Cleanse

Jumpstart Your Health this Fall with the Arbonne 28-Day Clean Eating Challenge

If you are at all like me, you had a really enjoyable summer and you indulged…a lot! That’s ok though…as Canadians, our summers are super-precious because they give us the fuel to make it through the cold, hard winter. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

I have a good remedy though and I’m excited to share it with you today because I have been offered a really good deal to share, so read on to learn all about it.

GETTING BACK INTO SHAPE

Last year, a few things happened in life, like getting extremely overworked and stressed at work and a few other “life” things that were hard to balance…the first thing to go on my list was looking after me. I ended up gaining a lot of weight and getting really out of shape. It sucked!

In December, I decided to take control of my life and get things back on track. I started with something I knew I had liked in the past and that was a particular class at the gym that I had had success with years ago. So I joined the gym and started going two to three times a week.

I knew this was going to require a lot of hard work and dedication and I knew it was going to be difficult to stay motivated so I wanted to make small goals. I could handle two to three times a week and I had planned to get my eating on track once I was in a good routine.

NUTRITION BOOTCAMP

After a few months at the gym, I was really starting to see changes in my body. I started to lose weight and gain muscle mass. I knew it was time to introduce the nutrition aspect into my goals.

I was looking for something that was relatively easy to do, but I wasn’t into counting things, measuring things or cutting out entire food groups. I didn’t want to do a “fad diet” or get caught up too much with science; I just wanted to eat healthy, get the right nutritional requirements and support my workout regimen.

ENTER THE ARBONNE 28-DAY DETOX

Weight loss before and after

Detox is a really strong word for this program. I have done strict detoxes before, and thankfully this is not nearly as rigid. There are some foods that you need to eliminate, but they are the obvious items like sugar, caffeine, refined carbs etc.

The program is best summarized by using the term “clean eating” – if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry because you get lots of coaching, lots of information and lots of recipes to choose from.

After completing the program I felt fantastic and ready to hit “bathing suit season” with confidence. In total, since my lifestyle change in December, I have lost 17 lbs, 12 inches total and gained 5 lbs in muscle.

Even though I “slipped” a little over the summer, I have been able to keep my weight off and stay fairly active. I have a renewed self-confidence, more energy, I sleep better and my skin has really improved.

WHY I RECOMMEND THE ARBONNE 28-DAY DETOX

I have tried a lot of fad-diets and I now know, that the only real way to get results is to start from the inside out. A healthier inside just naturally leads to a healthier outside. So take my advice and focus on your health, rather than weight loss in particular and it will all fall into place.

I chose the Arbonne Detox for the following reasons:

  • Easy to follow program that doesn’t include counting calories or tracking of any kind
  • Pure, safe and beneficial products to support and supplement nutrition
  • An active community of support
  • Delicious protein shakes to support nutrition and weight training
  • A wealth of information, recipes and education on clean eating

JOIN THE NEXT ARBONNE CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE

Free Arbonne Shaker Cup

The next challenge starts on October 5, 2015. This is the perfect time to shed some of the summer fun and get the ball rolling before the holiday season starts. Think Christmas parties and cocktail dresses.

Joining in on a particular date, allows you to follow along with an entire community of people just like you, as well as daily coaching form the “experts”.

How you can join: contact Melissa Ublansky, Arbonne Independent Consultant to sign up.

Cost: Melissa is offering City Mom readers the Arbonne 28-Day Detox at 40% off plus a free shaker cup full of Arbonne goodies.

What you get:

Arbonne Essentials

Arbonne Essentials Pack®

  • Protein Shake Mix Meal Replacement— Chocolate (1)
  • Protein Shake Mix Meal Replacement— Vanilla (1)
  • Daily Fibre Boost (1)
  • Energy Fizz Tabs — Pomegranate (1), Citrus (1)
  • Omega-3 Plus (1)
  • Herbal Tea (2)
  • 7-Day Body Cleanse (1)
  • 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond Guide (1)
  • Access to the Facebook Detox community for support, coaching and comradeship with fellow detoxers
  • Free shaker cup for your shakes on the go – full of other Arbonne goodies
  • Shopping list and meal plan for 28 days
  • FREE $60 product for being a new Preferred Client
  • Suggested Retail Price $410.00  – but you get 40% off when you mention City Mom

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the Arbonne 28-Day Detox, and other Arbonne products for you and your family, visit Melissa Ublanksy – Arbonne Independent Consultant on Facebook, Instagram and web.

Here’s to a healthier you this fall!

City Mom

 

 

DETOX Diaries – Week Two

Dr.Sara DETOX  

If you missed the first two Dr.Sara Detox posts check them out here.  

