If you missed part one of my two-part series on fasting for longevity, then go back and read it first here. We looked at why fasting is so fantastic for anti-aging, as well as helping us look and feel good too!
But let’s be real. The idea of going hours to days without food or drinking nothing but juice or living on processed, less than palatable powdered foods created in a lab isn’t doesn’t exactly align with my food philosophy. And I’d be willing to bet that if there was a way to achieve those same longevity benefits without deprivation, most of us would jump at the chance.
In part two, we are diving into a different type of fasting protocol. I’ll explain why you don’t need to deprive yourself of foods to get the same age-defying fasting benefits.
What exactly is a fast mimicking protocol?
A fast mimicking protocol is a version of fasting where you can still eat. Sound counterproductive? It’s not. The idea is to eat low-calorie and lower-carb foods rich in plant proteins and healthy fats. It’s far from just cutting calories a few days a month because there is a big focus is on the types of foods you eat (and luckily, they also happen to be delicious). In other words, it’s actually a highly strategic approach that’s very intentional in its design. (Don’t have time to research and plan out every morsel of food you’ll eat? Don’t worry, I’ve got you. Keep reading to learn about your exciting way to eat deliciously nutritious food in your own fasting mimicking protocol!).
Since you aren’t completely cutting out food as you do with longer fasts, your body won’t be under so much stress. This makes it easier for many of us to follow. But because of the adjustments in the type of food you eat, your body is still forced to positively adapt, giving you the same benefits as you would with typical fasts (yay for autophagy!).
Most research on this type of fast says you can still boost autophagy in your body (and turn on that cleaning crew) by eating foods that don’t trigger an insulin response. Insulin is released when you eat carbs to keep your blood sugar balanced, which is a good thing. But insulin also turns off autophagy. Side note: This is also why the ketogenic diet can boost autophagy—very low carbs mean no insulin response.
So, in theory, if you eat foods that keep your blood sugar low (think protein and fat), then autophagy can keep trucking along AND you don’t have to worry about when you are eating as you do with fasting. And, as you learned in part one, autophagy is an oh-so-critical piece for slowing down the aging process. It’s responsible for removing unwanted cellular junk to keep you looking and feeling your best, no matter your age.
What about other fasting benefits?
The research behind this type of fasting protocol is pretty similar to other forms of fasting. Reduced inflammation and oxidative stress, mental clarity, immune support, and more. Interestingly, studies suggest that using this type of fasting mimicking protocol a few days a week but eating normally for the other days can help with weight loss and disease prevention as much as following a daily low-calorie diet.
So with the fasting mimicking protocol, you can essentially eat delicious, nourishing meals throughout the day and still reap all the benefits of fasting. Sounds like a win to me!
The Daily Dose spin on fasting for longevity
Since our curated Daily Dose programs are not your typical meal plans, you know we had to come up with our own take to ensure we got the amazing fasting benefits while also eating foods that taste good. Foods rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients to reset your metabolism and provide your body with the proper nutrients to do exactly what it is designed to do.
This is why we created the Longevity Fast 2.0 - a program designed to help you feel and look your best by feeding your body with whole, fresh foods that work in harmony with your body’s natural rhythms. This limited edition fall reset is designed to help you get back into alignment and nourish yourself from the inside out in just five days. You can do anything for five days right?
We even include daily treats (yes, you read that right!) and a refreshing cold-brew green tea to sip throughout the day. Why green tea? Aside from being an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, green tea is filled with compounds that keep you from feeling hungry while giving a gentle energy boost. Another great addition to the Longevity Fast is our new formulation of 72 ionic trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake to add to your water to extend your fasting window.
Here at daily dose, we know that simple diet changes can completely transform your body and mind. Periodic fasting is an incredible tool you can use to optimize your health and slow down the aging clock. Check out our Longevity Fast here, or if you have questions about our special Fall Reset, make sure to get in touch! We always love hearing from you.
Tricia Williams is a talented Chef recognized as a leader in the fields of Nutrition and Holistic Health. Some years ago, Tricia founded Food Matters, a boutique, nutritionally-sound meal delivery service. Closely collaborating with her clients’ coaches, integrative physicians, and nutritionists, Tricia was able to successfully tailor meal plans that met both their taste preferences and their health goals.