Bone Broth Fast (Tips for Survival)

A few ideas to get you through your fast.  Relax, take it easy on yourself.  Remember that sometimes moving your body can actually help you feel better even though it may not be what you feel like doing.  Schedule some fun appointments days or weeks before, so your schedule is set.  Stick it can do anything for 3 days ;). 

Ideas in no particular order:

1.) Allow for plenty of rest and rest when you are tired

2.) Fill your schedule to keep your mind busy - see lots of ideas below

3.) Drink lemon, cayenne, ginger, turmeric water or some version of these 

4.) Drink Blue Majik or E3 Live. Get it here. Great and easily digestable vitamins and minerals

5.) Add collagen to your broth

6.) Get a good book - The Audible app is great!

7.) Schedule a massage or go to one of those affordable feet massage places

8.) Get your nails done

9.) Get your hair done

10.) Sit in an infrared sauna - I don't know if this is recommended, but it makes me feel good when I fast

11.) Listen to Podcasts

12.) Didn't have time to get your broth ready....we got you boo...t.Loft has bone broth by the glass.  We can serve it up warm and ready for your belly.

13.) Take on a small cleaning or organizing project in your house

14.) Make a bullet journal

15.) Write in your journal

16.) Work on your planner

17.) Build a Pinterest board for a fun and exciting project

18.) Stay out of the kitchen - plan for other meals for your family so you are not in the kitchen

19.) Buy something new - new nail polish, new lip gloss, new lotion, new sox, new shirt, new workout bra, new tights. Can be something super small or something you've been wanting. You are earning it gurl or boy!

20.) Go to church

21.) Meditate

22.) Use the foam roller or roll on a hard ball (tennis ball, lacrosse ball, massage ball)

23.) Use your home massager

24.) Que your playlist

25.) Schedule a walk with a friend, your pooches, your spouse, your sibling(s)

26.) Schedule an easy bike ride on a new trail

27.) Schedule things when you normally hit your food craving period (mine is usually 5-7p)

28.) Light a candle

29.) Use your oil diffuser

30.) Get a chiropractic adjustment, reflexology, or acupuncture treatment

31.) Rent a movie you've been wanting to see

32.) Schedule an early evening game night (do not have snacks for game night ;))

33.) Clean out your kitchen days before your fast so there is nearly no food or definitely no tempting foods. When in doubt, throw it out. It's a good time to start fresh!

34.) Do not look at food blogs, food pinterest pages, or any social media revolving around food ;).

35.) Take a warm bath, light candles, soak in Epsom salt


Bone Broth Fast (The Deets)

I was introduced to fasting years ago, and as I researched and read more I became fascinated with the benefits.  I read more and more about a bone broth fast and all of the health benefits and I decided to give it a shot.  My first time doing it was a little rough.  My body had never done it before and I did not know what I was doing.  Day 1 was really hard, but by Day 2, I felt incredible.  I felt lighter, more flexible, my skin had a glow, I had more energy, I felt calm, and my brain felt clearer.  I could literally feel my body healing from the inside out.  I have since learned that the more you prepare, the better your fasting experience will be.  There is a ton of research and information out there, so check it all out to see if a Bone Broth fast is right for you. In general I use it to 1.) feel better 2.) improve my health 3.) teach my body to run on my fat stores 4.) reduce inflammation 5.) reset healthy eating habits 6.) remind me to appreciate food 7.) reset my taste buds to enjoy and appreciate real, fresh food 8.) increase energy 9.) sleep better 10.) increase mental clarity 11.) heal my gut and digestive system 12.) normalize blood sugar 13.) reset and level hormones.  

So here I am sharing my three day Bone Broth fasting journey via my Instagram Story April 17-20.  I'm sharing the good, the bad, and everything in between.  You can join in the fun, and please laugh with me.  If you want to fast along with me, we have made tubs of bone broth available in all of the t.Loft stores (one tub should get you through the entire fast), you can order via my favorites page here, or you can make your own (I used to do this, but it made my house smell like grandmas for days :)).  I've shared my general outline and some resources below.

Here are the Deets:

1.) Fasting from April 17-20, 2018.

2.) Drinking 3 - 2Cup servings of Bone Broth each day (6 Cups per day).  Still drinking all the water I can handle (sometimes with lemon, ginger, cayenne, turmeric). May incorporate decaffeinated tea if needed.

3.) Use the week before to get your body ready:  Eat clean (cut out processed foods, sugar, alcohol, etc), begin to intermittent fast to get your body used to converting over to running on fat stores.

