Frequently Asked Questions
Starting with the meal kit that will be delivered on 7/13, the leafy greens will be replaced with 2 clamshells of seasonal cruciferous vegetables (known to reduce inflammation and upregulate detoxification) that you can enjoy raw or cooked. Each week, find a local source for fresh organic leafy greens that you can also add to your lunches or dinners. Research has shown that leafy greens slow the rate of cognitive decline. Both the extra cruciferous vegetables and the leafy greens will also help you to reach your non-starchy vegetable goal of 6 to 9 cups daily.
Nutrition For Longevity currently delivers to the contiguous United states. They will be expanding soon to include Alaska and Hawaii.
Orders must be placed before Wednesday 11:59 p.m. ET to ship the following Wednesday. If you miss the deadline, the order will ship the subsequent week. If you need assistance with managing your account, Nutrition for Longevity's customer service team is available from 8 to 4 p.m. ET and can be reached at (833) 688-7445 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscriptions get billed every Thursday for the following week’s order.
Your kit will arrive the next week on Friday. The Thursday prior, you will be sent an email from UPS once the package has shipped. Please create a UPS My Choice account to track the delivery time. If your kit arrives later than Friday, please notify Nutrition for Longevity’s customer service team immediately. Nutrition for Longevity's customer service team is available from 8 to 4 p.m. ET and can be reached at (833) 688-7445 or by email at email@example.com.
There are several different ways to accomplish this, depending on your goal.
- To pause for vacation or to create a custom schedule: Create an account after placing your first order. Log into your account and select “Manage My Account.” On the left side, select “Delivery Schedule,” where you can choose to stop a weekly order as long as it’s done before the order cutoff on Wednesday @ 11:59 a.m. PT.
- To pause indefinitely (with the possibility of reactivating as needed): Either call (833) 688-7445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your account number and simply ask them to pause your account.
Yes, this diet may actually improve your metabolic health and allow you to use less or even no medication as your metabolic health improves. For this reason, it’s very important to consult with your physician before starting the diet so that you are educated on how to reduce your medications to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Yes, this diet and accompanying lifestyle may reduce your need for anti-hypertensive medication. Please check your blood pressure frequently and work with your healthcare provider to reduce medication as needed to avoid low blood pressure (hypotension).
The overall goal of the plan is to eat high-quality food and eat less often. If you are insulin resistant, this may be difficult at first and thus require a slow transition. Extend your fast slowly by 15 minutes or so per day until you’ve reached your goal. While you’re working towards your goal, eat small snacks such as nuts, seeds, or avocado slices with non-starchy vegetables as needed between meals. For more helpful strategies, see How to Transition to a Longer Fast.
No, being underweight (see the chart below) may actually increase your risk for cognitive decline. Skip the long daily fast until you have achieved an optimal weight. See Strategies for Gaining and Maintaining Weight.
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Some people are nervous about adding extra dietary fat, even healthy high polyphenol extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), which can inadvertently lead to consuming too few calories. Increasing healthy fat, including EVOO, avocados, nuts, and seeds, can ensure adequate calories. Also, feel free to supplement with extra protein and additional vegetables as needed to maintain a healthy weight. If you find yourself losing too much weight (see the underweight chart above), discontinue the long daily fast until you’ve achieved your optimal weight. See Strategies for Gaining and Maintaining Weight.
All vegetables are pure, non-GMO, chemical-free, and grown in nutrient-dense soil using regenerative farming practices. The fish is selected to be low in heavy metals, wild-caught and sustainable, following the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommendations. The chicken is sustainably raised and given no hormones or antibiotics with pasture-raised eggs. The beef is grass-fed and sustainably raised.
The Longevity Phyto-Boost Organic olive oil comes from heirloom olive groves in Sardinia, Italy, known for centenarians. It’s cold-pressed and made in small batches to preserve a high concentration of polyphenols. Those who are unfamiliar with higher polyphenol oils, may be surprised by its bitterness from the oleocanthal, responsible for the health benefits. We promise that you’ll become used to this new robust flavor over time. The current batch of oil was harvested in July of 2022 and has a polyphenol content of 655. A new batch will be harvested in October 2023.
Yes, all nutritional information will be listed on each meal. Keep in mind that you are encouraged to increase the fat content by adding up to four Tbsp of olive oil (or more) as needed to achieve ketosis. All of the sauces and dressings were designed to complement the olive oil.
Both maple syrup and honey are on our list of approved sweeteners for those who are insulin sensitive. They are ancestral sweeteners with some health benefits but should only be used in very small amounts. You’ll note that the meals with maple syrup still fall within our carbohydrate restrictions. Other keto sweeteners that we’ve approved include pure versions of stevia, monk fruit, and allulose. Maple syrup has been removed from all of the meals and replaced with stevia and/or monk fruit. A very small amount (1/4 tsp or less) is still used in some salad dressings but will be phased out shortly.
We wanted to gauge interest in vegan meals before preparing an exclusively chef-curated vegan menu. Please see KetoFLEX 12/3 for Vegans to learn how to use this nutrition plan. To show your interest, please email email@example.com or call (800) 450-0805, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. Also, be aware that there are many vegan options in our Pick Your Own Meal Kit option.
We understand that this advice may be confusing and acknowledge that grains have been the foundation of many healthful diets including Dr. Valter Longo’s Longevity Diet. When it comes to cognitive health, however, a wealth of information has shown that grains could be potentially harmful especially when combined with higher amounts of dietary fat. Gluten in particular, and grains in general, have the potential to increase inflammation and impair metabolic health, which is foundational for cognitive health. Combining inflammatory foods with dietary fat (even healthy fat like high polyphenol extra virgin olive oil) may increase your risk for vascular disease. See Stop Inflammatory Foods to learn more. For an even deeper dive into why we recommend replacing grains used in the MIND and Mediterranean Diets with nutrient-dense non-starchy vegetables from every color of the rainbow see Going Against the Grain.
