Clean Training: Final Thoughts

Well, we are near the end. Here are the good points up front:

– 13 pounds lost

– Improved run times (more on that in a minute)

– Sustained energy during the day

What I miss:

– Coffee

Really, that’s it. I mean, I will likely still enjoy other non-detox stuff in the future, but coffee was the only thing I genuinely missed. I suppose it comes with the territory of working with the government. Coffee will be the first thing I “re-introduce.”

Other points:

– Run time. As mentioned before, I am training for two long distance races later this spring. At first, I felt a bit empty over longer training runs. Cold weather in the morning did not help. However, this week, I noticed my 5-mile run time was faster, and I also finished an 18-mile and an 16-mile training run. I would usually have gluten-free oats the night prior my “fuel.” I did not feel weighed down.

– Energy. One night last week, we had to work late to complete a short-suspense project. In days past, I would likely reach for a coffee, or something out of the vending machine to sustain me. I can say that we completed our project, and I did not feel the need to reach for anything. I’d say that’s a good sign.

– What’s next? After re-introduction, I will likely go on an 80-20 diet (80% detox food), especially during my training period. There is a noticeable benefit in eating food void of chemicals. I’ve never been one to aggressively advocate for purely “organic” fare, but I can say that clean food is good in the long run.

Lastly, thanks to my lovely wife for her support, and to Meredith M. for her good cheers.


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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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.


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.

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!


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 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.


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


• 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).



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 3

So sorry I didn’t post yesterday. It was quite a busy day and I had a Girls Wine Night (gasp! Did I cheat?!) in the evening so I didn’t get home until later. I will talk about that later, but now I want to highlight our Daily Fiber Boost.


Did you know that the average person needs 25-30 grams of fiber a day? Most people only get 4! If you changed nothing else about your diet, but got the daily recommended amount, you would lose 9.5lbs in one year! Fiber is a sponge for toxins and it helps you feel fuller longer and keeps your blood sugar balanced.

Daily Fiber Boost provides a convenient way to get 12 grams of fiber, nearly half the daily requirement, with each serving. This heat-resistant blend of gluten-free grain and fruit fibers can be added to hot or cold foods, drinks and even baked goods to help support gastrointestinal health and satiety.

Key Ingredient

Arbonne Fiber Source Blend

Comes from a blend of fiber from gluten-free grain, pea,citrus, apple, orange, beet and inulin

Does not interfere with sensory properties of foods to which it is added


Contains soluble fiber to support intestinal health and regularity


• Excellent source of fiber; one scoop delivers nearly half the recommended daily value

• Helps you feel satiated

• Fiber helps support a healthy gastrointestinal system

• Gluten-free grain and vegan fiber source

• No cholesterol, saturated or trans fat

• Kosher-certified

I add the Fiber Boost in my shake in the morning, but you can add it to about anything, because it is tasteless and odorless.

Day 3

I woke up with a lot of energy today, before 9:00am I had gotten about 3 tasks crossed off my to do list and in my energy filled glee I added about 3 more tasks to the list because I felt unstoppable. When I woke up I  had my detox tea, probiotic, and berry shake (organic frozen berries, 1 scoop chocolate and 1 scoop vanilla protein, 1tbl of almond butter, 1 scoop of fiber boost). I went to the gym at about 9:15am, I put a fizz stick in my water to get through the HITT class and Glutes and Abs class I was going too. After the gym I went and ran an errand and then came home and made lunch which was an egg scramble with Tuscan kale, tomatoes, jalapeno, green onions and mushrooms. I probably should have had a snack before I went to the gym, because I went too long without a snack between my shake and lunch.


About 90 min after lunch I made a quick shake (2 scoops chocolate protein, 9 ounces coconut milk). I had a take along pouch of trail mix (nuts and cranberries) at around 4pm. For dinner I made this yummy chicken fajita bake with brown rice, pico de gallo and guacamole. It was really good and everyone in the family enjoyed it. It makes enough for leftovers. I think that is what I am going to have today (Day 4) for lunch and dinner!



After dinner I went to a girls wine night at my friends Kate’s house. Thankfully about half of us in attendance were also detoxing this month, so there was a lot of detox friendly food and sparkling water. I did break the not eat after 7pm rule, but I didn’t over eat. I did have these fabulous detox friendly almond cookies made by my friend Meagan. They were amazing!! She found the recipe here. I got home a little later than I wanted so I didn’t have time to get my detox tea.

One thing I have noticed that is different from last time, is that I have way more energy this first week. I have been able to exercise normally this week and I am not completely crushed in the afternoon. SO far so good on to day 5!



Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 2

I am going to take this time around to talk a little bit more about the Arbonne products used  in the detox. Today I am going to highlight the heartbeat of the detox which is the protein powder.protien


Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix has a perfectly balanced blend of vegan protein from pea, rice and cranberry, as well as functional fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, flax-seed, and a unique botanical blend for targeted benefits. Just two scoops contain 20 grams of protein to help you feel satisfied and deliver a 100% amino acid score, an indicator of how efficiently protein will meet amino acid needs, to help support muscles. Clinically tested and certified to have low glycemic index, the shakes are low enough in sugar to avoid spikes in blood sugar glucose levels. Blend with a variety of fruits and vegetables for an extra nutrient boost.

Here are some of the benefits:

• Certified low glycemic index

• Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass

• Contains easily digested vegan protein

• Contains over 20 vitamins and minerals to support good health

• Chromium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels◊

• Gluten-free • Dairy-free; ideal for the lactose-intolerant • No whey or soy proteins • Kosher-certified • No saturated fats, trans fats or cholesterol • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners

If weight loss is your main goal while on the detox than we suggest you replace 2 meals with a shake. We provide delicious and filling shake recipes. I have only replaced when I am in a hurry. What is great is that you know you are getting all the nutrients you need in the shake! If you have worked out for an hour you can have this a recovery shake with a banana yum yum! I also have the shake without banana if I workout less than one hour and also for a quick on the go snack, but I usually just put it in a shaker I don’t add additional ingredients.

Day 2

I woke up a little brighter this morning! I did my morning routine of tea, probiotic and shake. I made a berry shake with fiber, almond butter, coconut milk and vanilla and chocolate protein.  I went for a 2.38 mile run it felt ok, I struggled a bit. I didn’t really exercised that much during my last detox, but I am going to try to keep up with my running training this time. I came home around 8:30am and I grabbed a small 6 ounce shake to take with me as I went to get my hair done. I wanted to make sure I had something to snack on. For lunch I met some friends at a local favorite restaurant 195. It is really detox friendly. I had a greek salad, but without the dressing, cheese and toast.


I was still hungry so I ate some of my friends chicken and beets. On my way out I ordered a buchi air (kombucha) to go.


I am low on fizz sticks and that seemed to give me the energy to finish out the afternoon. I have an Arbonne meeting this evening so we will be eating dinner early. I am making spaghetti with meat sauce (grass-fed). Instead of regular spaghetti I am going to eat steamed zucchini. My friend Amy (Yeah, you made the blog 2 days in a row!) gave me this idea and also showed me what veggie slicer to buy. It was the easiest thing to slice!IMG_3752


Here is my dinner it was delish! The zucchini spaghetti was good. I steamed it and it was slightly crunchy, I was afraid to over steam it, but I liked it that way. Better slightly crunchy than mushy.  The Trader Joes Rustica sauce is detox friendly and pairs nicely with the meat.


I enjoyed my detox tea when I got home from my meeting. Have a good night!