Meet the Sullivans: Advocare 10-Day Cleanse Review | Menu Monday

October 14, 2013

Advocare 10-Day Cleanse Review | Menu Monday

 We are having the BEST weekend right now and it's not over yet! I love a weekend when we get to do all the things we love together. It's the greatest! We're off to the Pumpkin Farm this morning, but before we leave I wanted to share our little menu for the week and my review of the Advocare 10-Day Cleanse I started a few weeks ago.

4. Hummus Crusted Chicken with Greek Salad

Over a month ago my sweet blog friend Jenny contacted me about trying the Advocare 10-Day Cleanse. I've really been trying to make better choices about what I'm eating and I though that 10-days of a cleanse that still allows me to eat real food would be easy, so I jumped at the chance.

On the Advocare 10-Day Cleanse you eat about 5-6 mini meals each day, which works out to being every 3 hours. What's really great about this cleanse, in addition to riding the body of toxins, is that it helps reduce cravings, which is a huge issue of mine. I usually crave dessert a couple hours after dinner, but by night three I totally forgot all about it, which is great!

You're probably wondering what all the CAN's and CANNOT's about the cleanse are? I thought so! It's what I wanted to know right off the bat.

You CAN'T have: Alcohol, simple carbohydrates (sweets, crackers, tortillas, bread, etc) or dairy. Food should been as "clean" as possible meaning it is as close to its natural state as possible. You can read more about clean eating here.

You CAN have: lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (including avocados and sweet potatoes), lean meats, raw unsalted nuts, peanut butter / almond butter, brown rice, oatmeal and black beans.

Just to give you an idea of what the cleanse looks like here are two sample days of meals I ate and some details:

day one

morning - I made Owen and I our green smoothies for breakfast and I was so hungry, just dying to drink it but I knew I had to have my fiber drink first, so I drank the fiber drink mixed with 8 oz of water and the followed that with an additional 8 oz of water. I was so full after that I had no desire to drink my smoothie. Definitely suppressed my appetite.

For the first three mornings, and the last three mornings of the cleanse you drink the Fiber Drink first thing in the morning. I didn't love the consistency, but the flavor wasn't bad. I think the best way to get it all down easily was to just chug it.

lunch - I had an apple with some peanut butter as a snack at around 11, so I wasn't all that hungry for lunch at 12 when I was feeding Owen, but I thought it would be a good idea to make myself something anyway. I threw together salad with cucumber, tomato, carrots, chickpeas, sliced almonds, avocado and bell pepper.

dinner - I made white bean chicken chili in the slow cooker. We topped it with salsa and avocado and it was really filling!

day two

morning - I drank the fiber drink in my green smoothie. still don't like the consistence / flavor, so I suck it down fast. The green smoothie included spinach, mango, banana, pineapple, 1 tbsp peanut butter and coconut water.

lunch - Owen and i went to lunch with friends at a taco place, so i ordered a burrito bowl (hold the rice, cheese and sour cream) except they held the beans instead of the rice. Grrr. At least it wasn't cheating by my own choice, it just kind of happened

dinner - Protein style turkey burgers with guacamole and sweet potato fries. Followed by dessert of apple with peanut butter. I have so much energy and feel great!

The hardest part of the cleanse for me was not giving in to any snacks like pretzels and O's goldfish crackers, crumbled cheeses on salads, and the desserts I love so much. Giving up drinking wasn't hard until we were at a birthday party for our friends' daughter.

An easy lunch of Morning Star Veggie Chick patty, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes and sliced apples.

I think my favorite part of the cleanse was the extra energy I had in the afternoons. I didn't experience a single afternoon slump in the 10 days I did the cleanse, so I spent nap time being productive.

While this particular cleanse only lasts for 10 day it has made a great impact on the health related choices I make on a daily basis. Instead of reaching for a handful of tortilla chips as I pass the bag sitting on the counter or having just one more muffin I opted for apples, carrots or raw nuts instead.

I think it was a great wake up call to start being more conscious of my mindless snacking -- just because you don't think about it doesn't mean that piece of cheese or handful of chips don't count against your weight.

As far as pounds and inches, I don't have a ton to tell you about. My weight fluctuates from day to day depending on eating / activity levels and water intake, but I did notice a difference in how my clothes fit and my pants don't fit as snugly. 

The Advocare 10 -Day Cleanse is a great way to kick start a healthy eating plan. It will encourage you to change your habits and be mindful of what you're putting into your body. You will love the extra energy you get and you'll be very happy with the results!


Colleen Sullivan said...

I love this because 10 days doesn't feel as overwhelming as 24... Or forever (I really need to get on the forever plan)! And everything still looks delicious!!

Colleen Sullivan said...

I need to eat better snacks. That seems to be my downfall. I love sweets too and I'll have a cookie with my coffee and something sweet after dinner. You've inspired me to be more mindful, I'm glad the cleanse worked well for you!

Colleen Sullivan said...

Good for you! I'm sort of doing the same thing with this 6-week challenge I'm doing with my gym. It's clean eating and lots of working out. I agree with the extra energy - it's great! But, I am missing the sweets and the wine pretty bad. I'm 10 days in myself and I definitely think clean eating (for the most part) is how we'll try to eat moving forward.

Simply V said...

Thanks for sharing! I am about to start and wondering how in the world do youbon on this cleanse but your ideas make it seem less daunting.

Simply V said...

*how in the world you eat
Sorry typing on my phone.

Sarah said...

I saw that you had potato soup for one of the meals, how can you make this using cream cheese when you cannot have dairy for the 10 days?

Colleen Sullivan said...

The Menu Monday detailed in this post was not part of the cleanse. It was for the week after I did the cleanse. That Menu Monday has a mix of clean recipes (Hummus Chicken, California Salsa and Tortilla Soup), but there are other ones that are definitely not "clean eating" recipes.

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Unknown said...

It's a really great way to start your day, I personally found it very interesting!!!!!!!!!!