Monday, January 21, 2019

Prolon Fast Mimicking Diet - You Have Got To Try It!

Before
In planning for the New Year I sought out not just a diet or exercise plan but something new which I could apply to my daily life all year long as a healthy introduction to what I have been doing already. My goal was to lose weight and to get my metabolism going again. My challenges were enabling glucose management (I am hypoglycemic), avoiding food allergies (gluten, oats, soy, tapioca, teff) and supporting my thyroid and adrenals. Oh and non-GMO and mostly organic.

Enter the ever-wise Mary at Ovitaminpro.com. She introduced me to the author of this diet and. shared how she and her husband Dr. Dan just attended a seminar regarding Prolon. She shared they were going to try it as the science behind it made sense. 

I was on board! I ordered the book and unfortunately it did not arrive before the diet and has not arrived yet but I am excited to read it and eventually glean...

The beautiful white box arrived with everything so well organized and easy to follow. Each day was in a white box labeled Day 1, 2, 3, etc. I really appreciated the big 32 oz. bpa-free bottle as no need for measuring water for the L-Drink which entered on Day 2.

Day 1
I set everything out on my counter in the order in which I would consume each item. The handy dandy laminated card was great as I propped it up against the Day 1 box. I had already found a gluten free substitute for the L-Bar Coco Crisp bar which I could not consume due to containing oats. My husband enjoyed those along with the rest of each day's L-Drink which I felt wasteful if I had just dumped the excess down the drain (more about that in Day 2). I weighed myself early that morning. I also drank a cup of coffee which is allowed. I still would like to know if caffeinated coffee was allowed or just decaf. That was not clear.

The L-Bar (nut based) was yummy! I loved the tomato soup and olive and crackers for lunch. Minestrone soup (blech) seemed like it was old and the veggies stayed hard so I knew I must not have cooked them long enough? I also add more sea salt and cracked black pepper (pepper was a no-no I found out the next day but sea salt fine).

Just before going to bed I felt bloated and uncomfortable but not the usual detox feeling.  I felt like I had eaten way too much food and drank too much liquid throughout the day. I was wondering if the tea besides the coffee was necessary. I mean, could I have skipped the tea in the morning?

I emailed Mary and shared my thoughts and I was glad I did because she shared this may be die off from my SIBO.  That was encouraging to get her email on Day 2.

Biggest victory (after seeing the scale go up that nite to my highest weight ever! I was wondering on Day 1 nite why I had agreed to this and how was this going to be good for me) was that on Day 1 I had the best night of sleep in my entire life! I kid you not. I slept so well and so peacefully and felt so content. No stomach gassy feeling or needing to use the bathroom just slept like a happy rock. 


Day 2
Scale shows I lost 2 lbs from my original weight the morning of Day 1! Woohoo!!! I felt rested and confident and then along with reading Mary's email and the positive encouraging words from Prolon's emails I knew I could endure and thrive the next 4 days.

Let's talk about the L-drink. Confusing to say the least which portion I was supposed to keep and which amount to discard. I actually did it wrong the first time and was glad my husband figured out the cryptic directions. You keep the run off amount on the top. When it gets down to your actual weight line that is what you are supposed to discard. I do not know if it has a shelf life (the remaining portion in the bottle) but I did stash each days "waste" in the fridge and used it in my husband's smoothies in place of stevia or raw honey. Why not? The hibiscus tea in the L-Drink was the winning combo. I did not add ice and it kept taking the edge off my hunger.

Olives? I have never savored an olive before! Not sure why it was so tasty or valuable to the kit, but I missed those olives on Days 3&5! Crackers too! My fav was the tomato soup, crackers and olives. So grateful when those were on the menu! Quinoa Mix soup (double blech).

Day 3
Lost another lb! Day 3 was kind of uneventful other than I had to go to a Women's Bible Study in the morning and so I waited until about 10:30 to eat my L-Bar. I savored the hot coffee at the meeting. I appreciated sleeping in because I knew I could drink my hot tea at home first and then when I headed out have coffee. 

You really do need to plan ahead. I appreciated the lack of meal prep or clean up during the entire 5 days. And because I had a cup o joe every morning, I did not feel deprived. However, my one crave starting Day 3 was cheese! I do not understand that at all but I kept thinking about it.

I noticed on Day 3 that I was truly enjoying taking time to consume the little bit of food that I was allowed each and every meal and snack. I was understanding for the first time what mindful eating means. I resented interruptions or distractions while I ate. I suddenly was protective of my meal times and even having the hot tea in the morning became a ritual of savoring. I did make my afternoon tea and then let it steep and cool and I added ice to it. I just needed a bit of refreshment and so I was glad I had saved the lemon mint teabag. The little things in life are to be enjoyed and I do hope this will be a carryover from my Prolon experience!!!

