Concluding My 21 Day Cleanse

New to this site? This is one of 4 posts on my 21 Day Standard Process Purification experience. If you haven’t already, be sure to read the first 3 posts of this series.

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I feel awesome. I have so much energy and I am the leanest I’ve been in 5 years; at least strongest and body fat percentage. This is a BIG deal. I don’t have the healthiest genes coming into 25 years of type 1 diabetes and just over 2 years with a low thyroid. Weight comes off like molasses, and after doing this program, it seems easy. I better be careful, I am going to be jinxed for saying that!

But I am now convinced. We need to have a liver tune-up annually if not every quarter. The liver really is our fat burning organ, and after concluding this program, I now want to position a cleasne as a priority with my weight loss clients.

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Concluding Remarks:

  • MEASUREMENTS: So how much weight did I lose? Nearly 5 pounds! I was definitely pleased. While I weighed-in on day 1 and 21, I also thought about doing tape measure measurements, but easily decided I didn’t want to get stuck on any numbers as I went about the program.  I wanted to 1) focus on gaining the most health as possible, 2) not weigh-in during the program at all, and 3) use my appetite and listening skills to zero in on what my body was craving for food choices. If I were to hop on the scale daily, I would have let my dietitian brain take over and dictate my meals. Additionally, I started this program at one of my lowest weights in the last 2 years. Concluding the 3 weeks I was shocked to see I lost any additional weight. No doubt, I am pleased, but I am even happier with how healthy I feel. The only bad news? I really need to break-up with coffee. In the meantime, green tea/matcha is doing the trick.
  • TOOLS: A few things I really valued during this cleanse, besides the obvious sweet potatoes, included:
    • A good blender. I am thankful I had a blender that could liquify everything from beets, carrots to spinach. img_4300
    • A food processor. I used this when I started making pancakes out of the SP protein powder for breakfast,
    • Coconut butter and coconut flakes – maybe a bigger love, over sweet potatoes,
    • Bananas – they always made a smoothie better. I typically used half of a banana or 1/3 of one,
    • Avocados,
    • Raw pumpkin seeds,
    • Fresh herbs and ginger. I loved ginger in the smoothies,
    • The literature provided with the program including the Guide the 1 Degree of Change Cookbook. While I did not obsessively use either, the list of allowed foods was important and I loved looking over recipes just to gather meal ideas.
    • Journaling. Regardless of what program I am doing, tracking how I feel and what I am doing is so powerful. Journaling allowed me to put more faith into the program, noticing the smallest changes, which I believe generated more results. This practice helped me capture the mind-body aspect of this protocol. img_4313
  • ADVICE: For anyone considering this 21 day program, you are in good hands. This cleanse is a real food based program, with food-based supplements and herbs. I was never hungry and the cleanse targeted organ nourishment and support. I feel different and a better version of myself. Be sure to order your product well ahead of time and read the Guide and Cookbook front to back before beginning. This cleanse was honestly easy, but it was only easy because I went into each day having an idea of what foods I was going to put together for my meals and snacks. Batch cooking is key, and forgo the scale and measurements while conducting the detox, so you can use your true senses of what your body needs for fuel and repair. Shop smartly. I bought a lot of the ingredients from Thrive Market, and got wild seafood, protein and vegetables from bargain groceries. I did not have to go to expensive markets to do this program. All in all, no matter what cleanse people do/nutrition coaches recommend, they need to be recommended uniquely. Send me a an email if you want help deciding.
  • MODIFICATIONS: This exact cleanse recommends no animal protein until day 11. I however, would advise clients to do at least day 1-3 with no animal protein, and if able day 1-5. As for eggs, they are not advised, but if someone knows they are no sensitive to them, and will have less stress with the program, to go ahead and include them. The cleanse also suggests one can use quinoa and lentils, and I’d only use those if needed during the vegetarian phase. If able, I’d remove quinoa, lentils and eggs entirely. Lastly, I would not limit fat. I suggest clients use their intuition and appetite in regulating fat intake.
  • DETOXING: In addition to removing many allergens from the diet (dairy. gluten, corn, soy, beans) I incorporated hot yoga, dry brushing, trampoline work and focused on fluids more than what was emphasized with the Guide. I also avoided quinoa.

