Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 15

Yeah I am half way done and it is also the start of cleanse week….mmmmmmm. Here is a little info on our 7 day cleanse.

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Regular cleansing is an important part of ongoing health and wellness. Take 7-Day Body Cleanse for seven days, once a month, to deliver ingredients that help support cleansing and gentle toxin elimination from the body.◊ Targeted botanicals support liver health, a key organ of detoxification and for removal of metabolic waste. Additionally, supporting the liver may also help support the production of the endogenous (internally made) antioxidant, glutathione. A fruit-based blend also delivers antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage in the body.

We do this in the 3rd week of the detox. By this time your body should be pretty clean, so the whole cleansing element of it all isn’t that dramatic. We suggest you drink it cold over the span of 4-8 hours. You pour the contents of the packet in a 32 ounce bottle with cold water. It tasted like diluted sour apple ice tea. Now that more acidic your body is the worse it going to taste. We also don’t take the probiotic this week, because it will kinda go to waste and this cleanse will help with everything regarding your gut.

Benefits

• Supports toxin elimination • Supports liver health and internal antioxidant activity• Antioxidant blend fights oxidation • Supports gastrointestinal health • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners • Fructose- and corn syrup-free; sweetened with natural agave nectar and stevia

Key Ingredients

Milk Thistle

• Helps support the liver• Is a hepatoprotectant, which also helps support liver glutathione to help fight free radicals generated through normal biological processes.

Antioxidant Blend

• Free radicals can cause oxidation in the body; antioxidants help stabilize free radicals to counter damaging effects. • Contains superfood fruit powders from elderberry, chokeberry, hibiscus, blackcurrant, cherry, carrot and apple. • Superfoods contain antioxidants like anthocyanins, carotenoids and polyphenols.

Day 15

I started out my day with a berry shake and I just realized I forgot my detox tea oops. I started pushing the water early this morning. I decided to drink the cleanse after my run. I ran 3 miles and it felt amazing! Can’t wait to see how my run feels on Wednesday. I came home and started drinking the cleanse I had 4 ounces of it. I then went to run a few errands, when I got back I snacked on a couple of slices of roast beef and I had a macaroon chocolate shake for lunch. I added more ice than usual and it became the consistency of a frosty oh dear Lord it was delicious!  When I came back from a meeting and picking up my youngest from school I started prepping dinner and I snacked on some of the filling of the stuffed peppers.

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The stuffed peppers were really good. You roast the peppers for 20 min in over at 400 degrees, you take them out and stuff them (browned ground turkey, cooked brown rice, sautéed zucchini, onions, you can add black beans  and salsa but I omitted them.) You then put them back in oven at 350 for 15 min. You can top with diya “cheese” or not. I chose not to, instead I topped them with pico. For my family I added mozzarella cheese on top.  This was good and easy to make before hand. I am going to put this in my dinner rotation. I am now going to enjoy my detox tea and watch some of the new TV shows. Have a good night!

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 11, 12, 13, 14

I am so excited to announce that this week Arbonne has introduced a new product to their nutrition line. It is the Greens Balance. Mom always said to eat your veggies. Greens Balance makes this easy with its spectrum of proprietary color blends of whole fruit and vegetable powders — delivering antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber you need to have a more balanced, healthier diet every day. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are sources of phytonutrients, or nutrients that come from plants. These nutrients include carotenoids like alpha- and beta-carotene in yellow fruits and vegetables, anthocyanidins in blues, lycopene in reds, and sulforaphane in cruciferous vegetables like kale and broccoli.

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Key Blends

Blend of Greens: spirulina, kale, artichoke, broccoli, spinach and more

• Contains chlorophyll, which supports gastrointestinal health and cleansing.

• Vegetables like brussels sprouts and spinach contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are enzymatically converted in the body to produce isothiocyanates, which are a focus of research for their ability to support health and well-being.

• Alfalfa, barley grass and wheat grass can contain enzymes as well as vitamins A, K and E.

Blend of Reds: pomegranate, acerola, cherry, red coffee bean and more

• Reds like tomato supply the antioxidant carotenoid, lycopene.

• Red fruits are sources of antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols.

• Reds like pomegranate contain ellagic acid and punicalagin to support better health.

Blend of Yellows: pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, papaya, mango and more

• Yellows are a source of carotenoids like alpha- and beta- carotene and zeaxanthan.

• Yellow fruits and vegetables are a source of vitamins A and C, and antioxidant bioflavonoids.

