That’s how we learned that Dana Emmer, our assistant general counsel (and one of the busiest people on the staff and also a mother of two), had done ProLon twice – and had a lot to say. For the non-beginners: The ProLon meal kit is designed to mimic the effects of fasting while providing you with some essentials.
macro- and micronutrients. You have a pack of five boxes,
one for each day, containing all the food you eat
need – vegetable soups, almond butter bars, kale crackers,
olives, herbal teas, and supplements, and on some days, the
beloved crispy choco bar. The program is based on research
by Valter Longo, PhD, and the University of the South
California Institute of Longevity; they studied animals and cells
demonstrated that fasting can promote cell regeneration and u
expression of genes associated with longevity.
As well as documented online and on TV, we’re big fans of ProLon.
There were a few arguments on which to try
the newest version of the kit. Dana won. V2 has the same concept of the day as the original, only with a different variety of soups, including white beans and spinach, hazelnut quinoa and black beans.
Dana told us all about it. We added V2 to the cart. And we’ve collected his honest and useful gems of advice below. In the main takeaway? The best thing you can do is not put your life on hold: “Keep busy with the things that make you happy,” she says.
8 ProLon Strategies from a Tri-Timer
1. Be honest with yourself about your intentions and wellness priorities. The first time, I was interested in trying it because I had the desperate feeling of a reset. I wanted to dedicate a period of time that seemed manageable to not eating and drinking like crazy. I feel really good after it’s over – I couldn’t believe how good it is. The second time, I was excited to do it because I knew how I felt the first time. And I was just so miserable. I lacked fresh food and flexibility, and the lack of both had a negative effect on my mental health – it wasn’t just the right time for me. I’m fine! I am human.
This time, he knew he wanted to break out of wine and take away more than he wanted the freedom to eat and drink whatever he wanted. I longed for the reset, and so was my husband, who did it with me all three times. (It absolutely helps when we are on the same page.)
2. If you experience caffeine withdrawal, there is no need to suffer. By official decree of ProLon, it is permissible to have eight ounces of black coffee or sixteen ounces of green, white or black tea each morning.
3. Work on a bit of movement if it’s something you typically crave and enjoy. One of the things that made my third ProLon experience the best of all time I had done was that I wasn’t afraid to do a little light exercise. You have to be kind to yourself – definitely avoid something high intensity. I made the twenty-minute Peloton classes easier instead of the forty-five minute high-intensity ones I’m used to. It helped me feel like I was still living my normal life, it kept me busy, and it helped me relax.
4. Add spice. You can add up to a teaspoon of combined salt, herbs and spices to the soups each day. Freshly ground black pepper was a game changer for me. The condiment can make the soups much tastier if they are not in your jam.
5. Make low key plans if you can. In the past, I avoided social events: I felt like if I couldn’t eat or drink with friends, I wouldn’t have fun. This past year, our plans with friends were mostly about taking our kids to parks and wearing masks and not eating or drinking, which reminded me that it’s possible and easy and fun to connect with people without drawing them around. to food or alcohol. Keeping plans with the people you love is another way to focus on things other than your diet. And even if it looks like it may be draining, it’s usually something that gives you energy.
6. Plan to go to bed early – and choose a show to watch that isn’t geared around food. I always go to bed earlier on ProLon than I typically do – it seems pretty natural to me because you’ve missed steam before. What we do my husband and I watch Love Island UK (if you know it, you know it) because we’re both obsessed with it and also, in particular, that show doesn’t often show people eating. You’ll never see their meals or what’s on the plates, and you shouldn’t be put in a spot for Domino’s pizza. It’s an incredible thing as if you see ads for food or you’re watching The Great British Bake-Off, you suddenly feel private even if you haven’t done it before.
7. It’s okay to phone in the kitchen dishes for your kids for a few days. I have a boy who is two years old and a girl who is five years old, and who makes food for them and doesn’t want to eat or eat a bite of their mac ‘n’ cheese is the hardest part of it all. But I understand what works for us: During ProLon days, I make clothes that I like that I don’t care about, like all broccoli. My winning strategy now is to stock up on favorable healthy dinners for kids on Healthy Foods that are easy to make, but I like a little less of the adult-friendly meals that are often cooked for all of us, such as salmon with rice and vegetables.
What has been fun and unexpected is that my kids have become jealous of my soups. But for obvious reasons, I’m not going to eat ProLon. So for several meals this time, I made them my own tomato soup to eat with me.
8. Pay attention to 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 go see Krispy Kreme donuts.” And I went into Krispy Kreme and I didn’t even have the slightest desire to eat fresh donuts off the line, which is rare for me. It was surprisingly easy to avoid sugar and alcohol in the days that followed. Not because I was exercising any kind of willpower, but because I wasn’t just interested.
A couple of days later, I had a bit to drink, but I didn’t feel like having that much. I just felt like eating clean. Every time I did ProLon, the lasting benefit wasn’t so much what happened in those five days. It was more about that reset factor, about wanting to eat mostly clean afterwards. And that keeps me going for a while.
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