I created this blog to educate people about their inner and outer health, and why it's so important to live a healthy lifestyle. I hope you find this blog useful and learn something new every time you visit!
By now, hopefully, you have listened to the overview for the 30 Days to Feeling Fit Program. (This is step #1 of our cleanse. The 30 day program is optional, but I highly suggest it as it will maximize the results of the cleanse itself. I promise you will feel like a new person when the 30 days is up!) If you haven't yet, please click HERE to listen to the overview recording. On this site, you will look for the photo you see below under the "30 Days to Feeling Fit" tab. Click on it. * You can also find the weekly recordings here as well. *
Week #1 is our purging/elimination week, folks! This is the time to rid of the following (or at least cut back this week):
Processed Soy (includes soy sauce)
Table sugar, honey, maple syrup
Farm Raised Fish
Non Cage-Free Eggs
Non Free-Range Chicken
Non Grass-Fed Beef
Vinegar except Bragg's Apple Cider Vineger
We are going to replace these things with the following:
1. Weight yourself and record your waist measurements (at belly button and 2" below belly button).
2. Go grocery shopping and get prepared (being prepared is KEY!). The overview guide has grocery shopping suggestions, recipes, tips, etc. Eliminate all the temptation foods in your cabinets/pantries.
3. Let your family and friends know what you're doing so you have their support and encouragement!
4. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day (this significantly reduces cravings and helps you stay hydrated)
5. Aim for 8-10 servings of veggies a day
We are all in this together - and will take one day at a time. The 30 days will go by so quickly and you will be well on your way to a pure new you! Take a moment to look at the overview and let me know if you have any questions. you can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obsess about the number on the scale. If you need to lose weight, you will; and if you don't need to lose weight, you won't.
Weigh yourself every day (only weigh in once a week - preferably the same time every week)
Obsess over foods you can't eat (you will be surprised that after the first week, you probably won't even miss them!)
Eat the same things every day (change it up - there are lots of great recipes in our program guide!)
Surround yourself with tempting foods (if you're like me and you LOVE sweets, I wouldn't suggest spending your afternoons in a bakery or at the local donut shop!)
Over eat. You want to fill half your plate with veggies. Add fist-sized protein and approved grains.
Eat quickly. Savor every bite - because you will only be eating every 4-5 hours.
Things you DO want to do:
Be prepared - at all times. This is so important. I always carry a Fizz stick and nutrition bar in my purse. You never know when you will get stuck in traffic on the way home from work.
Drink tons of water and keep track of how much you're drinking. I have a 24oz water bottle and fill it up at least 3 times a day. And I know this may sound silly, but buy yourself a nice water bottle that you want to carry around with you. I went out and bought a bad-ass pink Camelbak water bottle - it's the perfect size and fits in my purse. I don't leave the house without it ;-) Other approved beverages can be purchased HERE. If you're a caffeine addict, our Fizz Sticks are a great replacement and will count towards your daily water intake. [With our preferred client membership, each fizz stick will cost you about $1.28 - that's less than one soda costs!] If you're a tea drinker, our Detox tea also counts towards your daily intake. You'd be surprised how quickly the ounces add up! I have noticed a huge difference in my overall body temperature - Most of you reading this know that I'm a very warm-natured girl and I'm always at least 10 degrees warmer than everyone in the room! Well, at least I used to be ;-)
Keep a food journal or track it online: My Fitness Pal is a great free app that I use to track my food, exercise, water intake, etc on my iphone. They have an app for iphone and ipad.
Prepare your meals ahead of time. Cut veggies and store in on-the-go containers or small baggies. I usually prepare my meals and snacks first thing in the morning. I go to Costco on Sundays and get everything I need for the week. It's hard to prepare or think clearly when you're hungry, so do it first thing in the morning. It only takes about 15-20 mins. I know you probably enjoy your sleep just as much as I do, but trust me, those 15-20 mins will make you feel like a brand new person because you will be eating healthy!
Stay hydrated - water is vital to healthy living. Drinking plenty of water is essential for processing nutrients and maintaining a proper fluid balance.
Avoid bad sugars - try to avoid refined sugars that are found in sodas, sweetened teas, coffee creamers and other sweet foods and drinks. Refined sugars, when over-consumed, can be converted to fat and stored in the body. Think of that cottage cheese look that you don't want to have ;-)
READ LABELS! You would be shocked to see how many additives and sweeteners are hidden in foods. The less ingredients, the better.
