My experience with L-Nutra's 5 Day ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)
From the time I had control over my food choices until the the age of 33 I ate like crap. I didn't know it. I, like most people, had no idea that what I put in my mouth, for the most part, has a direct correlation of the state of my health. With a scattering of stupid dieting tactics and the all too often preservative and chemical-laden frozen meals, my eating habits were nothing short of horrendous. Only wanting to remain thin, the thought of being healthy took second fiddle.
Then, after a noble fight, cancer overcame my dad and we lost him. 10 Weeks later an aggressive type of cancer showed up in me and I was able to stop it in its tracks. Through many twists and turns I finally connected the dots and realized perhaps it was the food - the fuel, the very thing that sustains us, that might have something to do with our fate. I got to work. STLVegGirl was eventually born and "being skinny" was no longer the goal.
Though I had experienced some major hurdles, I am generally a very happy person; the glass is always half full. However, I realized that continuing to eat the way I was, my cheery outlook might eventually fade as I was feeding myself into potential chronic illness. After MUCH research I adopted a plant-based (healthy vegan) diet and as a dear friend of mine likes to say, I am now not only adding years to my life, but also life to my years.
There's a new topic gaining a lot of speed in the health and wellness arena- fasting. Actually, it's an ancient practice and probably not one that was happily welcomed by our paleolithic roamers before then. But, what's old is new again and researchers are experiencing some really incredible outcomes with fasting- I am especially intrigued by autophagy, which is the sweeping out of "bad" cells. This housekeeping, if you will, done by the body during autophagy, cherry picks damaged and unstable cells that can possibly promote chronic illnesses and rids the body of them. Here's more on that.
Dr. Longo mentions that his ProLon FMD was created to help people get the results of a water fast by actually eating. After figuring out how a fast can help the body heal in so many different ways and keep it robust, he knew he needed to create a way for people to yield the results in a more attainable fashion. Clearly stated, water fasting can be too difficult for many. Physicians were not keen on prescribing it to their ill patients and even cancer patients themselves were not able to stick to it because of its challenges. If people in dire need of help wouldn't do this, how would those in good health stand it?
Listening to one of Dr. Longo's many interviews, he said he teamed up with a chef to create meals that met the nutritional benchmarks needed to achieve traditional fasting results. Sure, this could have been diet full of smoothies, but I have a feeling his Italian heritage led him to infuse just a hint of his historical culinary lineage. Only speculating here. In any case, thank you Dr. Longo.
Below is a video journal of my 5-day FMD experience followed by other resources. Visit here if you'd like to learn more and order your own ProLon 5-day FMD kit.