Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 22 and 23

Day 22

Happy Monday everyone! This morning I did my morning routine, I am out of frozen berries so I had a chocolate macaroon shake with probiotic added.  I am feeling REALLY good, I was going to go for a 4 mile run, but the weather deterred me so I ran a quick one mile on the treadmill, then rowed 1200m and finally did a 30 min TRX. I really could have done more, but I had a lot to do. I went to visit a friend that is recovering from surgery and she asked me if I could I bring her Starbucks, I ordered what she asked and I just ordered a water. When I got to her house I made a fizz and also had some almonds I had in my bag. When I got home I got made a veggie egg scramble and had it with a black rice tortilla. For an afternoon snack I had a couple chews. For dinner I had 2 chicken lime patties with black beans and pico. around 7pm I had my nightly detox tea.

One thing that has been bothering me this detox is my face. After the first detox I noticed a huge sensitivity to wheat and dairy and I would get horrible eczema and dry skin on my face. This go round my skin got a lot better initially but over the course of the cleanse week, my skin suffered and I believe it is the last of the toxins I had in my system being pushed out. So last night I had a very itchy neck and face and had to take Benadryl to make it stop and to pass out. Miraculously today it is much better, but it’s like over the past 22 days I have literally shed a layer of skin on my face and neck. I am going to have to be very careful with my skin care regime and go back to using the sensitive skin regime and suspend the anti-aging regime (which I adore) until my skin gets more resilient.

Day 23

This morning was rushed and crazy. I really need to get out of bed 10 min earlier and stop hitting the snooze button. I barely made my smoothie. So I was going to run this morning and of course when I got to my start (near my son’s school) I realized I forgot to grab my heart monitor and watch and since I am training 5 min running 1 min walking I really needed my watch. Yeah sure if I LOVED running I would have just ran, so I turned the car around came home and instead of running in my neighborhood (which is so hilly) I cleaned my bathroom and room. For a snack I had my tea and a rice cake. I ran errands and then met a friend for lunch at my favorite local restaurant. I had the special which was a brown rice bowl with seasonal veggies. I added chicken. I also had a red lentil squash soup.

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It was so delicious. I couldn’t finish the whole thing and I regret not bringing it home. Since lunch was rather large I just had a shake for dinner.  About to enjoy my tea and I hope I will finally run tomorrow.

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Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 20 and 21

I have survived the third weekend!  The cold weather really has me craving a nice glass of full-bodied red wine. Don’t know why. I haven’t really craved anything until this past week, must be the cleanse. I am almost done with my last bit of cleanse. The first few days I didn’t have a problem drinking it and the interesting part is that it really hasn’t tasted bad to me all. Must be that this go round my body wasn’t that acidic.

Day 20

Since I ate late last night, I waited a full 12 hours to have my shake. So I had it around 9:30am. For lunch I had some turkey cold cuts with a black rice tortilla. Later in the afternoon I had some celery and carrots. I also had some fit chews and a fizz stick. For dinner I made ceviche with tilapia it was so good!

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Marisol’s Ceviche (serves 8-10)

Ceviche is normally an appetizer, but we had it for our dinner so I made more than I should. I had a lot of leftover that I was able to have it for lunch and then give some away to a friend for her dinner.

Bag of Frozen Tilapia (wild caught) thawed, 10-12 limes, 2 red peppers (or whatever color you like)chopped, 1 jalapeno (seeded), half a red onion diced, a bunch of cilantro chopped, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Cut up thawed tilapia place in large bowl squeeze limes on tilapia. Place cilantro, peppers, jalapeno in bowl and stir. Season with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste and stir.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 3-4 hours. Half way through stir the ceviche. The lime juice cooks the tilapia it is ready to eat when it is no longer pink. Serve with extra lime juice and a dash of tabasco if you like more heat.

After dinner I finished my cleanse and it knocked me out. I am not sure if it was that or the result of an extremely busy week, but I dozed on and off on the couch from 8:30pm until 11pm.

Day 21

Today I woke up refreshed! I had a chocolate macaroon shake with fiber. I also took a fizz and iced detox tea for the drive to Mass. After Sunday school I had a tortilla less taco, with cabbage, cilantro onion and lime. When we got back home at around 11:30 I was still hungry and had some left over ceviche and a black bean tortilla. I had a FaceTime Arbonne detox workshop (Thanks Vanessa, Cat and Marie Noelle)! I had some almonds during it and a fizz stick and some of my cleanse. At around 4pm I had some rice cakes. For dinner I had Trader Joes  frozen buffalo burger (no bun) with Trader Joes grilled peppers on top. It was really good. I just finished my cleanse and I am not going to enjoy a detox tea.