Give in to little cravings - if you're feeling hungry in-between meals, grab a Fit Chew or a healthy snack. [For a list of healthy snack options, CLICK HERE]
Stay on track - the best way to be successful in your 30 day journey is to write down your goals and keep track of what you're eating every day.
Exercise - it's important to exercise at least 30 mins each day - you can break it up if you need to.
Get some rest - it's always good to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Stay strong - no matter what your goals are, don't get caught up in the day-to-day progress - look at your weekly progression. The first two weeks are going to be the hardest, but stick with it and stay strong! Keep track of what you're doing and most importantly, how you're feeling. It can take up to 3 months to rid your body of toxins! Hang in there ;-)
Here are a few tips on how to make sure you're eating your 8-10 servings of veggies a day:
Add a handful of spinach to your smoothies - you can't taste it!
Put your vegetables on the top shelf of the fridge - Hunky heads of cauliflower and broccoli shouldn't get pushed to the back of the fridge or stuck out of sight in the suspiciously-named "crisper" drawer; put them right up front, where you'll see and remember them.
Prepare a whole week's worth of vegetables over the weekend - This may go against the usual idea of eating vegetables picked up during the day and eaten as fresh possible. But it's a lot more realistic for most of us and our busy schedules. This means washing, trimming, chopping, and even roasting or freezing — anything that makes it easy to grab a lunch of vegetables on the go.
Ask yourself: What's my idea of irresistible vegetables? - This may sound like vague or obvious advice, but really take a moment to think about the question. What kinds of vegetables are most appealing and irresistible? Do you fall over for creamy cauliflower soup? Roasted Brussels sprouts? Indulge as frequently as you want.
Add (or double!) the vegetables in your nightly meals - There aren't many weeknight meals that wouldn't be made better with a handful of kale or spinach. See how many different vegetables you can pack in to what you're already cooking, which is made extra-easy when you've followed the advice above (roast or cook them ahead of time). Take the everyday meals you already make and add one more vegetable.
Eat vegetables for breakfast - Lots of breakfast dishes are better with vegetables. Think of omelets or frittatas. Prep some cooked greens in a three or four serving size and keep them in a plastic ziplock bag so you can microwave a serving to eat with an egg for breakfast."
Drink your veggies! - Another breakfast idea is to juice your carrots, greens, and beets. Or throw them into a green smoothie: add LOTS of greens (spinach, mache, kale, etc.) with a piece of two of fruit like apples or berries and 2 cups of water. If you do NOTHING else, do this. It's so great for you and gives you a TON of vitamins and good stuff.
Eat a salad at every meal - I buy bags of pre-washed greens and arugula for easy, fast salads. I also keep a jar of delicious homemade salad dressing in the fridge, which helps a lot. And salads aren't just for dinner or lunch; I am a big fan of salad with breakfast, whether it's a true breakfast salad or a simple pile of arugula next to a veggie omelet.
Substitute raw vegetables for crackers, pita, tortillas, and other breads. Use leafy greens as wraps for tacos, sandwiches, etc. instead of tortillas or pita.
Don't forget frozen vegetables! - While we may idealize that box of fresh, leafy greens straight from the farm, but don't overlook the humble frozen veggies. They are often frozen right at the farm, picked at their peak, and personally I think that certain vegetables (peas especially) taste great from the freezer. And they are always good for soups, scrambles, and pasta — how many times have I realized I could dump a whole bag of frozen spinach into soup? I keep several bags of frozen veggies (spinach, artichoke hearts, etc.) in the freezer for those nights/weeks when I just haven't made it to the store/market so I can mix some veggies in with pantry staples (rice, pasta, quinoa, etc.)
Information adapted from an online article found HERE
One cup of this Skinny Cow "Fat Free" Milk has 90 calories and 16 grams of SUGAR!! YIKES! Target's brand (Market Pantry) has 90 calories and 12 grams of sugar. (And who really only drinks 1 cup at a time??) I know this may be a tough change for you - I thought it would be extremely difficult for me since my hubby and I go through about 1 gallon of milk every 2-3 days! I can honestly say that I don't miss. Not.one.bit. I haven't had any milk in over two weeks now, and haven't even needed to substitute the almond or coconut milk yet...
