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My 3 Day Refresh Results!

Well, I successfully finished the 3 Day Refresh and I am proud to say that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  If you are considering a cleanse, I want to share with you the good, bad and ugly!

The Good:

  • Satisfied: I didn’t feel hungry during the 3 days, which was a big concern for me, especially since I am on my feet pretty much all day with training.
  • Mental Clarity: I felt that my mind was much more clear and I was able to focus on specific tasks much easier, if anyone knows me, you would know that I am the definition of organized chaos.
  • Energy: I found that I didn’t really feel sleepy or groggy, especially during the 3PM slump, I felt energized.
  • Improved Sleep: I typically am up each morning around 4AM, sometimes I wake up feeling tired and drag a bit, but each day on the Refresh I woke up feeling refreshed and didn’t wake up during the night.
  • Easy to Make Meals: I like that you actually get to eat real food and the recipes that you are given and guidelines make it really easy to find options for all of your meals.
  • Shakeology & Vanilla Fresh: I love Shakeology and was happy that I could continue to drink it during the 3 Day Refresh, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the Vanilla Fresh shake! I am hoping that this will become the new Vegan Vanilla formula, if so, I will be in heaven.  It was delicious!

The Bad:

  • Stay close to the bathroom! Since you are drinking a lot of water to facilitate the cleanse, you will have to pee quite a lot!
  • Although, I never felt hungry, there were times when I felt that I couldn’t finish all of the food and shakes that were required, which could have been because I was full or just was over eating the same thing.
  • Since my days are long and I don’t have much time to really think about my meals, I had to prepare all of my meals in advance and ending up eating the same meals and snacks every single day.  It helped to prep the meals, but I will say by the third day, as delicious as it was, I was over my Veggie Stir Fry.  Next time around, I will prepare a bit more variety with my meals and snacks.

  • While I wasn’t hungry, I did have two bouts of cravings – one was prompted by a dream I had where I ate an entire bag of Kettle Cooked Salt & Vinegar Chips and then craved them during the day. The other was a craving for a bacon cheese burger. Random, but I was shocked because I typically crave sweets, so I guess it’s a good thing that I got my sugar craving under control.
  • The Fiber Sweep wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t awful. I just had to make it really cold water and made it in a Shaker Cup then chugged it down as fast as I could.

The Ugly: 

  • Well, I should say more of the smelly…I did experience a bit of gas during the first day, but by the end of the day, I felt totally fine and no one was injured! 🙂

The Results:

Now, I’m sure that you are more interested in knowing if it actually did work! Well, I am proud to say that I got amazing results!

  • Starting Weight: 128.4
  • Starting Waist: 27
  • Ending Weight: 123.4
  • Ending Waist: 25.5

Yup, I love 5 pounds and 1.5 inches in 3 days by eating real foods, nourishing shakes and drinking tons of water.  Plus, I feel rested, energized and not bloated!

As I mentioned, my meals were pretty basic each day:

  • Breakfast: Vegan Chocolate or GreenberryShakeology made with Water and I also ate a pineapple spears or apple apple slices

  • Mid-Morning: Fiber Sweep (It wasn’t too bad)
  • Lunch: Vanilla Fresh Protein Shake (it was so delicious) with Tomato Cucumber Salad made with Lemon Juice, Garlic, and Cumin, and a handful of berries and avocado slices.

  • Mid Afternoon Snack: Carrots with Guacamole or Lemon Garlic Green Beans

  • Mid Afternoon Tea: Caffeine Free Chai (Unsweetened)
  • Dinner: Vanilla Fresh with Veggie Stir Fry made with garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper.

All in all, I would recommend the 3 Day Refresh to anyone who is looking for a way to kickstart or jumpstart their weight loss, find relief if you feel that you have overdone it with the junk food, or simply want something to help you get your body on track with your nutrition.

