Hi Everyone! I wanted to share my Advocare Cleanse experience with you. I want to start off by saying a HUGE thank you to Deneene from Southern Living Yankee. She helped me tremendously with the meal planning before and also with motivation and support during. I started the 10 day cleanse on August 1. I want to share with you what I ate and how I felt during the cleanse in case you are considering doing one.
My goal and purpose for trying this cleanse was to try to “reset” my system and flush out all the bad. 1) I wanted to get my eating habits back to normal. I have been eating a lot of sugar and foods that I normally wouldn’t eat lately. 2) If you have been following me for a while, then you know that the last few months I have been struggling with stomach issues. They are more prominent when I’m running or working out, but I did experience nausea/upset stomach other times as well. So, I wanted to see if this cleanse would help me get rid of all of that.
I made sure to plan out my meals and I also recorded everything that I ate in My Fitness Pal app. I think what really helped me is that a lot of the foods that I normally eat were okay to eat on the cleanse. (What was hard was giving up the sugar.) I usually will eat the same foods over and over before moving on to something else. So, that worked out well with this. Before starting, I stocked my fridge.
The cleanse was easy to follow. You take 2 probiotic pills 30 minutes before breakfast. Then you drink the fiber drink with your breakfast. Before bedtime you take 2 cleanse pills.
Monday Day 1
Breakfast – Yogurt
Lunch – Grilled chicken salad. We ate out and I ended up picking out the chicken and lettuce and leaving the 2 pounds of cheese.
Snacks – Fresh berries
Dinner – Ground turkey, baked zucchini and squash, and steamed broccoli
Exercise – I ran 6 miles. (I did get sick at 5.5 miles)
The first day went really well. I did have a hard time with the fiber drink at first. The consistency is like powdered sugar and it doesn’t completely dissolve. I couldn’t drink it by itself. I had to put some MIO in it and then I could get it down.
After breakfast, my stomach really hurt. I didn’t know if it was from the fiber drink or the yogurt or running in the heat. But, I didn’t eat any more yogurt for the remainder of the cleanse.
Tuesday Day 2
Breakfast – Banana
Lunch – 2 scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast (Lunch was out with a friend)
Snacks – 1 peach, 1 pineapple fruit cup
Dinner – Ground turkey tacos. I ate it with corn tortillas, black beans, avocado, low fat cheese, and salsa. I also ate the rest of the baked zucchini.
Exercise – Strength training, stretching
Thoughts – After the first two days, I could tell a difference in how bloated I had been. My stomach felt flatter and it wasn’t upset at all. But, I did feel like I was starving all day! I asked Deneene why I was so hungry and she said to add more protein into my snacks, and that really helped.
Wednesday Day 3
Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast, low sugar jelly
Lunch – Bob’s Red Mill chocolate protein shake (protein powder, cashew milk)
Dinner – Turkey taco salad
Exercise – 1 hour circuit workout, 30 mins on the elliptical
Thursday Day 4
Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast
Lunch – 2 Jennie-O Turkey Franks with mustard, True Fruit pineapple cup
Snacks – carrots and hummus
Dinner – Chicken tacos – I cooked chicken breast in coconut oil and served it on corn tortillas with bell peppers, onions, low fat cheese, and salsa.
Exercise – 30 minute Tabata workout, 1.5 mile run
Friday Day 5
Breakfast – Bob’s Red Mill protein shake
Lunch – leftover chicken and peppers with salsa
Dinner – We ate at Rib Crib for my grandma’s birthday. I ordered a side salad and ate the smoked chicken off of Jeremy’s plate. I did cave in and had a bite….or two of my grandma’s birthday cake. It was an ice cream cake, so I could only eat the cake part, and it was good.
Exercise – 5.5 miles
Saturday Day 6
Breakfast – True Fruit pineapple cup
Lunch – 1 egg and 1 egg white scrambled and whole wheat toast
Snacks – no snacks, I was saving up for dinner!
