I posted on instagram (@hollystanfield) last night that our miniature dachshund, Chauncey, had to be put to sleep yesterday unexpectedly. My husband loved that dog more than all of us put together, so it has been a rough 24 hours. What did make us happy, was everyone's post giving cheese to their dogs #cheeseforchauncey -- almost 100 posts were up this morning and it was so cute to see them getting their favorite treat. Thanks for that.
In, dare I say, happier news, tomorrow is the start of the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse that you can find HERE.
Melanie and I decided to start the challenge on a Tuesday because Monday's suck enough. We have a lot of friends doing the cleanse for the first time. So I thought I would put together what I eat/do, although everyone is different.
Just as I was putting this all together this morning, I read Jenn's post from Fat Chick 2 Fit Chick. She posted about some recipes she has tried so far (she started the cleanse over the weekend) and even a downloadable printable calendar. This calendar will make it easy to track when you have your fiber drink, take the fiber pills, get your veggies consumed, etc. Please check out the post HERE... it will be a great resource if you bought the cleanse.
Basically, as a vegetarian-about-90%-of-the-time, I eat a lot of lentils, eggs, spinach salads, green beans, hummus, omelets, fish, a little chicken... just basically no bread, pasta, dairy or sugar. After 10 days, you can slowly incorporate it all back into your diet, but most of the time, you will just want the clean stuff because you feel awesome.
One thing I did order, in addition to the cleanse, was some Spark. I don't drink coffee but I do love my soda after lunch as my pick me up through the afternoon at work. Spark is expensive, but it's worth it and I make it stretch. Advocare recommends mixing one scoop or pouch with 8oz of water. But I always mix a half scoop/pouch with about 12 ounces of water. It tastes perfect to me and gives me the energy to get through my 1pm slump. In my dream world, where I was wiping my ass with money, I would only work 9am-1pm. So if you are trying to kick soda, give it a whirl. My favorite flavor is Fruit Punch, although I am normally not a fruit-punch kind of gal. But it tastes a lot like Kool-aid.
I am not going to lie, the first three days are the most difficult for me. I usually feel tired, cranky, and will probably have a headache. I also think the mental game of everything that I want to eat that I can't eat just gets to me. I usually take it easy the first two days and I don't work out. I stay to myself and don't let the Hangry Bish, Big Holly, chew anyone's head off, literally. [all that pun was intended]
After a few days, when Nice Holly is back, I will do some cardio. For me, it's important that I am eating often through the day so that I never get shaky or feel deprived.
I use the cleanse as a way to re-train my taste buds. I think paying the $30 keeps me accountable with myself since I have invested a bit into it. The poop situation is different for everyone. I normally enjoy an Activia so I am about as regular as Jamie Lee Curtis, but I don't do dairy on the cleanse. I am even constipated the first few days and then delivery a small child on day four. But hey! Everyone is different.
Let me know if you have done this cleanse before or if you have any questions. We are posting our cleanse pictures on instagram using the hashtag #HELLanie <---
If you have done the cleanse before or are joining in for the first time, say hello below and leave a link to your blog.