Detox Done! (Thankfully) Results are in

So I have finally finished the Optimal Essentials 9 day detox and I must say that I am damn impressed with the results.  My weight fluctuated over the 9 days but mostly went down.  In total I lost a whole 3kg! It would normally take me months to lose that much weight.  I didn’t follow the program exactly.  One hour of HIIT exercise a day was recommended.  I worked out maybe three times in the whole 9 days.  I didn’t do any HIIT and I didn’t do an hours worth.  Could you imagine the amount of weight I would have lost if I did?!  I also didn’t meditate.  I tried a couple of times and just fell asleep (it’s tiring being a Mum of 2).

There were so many positives about this detox.  The Optimal Essentials Super Detox powder wasn’t disgusting.  I’ve had some green powders that are just undrinkable.  Even mixed with smoothies they are just foul.  This one had a slight lemon flavour.  Was definitely easy to drink and I plan to continue having it.  During the day I never went hungry.  I was eating 5 meals a day and fasting after dinner.  The meals were big enough to keep me going all day and small enough that I wasn’t full.  I did struggle at night.  Normally I would have a snack after I’ve put the kids to bed.  Instead I would make a herbal tea and keep myself occupied.  It was so hard not to raid my son’s chocolate stash!!!  The cost of the food wasn’t too bad either.  We did one big shop then maybe 2 small shops during the week to get a few things we had run out of.  I’d estimate $220 spent altogether on food and the powder.  One thing I didn’t expect was how good my skin would get.  Because I wasn’t eating any processed or sugary foods my skin cleared up beautifully.

Of course with the positives come a few negatives.  The program is 3 days worth of meals that you repeat 3 times.  By the third lot I was getting sick of eating the same food over and over again.  Not that the food was bad, it was actually yummy, but it got kind of bland.  I also felt like I was doing a lot of food prepping.  Usually when I prep I spend a whole morning in the kitchen and get meals ready for the week. But this time I was spending the morning prepping meals for that day.  Good thing was I didn’t stray off the diet because the food was already made up and I could grab it easily.  The program recommends 3 litres of water a day and I think to some people that might seem like a lot.  Personally, I normally drink around that much anyway so it didn’t bother me.

So my results are, drumroll please…..

Arms -1cm each, Chest -4.5cm, Waist -1.5cm, Hips -2cm, Thigh +.5cm, Calves the same.  And three kilos gone!  Woohoo!!!

I have learnt a lot from this detox.  I will try not to eat anything after dinner and will limit my caffeine intake (I found I was falling asleep a lot faster at night, good thing too because my daughter has decided 5.30am is a good time to wake up). I don’t need to feel full after a meal, I can always have a small healthy snack in a few hours if I need.  And most importantly, I can lose weight when I try.  If I ever have a special event to attend or we go on holiday (I wish) this detox will definitely be something I will do again.

Give it a go yourself.  Go to optimalessentials.com and find the 9 day detox.

XO Sam

Holiday Hell

The family and I have just come back from an amazing Gold Coast holiday.  The hell part, well that is how my body looks and feels at the moment.  I may have gone just a little overboard with the fried foods, desserts and cocktails. Oops!  You can tell just by looking at my spotty face.  And to be completely honest, in the weeks leading up to the holiday the kids and I all had shocking colds so I did a lot of comfort eating…..which is something that I really really really need to work on!

Anyway, I thought my first thing to try out would be a detox in order to cleanse my body of all the nasties I consumed in a week long eating binge….I mean holiday.  I’ve never done a detox before because, well, I have a liver.  And it’s job is to cleanse my body.  But I think after this holiday and Easter my liver needs a little TLC.

One brand I have always loved is Dr Phil Sheldon’s Optimal Essentials.  My husband and I used to listen to Dr Sheldon on the radio and are big fans of his Boost powder and protein powder.  I knew Optimal Essential had a detox powder so I went on the website and discovered a 9 day body detox program with a meal plan.  Perfect!  Because there is NO WAY I could even attempt the lemon detox or juice cleanse at the moment.  Mumma needs to eat!

The meal plan is great!  It gives you recipe’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all within 1500 calories a day for 3 days.  You just repeat it 3 times with the Super Detox powder twice a day.  For extra weight loss (if that is what you are after) you could replace a meal with a shake, but I’ll do a week of meal replacement shakes another time.

The Super Detox powder cost us $39.95 from National Pharmacies using the membership card otherwise it’s normally $49.95.  It has 66 servings so will last us a long time and can be taken when not on a special detox cleanse.  The online meal plan was $9.95 through the Optimal Essentials website and grocery shopping cost $152 for the 9 days worth for 2 people.  But we did already have a few of the ingredients.  So altogether it cost us $200ish for 9 days.  I was impressed.  Obviously the cost will vary depending on what brands you buy, quantities, etc.

SO!  I am armed with my meal plan, Super Detox powder and health tips.  I have weighed myself, taken photo’s and my wonderful husband has measured me.  Stay tuned for results and review in 9 days time.  Wish me luck!

XO Sam