Allergen-Friendly Fasting Mimicking Protocol
Most practitioners recommend various detox protocols involving juicing, herbal supplements, pungent teas, and even clay while fasting for a set period of time. These protocols seem complicated but they are getting their benefit through the act of fasting, while distracting you with something either unnecessary or potentially harmful.
My preferred detoxification and metabolic reset protocol involves avoiding distractors and fasting. The problem with fasting (usually a water fast) is that it is too effective at detoxifying the body and can overwhelm the adrenals, kidneys and liver. I’ve been impressed by the research findings of Valter Longo and his work on the Fasting Mimicking Diet, which is a diet that is low calorie, moderate carbohydrate, low protein, and high in fat. Dr. Longo even offers a packaged meal named Prolon, which is a clever name meaning prolonged fasting.
What is great about the Fasting Mimicking Diet is that you can get the benefits of fasting while still eating throughout the day, it allows your body to detoxify and make repairs at a rate that is more manageable for your kidneys and liver.
How does the protocol work? For the first week of 3 consecutive months, you will eat according to the Fasting Mimicking Protocol and eat as usual for the remainder of the month. This can be done once a year to detoxify, break down damaged red blood cells, white blood cells, proteins, mitochondria, etc.
Don’t try a Fasting Mimicking Protocol (or any detox program) if you are experiencing the following:
- Currently eating an unhealthy diet- Schedule a free consultation and let’s eliminate this problem.
- Poorly functioning Liver and Kidneys
- Severely compromised health
- You are pregnant
It’s good to build yourself up before fasting to break yourself back down. If you are not in a place where you can handle the additional stress that fasting can place on the body, find what is healthy for you, heal your body and once you are in a good place use fasting as a tool to clean up what is left over.
For more information about general fasting concerns, check out this blog from Mark Sisson (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/who-should-and-shouldnt-try-fasting/).
Learn more here
Use the pdf below as a general guide. You can collect all the products you need from different stores, but I thought I would save you the trouble. Just click the links or pics below to purchase the products needed to get started quick and easy.
Great replacement for your morning coffee, no cream or sugar needed.
Great low carbohydrate, allergen-friendly (except nuts) and low protein alternative for oatmeal.
Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Pack
Sorry, no pic/link. This fresh food product must be purchased in store. Can be found in cups or individual squeeze packs. Look for this item in better grocery stores or health food grocery stores (Natural Grocers, Sprouts, Whole Foods etc.). I’ve seen this in Target as well.
When to consume: 2 a day – Lunch & Dinner
Fat, fiber, more potassium than a banana, what more could you ask for?
Great snack to help adjust to your new calorie budget. These are delicious, they are not simply dried kale.
Note: Ship with 4 packs, only consume 1 for the protocol. Save the rest for other weeks or just enjoy as a snack after the fast.
Lunch time snack to help you feel full until the evening. I would recommend eating over an extended period of time and not all at once.
Same as with the almonds. Lunch time snack to help you feel full until the evening. I would recommend eating over an extended period of time and not all at once. If you like pistachios better, feel free to have on Day 1, 3 & 5.
Great tasting allergen friendly soup. Feel free to salt as needed.
Note: You will need to purchase 2 of these.
Great tasting allergen friendly soup. Feel free to salt as needed.
Note: If you love Creamy Tomato, feel free to exchange for Mushroom Soup (Day 1, 3 & 5).
Dragon Herbs – Longevity Tea (gynostemma)
Gynostemma tea can improve circulation, support liver health and protect healthy cells
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
When to consume: 1 Tablespoon daily added to whichever meal you would like. I usually add this to my morning hot cereal, but it could also be added to either of the soups.
When to consume: All the time!
Stay hydrated during this process to support your liver, kidneys and digestive system as they process all the byproducts of autophagy.
What to expect
Day 1 – You should feel pretty good. Day 1 is designed to ease you into the protocol
Day 2 & 3 – You are will feel a little hungry. These 2 days are the worst. Your body is transitioning from primarily burning food for fuel and gearing up for autophagy.
Day 4 – You feel great! Or at least pretty good. Your body is in full autophagy and you shouldn’t feel hungry anymore. You might even feel a boost in energy.
Day 5 – You still feel good and not too hungry. Autophagy is still doing its job. You may get tired on day 5, depending on how much body fat you have available to burn.
Rinse and Repeat for 2 more months to get the full fasting mimicking protocol effect.
Salt everything! Salt is your friend, along with water. Make sure you are using a good mineral salt (Himalayan Pink, French Grey Salt, Redmond’s Real Salt). Every nerve in your body conducts electricity through the exchange of sodium and potassium, you will get headaches, muscle aches and feel like garbage if you are not getting enough salt and other electrolytes.
Keep drinking water. As your body breaks down damaged proteins, cells, mitochondria and fat, it will release toxins into circulation that must be excreted. Autophagy will stress your liver, kidneys and digestive system during this process. Water is the key to making everything work as it should.
Supplements will not negatively impact your fast, (except for branch chain amino acids). If you have vitamins, just take them, you will be fine.
Maybe only go 3 – 4 days if you are underweight. If you don’t have enough resources to support a prolonged fast, you will feel exhausted by day 5. In contrasts, someone with more fat to burn might feel energized and like they could go on for 5 more days. Which leads to my next tip.
Don’t go longer than 5 days. If you are at a higher body fat percentage, you may have noticed positive changes you haven’t seen before and thought “If 5 days are good, I’ll go 7 or maybe 10”. That is a mistake, this is not a way of life, it’s a short window in which your body can clean up and repair itself. Fast for too long and the autophagy process will break down healthy tissue. Remember, you can/will do this for 2 more months to maximize benefits.
When you finish day 5, don’t hit the buffet on day 6. You want to eat light meals for day 6 & 7 to let your body readjust to food. After day 7, you should be good. The re-feeding process is where the real magic happens, this is when your body rebuilds itself after getting rid of all the damaged cellular junk.
Limit exercise during this 5-day period.
Ratios for you do it yourselfers!
Macros and Calorie Requirements
Calories: 4.5 – 7 cals/lb body weight
Days 2 – 5
Calories: 3 – 5 cals/lb body weight
Calories per macro
Note: On the downloadable spreadsheet I keep the carbohydrates and protein somewhat lower and increase fat to make this protocol keto friendly and allergen friendly. The requirements of the fasting mimicking protocol are that protein and carbohydrates are kept low enough to not stimulate IGF1 and mTOR growth signals. Autophagy occurs in the absence of growth signals.
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