So we learned that Dana Emmer, our Deputy General Counsel (and one of the busiest employees and mother of two), had done ProLon twice – and had a lot to say. For the uninitiated, the ProLon Meal Kit is designed to mimic the effects of fasting while giving you some essentials
Macro and micronutrients. You will receive a package with five boxes,
one for every day that includes all of the foods you can
Requirements – vegetable soups, almond butter bars, kale crackers,
Olives, herbal teas and supplements, and some days
beloved chocolate crisp bar. The program is based on research
from Valter Longo, PhD, and the University of Southern
the California Institute for Longevity; Have animal and cell studies
demonstrated that fasting can promote cell regeneration and the
Expression of genes associated with longevity.
L-Nutra (ProLon) The ProLon Diet Goop, $ 249
As documented online and on TV, we are huge fans of ProLon.
There was a couple of arguments over who would try
the latest version of the kit. Dana won. V2 has the same everyday design as the original, just with a different selection of soups including white beans and spinach, butternut quinoa, and black beans.
Dana told us everything. We have put V2 in the shopping cart. And we’ve gathered their honest and helpful advice below. Your most important souvenir? The best thing you can do is not to put your life on hold: “Do the things that make you happy,” she says.
8 ProLon strategies from a threesome
1. Be honest with yourself about your intentions and wellness priorities. The first time I was keen to try it out because I felt I needed a reset badly. I wanted to spend a reasonable amount of time not eating and drinking like crazy. I felt really good after it ended – I couldn’t believe how good it was. The second time I was excited because I knew how I had felt the first time. And I was just so unhappy. I missed fresh food and flexibility, and the lack of both had a negative impact on my mental health – it just wasn’t the right time for me. That’s okay! I am human
This time, I knew I wanted the break from wine and takeaway more than the freedom to eat and drink what I wanted. I longed for the reset, and so did my husband, who did it to me three times. (It absolutely helps when we’re on the same page.)
2. When you experience caffeine withdrawal, you don’t have to suffer. According to the official ProLon decree, it is allowed to drink 8 ounces of black coffee or sixteen ounces of green, white or black tea every morning.
3. Work with a little exercise when you normally crave it and enjoy it. One of the things that made my third ProLon experience the best ever was that I wasn’t afraid to do light exercise. You need to be gentle with yourself – definitely avoid anything that is high intensity. I’ve done easier twenty-minute peloton classes than the high-intensity forty-five minutes I’m used to. It made me feel like I was living my normal life, kept me busy, and helped me relax.
4. Add spice. You can add up to a teaspoon of salt, herbs, and spices to the soups every day. Freshly ground black pepper was a game changer for me. Seasoning can make the soups a lot tastier if they’re not your jam.
5. Make simple plans whenever possible. I’ve avoided social events in the past: I felt like if I couldn’t eat or drink with friends, I wouldn’t be having fun. Over the past year, our plans with friends have mainly been to take our children to parks and wear masks and not eat or drink, which reminded me that it is possible and easy and fun to connect with people without food or alcohol being involved. Having plans like this with the people you love is another way to focus on other things than diet. And while it looks like it can be draining, it’s usually something that will give you energy back.
6. Plan to go to bed early – and pick a show that isn’t about food. With ProLon, I always go to bed earlier than I usually do – it feels pretty natural because you run out of breath earlier. What my husband and I do is we watch Love Island UK (if you know, you know) because we are both obsessed with it and in particular this show doesn’t often show people eating. You never see their meals or what’s on their plates, and you don’t have to torment your way through a Dominos Pizza commercial. It’s amazing how you suddenly feel disadvantaged when you see food adverts or The Great British Bake-Off, even if you haven’t done it before.
7. It is okay to telephone to prepare meals for your children for a few days. I have a boy who is two years old and a girl who is five years old and making the food for them and not eating or biting off their mac ‘n’ cheese is the hardest part of all of this. But I figured out what works for us: During the ProLon days, I do them the things they like that I’m not interested in, like broccoli crunches. My strategy for success now is to stock up on healthy, kid-friendly dinners at Whole Foods that are easy to prepare but appeal to me a little less than the adult meals I often cook for all of us, like salmon with rice and vegetables.
Funny and unexpected is that my two children got jealous of my soups. But for obvious reasons, I’m not going to feed them ProLon. So this time I made their own tomato soup for several lunches to eat with me.
8. Notice what you actually want when it’s over. On day six this time, I woke up feeling really good and energetic. It was the day before Halloween, the diet was over, and my husband said, “Let’s take the kids to make Krispy Kreme donuts.” And I went to Krispy Kreme and didn’t even feel like getting the fresh donuts off the line to eat, which is rare for me. It was surprisingly easy to go without sugar and alcohol in the days that followed. Not because I had willpower, but because I just didn’t care.
A few days later I had something to drink, but I didn’t feel like it. I just wanted to eat clean. Every time I’ve done ProLon, the lasting benefit wasn’t so much what happened in those five days. It was more about this reset factor of wanting to eat largely clean afterwards. And that always sticks to me for a while.
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