WEEK 2 STATS

Weight loss = 7.2 lbs
Inches lost = 1 inch around waist
Waist to Hip Ratio Start: 0.81 – Moderate Health Risk
Waist to Hip Ratio Today: 0.79 Low Health Risk 

Your health is affected by where fat is distributed on your body. People who carry more weight around their waist (central obesity) compared to their hips are at greater risk for developing the following health conditions: high blood pressure, high cortisol (stress hormone), cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes. 

Week 2

Day Six was the day we were able to add some new foods. No more vegan diet…for some. I surprised myself by taking to the vegan lifestyle very well, so I decided to skip the meat. For others chicken, turkey and  fish were introduced.  

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes

 

EMOTIONAL CLEANSING

Now that we’re well underway with the DETOX, it’s time to take a look at the other aspects of one’s self. We’re not just physical bodies; we’re also made up of heart and soul. This week it’s time to focus on cleaning out our inner selves.  

Dr.Sara gave us an assignment to find one item that we haven’t used for five years but that at one time meant a lot to us and get rid of it. Since I just moved last year, I had recently gone through this activity. Nothing came into our new home that didn’t already fit these criteria.  

I did decide to go through my nightstand (that tips over when both drawers are open) and purged some books, magazines and odds and ends that I had been saving for some reason or another. It felt good to say good-bye to things I wasn’t using and now it doesn’t topple over when opened.  

We also discussed our relationships and our outlooks on life. Participating in a DETOX is both a physical and emotional endeavour and many of us shared stories about the changes we were noticing in an emotional way. It was a really positive and motivating group meeting. I’m so thankful for the support.  

IT’S NOT JUST WHAT WE EAT

Every day we are exposed to numerous toxins. Some we can’t control, unless we moved to a deserted island, but some we can. Think about the products you use in your morning routine. Shampoos, creams, toothpaste, soap etc. Most of the products contain dangerous chemicals that in small doses may not pose a threat, but used regularly over time they can expose us to a large amount of cancer causing toxins.  

This week I switched to natural body soap. I totally love the feeling of my skin after washing. The soap rinses off really easily and leaves no residue behind. I can’t afford to switch all my bathroom related products as once, so I’m taking small steps; one product at a time to help reduce the toxins entering my body.  

HITTING A SLUMP

This past weekend was the first full weekend that I spent on the DETOX. It was a bit rough. For some reason I missed my coffee more than ever. I longed for a hot, steamy pumpkin spice latte while strolling through the woods with my husband and daughter on a beautiful fall day. I did find some hot apple cider which hit the spot but I learned that coffee isn’t just a drink to me. It represents many things and has many meanings in my life and I am very attached to it.  

This feeling lasted into the middle of the week; a general tired, blue type feeling. But the good news is that midweek, I perked up. I realized I was up to a seven pound weight loss and I was feeling leaner in my torso. And the achy, swollen feeling had disappeared from my gut. I wasn’t feeling like a nap as often and I wasn’t hitting my  mid-afternoon low.  

DAY 12 – A MILESTONE

I’m half way there! Thursday was Day 12 and that increased my excitement because I was able to introduce some more new foods. Tomatoes, bananas, eggs, tofu and grapefruit were among the list of foods. This opened up so many more meal options and made life a little easier.  

I was so excited to be able to make Tofu Chilli, Apple Walnut Muffins and Banana Nut Smoothies from the Dr.Sara DETOX manual. Delish!  

Apple Walnut Muffins

 

The next five days will be similar; healthy, clean foods and hopefully more physical and emotional benefits.  

Read my final week journal!  

Check out the Dr.Sara DETOX program to learn more.  

Happy & Healthy,  

DETOX Diaries: My first 5 days

Dr.Sara DETOX

If you missed my first DETOX post you can catch up here.

Day One – No chewing

Today was a difficult day. It started off with a glass of water and lemon and ended with exhaustion! I found many food combinations that tasted great but I spent hours in the kitchen cutting, chopping, peeling and blending.

I wasn’t as hungry as I expected I’d be after consuming only liquids and pureed foods and not being able to chew. This is something  I learned; when you chew, you send a message to your brain that you’re eating food and your brain responds by sending the food down the full digestive tract. On the other hand, if you don’t chew, the food you consume goes a different route giving your digestive tract a much-needed break.

I’m really looking forward to seeing some benefits and feeling healthier overall. I’m happy I started this journey.

Day One suggestion: Coconut Curried Carrot & Squash Soup (from the Dr.Sara DETOX Manual) – this was a life saver. It was tasty and filled the void felt from not consuming solid foods.

Day Two – I can chew!

Well, I lost 3lbs yesterday! Seeing that number on the scale go down makes it all the more worth it.

