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Frequently Asked Questions
There are many sources to purchase these items. These are just a few that Naomi prefers:
- Glow15 Supplement Kit at NaomiWhittel.com
- EGCG from Gaia Herbs
- Tea seed oil from Arette
- Ceylon cinnamon (stick) from Coconut Country Living
- Earl Grey Tea: We recommend this affordable option
or Mighty Leaf Organic Earl Grey Black Tea Bags found at Whole Foods, etc. Additionally, if you are interested in bergamot capsules, you can purchase our Reserveage Bergamot here: http://amzn.to/2DdyLtDat
You can drink drink plain tea, coffee or water while fasting. If you want AutophaTea just have it without the oil until after you break your fast. Then, you can add the oil in. I’d love you to try switching your coffee to AutophaTea for the duration of the 15-Day Module 2 program. This is enough time to see how your body responds to AutophaTea and if you feel better on it versus coffee. Since coffee (without milk and sugar) can also complement autophagy if after Module 2 is over and you still prefer coffee, it would be okay to enjoy coffee again. Follow the same principles for AutophaTea and drink only water, plain tea or coffee until noon (or whenever you break your fast after 16 hours). Upon breaking your fast you can have a cup or two of coffee or tea with fat (without milk and sugar of course!).
For a true fast, only drink water-based beverages like filtered water, coffee and tea. When you break your fast at noon (or whenever you break your fast after 16 hours) you will have your first cup of AutaphaTea. You can have AutophaTea without the oil before breaking your fast however.
Yes, please do! I suggest ice cold water upon waking.
Yes. No fruit or sugar ever with breakfast though! Save it for later in the day. For example, if you are used to having fruit smoothies in the morning, on a High day instead of a fruit smoothie, keep it fat + protein based. One of our favorites is a matcha green tea smoothie: 1 teaspoon ceremonial grade matcha, 1 cup unsweetened almond or macadamia nut milk, 1-2 tablespoons coconut butter (or oil), 2 tablespoons chia seed (or flax seed), 1 serving collagen peptides. Blend in a high-speed blender until creamy and
Start with berries like wild blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Start with ½ cup and tailor according to your body’s response. If you tolerate the type of carbohydrates from fruit (it doesn’t elicit an abnormal insulin response), you can also include apples, pears, and pomegranates. A portion is 1 (small) apple or pear and ¼ cup pomegranate seeds. If you tolerate carbs exceptionally well and live an active life you can include tropical fruits like banana, papaya, mango and pineapple in moderation. Aim for about ½ cup to start and adjust according to how your body responds. Eat fruit away from protein and fat if you tend towards digestive issues. Otherwise, a good rule of thumb is to always eat fruit with protein and/fat. Think of carbs as being “naked” and you want to dress them up with healthy sources of fat and protein if tolerated.
Yes. Men can increase the amount of intermittent fasting they do and do a daily 16-hour fast. However, they only need to restrict protein for 3 days. Otherwise, everything else is suitable for a man.
Beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, and seeds can be a powerful resource for plant-based protein. When possible please try soaking and sprouting in order to get the most nutritional value from plant foods. If you need to use a plant-based protein powder sparingly to ensure ample protein needs during High days, that is acceptable.
As you start Glow15, it’s common to feel hungry during your Low day. I’ve found the following helpful.
- Have a cup (or two) of Autophatea without the oil.
- Make sure you are eating enough on High days. It may not sound like it would help you on a Low day, but it is actually a benefit of IFPC
- During High days it is important to consume enough protein to ensure your body is getting what it needs. Excessive hunger may be a sign you are not eating enough or not enough of the nutrient-dense foods necessary to balance the hormones involved in hunger. Also don’t skimp on fiber-packed vegetables or satiating fat at mealtimes, as these foods are your key to success.
- Keep in mind that the more “toxic” or insulin resistant your body is at the beginning of your Glow15 program, the harder it might be to adjust. But as your system secretes less insulin, your blood sugars will steady and naturally regulate your hunger.
No — and you do not have to, nor should you, count calories. Glow15 is about the quality of nutrients you are consuming. This program doesn’t consider the “calorie” to be as accurate a predictor for success as it does the quality of nutrients consumed. While caloric restriction is proven to activate autophagy, I factored that in when creating IFPC. Your 16 hour fast will boost your cellular cleansing, as when you are fasting, you are certainly restricting calories. And as you know the key to optimizing autophagy is turning it on and off, so after your fast, there is no reason to continue to deprive your body of the nutrients it needs, and no reason for you to take in fewer calories.
As long as you are maintaining the rhythms of IFPC suggested in this program, you will actually gain muscle, not lose it. The fasting state is a catalyst for the physiological mechanism that helps your body convert protein into muscle. When you are fasting, you are actually setting the stage for muscle regeneration and growth!
No. Because the fast is relatively short, (16 hours is a short block of time in comparison to other fasting practices) the body’s alarm system will not sound or call in the hormonal troops to preserve energy via fat. A quick and short-lived spike in stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline may actually help to promote fat burning during a short fast such as IFPC and will not promote fat storage. Fat storage occurs when elevated insulin is prolonged and cortisol is consistently triggered and the two are simultaneously elevated. IFPC actually cools the very inflammation that fat storage and stubborn weight loss are dependent upon.
