If you don't know.... I have been doing the Advocare 10 day herbal cleanse to jump start a better eating regime. I have the working out and running down pact - but eating is my DOWNFALL. Read about it HERE. I started this cleanse to get myself going in the right direction. Don't get me wrong, I was nervous - I am a carb whore and I like to booze - but once I put my mind to something I go ALL THE WAY. That is just the person I am. So I bought it and dedicated myself to it.
When it came in the mail - I researched a bit via the internet and found this website VERY useful. It is chalk full of menu options and tips. If you are going to do this, cleanse go HERE and read - it was my bible. I referenced it EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
The cleanse consists of 3 things - a fiber drink, herbal cleanse pills, and pro-biotic pills. Day 1-3 - you drink the fiber drink in the AM and take the herbal cleanse pills in the PM. Day 4-7 you take the pro-biotic pills in the AM and the herbal cleanse pills in the PM. Day 8-10 you drink the fiber drink in the AM and take the pro-biotic pills in the AM. What I like best about this cleanse is YOU CAN EAT - yes you are limited, yes you are cutting out dairy, but you get fruits, veggies, eggs, meats, whole grains, and my all time fav... natural peanut butter;)
Fiber Drink - chug it quickly with a full glass of water as a chaser.
Keep your Fridge STOCKED and be prepared food-wise.
Eat 5 small meals - if running or lifting hard that day - eat a 6th meal (protein and whole wheat)
Drink TONS of water
Chew gum to get rid of cravings
Don't eat fruit after the 4th meal (just something I did)
Keep nuts handy - when others are eating candy - chew on some natural almonds
If you are tired - SLEEP - your body needs it
Alright here are my thoughts...
Day 1-3 are TOUGH. I was crabby, tired, and not myself.
Day 4-7 get easier - it is all mind over matter and my energy increased. I also noticed my skin looking better.
Day 8-10 - smooth sailing - lack of appetite - pushing myself further in my workouts.
P.S. if you are scared you are going to be running to the bathroom every 5 seconds - you will NOT. This is so gentle on your stomach - it is NOT like what you think. You may be running there every 5 seconds, but that is to urinate, since you are drinking so much water.
I have become a huge fan of this Whey Protein Powder and really utilized this for a meal replacement - it is honestly one of the best tasting one's yet and packed with protein. When I needed a sweet (yes I have an addiction) I waited until my next "meal" and used this. Fab...
I also found out I HATE these.... for real - they taste like a pine tree - TERRIBLE.
What I learned....
It is ALL mind over matter.
You would be surprised how much your body LOVES you for not abusing it with processed foods.
Water truly is the key to feeling good.
Food does NOT define me.
I am mentally stronger than I thought I was - I MADE IT THROUGH!!!
On that note. I am not really a "scale" girl. I go by how my clothes feel and how I feel in general... BUT I did get on the scale for this. I can tell a HUGE difference in my clothes and I have had numerous people tell me they can see it in my face (yes I lose weight there FIRST). With that being said:
Starting weight: 143 lbs
After cleanse: 135 lbs
WOOT WOOT - that is an 8 lb loss. Am I stoked about the loss - YES! BUT I am more proud of myself I made it through and that I actually am FEELING STELLAR. Do I miss Little Debbie and Ben & Jerry's - ummmm. YEAH!!! Will I splurge and eat - YES! BUT I know I can put my mind to this and stick with it. Was it worth it - a RESOUNDING YES!!!! I would definitely recommend. If you are interested - I bought mine from my blog friend Molly Hall - You can always email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and/or to order. The 10 day cleanse is around $32.00. Now I am all clean and free - time for some swedish fish.. Bring it... LOL