There is so much misinformation surrounding ketogenic diets, and our version is a plant-rich ketogenic diet, very different from many others. See But What Do I Eat? To learn more about what sets KetoFLEX 12/3 apart from other ketogenic diets.
Just like hybrid cars, our brains use two different fuels (glucose and ketones) and should be able to switch back and forth smoothly. Unfortunately, our brains struggle to use glucose effectively as fuel as we age. This hypometabolism of the brain precedes and accompanies Alzheimer’s disease. It is exacerbated by poor metabolic health. Research has shown that a mild state of ketosis can offset this neural fuel shortfall. Learn more in Why is Ketosis Important for Brain Health?
Yes, as you adopt the diet and accompanying lifestyle, you may actually experience an improvement in your overall lipids. This would allow you to reduce or even discontinue these medications (but please do not discontinue without discussing this with your care provider). It’s a good idea to repeat your cholesterol panel six months after starting the plan to re-evaluate your need for medications.
Occasionally, someone may experience an increase in both “good” cholesterol (HDL) and “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and in those cases, it is a good idea to check advanced lipids such as ApoB, LDL-P, sdLDL, or oxidized LDL, and consider checking coronary calcium score.
As you’ll see from the delicious menu, KetoFLEX 12/3 is plant-rich, mildly ketogenic nutrition, with virtually no saturated fats, and instead has healthy, unsaturated fats.
Yes, nutrition is only one foundational aspect of the Bredesen Protocol®, but the overall approach includes identifying and addressing all current or emerging contributors to cognitive decline, including inflammation, poor metabolic health, lack of trophic support, etc. You can participate in the full protocol through the PreCODE Program™ for prevention or the ReCODE Program™ for reversal. Start by taking this Cognitive Assessment to see which program is right for you. Alternatively, you can apply the approach independently with the assistance of your own physician (as necessary) by reading the book, The End of Alzheimer’s Program.
Absolutely. We summarize the foundational dietary and lifestyle strategies used in the protocol as the Bredesen Seven (or B7). Other strategies include exercise, sleep optimization, stress management, brain stimulation, detoxification, and supplementation. Each alone can have positive effects, but a powerful synergy occurs when they’re practiced together. Learn more about the Bredesen Seven.
You can learn much more about the nutrition plan by reading KetoFLEX 12/3 or by becoming an Apollo Health subscriber. Our members have access to curated nutrition articles, including meal planning, weekly menus, grocery guides, and a library of KetoFLEX 12/3 recipes, as well as many other guides for optimizing cognition.
It’s possible, but not everyone experiences the keto-flu. Those who do typically experience mild and transitory symptoms. As you switch your fuel source towards a fat-burning state, keto-flu symptoms may include fatigue, headache, brain fog, cramps, or lightheadedness. Fat burning can lead to dehydration unless you are adequately hydrating with clean, filtered water throughout the day. This can be exacerbated by the cessation of all processed foods, which are typically high in sodium. The vegetables and fruits that are included in the diet will supply the electrolytes you need. Feel free to season your food with high-quality sea salt to support your hydration status. See Tips to Avoid the Keto-Flu to learn more.
Because the KetoFLEX 12/3 nutrition plan is a significant departure from the typical Western diet, which is full of processed (pre-digested) food, it requires your digestive system to work a bit harder. The additional fiber and extra fat can both be problematic depending on your current state of GI health. Using bitter herbs, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, organic lemon juice, or peel as seasonings can be helpful. Additionally, consider digestive enzymes and acid supplementation as needed.
They are in PET plastic trays that are BPA and phthalate free. Instructions for how to prepare the meals will be provided on each meal. We do NOT recommend microwaving the meals in the provided plastic containers.
Yes, all packaging is recyclable. Here's how to dispose of each part of the Nutrition for Longevity box:
- Food Container: Black trays are type 1, and clear trays are type 5. Please dispose for recycling pickup or at a recycling center.
- Ice Packs: Refreeze and reuse as needed to keep perishables cold. To recycle - Cut open the gel pack along the top seal. Pour non-toxic, drain-safe contents into the drain with running water. Flush contents down the drain, rinse plastic, and recycle in a receptacle.
- Insulation Liners: liners inside the box are made from reused recycled paper and can be recycled.
- Delivery Box: This is made of recycled cardboard, which can be left with your other household recyclables.
- Salad Dressing Packets: Please discard the packets in accordance with your town’s local recycling guidelines.
To ask questions or seek support, Apollo Health subscribers can participate in our Community Forum, and non-subscribers can join The Official Bredesen Protocol Support Group on Facebook. Both are fully moderated by highly trained health coaches who can help to support your journey. For more details about the protocol, consider reading The End of Alzheimer’s Program.
If you still have additional questions about KetoFLEX 12/3, set up a free 15-minute Discovery Call with our board-certified holistic nutritionist, Sara Tate, MS, FMCHC, BCHN.
For questions directly related to your subscription, such as how to cancel or arrange a special delivery schedule, please reach out to the customer service team at Nutrition for Longevity (Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET) at (833) 688-7445 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dale Bredesen, Julie G., and Jennifer Maynard, CEO of Nutrition for Longevity, recorded a webinar to discuss and answer questions on the KetoFLEX 12/3 meal delivery service.
Join The Community
Consider joining the Apollo Health community for a wealth of educational materials and supportive resources. To fully implement the Bredesen Protocol, we offer two programs, PreCODE for prevention and ReCODE for reversal of SCI (subjective cognitive impairment), MCI (mild cognitive impairment), and early-stage dementia. Begin by taking a short cognitive assessment to see which program is right for you.