Dairy products, especially SKIM or FAT FREE MILK, are a hidden source of sugar. Milk is made up of protein, fats and lactose (a simple sugar). If you remove the fat from milk, all you have left is sugar and some protein. Look out for ANY processed food labeled LOW FAT of FAT FREE. It is probably full of sugar, as that is the only other option unless it is made of 100% protein. I'd recommend using unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk instead:
Here are some other hidden sources of sugar that seem "healthy:"
Detoxification is important to our health to cleanse and detoxify our system and support our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Arbonne's 7-Day Body Cleanse assists with the gentle elimination of toxins.
Is the 7-Day Body Cleanse gluten-free?
What is the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
The 7-Day Body Cleanse is a cleansing beverage of detoxifying botanicals. The marine botanicals infused in this concentrated treatment stimulate, strengthen and support health and beauty from the inside out by assisting with elimination and flushing out excess fluids.
When should I use the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
You may begin drinking the 7-Day Body Cleanse at your convenience. It is recommended to drink one bottle of concentrate mixed with one quart (32 oz.) of water throughout the day, every day, for seven consecutive days. Repeat usage once a month for maximum benefits.
How should I use the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
Add one serving (a 1 oz. bottle) of concentrate to a quart (32 oz.) of water, shake to mix, and drink throughout the day. The natural ingredients may settle at the bottom of the container, so be sure to shake well before each use.
After I mix the 7-Day Body Cleanse, should I drink it all at once?
Drink the mixture throughout the day. Try drinking 8 oz. with the 7-Day Body Cleanse mixture and follow with 8 oz. of water. It is okay to take your time drinking the 7-Day Body Cleanse and the water. Repeat until the 7-Day Body Cleanse is gone and you have drunk an additional 32 oz. of water.
Can I store the already mixed 7-Day Body Cleanse in the refrigerator?
Yes. It is recommended to store the remaining liquid in the refrigerator.
Can the already mixed 7-Day Body Cleanse be consumed at room temperature?
Yes, but please store the remaining liquid in the refrigerator.
How long will it be until I experience the initial effects of the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
It will vary from person to person as everyone's diet, toxin exposure, age, gender and health status is different. Some experience more frequent trips to the bathroom within four hours of completing their first dose; others experience this 24 hours after their first dose.
How often can I use the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
Use the 7-Day Body Cleanse once a day, for seven consecutive days, every 30 days. Do not exceed recommended usage.
Is there anything I can do to increase the benefit of using the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
It is important to supplement the body with necessary nutrients while using the 7-Day Body Cleanse. Be sure to use the Arbonne Essentials Daily Power Packs, which are formulated for the special nutritional requirements of women and men. Also, a healthy diet and regular exercise can impact how the body performs and can help support the cleansing process of the 7-Day Body Cleanse. Additionally, eating fresh fruits and vegetables (organic, when available) and drinking a total of 64 oz. of water each day is a key element to success. Avoid alcohol, sugary foods (candy, cake, soda), fried foods, high fat and highly processed foods.
What type of experience can I expect after using the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
Results will vary from person to person. It depends on your age, gender, diet, nutritional status, toxin exposure and exercise activity. Some have felt an increased energy level within as few as four hours of taking the 7-Day Body Cleanse. As your body starts to cleanse, you may experience fatigue, constipation, bloating, loose stools and/or more frequent trips to the bathroom than usual. You should be more regular a few days after completing the 7-Day Body Cleanse. Be sure you are drinking at least an additional 32 oz. of water. If you find that you are uncomfortable, you may reduce your dosage by half for the first three days as your body is adjusting. After the first few days of cleansing, most people begin to feel better. Be sure to listen to your body. If you are feeling tired, it is important to take time for yourself and rest. Allow the body to cleanse properly. Avoid strenuous aerobic exercise. Walking, swimming, yoga and Pilates are great exercises that complement a cleansing program.
Is it important to drink an additional 32 oz. of water?
Yes. Drinking at least an additional 32 oz. of water is very important. When cleansing, fluids (water) in the body and intestines are used to move waste and excess fluids out of the body. If the body is not properly hydrated by consuming plenty of water, discomfort may be experienced. Be sure to mix the 7-Day Body Cleanse with 32 oz. of water and drink an additional 32 oz. of plain water to ensure proper hydration.
Who is the 7-Day Body Cleanse suggested for?
The 7-Day Body Cleanse is suggested for use by adults only.