No. On the contrary, it’s the quality and quantity of carbohydrates that determines how much fat we accumulate. Carbohydrates drive insulin, and insulin drives fat accumulation. Eating fat can actually help you burn more calories and speed up your metabolism.
Isn’t it right to eat three square meals a day?
The “three meals a day” ritual is culturally rooted – not biologically. It started during the industrial revolution when all classes of people, from the poor to the wealthy, began eating a meal before going to work, a midday feast and then a post-workday meal to celebrate the day’s labor. It was at this time that this pattern of eating became the regular expectation for meal consumption traditions and norms. Then in the early 19th century when Kellogg mistakenly invented breakfast cereal, the food business capitalized on breakfast being the “most important meal of the day.” But the most important meal of the day shouldn’t be arbitrary or dictated by big business. On this program, your most important meal of the day will be defined by the nutrients and polyphenols you use to upgrade your biology.
If I eat right you don’t need to take supplements, right?
While it seems like eating a clean, nutrient–dense diet would negate the need for supplements, due to poor soil quality of modern agricultural practices that leaves our food with less available minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients as well as the higher stress levels involved in modern living, taking some key high quality supplements is a major factor to augmenting your success. It’s not that you won’t get success if you don’t take them but again, you can think of supplements as your nutritional insurance policy, for boosted success, and faster results if you do.
As best as your budget allows, choose the least toxic food to reap the biggest payoffs on your program. Food that is as close to its original state in nature, without the toxic chemicals, synthetics, food dyes (Yes! They put food dye in fish to make farmed salmon look wild – yucky, right?), pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, and hormones will be much easier for your body to assimilate. Choosing wholesome organic and grass fed food allows you to avoid inflammation and get right to the heart of Glow15 – thriving
While countless women have given ‘glowing’ testimonials of the program – attesting to how its helped improve and enhance their lives – and it’s been scientifically proven to help you lose weight, look younger, sleep better and feel more focused and energized, the truth is that it is not a magic bullet. Glow15 is designed to have the most significant impact in the shortest amount of time using the most up to date scientifically proven plan to activate autophagy, making your cells behave like they did when you were younger.
And it works. I believe in Glow 15, and I believe in the women around the globe who have experienced its benefits and the scientists who researched it. But, I also believe in YOU. I believe you should get the results you want. That is why I’m constantly tweaking, adjusting and upgrading the plan. I’ve asked the questions looked at the data, and listened to the women from the clinical study to my inner circle of guinea pigs to the growing number of ‘glow-getters’ in search of why there was not 100 percent satisfaction. And I’ve found some compelling reasons for why not everyone feels the glow after 15 days — along with the solutions to get you glowing.
You could have done better. Please understand, I do not mean to imply in any way that you did not try your best or follow the plan. This is not your fault and it does not make you a failure. But, you may not have followed the full intent of the program. Perhaps you made an adjustment – be it to IFPC, exercise, your sleep or beauty routine -because you needed to, wanted to or thought it wouldn’t make a difference. Unfortunately, these modifications in the first 15 days really do influence your results, as do a lack of planning or preparation; a mediocre commitment and inadequate effort. Only you know if you were not truly dedicated to Glow15, and if you could have made a bigger effort. Now I want you to know – you can still do it. Sorry in advance for the cliche, but I do believe if you try again, you will succeed!
15 days wasn’t long enough. While the majority of women who’ve tried Glow15 have seen significant results in just two weeks, the fact is that for many of us, it may take more time. You may remember Lindsay from Chapter 1 – a participant in the Jacksonville University study. While she noticed immediate changes in her skin, during the first 15 days of the program her scale barely moved. But by day 60, Lindsey had dropped four dress sizes. Again, 15 days is how long it will take to see initial changes; but Glow15 is a lifestyle. And, committing to it means seeing changes for life. This program is designed to be measured in increments – day 0, day 15, day 30, etc. So, if your worksheet doesn’t reflect all the changes you hoped for in the first 15 days, know that it can – it will – still happen. But, also make sure you are measuring the best markers….
You’re not measuring correctly. Maybe you really wanted to lose inches – but didn’t get to pull your tape measure tighter, or as tight as you wanted. So you assume the program failed. But did you take into account what else happened since you started Glow15? Have you paid attention to whether you’re falling asleep easier or staying asleep better? Has your energy improved and become more consistent? Are you stronger? Do you have more stamina? Does your skin look clearer and maybe even glow? While we all have our specific areas we hope to change, don’t lose sight of the other results you may have achieved or still be achieving. Focus on some of the unexpected changes – the big and small ones – you may be pleasantly surprised to find all the ways you truly are glowing.
That said, I get it — I can’t blame you for being disappointed you haven’t seen the results you were expecting to see. Especially when all you have to do is turn the pages of this book to find examples of women just like you who got what you wanted. Well, you don’t need me to tell you that you are special. You know that your DNA, your hormone levels, your family dynamic, your work responsibilities, your anxieties can all impact your experience on Glow15. Bottom line, you can have similar traits to another person, but in the end you are unique and your results will be exclusively yours.
So, all this is to say – if you are not satisfied with your results on Glow 15, I urge you to go back and consider reevaluating. Perhaps you’ll find different benefits or decide to take your time or maybe be motivated to give it another go — or glow!