The Revive in Five
All the benefits of an extended fast-without having to give up food!
Is The Revive in Five Fast Right For You?
RFF Program Options
Revive In Five ProgramSelf-Directed
- Itemized shopping list
- Complete step-by-step program instruction, including written resources and instructional videos
- Private Facebook Support Group where you can get your questions answered and share your experiences.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Lifetime Access! You will retain access to this information indefinitely, so may repeat the program at anytime.
Option #1: We will provide all of the instruction and support structure you need to successfully complete your five day fast, but you will be responsible for shopping, purchasing, measuring, and assembling your own food and supplements.
Optional Program Add-Ons
Comprehensive Functional Blood Panel. *Consultation required.
Functional Medicine Consultation and Evaluation with Dr. Gene Healy of Root Healing Wellness, $47 (regular price $287)
RFF Diet FAQs
What is the Revive in Five Fast (RFF) and how does it work?
The Revive in Five Fast (RFF) is a five day plant-based, restricted-calorie meal program that allows you to experience all the healthy benefits of fasting–including weight loss, belly fat loss, cellular rejuvenation, improved energy, decreased blood pressure, and better sleep–while still getting to eat.
We recommend doing a series of at least three RFF cycles spaced one month apart in order to enjoy maximum health benefits.
Is fasting healthy and safe?
For most people, yes. However, if you have a health condition or any concerns about fasting, you should speak to your healthcare provider before starting the RFF fast.
Since the RFF limits calorie intake, common side effects may include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, musculoskeletal pain, nausea, difficulty and concentrating.
Significant changes in diet can also cause changes in your gut such as cramping, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Symptoms in most people will be mild and temporary.
RFF is designed to prevent many of these typical fasting side effects by providing specific macro and micronutrients. However, because it is still a low-calorie program, we encourage you to discuss with your healthcare provider whether the practice of fasting or the use of RFF is right for you. To minimize any risks associated with fasting, please follow these recommendations during the 5-day program:
- Avoid any strenuous exercising or activities that may burn a high level of calories.
- Avoid extreme temperature environments like hot tubs and saunas, or driving long distances under strong sun or heat.
- Since this is a food-based program, please stop using the product if you experience any symptom of an allergic reaction such as a rash, change in voice, swelling, or fever.
- If you feel light-headed or faint, you should eat something or consume your electrolyte drink. If your symptoms do not subside, please contact your physician, or if you feel this is a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
Intermittent fasting can be defined as fasting for fewer than two days. Time-restricted eating, the 5:2 diet, and alternate day fasting are all included under the umbrella term of IF.
While there are a variety of fasting methods within the category of IF, they are all based on eating patterns that alternate between intervals of eating and fasting.
WHAT IS TIME RESTRICTED EATING (TRE)?
Time Restricted Eating (TRE) limits meals to a certain window of time or “eating period” per day. By shortening the time spent eating each day, you are likely to eat less and therefore consume fewer calories.
Do I need to do Time Restricted Eating (TME) while on Revive in Five?
No. Between cycles of RFF, you can consume your food between your fasting windows in adherence to TRE if you want to, but you don’t need to do TRE when doing RFF, as you are already getting the benefits of TRE (and more!) when you do RFF.
What is the difference between the definitions of common fasting, physiologic fasting, and molecular (cellular) fasting?
- Common Definition: Abstinence from all or some kinds of food and drink.
- Physiologic Definition: The switch from burning glucose for energy to burning fatty acids and ketones as a main source of fuel.
- Molecular (Cellular) Definition: The state in which nutrient sensing pathways are inactive or down-regulated.
The Revive in Five Fast causes you to enter both a physiologic and molecular fasting state. It doesn’t trigger nutrient sensing pathways, meeting the molecular definition of fasting. It also triggers the switch from burning glucose for energy to burning fatty acids and ketones as the main source of fuel, so it meets the physiologic definition of fasting.
The RFF also stimulates stress resistance. An important part of stress resistance is autophagy, or cellular clean-up, where the cell targets cellular debris such as misfolded proteins and worn-out cellular components for recycling, leaving the cell rejuvenated.
Should I restrict calories or prepare my body before beginning the RFF?
You don’t need to make any long-term, major lifestyle changes before starting the program. However, to ease your transition into fasting, we recommend you be mindful of your portions, eat nutritious foods, increase your intake of plant-based foods and of vegetables, avoid processed and sugary foods, and cut down on your caffeine as much as possible in the week prior to beginning the RFF.
What if I get really hungry during the RFF?
Keep in mind that there’s a difference between cravings and hunger. Cravings are normal while doing RFF and generally pass within a short period of time. To address cravings, keep yourself distracted, and drink sparkling water (unflavored, unsweetened) and/or non-caffeinated, herbal teas. Like cravings, hunger also generally passes quickly, and we strongly recommend against eating “extra” food, which could take your body out of the fasted state. If your hunger is intolerable, as a last resort before breaking your fast, you may have a slice or two of apple, OR 1 stalk of celery, OR 1 small Persian (“baby”) cucumber of 5-6 inches in length per day. If you add more than one of these additions, it will likely stop your body from being in a fasted state.
Can I eat the day’s food at different times?
According to the trial design, the order and timing in which you eat each day’s items does not impact the outcome. You can consume the entire day’s contents in a single sitting if you’d like, though we do not recommend doing so, as you’ll have many hours of no nutritional intake and you may get very hungry or experience increased side effects, like headache and fatigue.
Can I eat/add anything that is not on the program?
You may add:
- Up to 1 tablespoon of dried herbs or spices per day to your soups or other foods in the diet to enhance the flavor (preferably unprocessed)
- Up to 1 teaspoon of sea salt (as long as there are no health contraindications)
- Up to 2 slices of lemon per day (squeezed, not eaten), whether you use it in your soups, herbal teas, or water
- Up to 2 pieces of sugar-free gum per day
- Unlimited herbal teas (unsweetened and caffeine free)
- All types of sparkling water (no sweeteners of any kind)
- Caffeine up to 140mg per day:
- 1 cup (8fl oz) of coffee (no cream or sweetener)
- OR 2 cups (16fl oz) of black or green tea (traditionally steeped), no matcha
- OR 6 cups (48fl oz) of decaf coffee (no cream or sweetener)
What is the Transition Day Diet recommended on Day 6?
We advise you to keep your meals light and small, and GO SLOW. Start with liquid foods, like soups and fruit juices, followed by things like rice, pasta and small portions of meat, fish and/or beans as you can tolerate them.
Can I exercise during or after the RFF?
While exercise can help use up available blood glucose and move a person into a ketogenic, fasting state, vigorous exercise can also stress the body, so we do not recommend intense exercise during the RFF. While fasting, keep your activity light and do things like walking, yoga, and stretching.
Listen to your body as you ease back into exercise after fasting. If it feels like it’s too much, it probably is. Don’t push yourself too hard and keep the intensity at a manageable level. Remember, your body needs to recover after fasting, so it may take a few days for you to get back to the level you were at before the fast.