A few months ago, I had never heard of the company Advocare. Then suddenly all these bloggers that I like were talking about this cleanse business. It involved supposedly nasty tasting fiber drink, some pills and an energy drink. I was intrigued by it but wanted to sit back and see what kind of results everyone was having.
The idea behind the 10 Day Cleanse is to clean your system from the inside out. There is a fiber drink to clean out your colon, probiotics to restore the healthy flora/bacteria and herbal cleanse tablets to help your liver remove toxins. You are to drink at least a gallon of water every day and follow a clean diet. There is also an optional energy drink called Spark (made up mainly of vitamins) as well as a few other “add-ons.”
I tried some of the Spark recently because I thought it may help me to get through my night shifts (I don’t drink coffee and I quit drinking soda months ago). I happened to see an Advocare sticker on a homeschool mom’s van at our homeschool co-op and was able to track her down and she gave me some Spark to try. I really liked so I started researching more about this 10 day cleanse.
I decided to go ahead and do the cleanse not to lose weight (although that will be a great “side effect”) but because I’ve been having a terrible time with cravings lately. I crave sugar ALL the time.
I’m not going to post every day of the cleanse but I am going to post about it every few days and I’ll post at the end of the 10 days. I will share that my starting weight was 191.2 pounds–up about four pounds in the last two weeks thanks to poor eating choices, not enough water and lack of activity.
I always go to the gym at 8AM on Monday mornings and yesterday was no different. I woke up and mixed up the fiber drink (I got the citrus flavor). I stirred and stirred and stirred it. I wasn’t expecting it to be so umm…chunky. I was able to get about half of it down (I have a terrible gag reflex when it comes to medicine) and then it turned the consistency of applesauce. I just couldn’t get the rest of it down.
I ate a banana and a spoonful of almond butter on the way to class. All through class I felt a little nauseaous but otherwise felt pretty much like my normal self. After class I had an apple and some cashews.
I had a salad with some grilled chicken and an ear of corn for lunch. Immediately after I finished I had a craving for something sweet. I ate a date/coconut roll and that seemed to quell that craving.
Mid-afternoon I had another banana and another spoonful of almond butter and a couple of grapes. A few hours later I was really jonesing for something crunchy and salty. I thought about carrots and hummus but I didn’t have any hummus. Then I remembered I had a few rice chips left and decided that they were “clean” enough for me. They really don’t have many ingredients and a few of them with some salsa was enough to make the craving go away.
I knew supper was going to be tough. My van has been in the shop and I just got it back late this afternoon. We had friends coming over at 6 and I had exactly one hour to run two errands, get a few groceries and make supper. I opted to buy pizza for the rest of the family and I made myself a chef salad at Harris Teeter.
And then dessert happened. While everyone was eating cupcakes, and cookies, and ice cream sandwiches, I ate dates. Dates rolled in coconut to be precise. Yes, you read that correctly.
All in all I felt pretty good. Other than thinking about food 24/7 (or more specifically what food I can’t have) I’m doing okay. Some nausea, no major stomach issues, mentally I felt okay (other than being a little tired and sluggish in the afternoon).
Ready for the next nine days! Have you ever done a cleanse like this?