In April, my family took an 8-day vacation to a resort where it was difficult (or at least no fun!) to find healthy meal options. I had a few salads here and there, but hey -- it's vacation and I made a point to sample a few desserts, hit up the buffets, snack on french fries by the pool and drink some alcoholic beverages to capitalize on the relaxation the vacation provided. We had a great time, but when we returned I quickly realized that I let food and drink take control of me. Even with the best laid plan to regain my clean eating lifestyle I felt hungry and miserable in my attempts to "get back on the horse". So I bit the bullet, swallowed my pride, and ordered the 3-Day Refresh kit.
The plan was simple. Day 1 started with a big glass of water followed by Chocolate Shakeology mixed with ice, water and half a banana. This is my normal breakfast so I was used to the routine. I always know I'm getting 300% of my daily intake of Vitamin C with Shakeology as well as 100% B6, B12, A and Manganese as well as a multitude of other nutrients and minerals that come from REAL FOOD so I know most of the nutrition is being absorbed by my body (unlike a vitamin tablet in which nutrients may not be absorbed AT ALL). Plus it fills me up and I like the taste, so breakfast was easy. The next thing on the plan is morning tea with stevia. You have to use naturally decaffeinated tea, and after a lot of coffee drinking on vacation I surely missed the "boost", but it was an acceptable substitution. Around 10am the plan calls for water mixed with "fiber sweep". This has a bit of a gritty consistency, but it is sweet and tasted like lemonade. Doable. At lunch I had another shake called Vanilla Fresh, which again contained vitamins and nutrients to keep my body refreshed during the mid-day. I prepared it in the blender with ice, water and half a banana and it tasted really good and surprising refreshing. I was also able to choose one vegetable from the list provided and one healthy fat. I had 2 stalks of celery with 2 Tablespoons of Cedar brand hummus. I like that brand because it doesn't contain chemical preservatives. I ate around 12:30pm and stayed satiated until about 3:30. There was an option to have an afternoon tea, but it was 80 degrees that day so I skipped it. For afternoon snack I could again choose a healthy fat and vegetable. I had a cup of sliced cucumbers this time and 2 more Tablespoons of hummus. It's actually amazing how much hummus that is! Finally for dinner the plan called for another Vanilla Fresh Shake sans the fruit and a choice from the healthy dinner recipes provided. I chose the spinach salad. It was easy to make and yielded a large portion.
There are lots of other options too if you are not keen on hummus or spinach. Some other vegetable options include asparagus, broccoli and carrots. Additional fruit options are apple, blueberries, grapes, peaches and watermelon and you don't have to put them in the Vanilla Fresh if you would rather eat them on the side. The dinner recipes include vegetable stir-fry, kale with pine nuts, cucumber-tomato salad, moroccan carrot salad and more.
Overall, the 3-Day Refresh really worked for me and helped me to push through a time where I felt like food was controlling me. It empowered me because I was able to get through the plan without cheating and I felt accomplished for completing this short-term goal. If you are interested in trying the 3-Day Refresh go to www.beachbodycoach.com/juliesmyth and click on "Shop" or leave a comment and I would be happy to help you learn if this is a good option for you.