If you have any other questions or want more information about the 3 Day Refresh, including how to get your own kit and to join one of my 3 Day Refresh Accountability groups, fill out this form and I’ll get you more information! In the meantime, check out this awesome video that talks more about the 3 Day Refresh.

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself before starting a Cleanse

Well, today is the day that I start my 3 Day Refresh program.  I will be honest and say that I am not one to go Ga-Ga for cleanses, but after the past month of emotional eating due to some lifestyle changes and major decisions being made, my eating took a bit of a toll.  Which, we all know, you can’t out train a bad diet.  I wasn’t going crazy but I will say that after discovering Cookie Butter ice cream from Trader Joes and sneaking to the bakery next to the gym (yes I said it!) time to time, I can tell that I need to get a bit more focused on my diet again.  After looking at photos of myself from last spring break’s trip to Mexico and preparing for my upcoming trip to mexico, I realize that I need to get it together.

So, I’m giving the 3 Day Refresh a shot and luckily I have a group of other people doing it with me to help me stay on track. To be honest, it’s not that bad, you are pretty much eating fruits and veggies and drinking high protein shakes and fiber drinks each day, so you are not starving and it’s pretty simple.

However, I have known about this program for about a year and have yet to try it, again, I am a skeptic, but before I made the decision to do it, I asked myself these 3 questions and after reviewing my answers, I knew that a cleanse would be the best thing for me. If you are thinking about doing a cleanse in the near future, ask yourself these 3 questions first before you invest:

  1. Why am I doing this cleanse?   Many of my clients will tell me that they are doing a cleanse to lose weight quickly or they even think that they can sustain it for longer than the cleanse suggests.  A cleanse should not be a quick fix, actually, nothing you do with your health and fitness should be a quick fix.  Why? Because you didn’t gain the weight quickly, so don’t expect it come off overnight. Instead, you should look at a cleanse as a way to make sure that your body is operating at its best to help facilitate the other good behaviors that you want to incorporate into your lifestyle.  If you are only looking for a quick fix, the second that you are done with the cleanse, you will go back (or even worse) to where you were.  When you do a cleanse shift your focus to HEALTH not WEIGHT LOSS. 
  2. Will this fuel and nourish my body or will it deplete my body?  Many people do these drastic cleanses that are out on the market or that they read about some celebrity doing, you know like only eating cauliflower puree and drinking pickle juice for 5 days.  The thing is that the body actually can do a pretty good job of cleansing itself if you simply focus on eating fruits and veggies and make sure that you have a good dose of plant based proteins and fiber.  Coupled with drinking lots of water.  Do you see that you don’t have to starve yourself or only eat one or two things??  Also, a lot of these shakes and pills that are on the market are filled with tons of fillers, preservatives, and chemicals, which yes, you may lose weight as they can help to make you feel fuller, make you poop more, or even suppress your appetite, this is not what a cleanse should do.  A cleanse is a very intense thing that your body may be going through and if you are not nourishing your body during the cleanse, you could be doing way more harm than good.  That’s what I love about the 3 Day Refresh so far, I have yet to feel hungry or cranky, to be honest I find it hard to eat all the food I’m required to eat. When you do a cleanse shift your focus to NOURISHING not DEPRIVING your body.
  3. What is my plan of action after completing the cleanse? As I mentioned above, cleanses are not quick fixes, they are more of a way to jumpstart or help you to get back on track so that you can build upon the results of the cleanse. After the cleanse is over, you should have a plan of action to continue the progress and results, that means that you are not going back to eating crap and junk food, as much as I want to go back to eating Cookie Butter Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies on the regular, I know that it will ruin the progress I made. So instead, I will focus on only indulging from time to time. I will also make sure that I am staying on top of my meal prep Sundays (another thing that I let go to the wayside last week causing me to eat junk and feel a bit bloated).   I am also going to make sure that I continue to keep drinking my water (on the Refresh I’m drinking about 90 ounces of water to help facilitate the cleanse).  The cleanse should never be your end all be all, but moreso an opportunity to set you up for success.  When you do a cleanse shift your focus to LONG TERM RESULTS not SHORT TERM RESULTS.

