Month: June 2016

Day 7: nuts and bolts of a cleanse day

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as promised, today and tomorrow you get a peak into what deep cleanse days are all about.  ideally, you will include 4 of these during your 30 day cleanse, either 2 sets of 2 or 1 per week. we can chat about those options another day.  but today, i want to tell you why we do this.

our cleanse days are a form of intermittent fasting that we refer to as nutritionally supported fasting. you may or may not experience some mild detox symptoms in the beginning, but generally speaking, since it’s nutritionally supported, you will feel nourished and energized instead of deprived and run down.

i want to make it clear before we go any further….this is not a harsh, laxative (or otherwise) induced colon cleanse.  by abstaining from solid food while nourishing your body with  phytonutrient-rich botanical beverages, your body’s natural detoxification systems begin to do what they were meant to do.

frequent eating keeps our cells in a continuous growth pattern. cleanse days give our bodies a chance to rest so that our natural cleansing and rejuvenation processes can occur more efficiently.  old cellular components are broken down into basic building blocks and recycled into new components.  this process, which is responsible for cleaning up worn out parts within our cells, is known as autophagy.

cleanse days also mobilize stored energy in the form of body fat. so lots of fat burning going on during cleanse days….especially, the very dangerous visceral fat that surrounds our organs.

and lastly, cleansing supports a healthy metabolism. during cleanse days our bodies become more sensitive to the action of insulin which is essential in maintaining normal blood sugar levels.

so that’s that….the why of it all. it’s why i’ve been regularly practicing cleansing for 3 years and will continue to do so until i step into the wild blue yonder.

the nutritionally supported part comes into play with these two beverages. both of which can be consumed warm as a tea, iced, as a slushy (great option for summertime) or simply as a shooter.

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these little dandies are formulated just perfectly so as not to disrupt the cleansing process, but still keep you from eating your own thumb off.  and yes….that’s chocolate. and yes….it’s crazy delicious.

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along with the things mentioned above, you must drink lots and lots (did i say lots?) of water.  as you are breaking down and releasing toxins that are trapped in your cells, you’re going to want to flush those bad boys out of your body.

you can also enjoy green and herbal teas, black low acid coffee (which we now have…yay…it’s incredible).

yeah…so that’s that.  day 7 rocked. got a little munchy, but once you understand the why of it all and how beneficial it is, it’s pretty easy to just lean into the process.  see you tomorrow for day 8 and my 2nd cleanse day.

Day 6: is it compatible with_______?

day 6

 another common misconception with doing a 30 day cleanse is that you have to adopt a particular diet or eliminate entire food groups.  nope.  not how it works at all.  now obviously, since the goal is improved health, there are some things you’ll want to reduce or eliminate entirely, but i think those are givens…fast food, junk food, overly processed foods, foods with artificial ingredients or copious amounts of sugar, simple carbs, soda, booze… we all get this…right?  ok, good.  so outside of that, it’s up to you.  paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian,  omnivorous, flexitarian…just eat clean. i personally prefer a high plant based diet, but do also incorporate eggs, fish and some dairy. and remember…this is a time for reset, so some of the more neutral things that you may want to eliminate during this initial 30 day period can be incorporated back in moderation when you move into maintenance. we like to say, “this is a lifestyle, not a life sentence.”  let’s just say i’m already counting down the days to a glass of wine.

breakfast:  2 scoops Vanilla IsaLean Shake, 1 scoop each Isagenix Greens and IsaFruits, blended with ice and water.

mid morning snack:  brown rice cake with  hummus and chopped olive spread, raw veggies. (did you know you can eat all the veggies you want, raw or lightly sauteed or steamed?)

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lunch:  Dairy Free Chocolate IsaLean blended with ice and water

afternoon snack:  Dr. Kracker seed flatbread with cheese.

dinner:  leftover veggie quiche with melon

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stay tuned for days 7 and 8, my first set of deep cleanse days.  our cleanse days are a form of intermittent fasting.  there is a ton of information out there on intermittent fasting and a variety of approaches you can take. follow along and see how we do it.  you can read a little bit about the benefits of it riiiiiiight…..here.

Day 5: but don’t you get bored?

day 5

seriously?

i know…i know…there are no stupid questions.  so you’ve been following along for 5 days now and you’ve seen the variety in my snacks and my meals and even in my shakes.  so….the answer is a resounding “nope”.  heck, i know people who eat the same bland bowl of cereal or bagel every day for breakfast or the same turkey sandwich for lunch.  this is no different…only it is. it’s better.

breakfast:  2 scoops Chocolate Isalean Shake blended with frozen berries and water.  super yummy….like chocolate covered fruit.

mid morning snack:  small organic apple and natural peanut butter

lunch:  2 scoops Vanilla  IsaLean Shake blended with 1/2 banana, frozen strawberries and water.

