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I know that cleanses in general are somewhat controversial. I’m only sharing this because I have done the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse and it has worked well for me. Every time I have done it, it has helped me to refocus on clean eating and to reset my system and as a bonus, I have lost anywhere from 2-6 pounds each time.
The cleanse consists of a probiotic pill, a fiber drink and a herbal cleanse pill. There is a schedule to follow that tells you which one you will take and on which day. You are suppose to drink a gallon of water a day and eat a strict clean diet. Yes, that means no Chick-fil-A for ten days. But, it’s only ten days! You can do anything for ten days!
First of all, I recommend that you read Cleanse Instructions by Andy Orozco. It is a comprehensive file that includes all the information you need to know about the cleanse, your diet, meal planning, etc. It is a must read and I refer to it every time I do a cleanse.
Before you begin any type of cleanse you should check with your doctor. You want to set yourself up for success so plan to begin when you are most likely to stick to it. You won’t want to begin on a weekend you are planning on going on a date or the weekend of your daughter’s birthday party. If you do then you’ll just feel deprived and frustrated. Choose a week when you will be mostly home and when you have plenty of time to plan and prep your meals.
If you want to track your process then on day one you need to weigh in and take your measurements. You may or may not decide to do this depending on what your personal goals are. I usually measure my arms, thighs, calves, bust, waist and hips. I then add all the inches together as my base number. I also weigh myself on the first day.
A lot of people complain about the fiber drink. I’ve had both the citrus and the peaches and cream. I prefer the peaches and cream. The citrus has much more of a “sawdust” texture. Some people like it though so it really does differ from person to person. The best way to get it down is to chug it.
My friend Angela posted a video on how she gets the fiber drink down.
You really need to try hard to get in your gallon of water each day. This is about 128 ounces. I found a water bottle at Target that will hold 40 ounces of water so I have to drink about 3 1/2 bottles full each day. When you divide it out throughout the day it really isn’t as hard as it seems.
I also love to add essential oils to my water. Be sure you know where your oils are coming from if you are using them internally. I only use Young Living essential oils internally because I know they are completely safe for human consumption. Also, only use glass bottles if you’re using citrus essential oils.
I found an app that is great for keeping up with your water intake called Waterlogged and it’s free in the Apple App store. You can set it up to send you reminders to drink more and it will give you little “rewards” when you meet certain goals. I typically use my Fitbit app to keep track.
Eating clean is a huge part of this cleanse. You are NOT going to eat/drink refined sugars, white starches, alcohol, coffee, corn, dairy, wheat products, soda, fried foods or white flour.
You CAN eat anything else! Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, eggs, brown rice, hummus, healthy fats like nuts and avocados.
Check out my FREE printable list of over 100 Clean Foods for ideas on what to eat.
The Link Home has a list of cleanse approved dinner meal ideas with links to recipes.
Meet the Sullivans has a review about the cleanse and has links to several recipes.
Check out my Healthy Eats Pinterest board where I post healthy/clean eating recipe ideas. Just remember that the cleanse is a little more strict than just clean eating–you will be eliminating dairy and white flour and refined sugar.
Everyone hears the word fiber and they automatically think you’re going to have diarrhea. This is a gentle cleanse. I’ve done it twice and I’ve never had any bowel issues. The fiber drink only contains 10 grams of fiber–about the equivalent of eating 1.5 cups of raisin bran.
This is the main side effect that I have noticed. It usually occurs on day two or three and is most likely from the lack of sugar and caffeine. I try to drink plenty of water and use my essential oils and it usually goes away and doesn’t return after the third day.
Again this is likely from the caffeine and sugar withdrawal. I’ve had it mildly but it is never enough to really bother me.
Some other side effects I have seen mentioned but never experienced are irritability and feeling bloated. It really is a mild cleanse and side effects are minimal and definitely tolerable.
Check out these blog posts from around the web for Advocare 10 Day Cleanse reviews and results. These posts are from bloggers who are not Advocare distributors and most of them are not paid/endorsed product reviews. Several of them share both pros and cons.
JanaBanana, RD A registered dietician shares her experience doing the 10 day cleanse including pros and cons.
Fit and Free Emily Details of the what is included in the cleanse as well as photos of her meals and her results (5 pounds lost).
Olives n’ Wine Very detailed post including what to do each day, her thoughts on the components of the cleanse and her results (6.2 pounds lost).
KimBocko shares her results with the cleanse phase of the 24 day challenge–which is essentially the 10 day cleanse.
Inked Weddings I love this post–very detailed and includes lots of recipe ideas and results for the author and her boyfriend (and their results were quite impressive!)
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I’m curious–have you ever tried a cleanse? What did you think about it? Do you think it’s worth the money?