DAY 1: INTERMITTENT FASTING
Terrified of fasting? Think fasting is for religious zealots? Think again. Intermittent fasting is a valuable tool that allows you to give your body a rest, and a the same time BOOT it into doing some very valuable things our bodies absolutely need!
Let's get one thing straight right now... fasting has been a part of human life for ages because it works. That's why Hippocrates, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and nearly all religions praised the benefits of fasting. Only in modern times have people lost touch with the benefits of fasting, so let's debunk the myths and understand intermittent fasting.
MYTH: Fasting is bad for your metabolism
MYTH: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Humans have actually been fasting throughout evolution. Take hunters and gatherers for example, sometimes food was simply not available. To boot, the notion of intermittent fasting has long been a part of major religions, including Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. This “new” trend is basically a cycle between periods of eating and fasting, and there is countless scientific research studies that prove its powerful benefits. In short, when participating in an intermittent fast your body changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible instead of burning glucose (sugars).
As one of nature's most powerful tools, it goes hand in hand with a high-fat diet because fasting helps you burn fat. In my opinion, fasting is a win-win because it helps us burn fat, slow the aging process, and helps us build muscle.
What is the best way to fast?
To reap all the rewards of this practice, you should allow a minimum of 16 hours between dinner and the next meal. I suggest doing this a couple times a week and if you are drinking Bulletproof, you can do it everyday, I personally like to take 2 days off to just eat eggs and bacon on the weekends (pasture raised of course).
Once your body gets adjusted to the routine, you will completely forget about those pesky CRAVINGS. I'll admit, I was a skeptic when I first did the research about how Ketogenic eating could curb cravings. But, I swear to you I am a believer and an advocate for this stuff now. When I am not cheating (I like to relax, eat tacos and have a cocktail on the weekends) Ketogenic eating is my way of life. I can have a healthy lunch and avoid the 3 pm slump and mad dash to get a sweet pick-me up. Usually, I would need chocolate or something to get through the day. Now, it DOESN'T even cross my mind! There can be a cookie next to me, and I can ignore it no problem because I am completely satisfied.
WHEN YOU DON’T EAT FOR A WHILE, so many GOOD THINGS START TO HAPPEN IN YOUR BODY
Reduces Insulin resistance
Lowers blood sugar levels
Reduces belly fat
Improves blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, and blood triglycerides
Increases waste removal from cells
Increases cognitive function
Reduces brain fog
Helps prevent against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's
FAT DOESN'T MAKE YOU FAT! This high fat way of life actually helps you BURN FAT, crazy right? I have found myself teaching clients, friends and family this concept over and over lately. Unfortunately, our food "controllers" have tricked us into believing that fat is bad and is our enemy. I blame this “trend” as the culprit to our obesity epidemic in the US. Our food controllers, we will call them, pulled the fat out of all our food and what did they do? Added sugar (and a whole lot of other ingredients you can't even begin to pronounce). Luckily, my family has never been one to use margarine or other low fat foods. My mom is Mexican. My dad, Italian. We use lard, extra virgin olive oil and my parents were never shy using BUTTER.
I have been on (yes I cheat) a high fat diet for over 2 years now, and I am obsessed, addicted & feel great. Fat tells our brains to optimize their potential, meaning less brain fog, more fat burning, and overall higher energy. Think about it, you get to eat foods such as grass-fed butter and ghee (clarified butter for those of you who can't have dairy), olives, nuts and seeds, fatty fish, grass-fed meats, and lots and lots of veggies! Fat signals our brain to acknowledge that we are satisfied, which in turn curbs sugar cravings, and keeps us feeling full. Did I mention this way of eating BURNS our OWN FAT that we have stored to use for fuel? That's my favorite part because it means you can eat fat and burn fat at the same time!
BULLETPROOF COFFEE: Join me in my healthy addiction and if you can't have coffee, try TEA!
How to make: The traditional method of drinking Yerba Mate consists of a small cup, usually fashioned out of a gourd, and a metal bombilla, which is similar to a straw but has a straining end to it to prevent pieces of mate from being consumed (see picture), place the bombilla inside the gourd, then add the mate, and finally hot (but not quite boiling) water.
DoN't Like or Can't Handle Coffee? Try Guayaki Yerba mate
If you get super jittery from coffee or don't like the taste, Guayaki Yerba Mate is a great alternative and it tastes similar to green tea, but even more earthy... some would maybe even say grassy tasting. It really is a nutritional powerhouse. I personally love their organic Loose Leaf Mate. It’s gaining in popularity because of the way it makes people feel, not so much for its taste. Sometimes you just need to chug it.
YERBA MATE: Benefits include: stable energy increase (different than coffee), mental clarity, digestion, anti-inflammatory, alertness, increases athletic performance, and each serving of Yerba is packed with high mineral content (about 12 essentials), beneficial phytonutrients such as tannins, trace minerals, chlorophyll, flavonols, polyphenols and 15 amino acids. Yerba Mate contains 11 polyphenols and exhibits more antioxidant power than any other tea-based drink.
Why We USe BRAIN OCTAne/XCT (BulletprooF) INSTEAD OF Normal COconut Oil
This subject can be confusing for some people. I'd like to set the record straight from the beginning and just say that using coconut oil instead of MCT does NOT give you the same benefits. I repeat, they are NOT THE SAME. Using a high quality medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is one of the most important players in reaching Ketosis AKA burning fat. MCTs are immediately metabolized into ketone bodies and used for energy quickly in the body.
This is why I recommend using Bulletproof Upgraded XCT oil (I have found it to be by far the best MCT oil on the market). Bulletproof XCT and Brain Octane also do NOT use PALM OIL (a win for the environment) and are not extracted using solvents. Several MCTs on the market are made with cheap palm oil, so beware!
YOU WOULD GET SICK IF YOU HAD 18 TABLESPOONS OF COCONUT OIL! BUT YOU WOULD ONLY NEED 1 TBSP OF BRAIN OCTANE!!!
BRAIN OCTANE provides the fastest rise in energy and focus.
XCT (upgraded MCT oil) is more affordable but works more slowly with less cognitive effects AND both help your metabolism burn fat.
In short, you can use coconut oil for the taste and lauric acid, just know it takes A LOT to get the MCTs for fueling your brain and body.
Activated Charcoal To HELP YOU RESET
Before Bed: 4-5 capsules Activated charcoal
I like to start the reset with charcoal because it absorbs the bad stuff, especially if you are like me and like to let yourself eat some “bad stuff” every so often. The charcoal itself absorbs chemicals and reduces your absorption of toxins, reducing inflammation. PRO TIP: take it immediately before and immediately after you ingest something that might be heavy in toxins in order to get the most benefits (this includes alcohol).
That's all for today! Friendly reminder to not forget to use your Recipe Book and ask as many questions as you'd like in the 4-Day Reset Facebook Group! I am here to support you in this journey and couldn't be more happy that you decided to commit to this SPRING Reset with me. Enjoy your day today and get ready for tomorrow when I will be unveiling some of my best DETOX tricks and ways to rid those unwanted toxins!
Cheers to Health,