4.) I still workout.  I actually think it helps me tap into my fat stores for energy quicker.  I feel like it forces my body to get to work and go use what it has been holding on to. It actually gives me more energy.

Get More Info Here:


High Intensity Health, Episode #223: Jason Fung, MD: Intermittent Fasting to Balance Leptin and Insulin Resistance:

The Model Health Show, Episode #188:



Meal Planning App

I love this meal planning app, MealBoard to plan our meals for the week, easily create a shopping list, store recipes, and sync with my hubby Brandon.  We use it to store all of our favorite recipes as well as import recipes from other websites.  We both have the app loaded on our phones, so either of us can run to the grocery store by using the grocery list in the app.  We also are on the same page with what's for dinner, so either of us can start dinner.  When you first get in there, be patient and play around a little.  The app can do a lot and you will get to know how to use it the more you play around with it. Check it out....maybe it can make your life a little easier.  

FIT IN 40.

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The BIG 4-0 is knockin’ at the door.  The age doesn’t necessarily bother me, but it’s a good life-milestone to both reflect on life’s past and dream about the future.  You’ve likely had those conversations throughout life that have included “by the time I’m 40……”   Some of those dreams are lived, some die, and some all-out change….thank God.  I can only imagine my 5’2” self trying out for the Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleading team!!  Forty is that pivotal point when you have enough life experience to have experienced success as well as some impressionable, painful war wounds.  It’s that point in life that you still have plenty of time to make your dreams come true, yet you still think “you got it, you’re not THAT old”. 

As this big life milestone approaches, I dream of what can I do to be better?....To create unforgettable life’s work, be a relentlessly supportive mom, an epic wife, a cherished friend, and what it means to all out kick ass at life. What can I do to live whatever is left of my life to the fullest, to feel fulfillment, and to show up for all that is meant for me for the next 40+!  At my core I know I am better at all the roles of life, when I feel healthy from the inside out, so I set out on an audacious goal to get fitter than ever by my 40th birthday in 40 days!!! 

Over the past year, a demanding business, a family, and all the other roles of life have pulled at my heart.  In the interim, my mental and physical fitness has gotten pushed to 2nd level importance.  Physical fitness has always been my vehicle for mental fitness.  While I have remained committed to physical fitness, it has not been at my peak!  Whether it was playing sports, running a marathon, or just joining friends for fitness classes and events, fitness has always been a huge piece of my life.  Although I have still worked out a few times a week over the past year, I missed my INTENSE daily sweat sesh.  Those daily sweat sessions are about soo much more than physical fitness.  They are about pushing beyond the point you think you can go  and then going just a little further.  Those daily “push” sessions, give me reassurance that I can push myself beyond my limits and then some in other areas of life. 

Those crazy whispers in our hearts and souls pushing us in new directions are for a reason.  They don’t always make sense, but when they are real, the messages are relentless.  They continue to whisper and continue to get louder.  They pull us in scary new directions.  Those sweaty sessions give me courage to listen and venture into scary unknown territory.  It pushes me to be adventurous at life and see what is beyond the wall, so I can come back and share it with my kids, my husband, my friends, and anyone else it may help.  

Sooo I’ve committed to giving it my best over the next 40 day journey to finding my fittest self inside and out.  Here is my general outline for the next 40 days.  Jump in and join the 40 day journey, cheer from the sidelines, or just plain be an observer!  Here’s to commitment, focus, and accountability as I head into the next 40 days 😉.   Follow the day to day journey, recipes, tips, and tricks via Instagram stories @jill_minton

My Workouts:

Intense 60 minutes of cardio + weights daily. Striving for 40 workouts in 40 days.  I just feel better when I have a sweaty sesh each and every day.  Fusion Fitness is leading my workout journey with their classes and some personal training sessions to keep me on track ;).  

My Eating Plan:

1.  Whole, all natural foods only. Extra Veggies Please.

2.  Eat when I am truly hungry, but before I’m starving.  Eat to feel amazing.

3.  Eating Window of 11AM-6PM. Use intermittent fasting to give my body a break from the digestive process and give it a chance to use stored fat for fuel.

4.  No Sugar

5.  No Dairy

6.  Few Grains

7.  Good Fats

8.  Clean Proteins

9.  No Alcohol


1.  Daily Aquabotanical – E3 or Blue Majik (See my favorites page)

2.  Daily Collagen (See my favorites page)

3.  Daily Bone Broth – 2 Cups (See my favorites page)

4.  NRG – 3-4 times per week as a pre-workout (visit t.Loft ;)).