Arbonne Week 3 Recap!

Three weeks down and one to go!  Feeling pretty proud and motivated to keep this shift going long past my 30 days!  Here I break down what to expect during cleanse week and some challenges you might be pushing through at this stage in the game :)

So what is cleanse week?  During this program, we do the 7 Day Body Cleanse during this week of the program.  Why this week?  Because it gives us ample time to ensure that we have gotten into some clean eating habits for a little while BEFORE diving into the cleanse.  This is not the type of cleanse that is going to send you running for the bathroom, but if you chug it immediately after slamming a Whopper with cheese, it just might.  This is meant to support a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, not act as a bandage for an unhealthy one!

Overall, I do feel that cleanse week is when I really feel like I am leaning out.  It's a powder that you mix with warm water (I use the smallest setting on my Keurig) and then fill the rest of a 32 oz water bottle with ice and cold water.  I drink this throughout the day, as well as plenty of additional water to keep myself hydrated while these gentle ingredients do their thing.... ingredients like aloe to soothe the gastrointestinal tract, ginger to support healthy digestion, and choline to support liver function. 

While I am loving the actual cleanse, I have to admit, this week didn't come without challenges.  I found some cravings for junk food sneaking in, and it definitely took some will power to turn away.  Honestly I think this might be because I'm not much of a chef so the things I've been eating have gotten a little monotonous, but don't worry there are a ton of recipes available for those who choose to break out the pots and pans.  I consider it a good struggle though because it forced me to get more creative and test my skill a little bit, as well as taught me to cut off any feelings associated with food.  Are you an emotional eater?  Or someone who experiences food FOMO like I do?  Then THIS is the program for you.  Accountability I tell you is a key motivator, as well as the results you start seeing and feeling at this point as well! 

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Arbonne 30 Week 2 Recap!

Holy smokes, we are already halfway through our 30 day nutrition program!  I'm proud to say we've remained pretty darn compliant, only straying with perhaps a little vinegar, a condiment, or a crumb off my kid's plate from time to time.  The main differences I have noticed after week 2 have been:

  • Insanely deep and rejuvenating sleep
  • Energy that keeps me going all. day. long. 
  • Slight slimming of waistline and thighs (see pics)
  • No more nausea!!! 
  • Increased feelings of happiness and gratitude
Quite a list I think, don't you?  Now let me tell you, it's not always EASY, especially when your in laws show up with french fries for the kids, but feeling those results is a huge motivation to pass, along with a few of these tips that have been key in my ability to stay consistent and enjoy the journey too!

1. I invested in a meal prep service, Territory Foods, that I have been using as my lunches during the first 2 weeks.  The regular price is a little beyond what I would normally spend, but as with many meal services, if you can get your hands on a code, the initial shipments are definitely a solid bang for your buck! I ordered 3 XL meals and split them, so it came down to 6 meals for $30 with my code, and let me tell you they are DELICIOUS! I'll save the full review for another post, but just know it's definitely a nice treat to reward yourself along your healthy journey that you can feel good about and fits the parameters of the program too!  You can use code MNUNN when you sign up to get $50 off your first two weeks as well! 

2. Sparkling water or water with cider vinegar in my wine glass has been key.  Honestly the one thing I was most avoiding giving up and fearful I wouldn't be able to was alcohol - specifically, wine.  I'm just the kinda girl who pours herself a glass at the end of every day and I knew this was going to be a tough habit to break.  The act of filling my wine glass with one of these items gives me the sense that I am consuming something "special" and although the vinegar water may seem bizarre, it replicates the acidity of the wine in a way, which makes me actually enjoy this strange, but healthy combo. 

