While I neither consider myself large nor skinny, of late I have been feeling kind of out of sorts when it comes to my body. I eat reasonably healthy, get plenty of exercise and take pretty good care of myself, but my clothes have been fitting a little weird. Needing tangible evidence I jumped on my scale to find I had gone above my personal acceptable weight range by a full five pounds. I knew it!!
Since my current health regime seemed to be failing to keep my weight within the 10 pound range (135-145) which I am comfortable with, I knew I need to take some steps now before the matter gets too out of hand. But what? That same morning while perusing my Facebook feed and saw a post by the doctor that owns the yoga studio I teach at indicating she is leading a Prolon group fast which will start in a few days. Hmmm, you don’t say.
Knowing absolutely nothing about the Prolon Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD), I turned to the world’s foremost authority on all things, Google. My search tells me the Prolon FMD is a 5 day eating program, designed to rejuvenate your cells, maintain metabolic health and promote weight loss while protecting lean body mass. Everything you eat and drink for the 5 days is provided, you simply need to follow the fairly basic instructions. OK, sounds promising.
I also found that the program is quite pricey. On the official Prolon site the box was about $250. Yikes! Dr. Jen must get some sort of health care practitioner discount because it was only $200 for her group fast, and I say only while simultaneously making air bunnies with both hands.
I texted Jen and asked her if this might be a good thing for me to try, and frankly in retrospect I realize it was a stupid thing to ask. What was she going to say, why no Tara, you are the most perfect human specimen I have ever seen and you should not sully your perfection with the program I am actively promoting. I can really be quite foolish sometimes.
After a little soul searching I decided to give it a try. I picked up my box at her office this afternoon, and plan to start the program tomorrow. Her group is supposed to start on June 1st, but I want to get it over with, so I am jumping the gun a little. Look at me already breaking rules.
The box is quite nice. It’s sleek, with a lovely green print that reminds me of a Spirograph design. Remember Spirographs? Those were the best.
The contents of the box are a little disconcerting. Each of the day’s worth of food fits in container slightly smaller than a Pop-Tart box. There is also a big water bottle, which gives me pause.
I sincerely hope I am not expected to drink more than one of these bottles a day. I know I am not supposed to admit this because there are people in developing countries (and Flint Michigan) who would give anything for clean, safe drinking water, and I sincerely feel for their plight, but I truly hate drinking plain water. It is absolutely a chore.
I plan to write a post everyday of the fast about the experience here in my digital journal. If you are curious about the Prolon FMD, or just like to read about other people’s misery, you are more than welcome to follow along and comment along the way.