Blend of Blues: blueberry, black currant, purple sweet potato, elderberry and more

• Blue fruits and berries are sources of antioxidants called anthocyanidins.

• Blue fruits like grape contain resveratrol and vitamin C.

• Blue fruits can also contain antioxidants like quercetin and flavonoids

Benefits

• Includes alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables • Supports the alkalizing effects of a diet high in fruits and vegetables • Supports gastrointestinal health • Whole food powders, supplying antioxidants and phytonutrients • Total content is equivalent to 30 servings of vegetables (1 serving of vegetables per scoop) • Delivers polyphenols, chlorophyll and antioxidants • Supports healthy acid and alkaline (pH) balance*

*In the context of an alkalizing diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables

 

Day 11

Today was my youngest 7th birthday. It was a day of running around getting cupcakes to school, getting ready for the pizza dinner and more cupcakes. I made sure that his day was special and I didn’t want my detox to get in the way of that. In the morning I woke up a little earlier so I wouldn’t be in a rush. I made my morning berry shake before he got up. I then went about making him his favorite breakfast and getting him to school early so we wouldn’t be in a rush. After I dropped him off I ran 2.5 miles. I think I am hitting the detox sweet spot. The run felt GREAT! I am also getting up more bright-eyed and less tired in the afternoon. After the run I went to train with my trainer for 30 minutes. When I got back I had a chocolate macaroon shake with a banana at around 10am.  I ate lunch of the Chicken Power Bowl at around 1pm. In the later afternoon I had a fit chew and some brown rice cakes. In the evening I had a Thai cucumber salad with roasted chickpeas. I resisted the pizza and the cupcakes.

Day 12

My parents are in town so I went out to breakfast with my dad and had a veggie white egg omelet with a side of tomatoes and my detox tea.  Later in the morning I had a couple fit chews and a fizz stick. For lunch I had a chocolate macaroon shake with almond butter. In the afternoon I had some strawberries and rice cakes and then for dinner I made the  paleo stir fry. My food processor broke :( so I couldn’t rice the cauliflower so I made some basmati rice. I had a little bit of it with the stir-fry. In the evening I tried the new greens balance with water ( I just wanted to sample it and then I had my detox tea).

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Day 13

This morning I got up and made a green smoothie with the new greens balance powder, vanilla protein and almond/coconut milk. I went to a great TRX class this morning and it was pain free! For snacks I had some turkey cold-cuts and brown rice rice cakes. Lunch was more of a grazing because today was my son’s birthday party with his friends. So “lunch” happened between 1:30 and 4pm I had turkey cold cuts, roast beef cold cuts, sweet potato chips and strawberries. For dinner I am having a blueberry chocolate smoothie with almond/coconut milk and almond butter.

 Day 14

I had the green smoothie again, I am not going to lie I cheated and put 3 chunks of pineapple in it. I am going to have some Arbonne workshops this upcoming week and I wanted to see a yummy way to enjoy the Greens Balance. With the pineapple, ice, almond coconut milk, two scoops of vanilla it is pretty good. I had an early lunch at church (which serves delicious mexican food in between the Masses) I  had chicken no tortilla and I mixed it with cabbage, green salsa, cilantro and onions. When I got home I grazed on some left over cold cuts. I went to a movie with friends we went and saw This Is Where I Leave You. Absolutely hilarious probably the best movie I have seen all year. Click here to watch the trailer. At the movies I had pumpkin seeds, some lentil chips, fit chews and two detox friendly almond cookies. I also had water.  For dinner I had left over stir-fry from Friday.

All in all I did ok this weekend. I definitely grazed a lot which I don’t know how that is going to show on the scale. I also “cheated” a little bit not with bad stuff, but I had some ham cold cuts and some fruit (like pineapple and grapes). I know it’s not like I had a piece a cake or a slice of pizza, but still once you fall off the path it’s easy to justify a worse cheat. I will stay strong this upcoming week. It is also cleanse week. I have my cleanse mixed and ready in the fridge mmm mmm good!

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 10

Good evening everyone, I hope you all had a great Wednesday. Aside from being at the dentist for a crown replacement this morning my Wednesday was pretty good. In the morning I missed my detox tea, but I had my berry shake with probiotic and fiber. I was at the dentist until about 10:30am so I had 2 fit chews around 11:00am. For lunch I had leftovers from last night. In the mid afternoon I made an iced detox tea with fizz stick and later in the afternoon I had trail mix. For dinner I made a veggie egg scramble with apple gate turkey sausage on the side.