I am on to week 4!!! I am so excited to have another week under my belt and the end is in sight. Last week was not a good work out week. I hope to run 3 times this week, do yoga one day and strength train 2 times. I just realized I am less than a month out from my 10K in late October. My goal is to stay pretty clean (except for the occasional glass of wine. My reward will be a tasty beer after the race) until the race.

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 17, 18 and 19

Sorry, I missed the last few days it has been very busy.

Day 17

So I promised that today would be more exciting food wise, well it really wasn’t sorry to disappoint. In the morning I made a berry chocolate shake, but I added a scoop of the greens balance in it. It was ok, I think the greens balance needs something sweeter to over ride the aftertaste. Once I can eat pineapples (when detox is over) that it was I am going to use, because it was delicious with it!! I had an Arbonne workshop in the morning so I had some berries, a fizz stick and a lot of water. For lunch I made a veggies omelet.

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In the afternoon I had the rest of the cleanse and almonds. I also made sure to drink more water. For dinner I had a shake and at the evening detox workshop, I had a fizz stick and some chews.

Day 18

This morning I made a vanilla shake with strawberries and the greens balance. It was better than yesterday shake, but it still needs the pineapples. I also had an iced detox tea with fizz stick. I trained with my trainer this morning and we did a TABATA workout of wall balls, sit ups, box jumps, elevated push ups and TRX bicep curls. For a snack I had a small chocolate shake before I went to volunteer at the library at my youngest school.  For lunch I had a business meeting and we met at Longhorn. I had a greens salad (which they had to take back because it cheese and croutons on it) with salmon and lemon wedges for dressing. It was really good. For an afternoon snack I had a black rice tortilla. In the evening I had an Arbonne workshop and my hostess had delicious food. I had some shrimp ceviche, sweet potato chips and strawberries.

Day 19

Today I was a substitute in the library at my youngest elementary school. I spent my day reading stories and helping kiddos pick out quality literature. It was a lot of fun and I would do again in a heartbeat. I took a bag filled with almonds, fit chews, fizz sticks and a shake for lunch. I had my shake and an iced detox tea with fizz stick in the morning. I waited and had a snack around 10 am and then again around 11:30am. My lunch break wasn’t until 1:15pm. Once the day was over and I got home I had some more almonds. For dinner I went out to dinner with friends (Nicole, Janira and Amy) for my friend Jen’s birthday. We went to a local farm to table restaurant called Ashten’s. Since I really didn’t eat much today, I made it up at dinner. Which I know isn’t good practice.  For appetizer I had butter bean hummus with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. It came with grilled pita but I gave it to my friends that were not on the detox. It’s nice to go out to dinner with friends who are detoxing, because you support each other along the way! For my main course, I had the NY strip. It comes from the same farmer that I buy my grass fed beef from. I substituted the mac and cheese it came with, for sweet potato fries. It also came with stewed tomatoes. When I came home I had to finished the last 12 ounces of the cleanse.

Only 2 more weekends to go on the detox. Like I mentioned before the second time around has definitely been easier. It feels like routine. I am very excited for a glass of red wine when it’s over.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 16

Day 16

Today was pretty boring detox wise. I had a chocolate macaroon shake for breakfast and I did remember my detox tea this morning, unlike yesterday. I went to 8:45 am hot yoga flow class. I hadn’t been since July and I noticed how messed up my body gets when I am training for a race. Makes me reevaluate the entire running scenario. I really don’t enjoy it, which makes me wonder why I do it. It is the best cardio work out for me so I think I am just going to stick to running twice a week no more than 3 miles. Race wise after my 10K in October I am going to stick to 5Ks. Yoga was wonderful today and I am going to try to make it there once a week again.  After yoga I ran errands until about 1pm. I didn’t mean to be out that long, but that is just how it happened. I didn’t prepare to be out that long so I only had a fit chew in between my shake and lunch. Which I know is very bad. I came home and had leftovers from dinner. It was basically the brown rice turkey filing. After lunch I started drinking the cleanse. In the afternoon I had some almonds for a snack and drank water. I have surprised myself that I haven’t had a fizz stick these past 2 days. I haven’t been tired at all. My skin is also looking really good! This is the best part of the detox is when you start to feel amazing! For dinner I had the same thing as lunch and then I finished the rest of the cleanse and had some water and the detox tea! I promise tomorrow will be a better eating day ! Hope you all have a good night!

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!