A different vibe seeps into our consciousness immediately following Labor Day. Soon after we put away our white shoes until Memorial Day, we get the feeling that it’s “time to get back to business.” Summer is “officially” over (though not by the calendar), summer vacations have faded to sweet memories, the last of the sand has been vacuumed from the car, and the kids are back in school.
For a brief time we look around and think….I guess it’s time to get back to business. From my standpoint I can tell you that every year in the early fall, there is a resurgence in patient appointments. Most of the calls are from past patients who want to restart…want to get back on track. This happens twice a year…at the beginning of the New Year and at the beginning of Fall.
I decided to take a moment to remind my MM friends that it may be time to take a few minutes to assess where you are…as of today….with your MM lifestyle. The following tips may help:
Step 1: — For every 5 hour block that you were off your program, you need to add 3 days to the end of your 8 weeks.
— If you realize you were “off program” more than 8 times (this would add 24 days or 3.5 weeks to the end of your program), you might consider a fresh start with eight weeks of Step 1.
Step 2: — If you have been “off” program for less than two weeks, you NEED a ten day restart: beginning now! Make it 10 clean days of Step 1 followed by Step 2.
–If you have been “off” program for more than 2 weeks this summer, you NEED a minimum of 4 weeks in Step 1 followed by Step 2. Some people actually redo the entire 8 weeks of Step 1 to really “clean house” and reset with Step 1 before returning to Step 2.
Step 3: If you have been “off” and overboard your maintenance step for less than two weeks, you need to reset with 10 days of a clean Step 1 followed by 10 days of a clean Step 2 before returning to Step 3.
–If you have been “off” program for over 2 weeks, you need a minimum of a four week Step 1 followed by four weeks of Step 2 before returning to Maintenance.
Why the reset? Why can’t you just resume the Step of the diet you were on prior to the slip ups? When you are off program, your liver and pancreas revert to over-working. Your pancreas resorts to over-releasing the fat gain hormone; insulin. Your liver begins over-releasing stores of glycogen in response to blood sugar fluctuation. If you resume your program without resetting…your pancreas/liver combo will continue to over work and over react to even normal amounts of carbohydrates.
Think of Step 1 as the Big Eraser. It allows you to erase the stressed metabolism and restart with a clean slate. Don’t look at a reset as punishment, consider it a valuable tool. You can erase and restart. You aren’t doomed to regain weight, lose energy and focus, or watch your labwork backslide. You are able to take control of your body and make it work for you!