shared, including emotional releases and heightened focus.
  • Practical insights into incorporating FMD into daily life for profound changes.


  • FMD essentials: Easier fasting with caloric intake, mimicking a fasted state for autophagy and apoptosis.
  • Composition and guidelines: 500-800 calories a day for 5 days, Ayurvedic perspective, and the role of ketosis.
  • Beyond caloric restriction: FMD’s impact on focus, productivity, emotional release, and primal somatic trauma work.
  • Transformation and self-doubt: FMD’s contribution to self-doubt digestion, boundary-setting, and the supportive Club Thrive community.


“FMD is essentially like fasting, but easier because you can have some calories. It’s mimicking a fasted state for autophagy and apoptosis.”

“In FMD, you’re so willing to look at all the things that become integrated. There is no reason good enough for those who want truth and want to get beyond doubt.”

“The more we hold those boundaries, the easier it becomes for us to defy culture and say, ‘No, this is what is best for me.’”


Thank you for tuning into another insightful episode of Thrive with Cate Stillman. If you’re interested in learning more about FMD or becoming part of the transformative Club Thrive community, reach out to

Stay tuned for more episodes where we explore the intersections of health, habits, and the journey toward a thriving life. Remember, the power to transform is within you.

Disclaimer: The content in this podcast is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant dietary or lifestyle changes.