I mentioned last week that I was participating in the 5 day reset designed by two Integrative Nutrition coaches and founders of the Urban Detox Club.
I have to admit, I’m not big on smoothies and wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. The program is set up to include 2-3 smoothies per day plus 2-3 healthy meals. It comes with the vitamins that I use and love so that part was easy (they pass all of these tests).
The idea of having more than one smoothie per day felt unnecessary and I was sure that I would be starving! (The protein smoothie mix is also included.)
But I jumped on board for a few reasons:
- I had a few final stubborn pounds of baby weight that I was ready to lose for good
- I have gotten to know the founders (Jen and Rebecca) and love them!
- I want to test out programs that could be helpful to my clients
The protein smoothie mix they provide was tested in clinical trials to be effective. It contains the amino acid leucine which ensures that 99% of any weight lost is fat, not muscle. So some women don’t necessarily lose weight, but they see body composition change.
The smoothies are also tested for purity- this was really important to me.
Did you know that 60% of all protein powders tested contain traces of heavy metals like lead or arsenic?
A cool thing happened. I wasn’t hungry. I craved the protein-veggie-healthy-carb lunch and dinners that I planned for myself. I didn’t want any sugar. I naturally ate less than usual. I felt energized. And by the end of the week, I had lost my two stubborn pounds!
I had a few friends join me for this reset and when I asked my friend Sarah how she was doing here’s what she said (read her full recap here):
“So good! I am completely full and have had zero cravings! This never happens to me, but I look at a cookie and think, nope I’m good! I’m just amazed at how much I am just not interested in sugar or processed food right now. Every other time I’ve done a detox, I could manage but it was a real struggle. This time it hardly feels like a battle.” -Sarah
Me too, Sarah! Karen and her husband had a good experience, too (he lost 6 pounds!)
I am not typically one to do before and after photos (or ever show my belly, really) but I’m going to go out on a limb here and post a photo of my mid section- cringe. Please be kind! I was just really surprised that I saw a difference in such a short amount of time.
PS- I hope it’s obvious but I should add that I do not advocate for “quick fixes” – I believe in real food and this is not the kind of thing you have to do for the rest of your life to lose weight and keep it off (I won’t name programs here although I really want to!)
PPS- I do not want to further the cultural idea that losing a few pounds can make us happy. It’s not true. I really struggled with the decision to post photos for this reason. Yet I have clients who are trying to lose weight and I want to fully experience this myself before sharing it.
Although I don’t recommend meal replacement programs, I do like the “reset” concept of kick starting healthier habits, especially in terms of sugar!
I’m linking up with the Urban Detox Club team so anyone interested can join next month if you’d like to. Or if you have questions about the Vitalizer that I use, email me. All the details are here.
Have you done the research to see if your protein powder and/or vitamins are safe?
How can we find a balance between being healthy (getting back to our pre-baby self) without perpetuating the idea that women should worry about their outward appearance?