3. Get your spouse on board.  Huge huge props go out to my craft beer loving husband who jumped in with me whole heartedly and is helping to keep me accountable and make this a true bonding experience for us both.  He's not sitting there mocking me or taunting me or stuffing his face with cheeseburgers as I fix a compliant snack. Doing this together has made it actually enjoyable, and he's lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks, so trust me your husbands won't hate you too much ;) 

4. Out of sight out of mind.  Get the junk out of the house y'all!  The more I fill the fridge with healthy choices, the more I look forward to having a choice to make.  Fill your cupboards with junk and all you have are choices NOT to make, and that in my opinion is much harder!

5. Utilize what Arbonne gives you.  Use the fizz.  Use the tea.  Use any other extras you can get your hands on.  Progressing from one beverage to another keeps me full, satisfied, and adds a fun variety to the day that I know is fueling my body the way I want it to and I don't feel like I'm missing out on the spice of life either. 

If you're interested in doing this program with me, I promise you won't regret it!  You have nothing to lose but bad habits a lot of nasty toxins, so what are you waiting for?  Contact me to get registered and begin your journey today!  I'll be right here to coach you every step along the way! 

To join me on this journey, please fill out this form and I will contact you with all the details! xo 

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Arbonne 30 Week 1 Recap!

I can't believe I am one full week through this program already!  Time is flying and it's been easier than I originally anticipated, but I I know the list of instructions is intimidating to say the least, so I wanted to be sure to give some details about my experience and tips for those thinking of jumping into the program yourself!  I should also mention that my husband is doing this with me, so I'll be chiming in for him a little bit too, although I'll let him share his own testimony at the end ;) 

The first day was ok.  It was successful and the excitement of starting was there so it was easy to get through even though I thought this will be a long 30 days.  Days 2 and 3 SUCKED.  I'm not even going to beat around the bush.  Husband was HANGRY.  He hadn't really figured what he liked to eat that was actually compliant and was trying to live off salad and protein shakes, and it wasn't really cutting it.  Plus apparently I make hard boiled eggs the wrong way?  So we were both rather salty about that.  In hindsight, I will say we prepped, but probably not enough, and it absolutely does take some trial and error to figure out what your go to meals and snacks are going to be.  We have a TON of these in our group page, but each person's tastes are different, so you really do need to play around with your own preferences.  Stay the course though.  By day 5 the unsatisfied feeling had totally subsided and I feel abundantly fueled and excited about my meals.  

I also recommend taking this opportunity to get a workout routine going as well.  I don't know about you, but I always tend to be motivated to eat healthier throughout the day when I have exercised and vice versa.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly (ok, bad pun since we can't eat either).  Working out allows me to keep all aspects of my health in balance.  And while you're at it, let's throw in a little spiritual time too.  You'll be getting much better sleep and feeling rested and full of energy so you can wake up 15 minutes early and it will truly maximize your experience... your year... your life.  I digress... let's just stick to the program here.  

Take a trip through the organic sections of your grocery store or to a place like Trader Joe's if you're not familiar with it already.  These areas will be packed with things that are free of many allergens and work well on this program.  Stock up on brown rice, lentil pasta, brown rice cakes, and a variety of healthy fats!  Remember it is not just about drinking shakes every day.  It's about balancing those shakes with the correct nutrition and it ALL works together to overhaul your gut health and bring your body to a place where every system is working properly.  

If you are a wine addict like me, make sure you have plenty of sparkling water on hand.  I actually put it into my wine glass and drink that and it reallllly satisfies my late afternoon adulting needs.  Clearly this is a mental addiction because my taste buds don't seem to care, but hey, it's working so I'm gonna keep going with it.  

Finally, if you have kids, make sure you don't forget about them when you are meal prepping.  Kids CAN and SHOULD do this program, but of course, my kids have their own little treats and snacks that they expect on the regular, so they're participating selectively.  Making sure you have things to keep THEM happy will make your life easier trying to eat YOUR meals.  Don't worry, they are watching you and will eventually want everything that you eat too.  In fact, Rosie now refuses any snack bar besides the Arbonne brand, and as much as I hate to share, I'm impressed that she recognizes the good stuff!  

To join me in this journey, please fill out this form and I will contact you with all the details! xo 

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