Cleanses are great, if you are 100% clear of why you are doing it, have a cleanse that nourishes your body during the cleansing process and you have a plan of action after the cleanse is over.

I will be sharing my results with the 3 Day Refresh at the end of the week and give you the good, bad, and ugly.  But in the meantime, if you have any questions about the 3 Day Refresh or any other cleanse that you have done in the past or are thinking about doing, let’s chat about it so we can make sure that you are prepped for ultimate success!

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Saturday Morning Detox Juice

Saturday mornings I do a kitchen/fridge clean sweep and I had a few fruits and veggies that needed to be eaten or pitched. So I made this juice concoction.

2 Carrots
6 celery stalks
1 handful of beet greens (I had 3 beets on hand)
2 apples

Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised by this combo. The only thing j would have added was lemon, but it was sweet, smooth and refreshing, plus has awesome detox benefits.

Happy Saturday!

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My Favorite Healthy Snacks

Eating Clean is something that I have really incorporated into my every day life, although I’m not 100% clean all the time, I do try my best to keep it as close to it as I can. I say that I am about 80% clean, I still enjoy a cheat or treat meal, as I like to call them, at least twice a week. 

However, one thing that was a bit of a challenge for me, when I first started was my snacks.  When you start to eat clean, you actually will eat more throughout the day, because you are eating lower calorie foods so to make sure that you are not hungry and that you are fueling your body throughout the day to give you enough energy.   So eating a snack in between meals is key!

Here are some of my favorite snacks:

  • Handful of raw almonds & handful of dried cranberries – love this salty, sweet, chewy, and crunchy taste
  • 8 Baby Carrots
  • Cucumber Slices with Salt, Pepper, & Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter with an apple
  • 1 cup of plain Greek Yogurt with 1/2 cup of Mixed Berries
  • Trail Mix: handful of nuts, seeds, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries/raisins
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Bell Pepper Slices with 2 Tbsp of Hummus
  • Whole Grain Pita Bread & 2 Tbsp of Hummus
  • No sugar added applesauce with 1 Tbsp of Granola and dash of cinnamon
  • Natural Cheese Stick with an apple
  • Natural Cheese Stick with 4 Whole Grain Crackers
  • 1 Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter with 4 Whole Grain Crackers
  • Easy Banana Nut Cookies – click here for recipe
  • Fresh squeezed juice – Click here for some of my favorite recipes
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Golden Super Juice

I can’t get enough of this juice!!! Ever since I got a Juicer for my birthday this year, I have been juicing any and everything!  A few days ago, I saw these golden beets in the organic produce section of Safeway and I remembered seeing someone on Instagram posting a photo of juicing Golden Beets.  It was serendipitous, or so I thought, and I had to purchase a bunch of these Golden Beets.  I was a bit nervous about juicing beets since I am not a fan of red beets, but something told me to give it a try.  Well, to my surprise, it was AWESOME!   Golden beets don’t have such a strong earthy flavor and they actually have a touch of sweetness to them, plus when you cut into them, they are BEAUTIFUL!  Seriously, such a beautiful bright yellow.    This is my favorite combo so far for a juice that incorporates Golden Beets and it so tasty and I literally feel awesome after a glass of this Golden Super Juice!


Golden Beets are a good source of fiber, potassium, & calcium which helps to reduce risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, & diabetes.

Carrots help with skin, teeth and gums, and vision, plus can prevent stroke.

Oranges provide smart carbs with a lower GI index and fight against infections and disease.

Apples are packed with fiber to help with digestion, neutralize IBS and other gastrointestinal issues, help fill you up, and even to prevent Alzheimer’s.

This is a powerful juice!!! I’m going to try to do a tropical spin on this with fresh pineapples and ginger one of these days, but I guess I should get a pineapple corer first (I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets!)