Day 15 – Like last weekend we went out and stayed up late. With this, I woke with a roaring appetite. I made a pancake out of the cleanse protein powder. If you are curious about such recipes, download the free Standard Process app on your smartphone. In all, the pancake was just what I needed. My Sunday played out as expected.

Day 16 – Monday – feeling lean and mean. Workouts are great and my mind is clear.

Day 17 – Tuesday – I was headed back home from a visit at my sister’s with her and her 3 little boys and my mom. The day went fine, but we stopped at Chipotle for lunch. I abide by the rules with allowed foods, but had the fajita vegetables on a salad with chicken. I should have gone with their pork because it is not cooked with soybean oil, and should have left out the fajita vegetables. They too arimg_4309e cooked in low quality oil and I could feel it. I felt moody and had cravings. As soon as I got home from the long drive, I had a bowl of sweet potato wedges seasoned with coconut oil/butter and sea salt. I closed the night, grounding myself and attended a hot yoga session.

Day 18 – Woke determined to finish strong. I had a pancake I made from the SP protein powder, a shake for lunch and a salad and turkey for dinner. Fish is recommended to be the first animal protein choice, but I went with what I had on hand as were are finishing up some items before we leave town again for Christmas. One really cool thing today – I felt like my workout was on fire. I pushed myself so hard and I was proud of how much weight I lifted and level of intent I put into my exercise. I think I was smiling while I was running too. Maybe it was my food and re-focus on the program, and or I was in the Christmas spirit.

Day 19 – My mind is on the finish line, but also reviewing how I want to carry on after this program. I think I am going to move towards a paleo AIP diet, but I will mix in the SP protein powder for smoothies or pancakes and continue to eat a lower animal protein lunch. I think the way I adapted my lunch during this 21 days was the biggest needle pusher for a better physique and my energy.

Day 20 – A full day of last minute Christmas shopping and enjoying the day and lunch with my mom for her birthday. I did have wine with our date, but I felt fine and I was sure to enjoy it without feeling guilty.

Day 21 – Christmas Eve! I feel great and cheersed the cleanse for everything it gave me.

 

JANUARY CLEANSE – If you are interested in doing a cleanse in the New Year, Standard Process is kicking off their 21 Day Standard Process Purification program with a webinar on the 9th of January, and the diet/supplement regime starts on the 10th. Let me know if you need to order a kit, and I will get you what you need. Their cleanse has dairy free and a standard version (both ~ $235)

This program has a Guide and a full eBook (1 Degree of Change) with step by step meal plans and a free app you can download, which has tracking tools, shopping lists/list builder and recipes from the meal plan.

A lot of information, but all of the above makes the program really easy to follow. Hope you have a healthy New Year and entire 2017 in whatever way you choose to strive for your best health.

For people wanting to do this cleanse in January, be sure to participate in the free weekly webinars. First webinar starts January 9th.

Recap of Week #1 on the Cleanse

Oh man, do I have an update…

Last week I shared how I prepped for my upcoming Standard Process cleanse. This week I have a ton to share. Maybe a book’s worth, but I have tried my best to make this concise!

The kick-off went smoothly, crediting batch cooking, organized smoothie recipes/ideas, and grocery shopping. I roasted veggies (2 cookie sheets) 2-3 times, I tried to take it easy, although my husband was traveling most of the week, and I planned some exercise to fit with the program.

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However, this is not an excuse, but honesty of how the week went. I cheated, and I planned on cheating. What? Yes! All the details below.

Before I get there, have I shared why I am detoxing in December? Well, here goes:

For this program, I have the best intentions and high exceptions. I not only want to do this cleanse and feel awesome and accomplished after it, I want to learn everything about it, making myself a guinea pig so I can best steer consumers on a well-rounded cleanse.

Yet, I originally thought I would do this cleanse with patients, but when organizing my plan and collaborating with my local Standard Process rep on how I want to help guide consumers towards a detox like this, he suggested I do the full program first. Oye, which left me with the holiday season to do so.

LESSON #1 – Find a period of time that it’s realistic to meet the guidelines of a program to do a cleanse.

So December is it. I knew I would be challenged with baking (did fine!), social gatherings, reunions with friends, etc, but I was and still am confident I can be compliant (and have been 100% with food).

Mid-week, I knew there was an event on Saturday and I began stressing over not enjoying it because of the detox. I decided ahead I was going to bend the rules, and I have more details and feedback below on day 7. I needed to end the debate of what I was going to do, so I made a decision and made a plan of how I was going to go about it.

