Hi everyone! No recipe — today we’re talking about AdvoCare. Becky reached out to me with a challenge, and I really never turn those down. Today marks Day 2 of my 10 day cleanse. (Well, I actually started writing this the day before and had just polished off some very not challenge friendly leftover tortellini alfredo pizza, treat yoself?). Why 10 day (just the cleanse portion) and not the whole shebang? I had all intentions of a full 24 day challenge, but sadly found that a large portion of the supplements are not vegetarian friendly. To make the cleanse vegetarian friendly, I still had to swap out the probiotic for one I bought at my grocery store (for about $5).
Josh on the other hand, is committed to 24 days. I will still be eating extra clean (and drinking Spark at least once daily, that stuff is TASTY and makes me feel amazing) to support him — and myself, I had been pretty pumped to try this out! But before I go too far, here is some info from Becky about what AdvoCare is: The 24DC is a two part weight-loss program that typically results in an 8-15lbs weight loss and a whole lot of energy. The first 10 days is a gentle cleanse phase (don’t worry you get to eat…5x a day actually), and the next 14 days is the max phase that is loaded with awesome supplements for core nutrition, calorie burning, appetite control and energy. You pair the supplements with healthy and balanced clean eating and viola…you have awesome results! The cool part is it’s not a diet… it’s a bad habit breaker and a jump start to a healthier, balanced lifestyle. While the results in the 24 days can be quite shocking, the changes it makes beyond the 24 days is what really matters. I always say it’s sustainable…that’s why it works at being the lifestyle change many people are looking for.
I love the idea of this not being a diet and am actually a little overwhelmed by how many times a day we should be eating during the cleanse phase. Being busy at work (especially if I’m back in the lab, definitely no food allowed there!) often means not realizing you’re hungry or not having time to eat, and I know Josh is just as busy at work too. Plus snacking is a habit I fell out of when I had Invisalign, but I think if we make quick grab-and-go snacks, it will be a little easier. The challenge also involves eliminating dairy (something we’re pretty good at), reducing grains (not so good at that!), and just eating an all around whole diet. Something that really surprised me was the suggestion to avoid mushrooms for the first 10 days. Mushrooms are a favorite food of mine and Josh’s, so that is going to be rough. We eat mushrooms several, several times a week. Because its’ a cleanse, there will sadly be no coffee, no alcohol, no sugar. I find I work better if I think about the things I can eat rather than shouldn’t eat, and I’m happy to report there will still be carbs, healthy fats (hello, avocado on the menu tonight), piles of fruits and veggies, and lots of tea.
Overall, we’re both excited to revamp our eating habits (maybe lose a little weight) and just feel better. I’m a creature of habit and comfort and tend to fall into a lot of food ruts, whether they be good or bad. I’m always looking for ways to mix it up (we have a regular rotation of vegan and gluten free weeks to keep us on our toes). Josh and I will both report back post-cleanse and Josh will provide a recap of his whole experience.
If you’d like to learn more about the 24-Day Challenge, reach out to Becky (firstname.lastname@example.org) and check out her AdvoCare site! She was a huge, over the top help in figuring out what supplements I could and could not have, even if it worked out that I couldn’t have several. If you’re the kind of vegetarian that doesn’t mind gelatin (no judgment!!), the challenge can still work out for you — you’ll just need to avoid the fish oil pills in the MNS pack and not purchase the additional fish oil. Just FYI – When you build a 24 day challenge, it’s going to look like you have to buy the fish oil, but you can remove it from your cart before you check out.
Disclaimer: I was provided the cleanse for free (Josh paid for his). I was not compensated for my time in any other way and all opinions are 100% my own.