For the new year I’ve decided to live healthier and promote healthy living in my office. So I’ve started a detox, anti-aging cleanse by Burn & Build Body. It’s a program that promises “You will eat. You will become stronger. You will lose unwanted body fat.”- sounds good, but nothing that good comes easy… here’s my weekly Detox Diary.
Week 1- No one’s perfect- especially not me when it comes to sticking to a plan. I planned to give up wheat, dairy, sugar and alcohol; take the herbal and vitamin packets; and bump up the water. I had one cup of espresso daily and upped my water intake to 8-10 glasses with lemon or coconut wter. For five days I went without the wheat, sugar, or dairy. I only had one vodka and a half of a glass of wine and I ate only clean, organic whole foods.
But on Day 6- I was invited to a very small, cool, dinner party cooked by Mario Batali himself. I caved. Wine, pasta, goat cheese, dessert- so good and worth it.
Today, I am back- sluggish. Tired. Water, eggs, detox shake, veggies and chicken. Not sure if I’m tired because it’s gloomy out or because of Mario! Eight more days, yikes-
At least I like veggies- but no grains for five days. Not going to be easy- not sure if I can do it! We’ll see….. -BB
The Detox Cleanse is over!
Now I’m working with Burn & Build Body to get organized- precooking eggs, grilling chicken, having veggies on hand- generally planning out my meals in advance so it’s easier to stick to this healthier diet and keep the weight off I lost.
The second week of the cleanse was both harder and easier. I never gave up complex carbs (week two was supposed to be ZERO grains), but I did keep them to a minimum. I know my body and it takes a few carbs to keep my energy up through long days of back-to-back meetings. I did feel less inflamed and I dropped a few. I was about 80% to the program…
All in all? I would recommend it. I’ve done my share of juice diets and cleanses and this one actually kept me feeling strong, not starved. Some of the girls in the office tried it too– I asked Lisa, our creative resources go-to girl, about her experience with the cleanse.
“I like the way my body felt- I never got bloated or sluggish. I felt like I had more energy. Don’t get me wrong- I had some nasty headaches the first week- but they went away after my body adjusted to the lack of caffeine. I also lost about 7 lbs.. pretty good! Of course, the trapeze class I was taking also helped. The vanilla shakes were pretty tasty… It was way easier on my body than the Master Cleanse I tried last January.” – Lisa
I’m having Rick Dinihanian, co-founder of Burn & Build Body, over to the office in a few weeks to talk to our staff as part of my Year of Healthy Giving. Thanks Rick for introducing me to the cleanse. -BB
Click on these recipes for the cookies and pudding that got me through my sugar cravings:
These cookies rock- BB
Loooove the pudding. Swirl the vanilla and chocolate together.