LESSON #2 – Relating to a cleanse, and all health initiatives, if you eat something indulgent or off plan, do not beat yourself up and drag on a negative conversation with yourself. I work clients on this all the time. Assess the moment, enjoy what it was, and move on. If able, learn from it too. Don’t turn something as innocent as food into a personal debate and an emotional drain. Life is short.

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A play-by-play of Week 1:

Day 1 – Where did my appetite go? This was actually a big surprise. I started the day with a smoothie (coconut butter, spinach, clove, ginger, stevia, ice, water), which was low carb as I am used to a high fat and protein-based bfast and didn’t want to rock the boat too much with my blood sugar and insulin needs. I had a baby shower around lunch and just nibbled on the fruit and vegetable for the offered lunch and had a smoothie waiting for me in my cold car. Dinner was roasted vegetables and half a cup of lentils. Day 1 was, dare I say easy?

Day 2 – I could tell I was detoxing. Feeling cold and sluggish, and (no filter) I was peeing like a race horse. I know it was expected to have an increase in bathroom visits, and I felt like I was non-stop urinating. As I am not a napper, even with a newborn in the house (16 months ago), I did need to rest for 30 minutes mid afternoon. I did a smoothie at bfast and dinner, and think a better plan is a smoothie for bfast and lunch. We are allowed to have a smoothie with a meal, the general rule is to just have 1-3 smoothies a day. My lunch was an awesome Kale Soup w/ lentils and I wrapped the day with a light hot yoga session at Blue Spot Bexley.

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Day 3 – I’ve been perkier getting up in the AM. This morning I didn’t want to move. Thankfully I didn’t have anywhere I had to rush to on day 3. Maybe less energy than day 2, so opted to exercise post work with a 30 minute walk with a small incline. Overall, I am definitely not hungry. My gut is telling me some of the ingredients in the smoothie control appetite, but overall not finding the no meat as hard as I imagined. Also no coffee is somewhat breezy. I am starting the day with Yerba Mate tea. Maybe my new go-to post cleanse and use coffee as an occasional treat.

Day 4 – Hallelujah. I feel like a million bucks. It’s not that the first 3 days were terribly hard, I was just dragging and as expected come day 4/5, cleansers start to feel better. I woke w/ no appetite, but eventually had a smoothie to break the fast after a 20 minute swim and sauna session. So reflecting on the day I had an easy intermittent fast and progressed per norm.

Day 5 – Good energy, and a healthy appetite. I had a smoothie for bfast, 2 lunches of veggies and oils, and a smoothie for dinner. I thought I’d eat more salads and raw veggies, yet, It’s been quite cold out and all I want is warm food.

Going back to my plans for this program. I met with my rep in November but also had a conference call on the books with other health care professionals that have done and supported clients on this program. I learned a lot from these veterans and have adapted the program for my needs and goals. Being diabetic I do far better with a fat and protein breakfast. Also, if someone on the program knows they are absolutely not sensitive to eggs, that can be included in the program as well. The next adaption I am amending for myself and will coach people on is the day they start to reintroduce animal protein.

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Day 6 – Therefore with day 6 I kicked things off differently. I started with eggs and avocado, lunch was smoothie and veggies as was dinner.

Beyond food, I had a big surprise on day 6. I had this wave of anger (so not the norm). It was almost an out of body like experience. I started researching and came across data showing it’s common to not only detox toxins during a program, but also emotions. It was wild and I have never felt something like it, but it went away by day 7.

Day 7 – Saturday, I felt great waking up, especially coming off such an emotional day before. I did a Bikram class first thing and it was awesome. My food and smoothies were spot on, including my evening out. I ordered a basic salad with olive oil for dressing and asked to have a serving of wild salmon with the greens. It was easy and delicious. Now more details on the “bending of the rules.”

The evening was a double date with dear friends of ours, and a couple who is always on the road, which makes it a treat when we see them. Starting off the week I knew this night was planned and I was honestly stressing about it. I was emotional about being overly anal with the ingredients at the restaurant and more so wanted to have a drink with them. So I decided I was going to nail my meal of food but was going to have some wine. I was going to treasure it; and I did. I noticed I was more sensitive to alcohol, and pass some of my glass to my husband to finish.