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afternoon snack:  larabar

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dinner:  vegetable quiche with potato crust.

yesterday was super busy, but you just have to channel your inner boy scout and “be prepared”.  i love larabars for a grab and go snack.  dinner didn’t happen until about 10:30, but since i had made it that morning, i wasn’t even tempted when my boys talked me into the rare late night milkshake and fries….i knew i had my quiche waiting.  over and out my friends.  see you tomorrow.

Day 4: why shakes?

Day 4

most excellent question.  before i started drinking my shakes (not just any old shake will do, mind you), i was obsessed with eating healthy, but it wore me freaking out trying to make sure we were getting everything we needed to get in a day.  i was always meal planning, shopping, chopping, prepping, soaking, blending, cooking…..and cleaning up.

my shakes (again, not just any old shake) took that burden right off my shoulders.  my shakes (they can be your shakes too. btw) have absolutely everything we need and nothing we don’t.  they are perfectly balanced and chock full of nutrients that i could never get,  even with all the work and research i was putting in to having a nutrient dense diet. whether it’s our traditional whey or our plant based shakes,  the protein is superior, sourced from the cream of the crop (obviously not the good ole u.s. of a.) and processed in a way that retains most all of the vital nutrients….undenatured.  my shakes (you’re beginning to see that we have a pretty tight thing going on, aren’t you) cost less than i would spend on a traditional breakfast or lunch and they leave me full and energized….and i never have a post meal crash after my shakes. bonus:  they’re delivered to my door, prep is about 60 seconds and clean up is about the same. score! i’ve enjoyed one or 2 of these a day for the past 3 years and i no longer stress about the rest of my meals.  i just choose healthy and i know that my shakes are filling in the gap where my other food may be lacking. how do i know this?  because i feel it in every cell of my body.  if you want numbers on anything, i can get you numbers. but remember? i’m not a numbers girl.   for me it’s all about how i feel….and i feel amazing when i drink my shakes.  so there you have it…that’s why.

breakfast:  Vanilla IsaLean Shake with fresh berries and Isagenix Greens blended with ice and water

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mid morning snack:  kombucha, 1/2 cup cottage cheese with fresh berries

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lunch:  Dairy Free Vanilla Chai IsaLean Shake blended with 1/2 banana, ice and water

afternoon snack:  small stuffed portabella mushroom

dinner:  vegetarian african stew with whole grain pilaf.

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stay tuned later this week as i do my first set of deep cleanse days.

Day 3: don’t panic

day 3

aaaack! what do you do when you get invited to dinner while on a 30 day cleanse?  easy!  you say, “absolutely”, you set up the time and place and you go and enjoy.  it’s no big deal.  just a few tips:

1. stay on track throughout the day, remembering to drink all of your water.

2. time your afternoon snack a little later so you don’t go to dinner famished.

3. check out the menu before you go (preferably at a time when you’re not hungry) and decide ahead of time what you will order.

4. stick to your plan and don’t let yourself get sidetracked, especially by appetizers, desserts and drinks.

5.  if you’re a wino like me, ask them to bring your water (or sparkling water) in a wine glass.

there may be times when you will choose to have that small piece of dessert or that 1 glass of wine, because afterall, this is a lifestyle, but be discerning about the placement and frequency of those during the 30 days.  after the 30 days you can be more flexible, but remember, this is a time to reset so stick as close to plan as possible while showing yourself some grace where needed.  and smile….don’t forget to smile.

day 3 in the rear view.

breakfast:  2 scoops of Vanilla IsaLean shake mix, 1 scoop of IsaFruits blended with ice and water.

mid morning snack: lots of fresh veggies, a little bit of hummus and a little bit of cheese.

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lunch:  Dairy Free Vanilla Chai shake blended with 1/2 a banana, ice and water.

afternoon snack:  vanilla greek yogurt with pepita, hemp and chia seeds

dinner:  mahi mahi with risotto and carrot puree with jalepenos.  i easily avoided the wine and dessert, but confess that i nibbled on the table appetizers.  i couldn’t resist a few fried pickle chips.

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and…as usual, lots and lots of water.  see ya tomorrow.

Day 2: not a numbers girl

Day 2

sooooo. there’s a little something you need to know about me.  i’m not much of a numbers girl. i don’t count calories or macros or use my fitness pal, so if you look at my snacks and think…”ooh, there’s a lot of fat there, or what about those carbs at dinner”, just know that’s not my thing.  i shoot for healthy, as close to whole as possible and balanced.  over the years i’ve really gotten in tune with my body and i know what my cravings mean and i go with them.  i know when i need an egg or a scoop of peanut butter and i know when i need to juice some greens or add a tsp of coconut oil to my shake.  some days it may look a little heavy in one area and light in another, but overall it all balances out for me.  so, hopefully, if you are into the numbers, i won’t drive you too crazy.

and while we’re speaking of numbers, there are a few  others that i want to challenge you to change your perspective on….the number on the scale, that pesky tag in your jeans and the number of candles on your birthday cake.  all of these numbers can be used in a positive way to keep you on track or keep you motivated, but more often than not i see them being hyper focused on in a way that leads to defeat, discouragement and excuses.  just become intentional and diligent about making your health a priority and the rest will fall into place.

as we go along, you’ll see me use some of our various products and you won’t have a clue what i’m talking about.  i’ll slowly start highlighting some of them for you, but always feel free to just ask.

now for day 2 recap.

breakfast:  my famous green creamcicle shake…2 scoops of IsaLean Vanilla, 1 scoop of Isagenix  Greens and 1 scoop of Orange Amped Hydrate blended with water and ice.

morning snack:  1/2 cup lemon greek yogurt with hemp, pepita and chia seeds.