Dinner – Fajita Chicken Plate (grilled chicken, bell peppers, onions, served over rice)
I was really craving Mexican food today. But, it wasn’t like my normal cravings. Usually I am craving the chips and salsa, but this time I was really wanting the chicken.
Exercise – 30 minute Tabata workout, 30 minutes of stretching
Sunday Day 7
Breakfast – Nature Valley granola bar
Lunch – Bob’s Red Mill protein shake
Dinner – Black bean chipotle veggie burger with mustard wrapped in lettuce. I did eat a few potato chips, but not many.
Exercise – Rest Day
I had a really bad headache Sunday night. I think it was because I didn’t eat much during the day. Once I ate that night, it went away.
Monday Day 8
Breakfast – 1 egg and 1 egg white and whole wheat toast
Lunch – Bob’s Red Mill protein shake
Snacks – apple, turkey deli slices
Dinner – veggie burger and roasted okra, bite of a brownie (Jeremy wanted brownies and they smelled so good when they came out of the oven. I really wanted one and gave in and cut me one. But, it didn’t even taste good. I had two small bites and gave the rest to Jeremy.)
Exercise – 3.5 mile run, 45 minute circuit workout
Tuesday Day 9
Breakfast – 1 egg, 1 piece whole wheat toast
Lunch – 2 Jennie-O turkey franks with mustard, 1 nectarine
Snack – half pineapple cup, turkey deli slices
Dinner – Chicken stir fry (chicken breast, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, carrots)
Exercise – Quick circuit workout, long walk with Jake
Wednesday Day 10
Breakfast – 1 egg, whole wheat toast with low sugar jelly
Lunch – 2 Jennie O Turkey franks
Snack – apple
Dinner – leftover chicken zoodle stir fry
Exercise – 40 min Tabata workout, 3.6 mile run, 30 min walk with Jake
Thoughts: Even though I had a ton of recipes to choose from, and I was eating foods that I normally would I still kind of felt like I was limiting myself to what I could eat. I know it was all in my head, but I seem to crave more unhealthy foods when I feel like I can’t have them. And I don’t know why because I don’t usually eat a lot of the foods that I was craving. The cravings started on Day 2 and went away a few days after that.
I craved sugar a lot! But, the cleanse says to avoid it, so I really tried. The first couple of days I was craving candy – which I never eat. Jeremy had chocolate covered peanuts in the pantry and I really, really wanted some. But I never gave in! I was craving donuts – which I never eat. It was weird, and I knew it was all in my head. So, I really worked to change my mindset. I also added in more protein in my meals and snacks. That really helped. And the chocolate protein shakes helped with the sugar cravings. On Day 4 I was craving pizza. After that, the cravings kind of went away, and also I wasn’t feeling hungry all day. The big thing for me was that I wasn’t craving sugar anymore. I had no problem reaching for the low sugar jelly instead of the regular. I also wasn’t craving “junk” either.
Results: Overall I feel like the cleanse really worked. I lost 5 pounds during it and it “reset” my eating habits. And by that I mean I got back into a healthy routine and am eating healthy foods instead of unhealthy ones. Once I start eating some unhealthy ones, I start craving them and have a hard time giving them up. But, this cleanse was the perfect fix for that problem! After the first day I didn’t notice any nausea/upset stomach during the day. I was also able to run these last 10 days without getting sick. I’m hoping that continues.
I would highly recommend this cleanse for anyone that needs to get back on track. I had so much more energy and felt so much better than I had been. If you have any questions or want to try it for yourself, you can contact Deneene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonus: My favorite part was the Spark! Even though this isn’t part of the cleanse, I bought it to take with it because you are supposed to avoid caffeine. It really worked! I had so much energy after drinking it and I felt great during my runs and workouts! It would kick in almost immediately. And, it tasted really good! I had fruit punch and limeade and loved them both!
I’m linking up with Amanda for Thursday’s Thinking Out Loud.
Have you ever done a cleanse? Thought about it?