Day 4
No weight loss Day 4. But.....olives 2 times! I was hungry by the time dinner came. I was also ready for bed early. I had felt slightly light headed while sitting at my desk on Day 4 working. I felt physically and mentally spent which was not my usual on a Friday when I work 6 hours. I would not say I felt cranky or detoxy but just kind of down. I took time to analyze what I was feeling and realized my physical deprivation was having an effect on me emotionally. I was feeling the loss of the social aspect of cooking dinner for my husband and I and together sipping a glass of cabernet and then enjoying a bit of dark chocolate for dessert. 

I stopped and gave myself permission to mourn the loss of the routine of my days. And then reminded myself from that morning's inspiration email from Prolon that this was just 5 days and then my routine would return to normal but a new normal of not taking those blessings for granted. I also got real with the fact that I my body does need and enjoy protein and so by now feeling slightly deprived is probably a good thing! We can get so in our heads and belittle ourselves with negative self talk. I mean, really we need to go easy on ourselves sometimes!

I shared this with Mary via phone as she was so good about calling me back when I left a voicemail with the answering service. I left a message to leave me a voicemail about a product but when I saw it was Mary calling, I did pick up. Her friendly voice was comforting and uplifting.

She spent as much time as I needed in answering my questions. You just do not often get that kind of care and personalized counsel from a busy company. Mary was happy to know it was the end of my mimicking fast and despite my desire to eat baked manicotti on my transition day Sunday, she shared a piece of fresh fish and veggies would be best as my body really needed the protein. I agreed the baked manicotti could wait. Little did I know at the time how hard the transition would be even with fish.

Day 5
Yes my last day was on a Saturday in which I had to work 9-6. The highlight of my last day was tomato soup with crackers for lunch. I went to bed early Day 5 with dreams of waking and making the snapper en papillote, sticky rice, avocado and orange juice for breakfast.

Happily, I took my last sip of the L-Drink and set the bottle in the sink. I took all 5 white boxes and the big box to the garage to use for Christmas decorations. I just love anything white.

I had done it! I knew at that moment I would do Prolon again. Actually, my plan is to do another one in March then run my blood labs and then do another in May and then run my labs again.

On Day 5 my husband and I both commented on how great my skin on my face looked. And that my face was so much thinner. It was like I woke up in my younger body. I could also see my legs and butt looked slightly smaller in my leggings. The scale only read one lb less than the day before on Day 5. However, I felt like a completely different person and my mood was great. Throughout the 5 days, there were highs and lows but the lows were offset by the sense of "euphoria" you get when fasting. However, I did not have the same feeling of a normal diet due to the L-Drink supporting my glucose needs. I am just so intrigued to learn more!

Transition Day
I wish I had spent even more time researching the day after! I felt fabulous at church. So happy, so skinny so full of energy. I was actually afraid to drink a cup of coffee because I already had way too much energy. I felt confident and knew I looked so much better than the Sunday before. I serve in the lobby before, during and after service so I see so many of the same people each and every Sunday. I could see the interest and attention I do not usually get. Flattering to say the least!

Fast forward past lunch and I should never have had a glass of red wine! I got a sense of heart burn and felt "off" as the serenity I had felt earlier in the day seemed to fade at that point. I do not know if it was a sugar spike or just too acidic but I wished I had not had a glass of wine on the Transition Day. Next time I will do better. I was so excited to eat I know now I did not eat slowly enough. That no doubt contributed to the heart burn sensation.

In Conclusion
As I sit here now pondering this quite intriguing concept which is fast mimicking, I can share with you that I still have a lot to learn! I am so shocked to say that I wish I were still on it because although it was a challenge and most of the soups being quite blechy (sorry Prolon)  I felt so good!  I wish we could have all the benefits of it and still the vino, carbs and chocolate.

While I did take my thyroid supplements in half the amount each of the 5 days I felt when I went off the cleanse, my body was not thanking me for that so next time I will stay on the thyroid supplements as normal.

I cannot wait to read The Longevity Diet book https://prolonfmd.com/the-longevity-diet/ and learn more! I cannot wait to share this part of my health journey with others. While the company I work for which is Kroger's healthy banner Vitacost.com does share what fast mimicking is in our VitaVibes Blog, we do not sell this product. However, I have been so fortunate to have access to these cutting edge programs and supplements at www.ovitaminpro.com

I continue to be humbled and blessed by those people in my life who come alongside me to mentor me and to challenge me to be the best I can be. I am so grateful for Mary and Dr. Dan as I trust them always to lead me in the healthiest of directions. And...when I almost fail to remind me of the ultimate goal which is to keep striving for the finish line. For it  is there where looking back will always be the prize. The blood labs do not lie and that fact along with feeling great (looking great too) is where we can see how far we have come!

