I love a good cleanse. With the holidays upon us and not wanting to gain one more pound, I can’t wait to dive into another round of ProLon. So let’s all do this together, shall we?
Rotor-rooting your insides with juices and powders while overcoming hunger pangs by sheer force of will ain’t fun. But I love how I feel when I’m done, so I usually try to do it as many times as I can fit into my busy schedule. Over the years, I’ve become somewhat of a self-appointed cleanse expert.
Why am I telling you this?
Because this cleanse de resistance, five-day fasting-mimicking cleanse is clean, easy and doesn’t suck as much as it could. (For anyone familiar with cleansing, you’ll know this is as good as it gets!)
I first heard about ProLon from Dallas influencer Courtney Kerr. I was intrigued, but then I read a hilarious review from another influencer, Cynthia Smoot, who said it tasted horrible and the whole program was so difficult, she quit in the middle of day three. Then when my friend Lauren Matthews with MamasMustHaves mentioned it to me praising the product, I thought, well, I guess it’s time I check it out.
I went online and ordered one box. Although there was the option to order three, I didn’t want to end up stocked up on something I might not like. Then I’d be stuck with it until I could unload it on SFWI Women. In retrospect, I regret not buying in bulk when I had the chance, because I ended up freaking LOVING this cleanse!
So let’s start with the important stuff. What the heck is ProLon?
ProLon is a five-day meal program that mimics the effects of fasting. Day one’s meal is about 1150 calories; days two – five clock in at 800.
It has been scientifically developed and clinically tested at the University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute, a leading center for research on aging and longevity.
This isn’t a boxed meal program. I don’t do those! ProLon food consists of plant-based soups, bars, drinks, snacks, teas, and supplements.
I did the ProLon program three times over a few months. Here’s what I thought:
Benefits: I felt less bloated, and I had a lot of energy. And because the cleanse is so short, it’s easy to fit into my everyday, whack-a-doodle life.
Bummers: I honestly thought the pounds would just slip off my body. While that didn’t happen, I did lose about 5-6lbs with each round. According to ProLon users who post in the company’s FB support group, the weight loss can range from 3 -20 pounds.
Here are some tips and tricks for a ProLon-derful experience:
Count all the products in every box to make sure you’re not missing anything. The second time I did this cleanse, I had one item missing. The company was superb about getting the item in the mail to me, but had I not had a spare box on hand; it could have delayed my entire cleanse for a week.
Keep your boxes cold. I like the taste of the bars way better when they are chilled from the fridge.
Double up Buttercup! I like to eat, and with this program, it’s perfectly OK to stretch your soups out. So instead of the suggested 8 oz soup, I fill up a 24oz sports cup. Regardless, you are drinking liquid, so don’t starve yourself along the way.
Save a little of each snack for late afternoon or evenings when hunger kicks in, and you need a boost. Again, this is perfectly OK on this cleanse.
Eat slowly. This tricks your mind into thinking you aren’t starving.
All you can drink hot tea. Seriously. If those two packets in the daily box aren’t enough, enjoy some more. I find that hot liquids trick me into thinking I’m full.
Do not microwave your soups. Simmer them on the stove for a more enjoyable experience.
A dash of Himalayan salt gives your soup a robust flavor. Don’t leave home without it.
The question I get most often when I tell people about ProLon is, “What’s in this stuff?” For me, it’s easier to answer the question by telling them what’s not in it. As you know, I’m on a hella restrictive diet already — I’ve given up all the fun in life with my Medical Medium lifestyle, including corn, dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, and certain oils. I was SHOOK when I found out that ProLon is free of all of that.
Now, for what’s in it:
Soups: rice flour, whole grain brown rice, champignon mushroom powder, carrot, onion, chicory root fiber, sea salt, olive oil, potato starch, rosemary extract, yeast extract, parsley, quinoa, potato flakes, peas, cabbage, zucchini squash, tomato, garlic, basil, leeks, broccoli, spinach, celery seeds, turmeric, white beans, sweet red peppers.
L-Bar: macadamias, honey, pecans, almonds, almond butter, coconut, inulin, flaxseed, coconut oil, coconut flour, sea salt, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), citric acid, ascorbic acid.
Dessert Bar: chicory root fiber, almond butter, brown rice krispy, cocoa powder, almonds, chocolate chips (cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter) rolled oats, brown rice syrup, flaxseed oil, rice dextrin, grape juice, salt.
Kale Crackers: Almonds, sesame seeds, tapioca flour, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower oil, kale, sea salt, coconut sugar, coconut vinegar, onion, chili pepper, cumin seed, black pepper, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), garlic, oregano, citric acid.
Olives: olives, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt.
L-Drink: purified water, vegetable glycerin, natural flavors, citric acid, potassium sorbate (to protect freshness).
Supplements: see photo below.
Now, who’s ready to kickstart their post-Thanksgiving ProLon cleanse with me and trim that FUPA down? If you aren’t in the mood to cleanse between Pumpkin Pie & Cookies and Milk, don’t forget Dry January. In the meantime, I’m giving away a ProLon box to a lucky winner AND their BFF! Two boxes actually! (Value $500)
And be sure to check out my latest tips and thoughts about ProLon on my Instagram in highlights, labeled, Prolon. I’ll share and save my next round on ProLon there so you won’t miss a beat! And, just because I LOVE you all, get 15% off your ProLon purchase with CODE: SFWI15 HERE!a Rafflecopter giveaway