Unfiltered Mommy

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How do I get started doing a Detox?

I get a lot of messages requesting more information about getting started with this Detox Program, so I thought that I would share a bit more information for those considering it, or just wanting to learn more.

The program is through the MLM company LifePlus as mentioned in previous posts. It’s super easy to follow and compared to many juice cleanses, surprisingly not too pricey. I’ve priced juice cleanses in California and the cost was about $200 a week.

The tools: There are a few thing that you need to have in your kitchen in order to do this properly. One is a good blender (I use my amazing Blendtec), for making sauces, smoothies etc. Secondly, you will need a kitchen scale that measures units in grams. A non-stick coated frying pan for cooking without oil or fat.

Special groceries: Before you start the program you will want to stock up on all the basic ingredients for the recipes in the Team Cookbook. These are things kitchen staples but they must all be sugar free. I’ve never been one to read labels, but now I am learning how to make better choices at the grocery store! You will need sugar free versions of the following items: tomato paste, vegetable bullion, soy sauce, sweetener such as Stevia, pasteurised tomatoes, and canned chopped tomatoes. You will also want to have low fat or fat free versions of these: cottage cheese, greek yogurt, quark, cream cheese, and milk (I use sugar free, low-fat Soy milk).

The initial investment: To get started you will need to get the Team Cookbook ($12), which explains the program and has all the delicious recipes for the diet and stabilisation phases. Aktivator Salt ($12). The supplements are protein powder that your purchase from LifePlus are the biggest cost factor, other than the ingredients for the food, which you would be buying food anyways right? The supplements needed are: Daily Plus, Proanthenols, OmeGold, MSM, and Triple Protein Powder sweetened. You will need the protein powder to make many of the desserts and also for a quick snack to ward off hunger attacks and cravings. I chose to do a bit of a different routine with the supplements since I had previously purchased TVM and Colon and wanted to be able to use them up as well. After starting I also decided to get Key Tonic, to aid the brain and CNS during the Ketosis period, and X Cell + (Red Beet flavor), so I could have something to drink other than water and herbal tea. The X Cell + tastes like Crystal Light and it is my new afternoon treat. To purchase the basic supplements I paid about $220. To purchase the 2 drink powders, I think I paid about $120 more. I’m not sure exactly what the pricing on the products is in the States, but it is probably cheaper than here. All the MLM stuff from America is super overpriced here.

Overall , you are looking at about a $350 investment for the supplements, book, and salt. Sounds like a lot at first, but to me it has been worth every penny. The supplements last one month if taken as directed. You will eventually need to repurchase them, as you will take them throughout the Diet and Stabilisation Phases. I imagine that most people stay on them all after the Detox, however, I will likely be going back to just taking TVM and Joint Formula as my daily regimen afterwards.

I’m down 15 pounds now and I am back to that Red Flag number I saw that caused my initial freak out alarm to sound. I have 5 more pounds to go until I reach my initial goal. Hip Hip Hooray! I was planning to move in the Stabilisation Phase this week, but now I may continue with the Diet Phase because I saw a huge weight reduction happened over the weekend , and I am not ready to stop losing. I’m excited to see if I can reach my goal.

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Reflections on the first 2 weeks of detoxing

The weight started coming off immediately. Everyday when I weighed myself the first week I was amazed at how quickly it was going down. In the second week it started to level off some. The biggest difference in week 2 was the difference in my waistline, which I also measure every morning before I eat or drink anything. Today I am on day 19 and I have lost 5.5 kg (11.7 pounds) and 13 cm or 5 inches. I’m now about 1kg or 2 pounds away from that Red Flag number.

Other than the weight loss benefits I have had other changes as well. I wake up more refreshed and get right up. I used to wake up still tired and dragged myself out of bed each morning. I think that this is one of the biggest differences I have noticed. I think it is do the not drinking any alcohol and also not putting any toxic chemicals from processed foods into my body. The body can focus on the necessary functions instead of expending so much energy to combat all the toxins. I feel more energetic throughout the day and have also been way more productive than usual. Getting things on my To-Do List used to take a long time, but it seems to be going much faster now.

Another big change I have noticed is with my mood. I have noticed that I am less irritable and more patient with my crazy puppy and my kids. I’m no longer counting down the hours until bedtime and hardly ever get frustrated with the kids now. To me this is the most positive change so far.

The only negative effect I have noticed is that I am having some bad/scary dreams, and one actual nightmare about a week ago. The dreaming is not new. I have always had vivid and frequent dreams, but the content of these is somewhat disturbing. Hopefully that will pass in time.

