From May 12-21, I did a 10 day Advocare herbal cleanse.  I failed to mention this cleanse on here because I was worried that the more people that knew, the more I would set myself up for failure (although it should’ve held me more accountable right?). I wanted to follow through and see for myself what the results would be before I broadcasted it.

Anyways…I eat healthy and work out, so why would I want/need to do a 10 day cleanse?

Every day I seem to feel different about my body. Some days I feel great. I feel lean, strong, and happy. Then some days, I don’t. I feel bloated, manly, or baby-fatish. These days, I am always convinced there is something wrong with me to the point that I can work my ass off, eat clean, and not see any changes. It makes me feel like I’m not doing enough even though I know I’m doing more than plenty.

After feeling like I was in the right shape to go bikini shopping for the season, I was strongly mistaken. I became so discouraged because everything I tried on became unappealing as soon as it hit my body.

I had seen Advocare mentioned before on Barefoot Colorado and Health Nut Julie, and since Savannah recently became a distributor, I decided to find out more. Then I started to look at some before and after shots on other blogs.  It looked legit and not like a scheme or one of those websites “backed by Doctor Oz” (e.g. Garcinia Cambogia) where they use real people’s pictures to promote their ridiculous weight loss products.

What was there to lose? Just 10 days of my time. Eat clean(er), workout, take a few extra supplements, see what happens.

There’s no coffee, no protein powders, etc. on this plan. Green tea is allowed, and I also drank regular unsweetened iced tea and sparkling water. And even though this was an herbal cleanse, I pooped less than I regularly do with coffee (TMI? just sayin’…haha).

An average day (or specifically, day one) looked like this:

  1. Upon waking up – take fiber drink and catalyst pills
  2. 30 minutes later – Green smoothie (1 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup power greens, 1 cup water), Spark
  3. Breakfast – 6 egg whites, 1 cup fruit
  4. Snack – 2 rice cakes topped with 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter (each)
  5. 30 minutes before lunch – catalyst pills
  6. Lunch – 4 oz chicken breast, 1/2 cup quinoa, orange bell pepper, grape tomatoes, persian cucumber, power greens, 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, fish oil pill
  7. Snack – Banana, 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  8. Pre-workout – Spark
  9. Post-workout – Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  10. Dinner – 4 oz chicken breast, 1 small sweet potato, 1.5 cups broccoli, 1/2 avocado, fish oil pill
  11. Pre-bed – herbal cleanse pills, catalyst pills

Plus 2 glasses of water with every meal. Although the supplements change (e.g. 1-3 fiber drink in AM, 1-7 herbal cleanse pills at night, 4-10 probiotic restore pills, 8-10 fiber drink and probiotic pills), the food stayed pretty consistent. I did eat out several times, but made modifications to make it work.

All of the supplements tasted pretty good. The fiber drink was enjoyable (Peaches ’n cream) as was the energy boost, Spark (Mango Strawberry). Even the herbal cleanse pills had a peach flavor to them.

Like I said, I made some modifications along the way and had one cheat meal when I went to Palm Desert to visit my grandparents because we went out to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day (also a day I ran 12.5 miles – my reasoning).

DipticOverall I loved the cleanse. It was very manageable and very sustainable. I just feel more confident, even if the changes weren’t drastic. I finally don’t feel bloated and/or feel like I look like I eat McDonald’s even though I work out and eat clean.  I ended up losing 1+ inch from everywhere (thighs, waist, booty, bust – top, bottom and middle) except my biceps…they grew ;-). And although I didn’t lose any weight, I feel rock solid now.

Things I learned:

  • Going out to eat a restaurant doesn’t have to be a diet pitfall. I had to be conscientious, even with “healthy” options to make sure they really were healthy.
  • That being said, I don’t ALWAYS have to have bread and dessert at a restaurant.
  • A cheat meal doesn’t have to turn into a cheat day.
  • Prepping some staples to have on hand for dinner (in addition to all my other meals) made everything so much more easier. It was nice to have some options, other than local take-out.
  • Chicken, sweet potato and a roasted green veggie is an acceptable (by my standards) and balanced dinner.
  • When I did get take-out, I substituted the creamy-based dressing for my own (and now favorite) homemade dressing.