You all are doing great!
I know that the low protein is tough, but what I love is how many ah-ha's you are having around what foods have protein in them.
That's the point of this fasting exercise... to help you see the power of the foods you eat.
Here's something to think about when it comes to protein,
-protein spikes glucose
-when glucose goes up insulin kicks in
-when insulin kicks in autophagy stops
So if autophagy is our self repair tool, and we are always eating high amounts of protein, then no cellular repair is happening.
This is a fundamental principle of aging.
You age more quickly when your cells are damaged.
When you start to tap into the principles of autophagy your cells will start to detoxify and repair. All on their own!
But here's why autophagy expert Naomi Whittel says she likes low protein days:
"The reason you want to under-eat protein on some days of the week is similar to why you want to start intermittent fasting – it comes back to the dance between glucagon and insulin. Lowered protein intake means lowered insulin levels and higher glucagon. And recall that higher glucagon means autophagy is active. Since your body can’t make its own protein, if you don’t eat it (or eat enough of it) then it’s forced into recycling its existing proteins. This recycling activity is a fundamental task of the autophagy process."
So even if it's tough this week to keep your protein low, your body is healing and repairing because of it!
Stay the course! You will see as the week goes on, your body will get more and more adapted to this way of eating.
Reach out if you have any questions! I love hearing all your experiences, so please keep sharing!!
I'm cheering you all on!
The #1 HARDEST thing about autophagy fasting is keeping protein low.
I'll tell you the #1 BEST thing in a moment...
Eating 20 or less grams of protein goes against everything we've been told about a balanced diet.
But then again, so does keto!!
High protein is great! It stimulates the mTOR pathway, which helps you create tissue, like muscle.
mTOR is also what ages you. If your cells are replicating faster, they are aging faster. Every time a cell duplicates, it wears down the caps at the end of the DNA, known as telomeres.
So if you are eating high protein every single day of your life, that is not balanced either.
Take care of the cells you already have with autophagy! Autophagy cleans the cell by recycling old and unneeded components. Cycled smartly, it does not affect muscle mass.
Why would your body destroy the useful stuff when it has so much else to work with? It is smarter than that.
If you have overtaxed liver or kidneys, they will thank you for the break. A low-protein diet is often recommended to help treat certain health conditions like kidney disease.
The #1 BEST thing about autophagy is the potential to unstick you from a plateau.
We're seeing a lot of weight loss in the Resetter group right now, and it's only halfway through the week!!! Remember, autophagy macros are:
<20 g protein
<50 g net carbs (you can go lower if you want)
60% of calories from good fat
>17 hours fasting, break your fast with fat
So, based off the example in the image, you will want to add some good fats like olive oil salad dressing, coconut oil fat bombs, or avocado oil in vegetable broth.
I hope this helps you turn the #1 hardest thing into the #1 best thing!
I remembered to take my blood readings today before eating after a 24-hour fast. Blood glucose is 5.1 mol/l (91.8 mg/dl). Blood ketones 3.2 mmol/l. GKI is 1.59. I’m absolutely over the moon with this result.
Today I have prepared cauliflower mashed with butter and seasoned with turmeric, black pepper and salt; pea shoots, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, grilled avocado and tomatoes with clarified butter seasoned with turmeric, black pepper and salt, 2 rashers of bacon fried in clarified butter. Finished off with 1/2 portion of chia seed pudding with raspberries.
That’ll keep me fuelled for another 24 hours.
I use the a Carb Manager Ap to track my food.