THE 10 DAY CLEANSE PHASE
The 24 Day Challenge begins with a cleanse. This is a gentle tune-up good to do every 90 days. It’s the same concept as getting an oil change every 3000-ish miles in our vehicles. This will allow our body to absorb nutrition and function efficiently for energy and repair.
So, day 1 I mess up. Yup and I only admit this to hopefully help others NOT do the same. I know some of you have done this very thing so I realize it’s easy to do.
I rocked this cleanse all day until the very end and forgot to take the herbal cleanse supplement before bed. Ok, stop laughing. So for me, day 2 became day 1. Or I might look at it like I am doing an 11 day cleanse. So, if you prefer to do the 10 day cleanse, follow my lead from here…
THE REAL DAYS 1-3
START THE DAY with a Spark drink (vitamin energy drink). I do this everyday anyway. During the cleanse I am taking 1 Catalyst 30 min. before each meal- a branch chain amino acid that protects your muscle from getting burned as energy. Also good to take when exercising.
* Let me nerd out for just a minute… On average, we burn 1 calorie per minute doing nothing. Correction – even when we are doing “nothing” like sleeping, our body is working hard to rebuild and repair. So, of that 1 calorie/minute burned, about 50% comes from carbohydrates, 50% from fat and 10-15% can come from muscle. It’s preferable to keep the muscle and burn the fat. Can I get an amen?
30 MINUTES LATER drink a Fiber Drink followed by breakfast. These days for me have fallen on busy early morning days, so I quickly mixed a Meal Replacement Drink.
* Let’s talk a sec about this Fiber drink. First, as you can expect, it’s thick. My suggestion: use a straw and drink it fast! The first day I let it sit a minute and ended up using a spoon to “eat” it! LOL It was like apple sauce without the flavor.
* When choosing the Fiber drink consider this – Citrus is like gently scrubbing your intestines to remove build-up, which for many people helps minimize cravings. Peaches & Cream stays in your system longer and is the great food for the gut. A note from my Coach, Danielle: “I typically suggest citrus for the cleanse because it is a little more thorough when it comes to scrubbing. Peaches & cream is great for maintenance after the challenge since it feeds the probiotics and can help with feeling full.” ~ Thanks Danielle that’s super helpful!
When it comes to this Fiber drink, listen to The Rock
SNACK TIME: about 10 am I have a snack
LUNCH TIME: Follow the guide – real, balanced food
SNACK TIME: I drink a Spark and then have a snack about 3:00
BEFORE BED: Take the herbal cleanse 🙂
My grocery shopping before starting 24DC.
I’m not going to bore you with all the food I am eating, but I’ll share a few meals and snack here and there. This is hormone free grass-fed lean ground beef, slightly grilled veggies (normally I cook them to the point of crispy… not so nutritious), avocado and salsa.
Easy, quick and delicious snacks.
This was my breakfast for the first 3 days of the cleanse. Berry Meal Replacement is so good. I also adore the chocolate 🙂 This is my “running out the door” version: water and powder shaken and dumped into a cup with ice.
And this is my “Oh cool I have 5 more minutes” variation – Blended with ice.
One more thing…we need to drink lots of water!
Things on the cleanse change slightly for the next days.
Be intentional in everything you do!