The last 6 weeks were filled with parties, travels, amusement parks, baseball games, family gatherings, birthdays and our 5-year wedding anniversary! And while these were all fun times they all had one thing in common – DELICIOUS FOOD – and A LOT of it!!!
I continued my workout regimen but a few bites here and a trip to get fro-yo there…an extra helping of this and another scoop of that were starting to add up! My clothes were feeling tighter and more importantly I was starting to feel more tired. I know it well, but this just reinforces that abs are made in the kitchen! You can workout all you want but its the nutrition that matters most!
I starred at the box for a few days before I set my start date – 8/13, 8/14 and 8/15.
Time to get serious…
I had done the refresh once before so I knew what to expect. I knew what options from the meal plan worked for me and what didn’t – so guess what I did – ate the same thing for 3 days!!!! May seem silly but I believe the old saying “if its not broke don’t fix it”.
Here’s a summary of what my food looked like:
3 Day Refresh meals
Breakfast – Shakeology
Mid-morning Snack – Fiber Sweep
Lunch – Salad with 1/3 cup blueberries and Vanilla refresh with 6 strawberries (yes, I split up my fruit so I could enjoy some in my shake and some with my salad – this isn’t my first rodeo!!!)
Afternoon Snack – cucmbers and hummus
Dinner – Lemon green beans with almonds and a vanilla refresh with cinnamon
You’ll note there’s no picture of the fiber sweep – well that’s because I learned that lesson the hard way. Its best to MIX and CHUG – FAST! I didn’t mind the taste but the texture is a bit odd and it thickens as it sits.
I enjoyed 2 glasses of my iced green tea each day and drank more water than I though was ever possible! I remember last time being so hungry that first day but then it subsided by day 2…however this time seemed a bit easier!
My results are not jaw dropping…however I did lose 2 pounds and a total of 4 inches between my hips, waist and bellybutton. And above all else – I felt better – which was why I was doing this in the first place 🙂
3-day refresh results
I have a feeling I’ll be back in a few weeks for another go around!!!
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I first tried this recipe when I did the 3-day Refresh and loved it so much I had to make it again!
Kale with Pine Nuts (from 3-day refresh meal plan guide)
(makes 1 serving)
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups chopped green kale
1 tsp. pine nuts
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 dash himalayan salt (optional)
1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add kale; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until kale is tender and bright green. Remove from heat. Drain. Place in medium bowl.
2. Toss kale with pine nuts, lemon juice and salt.
This was served as a side with our dinner: Grilled chicken with peppers and onions, quinoa salad, steamed broccoli.
For all you 21-day fixers out there, you could sub out the pine nuts for sesame seeds and this would be: 1 red (chicken) 2 greens (kale, broccoli, peppers and onions), 1 yellow and 1 blue (quinoa with jack cheese) and 1 orange (sunflower seeds)
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If the word “Cleanse” scares you and makes you want to run away, grab my hand because I’m right there wtih you – well until now.
I’ll be honest, I have never tried a cleanse although I’ve considered it here and there. But when I heard about this at our annual Coach Summit last week in Vegas and had an opportunity to talk to one of the creator’s of this amazing product (Isabelle Daikeler) I knew that it was something I had to try! Her passion was an inspiration itself as she shared the research and testing that went into creating this amazing product. The testimonials from the test group proved this to be a cleanse like none other. People were feeling amazing and seeing great results.
3 Day refresh – talking with the Dieklers
So now it is time to face my fears and give it a try and I would love for you to join me!
What is the Refresh: The 3- Day Refresh consists of 3 daily shakes, a fiber drink, plenty of filtered water, plus a wide variety of fresh fruits, veggies, and healthy fats though out the day to keep fueling your body and increasing your metabolism.
What you will eat and drink during the 3- Day Refresh: 1. Wake up- Drink 8-12 oz filtered water
2. Breakfast (within an hour of waking up)- Shakeology + fruit (from the list provided)
*Option for Green Tea – I prefer Iced Green tea and buy it in bulk online
3. Mid-morning- FIBER SWEEP (digestive health drink)
4. Lunch- Vanilla FRESH (high protein, hunger-satisfying shake) + options from the fruit, veggie, and healthy fat list
5. Afternoon snack- From the fruit, veggie, or juice option list
*Option for Green Tea
6. Dinner- Vanilla FRESH + a meal from dinner recipe list
*Option for Green Tea
What is the Vanilla FRESH shake? A high protein vanilla shake not only helps satisfy your hunger though out the day, but delivers essential nutrition your body needs for healthy weight loss. This is also a perfect source of fiber, and it is DAIRY FREE and SOY FREE!
Nutrition Facts for Vanilla FRESH: Plant protein – 20 gm 22 essential vitamins and minerals Probiotics to promote digestive and immune health Clinically tested potato protein extract to help curb hunger No artificial flavors, color, preservatives, or sweeteners
What is the FIBER SWEEP DRINK? A blend of soluble and insoluble fibers that gently and naturally eliminates waste from your digestive system, while supporting healthy intestinal flora.
– It is created from whole-ground flax, chia, and psyllium seed husks, FIBER SWEEP is an excellent source of fiber for digestive health
-Wholesome psyllium fiber can help naturally lower cholesterol and support healthy good sugar levels as a part of a healthy diet
-Since this plan is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, psyllium fiber husk may help reduce the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).
– Flax and Chia are sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids
When should you start the 3-Day Refresh? Many people start the Refresh on Friday morning so they can stay focused and disciplined through the weekend- while others may prefer to follow this during the week to avoid temptation of weekend activities. This is totally YOUR CALL of how and when you want to start this. Bottom line- you want results and to make this a healthy lifestyle, it should be a good time when you decide they day YOU WANT TO COMMIT!
What to expect while on the Refresh: This is NOT a starvation diet or an all-liquid diet, although it is low in calories (approx. 900 a day). You should not feel starved since it is packed with fiber and protein and you are nourishing your body properly.
About the FIBER: If you are not use to having lots of fiber in your regimen, I recommend you eat a large salad daily and a few servings of fresh veggies for the week up until your Refresh. If you are not use to all the fiber and overload your body with fiber, you may feel uncomfortable gassy and bloating. This is also a sign of your body cleaning itself up, which is what it is meant to do. After you do this Refresh, you will want to increase your fiber levels in general (which is part of a healthy nutrition regimen). Fiber promotes satiety, helps balance blood sugar, and thus energy levels, promotes cardiovascular health, and keeps your digestive tract more regular. It of course also helps you stay healthy and helps you lose weight!
Water: It is recommended that you drink tons of water, especially if you want the fiber to do its job right! How you know you get the right amount of water is by taking your weight / 2 and that number is how many ounces of water you should intake every day. Example: If you weigh 150lbs…. 150/2= 75…. 75 ounces is what you would need every day (not including your water for your shakes) if you weighed 150 pounds. Personally I aim for my body weight in ounces. The more water I drink the less likely I am to eat out of boredom opposed to truly being hungry!
Exercise: During the 3-Day Refresh, it is recommended that you incorporate MILD to MODERATE exercise. This is because the 3 -Day Refresh will use your energy more effectively to help cleanse your system if you are not, at the same time, taxing it with the effort of repairing muscle after an intense workout.
So now you have it! A simple plan, for fast results! I am so excited this plan is out because this is perfect for so many people out there looking for results the natural way without putting chemicals and toxins in their body!
I’m getting started Monday June 30th – let’s do this together!
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