No one was meant to do life alone. There is a team of people cheering for you at www.ovitaminpro.com. Reach out today. You will be glad you did!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from www.ovitaminpro.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Are you a manufacturer of a product or currently market a service? Christina will review it! Email christina@wordsofgrace.info with product name, description and manufacturer's suggested retail price along with any other information relative to said product. You will receive a response via email within two weeks if product will be reviewed. Please note not all products will be considered reviewable. Please do not send products without prior consent. Note: Products sent for review will not be returned. Product submission authorizes consent for said product to remain in sole possession of recipient. No monies shall be exchanged for product submission nor permission granted for reviews prior to submission. Reviews shall remain effective and in full force at sole discretion of blog administrator and/or authors related to http://www.christinawillreviewit.blogspot.com.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sipping in Style by Kiss Me Organics




As an online influencer I was asked to review the Kiss Me Organics Steep & Strain Ceramic Tea Mug. Of course I said YES! This beaut arrived in a big green box with plenty of packing material as well as a steeper, ceramic lid and BPA free silicone lid. It felt like a lot of care had gone into making sure this item arrived perfectly. I felt the Mug Love!

Super perfect to have a strainer with a hook on the side to just lay over my mug and then voila! my bulk teas do not need a tea ball and I can just easily chuck into my counter top compost bucket.

There is a plug in the very bottom which I appreciate. I will be hand washing it and not microwaving due to the silicone plug in the bottom. But this mug is so ceramic (is that even an adjective?) that the coffee and tea just wipe right out not like those inexpensive mugs which have residue and you need baking soda to scrub it clean. Ya know those end up as pen holders...

The ceramic lid sits snugly atop for steeping and the silicone lid is nice for in the car. My stainless straw fits right in it and I feel quite prepared to head out the door with my steamy cup of tea.

Best of all are the little green double dots on the white background. My new fav color is green on white and so this makes me smile every time I grab the Steep & Strain from the cabinet.

And so 5 stars for this beautiful happy practical product from Kiss Me Organics! And guess what? These generous kind folks are offering a Giveaway on Amazon.

Just add the product to your Amazon Wishlist and then comment on this post.

Steep & Strain is here http://amzn.to/2y4NhpA

It comes in 5 gorgeous designs and includes a silicone travel lid, a ceramic insulating lid, a stainless steel strainer and a thermo mug. Interested in winning your own Ceramic Mug? I’ll be giving one away and all you have to do to qualify is follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Add Kiss Me Organics Ceramic Mug to your Amazon Wishlist
  2. Leave a comment in the comments section!

Thank you again Kiss Me Organics! I look forward to reviewing your other products and love what you are doing to make us tea drinkers smile!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kiss Me Organics https://us.kissmeorganics.com/.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Way to God by Dwight L. Moody



I loved this book not only because I am a fan of the late Dr. Dwight L. Moody and Moody Bible Institute and the great radio station we have here in Florida thanks to Moody, but because this book was targeted to not on the unsaved but the backslider as well!

Rich with Scripture, although I am not familiar with the Jubilee Bible translation, I do appreciate the references along with Scripture in italics. This way, I can study the Scripture presented in many different translations of my choosing for further study.

The mission statement I believe of this amazing work is a warning to be saved because time is running short until Jesus returns. The Scripture used for this mission statement was clearly Matthew 4:17.

My favorite part of this book was the backsliding section at the end. Although I do believe the call to salvation is much more important, I do believe that this section may speak to Christians who need the wake up call that the author presents for we will regret if we do not store up eternal rewards or are not ready when Jesus returns. I found this section forthright as well as inspiring. I love the clear direct way that D.L Moody presents the truths of God. We need more of this wisdom in our day of ticking the ears of Christians for entertainment-sake.

I love this book because it is the kind of book one will keep in his or her library. It is a valuable tool not only for the believer but for the unbeliever as well. I could see buying this book for a friend as it really is a great tool to teach the unsaved.

So grateful to Aneko Press for offering such a great review opportunity! Such rich, life-changing teaching by a hero of the faith! So blessed!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Aneko Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Are you a manufacturer of a product or currently market a service? Christina will review it! Email christina@wordsofgrace.info with product name, description and manufacturer's suggested retail price along with any other information relative to said product. You will receive a response via email within two weeks if product will be reviewed. Please note not all products will be considered reviewable. Please do not send products without prior consent. Note: Products sent for review will not be returned. Product submission authorizes consent for said product to remain in sole possession of recipient. No monies shall be exchanged for product submission nor permission granted for reviews prior to submission. Reviews shall remain effective and in full force at sole discretion of blog administrator and/or authors related to http://www.christinawillreviewit.blogspot.com.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers



Who doesn't love Scripture daily along with being inspired as one reflects on how "God speaks through nature?"