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I am going to have a few fit chews and then enjoy my tea. I haven’t worked out for two days. Tomorrow I am going to run 2 miles and then strength train we will see how I feel. I had to give my it band a rest. Tomorrow is also my baby’s 7th birthday. I will have to resist the cupcakes and pizza!! I am going to be strong, I have 10 days under my belt! If I don’t post tomorrow, know that I will do a double one on Friday! Good night!

Arbonne Detox Part Deux:Day 9

Day 9

I woke up and made the delicious chocolate macaroon shake. I also had my detox tea and put my probiotic in the shake. I had a meeting at 9 am at a local coffee shop, I had another detox tea combined with green tea.  After my meeting I went out to Ft. Bragg to go to the commissary. This is about 45 min from my house and I realized I forgot a snack when I got there. Thankfully I was going food shopping so I grabbed some lentil chips and ate them on my way home. They were ok. When I got home and put my groceries away, I made a strawberry chocolate shake for my lunch. For the afternoon snack I had more lentil chips. For dinner I had a Chicken Quinoa Power Bowl it was delicious. I am sorry I didn’t post a picture, I was too hungry. To make up for that I have included the recipe.

Chicken Quinoa Power Bowl

Yields 4 servings

12 oz grilled chicken breasts ,4 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed), 1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 cup dry quinoa, 16 oz chicken broth,

2 (14.5oz) cans fire-­roasted tomatoes, 2 cups chopped carrots ,4 cups tightly packed

chopped kale, 3 tsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp minced fresh garlic, 2/3 cup basil pesto (deli/produce

section) Salt & pepper to taste

In a large baggie, place grilled chicken breast, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika and onion powder. Seal bag and shake -­ set aside. In a saucepan, combine dry quinoa and chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large pot add olive oil, kale and carrots. Sauté until carrots are al dente, add garlic and S&P to taste and mix well. Add roasted tomatoes, quinoa, chicken mixture and combine. Cook for 2 minutes. Add pesto (homemade version is linked in ingredients list or you can buy store bought) and stir. Serve immediately.

I just had a green apple and I will have a detox tea in a little bit. Hope you all have a good night.

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 8

Happy Monday everyone! Today is accountability day where we send in our measurements and weight to our FB group moderator. I am happy to report that I lost 2 pounds and an inch around my waist. I am off to a great start!

Today I am going to highlight our Detox Tea, it supports our elimination organs during the 28 day detox.  Our body eliminates toxins through multiple pathways (ie) liver, kidneys, intestines and skin. The liver has over 500 functions. It is our primary detoxifier. All of our elimination organs need a tune-up and proper maintenance.

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Our daily detox tea regulates cholesterol, balances blood sugar, promotes weight loss. It contains milk thistle, which supports our liver. It also supports the production of glutathione, which is the master detoxifier of the body. It has nine botanical that support the liver and kidney function for detoxification.

Day 8

I am not going to lie it was hard to get up this morning. I had my regular shake (berries, probiotic, scoop of vanilla, scoop of chocolate, fiber and almond coconut milk) and detox tea. I went for a run in the am, I wasn’t feeling it (my IT band was hurting) so I stopped. What was supposed to be a 4 mile run ended up being 1. 23 miles. I then went to stretch out and then did a TRX class.  When I got back I had a quick recovery shake with half of a banana. I went to a meeting which happen to be at the local health food store so I had a buchi (kombucha). I met some friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday (Happy Birthday Tammy!!!) at a local farm to table restaurant. I had the gazpacho and chicken lettuce wraps.

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It was really good. I didn’t have an afternoon snack because we had dinner at 5pm, because today was my youngest first baseball practice. I made a shake for dinner. It was a chocolate macaroon shake. It was so delicious and I think I am going to have it for breakfast tomorrow. It had ice, 9 ounces of almond milk, tbsp almond milk and a 1/4 cup of organic shredded coconut. It was soooo good! When I got back from practice I had a pouch of trail mix and I am now going to enjoy my detox tea! Good night!

 

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 6 & 7

Today I am going to highlight the fit chews. Let me tell you, they save me for when I am craving something bad. They give you enough sweet to ease the beast and to move on!  Even when I am not detoxing they are a life saver and they have curbed my night time eating. I rarely ever eat anything besides a couple chews or rice cakes in the evening. They really have helped me reduce on the empty and stress calories.

