Like so many of us, I have struggled with gut issues for over a decade and as you can imagine I have tried – what feels like – everything. I am always game to try a new diet or workout in efforts to achieve a healthier body and mind, but at some point it’s hard not to feel hopeless. This is why I have become extremely selective over the years because so many of the diets (and ridiculous exercise trends) are fads and, in my opinion, total BS.
Right when I was about to give up, I came across the Prolon Diet. Prolon looked extremely interesting to me because of the science behind the diet. I do want to give a disclosure, I happen to love intermittent fasting so I thought why not take it to another level!
What is Prolon?
Prolon is a 5 day fasting mimicking diet which encourages regenerative change in your body without suffering from a water only fast. Each of the 5 days includes a plant based diet of food and supplements scientifically designed to nourish your body and yet still allow for the benefits of cellular rejuvenation. The meals each day consist of around 770-1100 calories with ingredients that contain no preservatives, additives or chemicals.
Why is intermittent fasting good for you?
Intermittent Fasting is not a new concept. In fact, it has been around from the beginning of human evolution. The idea is to cycle through periods of fasting and eating which promotes numerous health benefits including but not limited to increased cellular repair, lower insulin production and weight loss.
The bottom line
I love having my meal plan ready to go at the beginning of the week because it means less time thinking and working about food! Prolon is organized in these daily boxes labeled and easy to follow (which my Type A personality just loved). The soups are dehydrated so I was able to prepare one in the morning and bring it with me to work in a Thermos for lunch. In terms of the food, I thought it was fine. Not amazing, just fine. The Prolon Fast Bar was delicious (mainly because I never eat bars in my day to day life) but also because it is loaded with healthy fats and flavor! The evening soups were bean heavy which doesn’t always work with my gut issues but I was fine for the 5 days.
My biggest issue was the coffee dilemma. I love coffee and if you follow Prolon they ask you to keep your caffeine to 90 mg or less, which I did because I wanted my first time on Prolon to be consistent with the rules. No cheating. The fatigue from caffeine withdrawals was no joke. I swear the only thing saving me were my daily meditations. By Day 5 I was hungry and definitely ready to eat real food when I broke the cleanse on the following day.
If you have done a detox or a juice cleanse before then you know this process goes. It is different for everyone. Some days you feel like a rock star and other days you wish you could find a nice spot to lie down and take a nap. By Day 6 I felt great and was so happy with how my body quickly released the extra inflammation. It was a good reminder that we don’t need as much food as we think and that our bodies want the time to repair. I will definitely do Prolon again in the fall and in the meantime keep up with my 16:8 intermittent fasting.
If you are interested in trying Prolon use this link to get $20 off!
Please reach out if you have any questions about the fasting mimicking diet and I can give you my scoop. If you are not sure if Prolon is right for you, please consult with your doctor.
REMEMBER: Everyone’s body is different so intermittent fasting may not be the right choice for you. Listen to your body.
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