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.

So this summer I unintentionally gained about 6 lbs which was not my goal at all (I don’t think it’s anyones goal to gain weight unless you’re bulking or significantly underweight).  It came from careless eating, and the mentality that “I’m an athlete” (and I need to reward myself every day) and that fat is good (to the point where I was pouring a shit ton of half-and-half in my coffee, making bacon fat mayo, etc).

I hadn’t weighed myself since March, and had done away with the scale after the Whole30 because of the negative mentality it produced.  I also had a fear that every time I would step on it, it would exponentially increase.  Eventually I weighed myself and was kind of shocked.

But over the past month or so, I’ve been able to drop this careless weight.  I knew I was exercising enough, and that it would ultimately come down to focusing on my diet.  But nutrition can be so confusing (do I eat high protein, low carb? High carb, low fat?  High fat, low carb?)!  After playing around with this, I’ve found a couple of staple meals I eat Monday through Friday (mixing it up on the weekends) that I have yet to grow sick of and have helped clean up my diet.

afterlight

Breakfast – Berry High Protein Yogurt.  Iced coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

afterlight
Lunch – 1 cup protein, kabocha squash, 2 cups/lots of greens (roasted broccoli, green beans, asparagus, any or all). 2 cups of grapes or other fruit (such as honeydew or watermelon).
Pre-Workout Snack – Quest Bar or Larabar

afterlight
Dinner – Big bowl of kabocha squash with 1/2-1 Tbsp. NuttZo

I have cut out all soda and drink sparkling water if carbonation is necessary.  Otherwise I drink a lot of water, and sometimes flavor it with nuun hydration.

The number on the scale shouldn’t matter so much, but in my case, when you’re questioning sizing up clothing and you would rather not re-buy your wardrobe…that’s when it became an issue.

What do you do to clean up your diet or stay on track?

For me, meal prep is the most important!  It’s easier for me to stay on track if I have it already made, and if it’s simple (even if that means being repetitive).  When I have too much variety, that’s when I start to deviate.

Disclaimer: This is just a sample of what I’ve been meal prepping/eating and what has worked for me.  Every body is different!

I’ll admit it.  I have an addiction to Starbucks Frappucinos.  This addiction manifested itself last week with the “Frappy Hours” and has not left since.  So for the past 7 days it’s been MFL (mocha frappucino light) with mocha drizzle and cookie crumbles.  I thought it was about time I created a healthier version.  This protein shake has a deep mocha flavor and a creamy complexion like a Wendy’s frosty.  I think I actually like it more than my muse!

mochaprotein

Mocha Protein Shake
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup chilled coffee (can use coffee from Iced Coffee recipe)
1/4 cup canned light coconut milk
1/2 medium-sized banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use GNC Whey Isolate)
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups ice cups
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Toss everything in a blender and blend until you reach a nice and smooth consistency.
 
 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: