Well, we did it! 🙂 We survived our 10 day cleanse! This was really Teal’s 3rd time doing the Advocare cleanse since as we mentioned before she is a distributor for it. A few years back a teacher colleague recruited a bunch of people to participate in the cleanse and that’s ultimately where Teal got started with Advocare. If you’d like to purchase any Advocare products you can through Teal’s website.
There is any additional Advocare product called Spark Energy Drink that is a recommended part of the cleanse that we left off. As far as the pills and what not go with the cleanse it is broken up into 3 days, 4 days and 3 days. You start your first 3 days by drinking a fiber drink each morning, take 4 to 6 of the OmegaPlex pills with your dinner and a packet of the Herbal Cleanse tablets at bedtime. For the next 4 days, wake up and take a packet of Probiotic Restore pills, take 4 to 6 OmegaPlex pills with your dinner and packet of Herbal Cleanse tablets at bedtime. The last 3 days of the cleanse consist of the fiber drink in the morning, 4 to 6 OmegaPlex pills with your dinner and packet of the Herbal Cleanse tablets at bedtime.
Part of why we both wanted to do this cleanse was just to jumpstart back into eating right – you know kick off 2012 the right way! It was kind of rough combination of coming off marathon training and then three weeks later Christmas where it’s too easy to eat and drink too much, so we were both ready for a fresh start.
A lot of people asked what are you allowed to eat on this cleanse? Well, you are allowed to eat a lot of clean food! You can eat fruits, veggies, proteins, and clean carbs. So if you are a carboholic then there is a bit of a transition for you, but ultimately you eat in a way that you really should be eating regularly. We both ate about 5 meals a day and here’s an example of the plan Teal mainly stuck with throughout:
Beth recruited two people she is around the most to also participate in the cleanse – her fiance, Brent and her sister, Kate. It was definitely nice having other people who were doing the cleanse and to stay strong in not drinking and not eating anything that wasn’t on the list of approved food. So when it came time to eat dinner with Brent’s family at Cheesecake Factory for his sister’s Birthday it was easier to stay strong in clean choices together than alone!
One thing to be said about the cleanse and working out – Advocare does recommend that you workout every day while participating in the cleanse but in your first five days you might want to keep from pushing yourself as hard as you would like because you might experience light headedness. As your body adjusts to the difference in eating it will begin to adjust to your normal workout routine as well.
For Beth one aspect of the cleanse she really enjoyed was finding some healthy food options that are realistic to carry over past the cleanse. One such item that can be prepared for the whole week would be chicken salad using chicken boiled in chicken broth with whatever seasoning you’d like, bell pepper, celery and Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil (reduced fat).
Overall, all four of us that participated in the cleanse feel better and it doesn’t hurt that all of us combined together lost a total of 32.5 pounds! Teal dropped 5.5 pounds and Beth dropped 9 pounds. Thanks to Kate and Brent for participating too and hope that the 9 pound drop each was well worth those ten days! The cleanse is recommended every 90 days so in April you might hear about us cleansing again! 🙂
Have you done a cleanse before? What keeps you going back to cleansing? Or what keeps you from participating in a cleanse?