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lunch:  dairy free chunky monkey shake…1 packet Dairy Free Chocolate IsaLean shake, 1/2 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon powder peanut butter (read ingredients and find a brand that is just peanuts) blended with water and ice.

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afternoon snack:  boiled egg and leftover sauteed spinach

dinner: Thug Kitchen white bean and red lentil burger with all the fixins (and yes….even a bun) and baked sweet potato fries.

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alrighty friends, that’s a wrap for day 2.  see you tomorrow.

Day 1: there will never be a perfect time

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day 1 is in the books and i’m already feeling more like myself.  before i share what my day looked like, i want to address one of the biggest concerns i hear.  people will often be completely sold on the idea and need for a 30 day cleanse, but they will delay because they have an event, a party, a wedding, a holiday, a this or that….let me tell you, you will never have a solid 30 days where you won’t have an event, function or celebration.  don’t sweat it.  during this 30 days, i will have my son’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, a holiday, and who knows what else will pop up.  so we will work around those things and make informed choices, knowing that this is so much more than a 30 day diet (go ahead and remove that word from your vocabulary in that context).  we are setting ourselves up for a lifetime of our best health, and hopefully your lifetime will include lots of opportunities to celebrate.

so….onto my day 1:

breakfast:  Dairy Free Vanilla Chai IsaLean Shake blended with 8 oz of low acid coffee, ice, a tsp of coconut oil and a dash or 2 of cinnamon.

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mid morning snack:  small organic apple and tbsp of all natural peanut butter

lunch:  just a simple, no frills vanilla shake.  2 scoops of IsaLean Vanilla, ice and water in a shaker cup.

afternoon snack:  Dr. Kracker crispbread, fresh tomato slices, a few black olives and a few cheese squares.

dinner:  stuffed portabella mushroom (breadcrumbs, herbs and cheese), sauteed spinach, roasted brussel sprouts and grain/lentil pilaf.

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as always….had my morning low acid coffee and about 100 0z. of water throughout the day.  i shoot for a gallon a day, fell a little short, but still got plenty in.

that’s about it guys…easy and satisfying. see you tomorrow for day 2 recap.

#LIVEuntilyoudie

i was privileged to be a part of a webinar a few months ago with a brilliant man (hardly an adequate description), Dr. Marco Ruggiero.  he mentioned that statistics are showing that people today are living longer.  he immediately challenged those statistics with his belief that people are actually “dying” longer.   it didn’t take more than a split second for me to completely get what he meant and it was profound….a great big “aha” moment. i think my jaw literally dropped.  all you have to do is look around and see that he’s right.  people may exist in their bodies on this earth longer today than in the recent past, but few are truly living.  he was looking at this from a strictly health standpoint….bodies wracked by disease, obesity and pain, and i couldn’t agree more…but there’s more.

 within days i began to see a much bigger picture and started to identify so many ways that i wasn’t truly living. it made me sad, it gave me a brief panic attack, but then it inspired me to change.

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that one statement has changed the course of my life and my purpose. i don’t know when it came to me, but i started using the phrase and hashtag #LIVEuntilyoudie. whenever i worry about things i can’t control or doubt myself or get scared to try something new or want to withhold forgiveness or want to settle into some bad habits, i focus on this statement and decide if my actions and attitudes are a reflection of it. if not…i choose differently.

like the great doctor, i believe with my whole heart that taking ownership of our health is a huge piece of the puzzle to fully living.  i adopted a lifestyle of nutritional cleansing nearly 3 years ago.  while it is super flexible and part of my daily life, occasionally, i need to go back to home base.  i can pretty much count on the need for a good reset right after vacation or holidays.  i just got back from an 11 day road trip and my body is craving good nutrition and dragging a little from the toxic burden i put on it. i’ll be doing an Isagenix 30 day nutritional cleanse and just for kicks and grins, i’ll be documenting it here.

why would i do this?   because if you’re anything like i was, you’re probably put off or freaked  out about the idea. because i want to make the unknown…known. i want you to be informed. i want you to see if it’s right for you…you owe it to yourself.  i want you to see how easy it is, how flexible it is and how good it is. i want you to have your own “aha” moment and decide to take ownership of your health. i want you, to the best of your ability, to LIVE until you die.