All-in-all I am still happy with my decision to detox. I have learned how to cook healthier, which was my main motivation for doing it, and I feel overall better than before. My weight has not changed very much in about a week, so that is somewhat disappointing. I had hoped to see at lease a continued reduction to help me stayed motivated. The cooking is somewhat labor intensive as I am constantly cutting up vegetables, but the clean up is less work because there are less pots and pans and no greasy mess to clean.

I will say that I am looking forward to being able to eat avocados and legumes again at some point though, so I m not sure if I will extend the diet period or not. That is something that I will decide in the next few days.

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What can I eat?

In the last post I talked about all the no-nos. But the question I get the most is what CAN I eat? For me, my bissest fear was being hungry all the time and not liking the “diet” food I had to eat. I have to say, neither of these are true. Thank goodness!

Initially I was also concerned about being able to cook with out any type of fats or oils. How in the world would everything not stick tot he pan and make a huge mess? I just didn’t see how that was going to happen and feared having to scrub off the burnt-on food off my frying pan every night. I was pleasantly surprised to see that cooking also works with just a bit of water or a mixture of soy sauce (sugar free of course) and water! It is way less messy to clean up as well, because you don’t have splattered grease all over your stovetop and backsplash afterwards.

Prior to starting the program , I bought the Team Cookbook, which is designed for this diet. It has recipes that are very easy to make and surprisingly delicious. Now, not every single recipe I’ve tried so far has worked out. There have been a couple that I didn’t love, but for the most part, I can say they are actually really good.

So what’s allowed? There are several types of protein that are allowed including; lean beef, chicken breast, turkey breast, white fish, shrimp, mussels, calamari, crab and lobster. I also get a lot of my protein from dairy products including; light cottage cheese, light greek yogurt, light Quark (german product similar to yogurt), protein shakes, eggs and soy milk. A variety of vegetables are also included in the diet: cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, chickaree, cabbage of all types, lettuce, bell pepper, brussel sprouts, asparagus, cucumber, tomatoes and spinach to name a few. Fruits allowed are Apples, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pears, blackberries, pomegranate, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, and plums, as well as a few others.

As you can see, there are quite a few thing so it is easy to combine them to switch it up, depending on your preferences. There are actually more things on the list bt these are the ones I tend to stick to.

The diet restricts how much of these items you can eat. The goal during the diet phase is a daily intake of 500-800 calories. Which does sound like a lot, but because it is a high protein diet, I feel full through out the day. Here’ the daily breakdown in grams:

Meat: 2x day/ 120g

Veggies: 2x day/ 100-300g

Fruit: 2x day/ 100g

At least 2 litres of still water. I drink about 4. You are also allowed to drink herbal, green or black tea as well as black coffee. Caffeine should be ket to a minimum though as it dehydrates the body.

I’m not a huge fan of food pictures, but because I wanted to share the things with all of you, I have taken a few of shots of the really good ones.

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The LifePlus Detox Program

Every Detox Program is different. One of the reasons why I have never done it before is because I like to eat. I never wanted to do a juice cleanse where I couldn’t eat anything or feel like I was starving myself. For me, a program like that is simply not maintainable, and I don’t think it is healthy for our bodies.

When my friend started her detox at the beginning of the year I watched her post photos of all the food she was eating along with her weight loss. I was truly surprised to see that she was eating actual food. A month later, I asked her if I could look at the cookbook and found that there were many recipes similar to things I already liked so it peaked my interest. I had grown tired of trying to dream up what we were going to eat for dinner, and honestly had lost the desire to cook. Cooking has always been my biggest hobby, so I knew that it was time for a change. I remember saying to hubby on several occasions “I know exactly that we shouldn’t be eating this, but I don’t know what else to make.”.

My friend started her business a year or so ago with the company LifePlus. It is an MLM out of the USA that has been operating in Germany for several years. I had already been taking some of the vitamins so I decided to take the plunge. The program is basically a strict Keto diet along with taking several nutritional supplements from LifePlus to support your body while you detox all the junk out of your system.

There are 4 Phases:

Phase 1: Loading Days, 2 days. Basically for the first 2 days you eat everything and anything you possibly can until you can’t eat another bite. 3000-4000 calories per day is the recommend intake. I felt like I was going to puke by 3pm on Day 1. I didn’t realise how hard it is to take in this many calories. My normal daily intake is around 2000 calories.

Phase 2: Diet Phase, 21 days or longer if desired. This is the most restrictive phase. 500-800 calories per day of whole, clean food only. See deception of acceptable food below.