How many bottles (servings) come in a box of 7-Day Body Cleanse?
Each box contains seven 1 oz. bottles of concentrate.
Do I have to use the 7-Day Body Cleanse all seven days in a row for it to be effective?
To achieve optimum results, we recommend you use the 7-Day Body Cleanse for seven consecutive days.
Can I use the 7-Day Body Cleanse if I am sensitive/allergic to algae or kelp?
We recommend that anyone who has any sensitivities or allergies related to ingredients like the ones in this product consult their physician prior to use.
Can I use the 7-Day Body Cleanse if I am pregnant or nursing?
No, do not use the 7-Day Body Cleanse if you are pregnant or nursing.
How many calories per serving does the 7-Day Body Cleanse contain?
Each serving of 7-Day Body Cleanse contains 20 calories.
How many carbohydrates per serving does the 7-Day Body Cleanse contain?
Only 5 g per serving. For further information, please refer to the Product Knowledge PDF.
Can I drink the Herbal Detox Tea while using the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
Yes, but it should not count toward the additional recommended 32 oz. of water.
Can I drink the Energy Fizz Tabs while using the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
Yes, but it should not count toward the additional recommended 32 oz. of water.
Can I take the Arbonne Essentials Herbal Colon Cleanse while using the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
It is not recommended. You may resume using the Herbal Colon Cleanse when you complete your 7-Day Body Cleanse.
What flavor is the 7-Day Body Cleanse?
When diluted in 32 oz. of water, the flavor is a mild, natural apple and tea flavor. Keep in mind, this is a functional food/drink. It is not intended to be a sugar drink. It is still a dietary supplement.
Can you take the 7-Day Body Cleanse and the Digestion Plus at the same time?
We do not recommend using both the 7-Day Body Cleanse and Digestion Plus at the exact same time. However, there should not be any concerns if the products are used with time in between. For example, complete one bottle of 7-Day Body Cleanse by lunch time, and use Digestion Plus after dinner.
CLICK HERE for a link to the Feeling Fit Video. We will be starting the 30 Days to Feeling Fit after labor day. Will post the starting date ASAP - contact your consultant to get your products today! ;-)
Even if you aren't doing the entire 30 day program, you can still do our 7-day cleanse. Our largest detoxification organ is our liver. This week we're going to focus on detoxifying our liver and colon. Check out this week's call with Joan Godfrey and Natalie Gauci here. > Click on the "30 Days to Feeling Fit" tab > Look for the "Listen to Week 2" icon
The call is about 30 minutes from start to finish - this is a GREAT call! Check it out when you have a chance ;-)
Congratulations! You're over halfway to feeling the best you have felt in a long time. Hang in there! ;-)
Please be sure to check out my "Popular Posts" on the right side bar of my blog. There are several posts from our summer cleanse that will be extremely beneficial to review, even if you've already read through them. Hopefully, all of these tips and posts are helping you stay on track.
It's OK if you missed our official "start date" - the great thing about this cleanse is that you can start it anytime, anywhere. Just want to make sure you are prepared! That's one of the best tips I ever received about taking care of my body -- ALWAYS be prepared. This is the only body you have - take care of it. It's never to late to start taking better care of your health.
> Click on the "30 Days to Feeling Fit" tab
> Scroll down and look for Week 3 - Click on the "Listen to Week 3" icon
At this point, cholesterol and blood pressure levels should have decreased. You should notice an increase in your metabolism, improvement of digestive issues, better sleep, reduced stiffness and aches and pains. Our liver is our major fat burning organ and detoxifier. We are reducing the load on our liver and our digestive system. We're reducing sugar intake. Almost 90% of people have excess yeast in the gut - candida. Excess yeast can cause sluggishness, chronic fatigue, and gas. Our digestive plus helps flush out bad toxins and increases probiotics, prebiotics and enzymes.
One half cup is one serving of veggies.
Drinking half our body weight in ounces of water each day.
Resting as much as possible - your body is doing a lot of work right now!
Recommend drinking 2 vegan shakes a day.
Days 18-20: try to drink 3-4 shakes a day.
Focus on separating emotion from food.
This is where you will see the biggest change in body composition.
Treat shakes like a meal - enjoy it! It takes the brain about 20 minutes to realize you are full.
Be sure you're keeping a journal of your progress.
Remember that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.
Stay the course and you will continue to see amazing results!