I had a terrible sleep last night. I couldn’t seem to stay asleep for any significant length of time and woke up multiple times with hunger pangs. I persevered though and woke up this morning looking forward to some ‘real’ food; food that I can chew.

I started with my glass of water and lemon and devoured some juicy green grapes. I’m washing all of my fruits and veggies with a special fruits & veggie wash to ensure all pesticides and chemicals are removed.

I’m dying for a coffee. I am substituting with Green Tea but it’s just not the same. Bonus is that Green Tea increases your metabolism so it’s a win-win situation but I can’t stop thinking about coffee.

The first five days of this plan follow a vegan diet. I had no idea being a vegan was so much work! Today I felt lethargic and kind of blue and a little nauseous. I didn’t feel much like cooking so I nibbled on some fresh fruit and veggies and the soups from Day One. Near the end of the day I got my energy back and perked up. I can see a silver lining.

Day Two suggestion: the Dr.Sara DETOX Forums. It’s like having access to your own personal doctor 24/7. You can ask any question, big or small and Dr.Sara will personally reply within 24 hours (always sooner though). You can also read past posts to learn from others and gain support from people who are going through it with you.

Day Three – Renewed hope

I lost another pound today. That’s 4lbs in total. When I looked at myself in the mirror this morning I immediately noticed a less bloated look in my stomach area and my skin appears to be brighter and clearer. Hmmm…maybe I can do this after all.

Today was my first day being away from the house all day. I wasn’t sure what to pack for lunch but Day Three is also the day I can begin to add some grains to my diet like brown rice, Quinoa and Buckwheat. That made it easier to throw some things into my lunch bag for convenience.

I made a visit to Organic Works yesterday and picked up some delicious vegan breads. If you’re a gluten-free fan you’ll love this bakery. It’s located on 222 Wellington Street. I’m so thankful they’re so close by.

I’d kill for a coffee. Today at work someone was brewing a pot and the whole office smelled like it. This was a good time to read my ‘Committed to the Cleanse Card’. It’s a small card that Dr.Sara provided where you write your reasons for committing to the Cleanse. You can keep in your purse or wallet and pull it out when you need a reminder. I just keep telling myself, it’s only 22 days. That’s nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Honestly, the obvious results and in such a timely manner are what are keeping me going. Long term I want the positive health effects, but when you’re struggling it’s the immediate gratification that pulls you through.

Day Three suggestion: My newly created vegan pasta recipe that incorporates brown rice pasta, red pepper, zucchini, garlic & olive oil. Check it out here.

Day Four – This is easy

You read that subheading right, this is easy. I’m shocked to see myself write that but it’s true. I have always had a love/hate relationship with food. Mostly love. The part I hated was my inability to control my eating and not being able to say no to the cravings.

Day four has brought a pleasant surprise (one I read about but didn’t believe would apply to me) and that is the fact that my cravings for sweets and unhealthy carb-type snacks is gone. Dr.Sara explained this phenomenon to us at our first support meeting. It has something to do with the yeast in our digestive tacks and with the Cleanse it’s eliminated and therefore no longer able to ask for demand sugar and refined carbohydrates.

I’m feeling more energized and I actually noticed on day three that I didn’t hit my after-lunch-low that I usually get while working in the office. I’m not hungry as I can eat whenever I want.

The only inconvenience I feel at this point is the work involved in creating the healthy meals. It’s true that good things are more work so this makes sense. It’s something I have to get used to and learn to plan ahead, which I’ve done for this Cleanse. I hope that as the days go by, I get more and more comfortable with the process and it becomes seemingly less work.

Day Four suggestion: Quinoa Fruity Cereal (from the Dr.Sara DETOX Manual) – a great way to start your day. A stick to your ribs meal.

Day Five – Just a regular day

It feels like a normal day, which it is. I woke up, drank my lemon water, ate my millet cereal with almond milk and blueberries, packed my lunch, grabbed a Green Tea from Tim Hortons and came to work.

Sure, I thought about tackling the guy ahead of me at Tim’s and taking his coffee and chugging it back with no remorse but I know better. Coffee can wait and so can I.

I’m steady at a 4lbs weight loss and feeling ‘calmed’ in my digestive tract. I’m feeling good and hopeful. Interesting thoughts are entering my mind. Things like ‘maybe I’ll become a full-time vegan or vegetarian at the least,’ or ‘maybe I’ll replace one coffee a day with green tea.’

Day Five suggestion: The Online Dr.Sara DETOX Program. The program I am participating in allows me four, one hour, in person meetings with Dr.Sara and the DETOX group for education, support and discussion. The Online program is a bit cheaper and will provide those not interested in group meetings or who are not local to London with the same DETOX program.

Read my week two journals.

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