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When hunger strikes between meals, Fit Chews are a perfect, guilt-free supplement to help satisfy cravings and deliver a quick pick-me-up. They’re also a great way to support a weight-management regimen. Additionally,the tasty bites contain a unique,botanically based,herbal adaptogen blend to help support good health and do not contain any artificial ingredients.

Benefits

• Designed to provide a quick pick-me-up • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners •No high-fructose corn syrup • Do not contain soy or dairy

Key Ingredients

Arbonne Adaptogen Blend (Codonopsis, Astragalus, Rhodiola):

• Helps control appetite • Helps increase energy • Adaptogenic herbs have been used for hundreds of years in Asia and India. • Adaptogenic herbs can help support health and Gluten-free.

Day 6

This morning I had a berry shake (fiber, almond butter, once scoop vanilla one scoop chocolate, frozen berries and probiotic). I didn’t have my detox tea until later in the morning because I had to take my youngest to golf and we were running late. I ran for 2 miles while my youngest was at golf. It felt better than the last time I ran but it was still a hilly area and very humid. When we got home I had a recovery shake with half a banana I added ice. Don’t know why I haven’t done that before but it was deliciousness! Since we were going to a birthday part at 2pm, I had a black rice tortilla and hummus. At the party I was good. I only had pico de gallo, sweet potato chips and berries. I had water and a glass of kombucha. In the evening my hubby grilled steaks and we had it with sweet potato fries and peas.  In the evening I had a couple chews and detox tea.

Day 7

This morning we had to get out the door to Church. I made my shake to go and also a iced detox tea fizz stick. Our Church sells delicious authentic mexican food every week, so  after Mass and Sunday School ( I teach the k-1 grades) I had a chicken taco (no tortilla) with cabbage, cilantro, chopped onions and salsa verde with some lime. It was really good! Since I had that at around 11:00 am I had a shake around 1:30pm for lunch. In the afternoon I had an Arbonne workshop and my host thankfully had a big plate of fruit. I pretty much ate all the berries. This evening I had leftover steak (it will be my red meat for the week) pico de gallo and a black rice tortilla. I am now going to enjoy my detox tea and probably have a fit chew.

Surviving the first weekend of the 28 day detox is a big accomplishment. Once you have the first weekend under your belt the rest is smooth sailing (for the most part)! Now on to week 2!

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 5

Today I am going to highlight our fabulous probiotic the Digestion Plus. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut and 80% of your serotonin (which is responsible for mood, sexual desire, appetite, sleep, memory) lives in your belly? Nearly all brain cells and skin conditions are influenced by what is going on in your belly, as well.

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Every day add a single serving stick pack of mild powder to any cold or room-temperature liquid. Delivers prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes to help support optimal digestive health. There are many factors that affect the balance of the gastrointestinal tract, and by supplementing the diet with probiotics and enzymes you’re making sure that you’re helping maintain the balance of “good” bacteria and also helping improve the body’s ability to digest food. Just one stick of Digestion Plus a day helps support better digestive health and wellness.

Benefits

• Supports digestion of carbohydrates, fats, protein, fiber and lactose

• Supports healthy digestion to help minimize gas and bloating◊

• Promotes balance in the intestinal tract

• Supports nutrient uptake from the foods we eat’

Once I started to take the Digestion Plus daily I really felt a difference in my body (don’t want to get into the nitty gritty…ha ha ha). I had taken other probiotics before, but I really saw better results with the Digestion Plus.

Day 5

This morning I was volunteering at my youngest school so I had to do my morning routine a little faster. I actually put my probiotc in my berry shake. I also made my detox tea iced and threw a citrus fizz stick in it and took it to go. I was able to get in a couple of fit chews and a pack of trail mix before lunch. For lunch I had Trader Joe’s Salmon burger patty on top of Tuscan Kale with lemon. The salmon burger was ok. Not sure if I would buy it again. I think I am going to put some spices on it next time, it was very bland.

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I made an effort to drink water this afternoon. I don’t think I drank as much as I should  have these past two days. Around 3pm I have a few fit chews. For dinner I made mahi mahi seasoned with fake soy sauce (amino acids), garlic powder and ginger. I pan-fried it with olive oil and with red and orange peppers, red onions and elephant garlic. Once it was done I sprinkled cilantro on top and added fresh lime juice. It was absolutely delicious.

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I had a fit chew (I know this has been a fit chew day) and am now enjoying my detox tea. I hope you all have a great weekend. Weekends are always the hardest when you are detoxing so wish me luck! I will not post tomorrow but will have a weekend post on Sunday! Until then friends…