Why a 3 day detox, again?
I finished my half marathon June 11th and up until that date I’d been fairly focused on avoiding sugar and eating healthy. After that I relaxed a bit. When I say a bit I mean I probably had some sort of indulgence almost every day, maybe not candy or cake but dried fruit (has sugar added to it) and things of that sort. Then we went camping with family and I went even deeper into the downward spiral of sugar addiction. I don’t use that term lightly because it is no joke.
When I was in high school I would eat a full size snickers bar for lunch. After having my 2nd son I would eat a package of Oreos in a couple of days, sometimes a day even. I continued that sugary spiral with margaritas, sugary coffee drinks and every other tasty little thing under the sun until about 3 years ago when I signed up for my first obstacle race and realized there is more to life than just sugar.
A week ago I realized how terrible I was feeling. Tired, no desire to exercise (exercise is my jam) and an overall unsatisfied feeling with where I was. I started evaluating things I’d been doing to pin point what it was that wasn’t working and realized how far off track my diet had been. I didn’t do this detox to drop weight, I did it to help me get back on track. Nothing but fruits, veggies, some almond butter and a few shakes a day to get me back to eating fresh fruits and enjoying them as much as those oreos. Maybe more because I was HUNGRY!
What did I use?
I went with the 3 Day Refresh as my baseline. I decided to tweak it a little bit because I found this new thing called Sprulina. It’s a green algae that has lots of protein, is a great detoxing ingredient that is said to help detox the liver, which hello sounds great!
You’ll see in my daily breakdown how else I tweaked the plan. Typically when doing a detox like this you want to stick to yoga or a lower intensity type of exercise. Because I wasn’t doing this as a weight loss regimen and as a habit changer, I stuck to my scheduled workout plan and added a bit more food to the plan.
More about Spirulina
Spirulina is sort of like natures energy greens. I’ve been having it every day for a week and so far I’m feeling pretty good (even with only 3 hours of sleep last night.)
It helps improve the immune system, provides support for the heart, liver, and kidneys. It’s high in protein but also in iron, which is a perk for vegans like me. Even 26 times the amount of calcium that is found in milk! So ditch that dairy and save those baby cows. 🐄 ❤️
One of the most exciting things about Spirulina is that it might help battle allergies! As someone who takes an allergy pill daily during the spring, I would rather take a natural supplement than a Benadryl or Claritin.
Cheers to getting started!
I logged all my food through the MyFitnessPal app. I was rather shocked to find out that with the goal of maintenance and my workout calories left me at a calorie deficit a little over 1,000 calories. I stuck to the plan and kept chugging water. 128 oz of water down!
Troy really struggled with hunger today, he didn’t like the fiber shake either.
- Breakfast: Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with 1/2 banana and 2 tsp of Spirulina. Fiber shake. 1 cup of Good Earth Matcha Maker tea.
- Lunch: 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 avocado, 1 cup raspberries and Vanilla Refresh shake.
- Snack: 6 baby carrots with 1.5 tsp almond butter.
- Dinner: Lemony green beans and another Vanilla Refresh shake.
I increased some of my portions a bit by adding more vegetables and a little bit more healthy fat from the avocado. Today’s calorie deficit was around 900. I was so busy most of the day cooking and preparing food for camping. It was tough not tasting everything like I normally do when I cook but I made due.
- Breakfast: Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology, 1/2 banana and 2 tsp Spirulina. Fiber sweep shake.
- Lunch: Vanilla Refresh shake, 2/3 cup blueberries, small avocado (supposed to only be 2 tbsp) and a whole orange bell pepper.
- Snack: Baby carrots and 2 tsp of almond butter.
- Dinner: Vanilla Refresh shake and the Moroccan carrot salad recipe found in the Refresh. I love this recipe, there’s cinnamon, cayenne and cilantro, what’s not to love?!?
I’m proud of myself, met up with some girlfriends tonight and stuck to the plan. No drinking, no junk food, straight up willpower!
Perseverance is paying off, I woke up feeling really good and decided to hop on the scale, while this isn’t about weight loss I can’t help but be encouraged to have lost 3 pounds already. I thought it might be water weight but I’ve been consistent about drinking my water. I am a bit intolerant of gluten and soy, did you know that sometimes those two foods can actually cause inflammation/bloating and water retention? I know that’s definitely how it works for me. After these last two days it was a definite reminder to steer clear of bread.
My calorie deficit was even better today, about 700 under what MyFitnessPal recommended for my activity and maintenance.
- Breakfast: Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology with 1/2 banana and 2 tsp Spirulina. Fiber sweep shake.
- Lunch: Green beans with a bit of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of mango, a small avocado and Vanilla Refresh shake.
- Snack: Baby carrots with 4 tsp of almond butter.
- Dinner: I made some roasted veggies. If you follow me, you know I love roasted veggies. I typically have broccoli (can cause gas/bloat) in the mix but to maximize my results, I only had carrots, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. And of course my final Vanilla Refresh shake. 😘
Look how green that shake got!
I really enjoy cucumbers but they are a food I have had an allergy to in the past and wanted to skip the chance of agitating my guts. Troy REALLY enjoyed the cucumber tomato salad recipe in the Refresh book. Fresh basil is one of my favorite ingredients. This was his dinner.
Results and Thoughts
- Starting Weight: 139.9 lbs
- Ending Weight: 135.8 lbs
- Starting Weight: 192 lbs
- Ending Weight: 185 lbs
Overall we both ended the plan a few pounds lighter. We both stayed pretty clean for the day after. I didn’t want to binge and load my guts back up with junk. That would have defeated the purpose.
Troy was stoked to loose 5 pounds and actually said he would do the plan again. I on the other hand think I’ll try a different detox. Something with more calories.
Would I recommend the 3 Day Refresh?
Yes and no. It honestly depends on what you are looking to get out of it. If you have a wedding coming up and want a quick way to get rid of bloating and you don’t have the ability to track or make up your own plan, this is great. If you are trying to get a kick start to a weight loss program that comes with a great meal plan, yes.
If you are trying to detox to get rid of the crud and struggle with eating whole foods, I’m not sure that I would recommend this for that. While I feel like it’s a good short term strategy, I don’t feel like you really learn the proper techniques to help get you on the path to better nutrition. For instance, I know what good foods to eat and what not to, I just needed to reset my brain back to that mode. It was helpful for that. It made all the flavors of fruits and real foods pop again. That’s what I needed. But it definitely didn’t teach me proper portions, it didn’t teach me what foods to eat or when.
Hope this was helpful for you, if you have any questions about detoxing or getting started with a clean eating meal plan send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now I’m onto vacation with the fam! Happy detoxing! ❤️