I also was overly mindful with my day before and after. I did additional lifestyle detoxing techniques and drank more water and as mentioned, did hot yoga. I organized the plans so started the evening with one of my Dry Farm Wines. Side note, the wine industry is like the supplement industry. There are really good wines out there, such as Dry Farm Wines, and there are really pesticide, sulfite, sugar filled wines out there. I love Dry Farm Wine and Naked Wine as they are clean healthy options and also uber gentle on my blood sugars.

So was the wine worth it? I think, but I made sure I enjoyed every sip and kept focused on my health initiative.

So that’s a wrap. I will be back next week with an update and let me know what info I didn’t share that you may want to know!

 

JANUARY CLEANSE – If you are interested in doing a cleanse in the New Year, Standard Process is kicking off their 21 Day Standard Process Purification program with a webinar on the 9th of January, and the diet/supplement regime starts on the 10th. Let me know if you need to order a kit, and I will get you what you need. Their cleanse has dairy free and a standard version (both ~ $235)

This program has a Guide and a full eBook (1 Degree of Change) with step by step meal plans and a free app you can download, which has tracking tools, shopping lists/list builder and recipes from the meal plan.

A lot of information, but all of the above makes the program really easy to follow. Hope you have a healthy New Year and entire 2017 in whatever way you choose to strive for your best health.

My 21 Day Cleanse

Dear Blog,

Or should I say mom and sister (aka sista)? Maybe I have a few more readers than that… 🙂

In this write-up I am sharing how I went about my first 21 Day Standard Process detox. This is a first for me, as I have never bought into the idea of a cleanse and have opted instead to eat a pure, clean diet (sans gluten, dairy, corn, soy, most grains, minimal legumes, etc) that supports my detox pathways and health. However, I felt it was time. Our environment is filled with toxins, and let’s be honest, I have had my fair share of wine. So I have set out to prep and learn what this detox could do for me; and more information below if you are interested in doing a program like such in January 2017.

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My biggest worries:

  • how hard would it be to stay compliant,
  • how much time it would take to plan for my meals,
  • how tired am I going to feel? I already have 2 little ones, a husband that travels a lot, and run my own nutrition practice. Am I able to keep up? (Yes! I am determined!)
  • No coffee!! Maybe avoid me for a few days!
  • More than coffee, I think I will terribly miss my eggs. But my focus is looking at all the foods I can eat.
  • Oh! And I am doing this in December. There are social events galore! But this year, I am determined to make December my healthiest month.

How I have prepped:

  • I organized my supplements for the detox
  • I read the handbook on the program. The gist is the first 10 days are meatless, day 11 I can include fish, lean meats (no pork) 2-4x a day, and the entire program has a set routine of 2-3 shakes (and meals), vegetables 2x as much as fruit, no nuts, some seeds, healthy oils, no dairy or gluten, and 1/2 cup of lentils, peas or quinoa 1x a day and supplements. I am excited to try new vegetables or way of spicing them/cooking them.
  • I also familiarized myself with the grocery list and ensure I had enough ingredients on stock. While it’s super beneficial to have a clean cut meal plan, I am somewhat of a rebel and don’t plan to follow it in it’s entirety. I will stick to the allowed foods, no doubt. But I will pick a handful of the recipes to try new things, and come up with a few meals on my own. If I were to follow the meal plan, I’d feel overwhelmed.
  • Batch cook a bit and have a few shake go-to recipes.
  • In addition to the recommends included in the program, I have also started a gratitude journal. Each morning I list 3 things I am grateful for, and bullet 2 affirmations. Mind-body connection is just as important as diet.

Day 1 starts Sunday! I will be sending updates weekly. Stay tuned. 

 

JANUARY CLEANSE – If you are interested in doing a cleanse in the New Year, Standard Process is kicking off their 21 Day Standard Process Purification program with a webinar on the 9th of January, and the diet/supplement regime starts on the 10th. Let me know if you need to order a kit, and I will get you what you need. Their cleanse has dairy free and a standard version (both ~ $235)

This program has a Guide and a full eBook (1 Degree of Change) with step by step meal plans and a free app you can download, which has tracking tools, shopping lists/list builder and recipes from the meal plan.

A lot of information, but all of the above makes the program really easy to follow. Hope you have a healthy New Year and entire 2017 in whatever way you choose to strive for your best health.