Phase 3: Stabilization Phase, 21 days or longer if desired. Each day you are able to try adding new things from the restricted list back into your diet to see how your body responds. If you add or lose 2 pounds in a day in this period, you have to back to Phase 2 until you reach your desired weight again. This is to ensure that you maintain the weight you’ve lost and do have the yo-yo effect.

Phase 4: Maintenance, hopefully forever. Once you have reached and stayed at your ideal weight, you can slowly add carbs back into your diet.

What do I eat? It is a very clean diet of lean proteins and a specific list of vegetables. Things on the list for the diet phase include: white fish, shrimp, lean ground beef, and chicken. Other sources of protein can be tofu, or low fat dairy products and sugar free protein shakes. The veggies on the list are actually pretty extensive, but the ones that I am eating most are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, mushrooms, lettuce, fennel, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower. There are many more as well but I am only on day 6 now so I have not ventured out of my comfort zone yet. I have to say I am truly amazed at how delicious all the meals have been so far. I was not expecting to like the food as much as I do, which definitely makes it easier to stick to the program. (I’ll do another post about the food I’m making with pictures.)

NO-GO’s include: fats, oils, or butter of any kind. Sugar, honey, syrup or sweetness other than Stevia or Erythrit. Soda, processed foods, breads, pasts rice, or grains, legumes, nuts, avocado. Fruits with high fructose content such as bananas and mangos.

Drinks: Still water, tea and coffee with no additives and of course, no sugar.

I know that reading this seems intimidating at first but it’s actually pretty easy once you know what to buy.

I also take several nutritional supplements: Aktivator Salt, Fish oil, MSM, Proanthenols, Enerxan and a Daily Vitamin drink that also has colon support in it, and a Protein Shake. I also recently ordered 2 more thing sot help support my body though this process and to have some options for drinks that have a bit of flavor. Those are called X-Cell, which is kind of like a natural energy drink and Key-Tonic, which helps support the body and CNS during Ketose.

In the next post I’ll talk about my eating schedule and include some pictures of what I have made so far. I am down 7 pounds in 5 days. I have not had any hunger attacks or desire to eat things I cannot have. So far the program has been very easy for me to maintain and I have liked everything I have eaten.

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Why do a 21-Day Detox?

Many times over the years, I’ve been invited to do detox program with friends, but it was never something the interested me. I was lucky enough to be born with a slim figure and have never really needed to diet or work out to maintain it. I enjoyed eating whatever I wanted and thought it would always be that way. Even after giving birth to my second 9+ lb baby, I was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans within 6 weeks. Back then I lived in San Diego and I was outside all the time. I walked the boardwalk in Carlsbad almost daily and pushed a double stroller through my hilly neighbourhood. I was active, but not sporty. I enjoyed the healthy SoCal lifestyle, drinking green smoothies and grilling fresh fish.

When we moved to Germany that all changed. There were no more all-you-can-eat salad joints for lunch or healthy vegetarian smoothie and snack bars to grab something on the go. The fast options switched to french fries drenched in mayo, bratwursts, pizza or McDonald’s, none of which were part of my diet in California.

The unhealthy eating options, gloomy weather, and home sickness hurled me into a depression that lasted about 3 years. I ate too much. I drank too much. And I did absolutely no physical activity. I searched for a gym with childcare so I could at least do some yoga or boxing but that doesn’t exist where I live, because apparently providing childcare so mothers can work out just isn’t important.

After going back to the States for Christmas in 2018, I saw the number on the scale that was my Red Flag. I knew I had to do something. The trip home was good for me, I was able to do some soul searching and pulled myself out of the depression. I was ready to start working on my health again. I started touring gyms and calling Yoga Studios. The kids were both in school and I finally had time! Two months later I began having excruciating knee pain. After three months of PT, Cryotherapy, ultrasound therapy, I was diagnosed with Plica and Arthritis. I had knee surgery and then could barely walk again for almost a year. Once I was sure that my knee was strong enough and I was ready to get back to the gym again, COVID-19 hit Germany. We went into Lockdown and all gyms closed. We ate what was easy to make with ingredients that we could store in our basement.

Fast forward one year and here we are today. I have been going to the gym twice a week for 6 months and had been doing Yoga prior to Lockdown #2, but my weight is still the same. I’ve actually gained 13 lbs since the day I saw my Red Flag number on the scale. After talking to my husband, we decided that we need to change the way we eat, and since I am doing all the cooking, I guess it’s up to me.

Last week a friend of mine who regularly does these cleanses posted that she had lost 20 lbs by doing this program. She has been posting pictures of the meals she was making (which surprised me) and I decided to take the plunge. I’m not sure how my journey will end up as I am only on Day 2, but I am excited to see if the “pounds melt away”.

Stay Tuned!

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