What happens when we fast?

When we carry out a prolonged fast the body starts to search for energy elsewhere, turning to protein found within our cells. The organelle within the cell with the most protein is the mitochondria. The mitochondria are regarded as the ‘powerhouse’ of the cell and are responsible for generating energy. If our mitochondria are not functioning properly this will affect our overall energy levels and can also impact other conditions including cancer, gastrointestinal problems, MS and chronic fatigue. The mitochondria also play a role in the aging process - as we age there is a natural decline in mitochondrial quality and activity which can trigger inflammation and a range of age-related conditions.

When we fast, our clever bodies break down the unhealthy organelles and leave the healthy organelles, essentially ‘cleaning’ up the cell and the mitochondria. This is why this diet is so powerful playing a role in both the prevention and reversal of disease.

Find out all about the science behind fasting and Michelle's Regeneration Diet below...

The Regeneration Diet

Michelle option 4A low calorie, low protein diet that you follow for five days. Based on the work by Dr Valter Longo, it’s a scientifically designed fast that ‘mimics’ the effects of water fasts by tricking your body into thinking you are abstaining from food.  After carrying out clinical trials with water fasts and cancer patients, Longo soon realised that people battling cancer found it difficult to adhere to such extreme fasts so he started experimenting with macronutrient combinations to investigate if there was a way of receiving all the benefits of water fasts by consuming a low calorie, low protein diet. After many years of research and funding from the National Cancer Institute Longo developed the five day fast and discovered that this diet provided all the benefits of water only fasting and in some instances performed better.

The Regeneration Diet enables you to eat small amounts of nutritious food - 3 small meals a day - and enter into a five day fasting state which promotes regenerative changes throughout the entire body. The meals have been nutritionally designed to replicate the effects of fasting but also focuses on foods that are nutritionally balanced with an emphasis on healing anti-inflammatory foods that your body and gut bacteria will LOVE. The diet reduces inflammation, increases energy levels and targets damaged cells. It also improves skin appearance, reduces weight without affecting lean body mass and has positive effects on a wide range of markers that contribute to ageing -including stem cell regeneration.

The Regeneration Diet ignites your body’s innate ability to heal by stimulating the following:

·       Triggering the metabolic switch into a ketogenic state (ketosis).
·       Improves blood glucose, insulin sensitivity and insulin like growth factor (IGF-1).
·       Induces autophagy (self-eating parts of the cell) and replaces damaged cell components with newly generated functional ones.
·       Promotes fat loss - stimulates abdominal/visceral fat-burning mode.
·       Promotes immune system regeneration and rejuvenation.
·       Reduces inflammation (C-reactive protein levels).
·       Switches cells to a protected anti-aging mode.
·       Stimulates stem cell regeneration which can influence healing throughout the whole body.
·       Increases energy, focus and mental clarity.

When we stop eating our body starts to do incredible things. Click below to reveal the Fasting Timeline...

A Little Bit More About Stem Cell Regeneration...

Stem cells are the blank ‘slate’ cells in the body that have the ability to develop into different cell types and repair, replace and regenerate dead and worn out cells on demand. Whenever you suffer an injury or develop a dis-ease your stem cells swing into action to create new tissues that help your body overcome the condition. This is your regenerative health system and when your stem cell system goes down, so does your health.

Stem cell therapy is now being carried out by injecting stem cells into the body to enhance organ regeneration for different diseases in the body. This method is fantastic but it’s expensive and invasive. There are ways to activate your own stem cell reservoir (which are found mostly in the bone marrow but also hide out in the heart, brain, intestines, testes and ovaries) that will promote healing from the inside out and once primed our amazing bodies will send them to wherever needs them the most.

Aside from including regenerative foods in your daily diet and incorporating some positive lifestyle choices, prolonged fasting represents the safest and most potent way to reverse many age and diet related problems by fixing, replacing and rejuvenating cells, systems and organs in a natural way. Scientists in Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that caloric restriction activates stem cells in the intestines which helps generate cells of the gut. Other studies show that reducing calories increases the production of the regenerative protein SDF1 and its receptor CXCR4 which together recruit and attract stem cells from the bone marrow into the blood stream.


"I did Michelle’s 5 day regeneration diet because I was suffering with long covid and my body ached all over and I couldn’t concentrate.  The brain fog was unreal. I thought I would never be able to do this fast but I was desperate to try it as I heard it delivered amazing  results. The first day wasn’t half as bad as I thought.  The recipes were amazing and to be honest the meals were enough to fill me up. Because the food was so delicious it distracted me from the hunger pains. The last day was the hardest for me but as the day went on I started to feel better. And when I woke up on the 6th day at 7am (I never get up at this time) I had so much energy and felt incredible. The brain fog had lifted and my aches and pains stopped.  It felt like a miracle.   I didn’t think my symptoms would ever go away but they did and the brain fog and aches never came back.  
Michelle’s delicious menu made it so much easier to do and I even did it a 2nd time a couple of Months later which also helped me.  I will definitely be doing it again because it works!!"

"I did the 5 day regeneration diet with Michelle and I can't recommend this enough if you are feeling low in energy, sluggish and bloated in your gut and overall need a good body and mind cleanse. Michelle provides a simple and informative structured plan and guides you through the process as much or as little as you need. The food she provides is so delicious, full of goodness and love that you don't really feel like it's something you can't cope with. I felt great at the end of it, you really do feel the immediate benefits.  My body felt less inflamed, my energy was up, my thoughts clearer and my eyes were so bright! I also lost some pounds along the way, which was an added bonus.

This is a 5* service and I would do it again in a heartbeat."