This beautifully illustrated gift book is endowed with rose gold foil along with a handy petite gold ribbon which hangs low in order for the reader to never lose is or her place!

The bulk of Scripture listed in this beautiful work of art is New Living Translation. Other Scripture which is noted is 2011 and ESV. Not a fan of the new NIV so happy to know that the New Living Translation is the bulk of the Scripture.

I love the fonts and the shiny paper. The photographs so beautiful!

At the end of each chapter are 3 sections: Reflect, Apply and Connect with God. This format speaks a weekly devotional to me as opposed to a daily devotion. Francine challenges us to do something "this week."

Many of the week's reading is written about Francine River's family or experiences. I loved hearing more about this amazing writer through the pages of this book.

My favorite chapter was Chapter 15: God's Thoughtful Creation. This chapter was about her trip to Claude Monet's inspirational garden. This chapter was so interesting and unexpected (do not want to be a spoiler).

What a blessing to read and own this fine work of Ms. Rivers! This book has a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. I will buy many friends this book as it is truly the perfect gift!

Thank you Francine Rivers!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Turmeric Powder by Quiwi Foods



Holy healthy living. This is truly what I aspire to and I aspire to share healthy habits with my family as well. Quiwi Foods has made this endeavor that much easier with the Turmeric Powder they have so generously provided for this review.

First of all, this item is so affordable and the 1 lb package arrived flat and easier to store until you open it. It does have a resealable seal but you will want to store it in an air tight glass container once you open it as it so fresh and pungent. You will want to keep it that way as when you are ready to use it, you want it to be the same bright beautiful color as well so you will know you are getting the most antioxidant goodness you can get! Also, if you do not keep this item in an air tight container, it may affect other items next to it as it can affect the taste of other food items if not in an airtight container. It is that fresh and strong!

I bought a capsule maker machine awhile back and really do enjoy making my own ginger capsules and as well as kelp capsules. This was my first foray into combining ginger powder with turmeric powder. My goal is to cut down on my digestive enzymes during meals. Because this Turmeric Powder was so fine it was easy peasy to mix with ginger (which was the same grind) to make the capsules. The Turmeric Powder did become less powdery and a bit heavier in consistency as there is a high humidity in my South Florida kitchen when I made the capsules.

I have to be honest in that I do not like Turmeric Powder of any ilk in my food and I did not test this powder in my food either. I prefer to take the vegetable capsules which I make instead so I cannot tell you how it tasted in food.

I did not have any after burps with the capsules and I did not have any indigestion so I know this product was high grade and a very important item for my pantry!

Tumeric and curcumin have been shown to reduce inflammation, cure depression, increase serotonin levels in the brain, and prevent certain types of cancer. It is a distant "cousin" of the ginger plant. Why not? Make your own capsules today and save and enjoy holy health!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Quiwi Foods. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

EnzymeGenix™ by OvitaminPro.com




So happy to have found this must-have digestive aid! This product was my first review for the BetterGenix line by OvitaminPro. I had been using Apex digestive aids for the past year. While they were working well, I did have to increase the amount I took in order to avoid the heart burn which I had been suffering from for so long. As a result, I began spending more and more as I needed to keep increasing the amount in order to feel good after eating. Apex is wonderful but I was looking for a better way to cut my budget.


I took one EnzymeGenix™ just before breakfast in place of the Apex product I had been taking. I was so happy as I had the same results and did not get heartburn! I took this product just before breakfast for 3 straight mornings = success!

I proceeded to lunch and soon realized I needed to take 2 just before lunch in order to avoid heartburn or reflux. I have a very sensitive stomach so after taking 2 I was pleased to have success with this product!


Dinner was a different story though. I do not know if I did not have as good of a result with dinner because we eat so late, or because I take numerous supplements currently with dinner, but even with taking 3 EnzymeGenix™ I still had a bit of burning in my belly.

I will soon be blood testing and seeing my doctor and hopefully will be taking less supplements at night which will help with heartburn. I will give EnzymeGenix™ another shot at dinner after figuring out why I have trouble avoiding bloating, belching and heartburn lately no matter which digestive aid I take.

This product is dairy free, gluten free, and I like the enteric coating so much better than the capsules I have been taking. I also appreciate that it has calcium as I do not take calcium in any of the other supplements I currently take.

Best part is that I am going to save a ton of money taking this product! I would not promote this product if it did not work. I totally agree that sometimes trying to cut corners you end up wasting money. That is not the case here and you will love not only the savings but you will love how good you feel after taking EnzymeGenix™! Thank you to www.ovitaminpro.com for providing so many excellent selections to us gluten free sensitive (but now healthy) people! 

For more information http://www.ovitaminpro.com/bgenzymegen.html

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from OvitaminPro.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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