my #StartFreshii Juice. Cleanse. Energize. experience!

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the results from my 1 day #StartFreshii juice cleanse are in: i survived, woo hoo!  in all honesty, it wasn't that bad.  i'm definitely saying that cause it was only 1 day though, haaaa. when those hunger pangs kicked in i was totally transported back in time to my 1st bikini competition prep. good times, lol! mix that in with a couple "come on, Leah..just a few more hours. you can do this. focus." moments and that was my day in a nutshell.  i explained on Periscope (are you following me yet? have you checked out the app? leave your ID below so i can look you up!) that i'm breastfeeding and can't afford to go longer than one day to keep from putting a big dent in my milk production (gotta keep those calories up!).  plus, i'm a group fitness instructor and although light exercise (yoga, walking, stretching)  is ok when detoxing, strenuous activity is not recommended.  bummer.  anyway, i've gotten the 'do you juice? do you detox?' questions over the years and can finally say, 'Yes! i've done one!' however, i have always turned them down in the past because:

  • fearful of feeling way too hungry (and crappy) to deal
  • i prefer eating calories over drinking them
  • cannot be sustained long-term
  • prohibited strenuous exercise (booooo.)
  • generally low in protein

what i do believe they are great for:

  • complete system reset
  • rid body of toxins and excess waste
  • improved complexion, hair & skin (clean eating cleared my skin up completely by the way...no more Proactive!)
  • promotes/jump starts healthy lifestyle changes
  • increased mental clarity, energy, stamina
  • a healthier, nourished colon

when the #StartFreshii Challenge was presented to me, i finally decided to take the plunge! i love Freshii cause they offer a variety of healthy, nutritious, fast-food items for people on the go. i just wish they had a drive through! the decor is fun, bright, and contemporary, and kid friendly items make this the perfect healthy family eatery.

20150708_093123-01again i did the 1 day, but if you decide to give this a whirl yourself, you've got 3 or 5 day options too.  pick the one that best suits your lifestyle and schedule for best results.

i ordered some oatmeal for the boy's breakfast.

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adorable presentation! and i am thrilled they both love oats so much.

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  my eyes!! i was LOVING all that beautiful, healthy color! the smoothies were labeled and to be consumed in a certain order every 2.5-3 hrs;  the detoxifying Metaboost salad was to be eaten at the end of my day.

  1. Green Energy - apple, cucumber, kale, lemon, carrot, romaine, spinach (my fave!)
  2. Carrot Zinger - carrot, apple, ginger
  3. Mighty Detox - pineapple, cucumber, celery, apple, ginger
  4. Red Power - beet, carrot, lemon, ginger (2nd fave!)
  5. Metaboost Salad - field greens, spinach, kale, carrots, mango, edamame, almonds, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

staying busy between meals was going to be key in getting me through this! we explored the city a little before running errands.

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one of the calming fountains at a small, contemporary park just down the street.

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the sun was out but thankfully there was still a nice breeze at 10am! so Chiso got to run around and play a bit as i finished up juice #1.  i sipped all of them suuuuuuuper slow.

20150708_102616-01Q: what is THE very first thing that pops into your mind when you read that question? comment below.

A: before i die...i want to live out and fulfill His purpose for my life. that's #1. 20150708_103759-01i will remember and cherish these days forever!!! so grateful to be able to do what i love with the people i love.

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after that, errand time.  running around in the Texas heat and jumping in and out of the car with kids is a workout in itself. whew.

i said all that to say that at 2pm, i cracked.

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lol! keeping it real! i'm used to eating over 2k cals a day so i was really going through it at that point.

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i just hope there was nobody sitting in their car watching me tear this salad UP. wasn't it pretty though?

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3rd juice done with one left to go as we finally headed home.  you're supposed to drink 8-10 glasses of water in between 'meals' when doing a cleanse as well. i did my best.

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by 6pm? DONE. finished a lil early, haha.  the Freshii cleanse pamphlet did suggest that if hunger overtakes you, increase your water intake, drink a herbal tea, or reach for raw or lightly cooked fruits and vegetables.  that said, i had grape tomatoes and half a cucumber before finally getting in bed around 10pm.  the next morning i felt lighter, and my mid section's skin was noticeably tighter.  that's what cutting out refined sugars does for me though, immediately. my tummy and waist are the first to respond when i tweak my nutrition.

takeaways:

  • this was a mental battle more than anything! once i woke up the next morning with no pressure to stick to the cleanse, i wanted to keep going. go figure.
  • not having to chew overall made it feel like i had not eaten a thing = hoogry
  • great for resetting/restarting your system.  i am now motivated to keep my refined sugar intake low and my raw fruit/veggies intake high. this is when i feel and look my best.
  • not great as a lifestyle (possibly once a week at best) or for fat loss.  the diet is already low in protein and calories and the body goes into starvation mode after a while which conflicts with the fat burning process.
  • unless you have your own juicer at home and get a great, cheap deal on produce, juicing can get rather expensive.
  • we CAN do anything we put our minds to

fyi! many times the media choses to focus on the short-terms results produced by these cleanses.  know that your results won't last if you don't make it a point to move more and maintain and healthy, low-no processed diet.

i highly recommend you accept the #StartFreshii juice cleanse challenge! all 4 juices are delish and refreshing but my fave was definitly #1. tell me about your cleanse/detox experience below.

le

Dego's mini 1st birthday party + Applegate Grilling Kit -- who wants one!?

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you know that symbol when you see it.

it means you are in the vicinity of some healthy, organic, and all natural goodness!

thanks to Applegate we enjoyed these healthy hot dogs for Dego's first birthday lunch.  i had zero faith Chiso (the 4 yr old picky eater)  would even take a bite of anything in that box but boy did he surprise us!

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my lil' helper was so excited to unpack the goodies.

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what's in there? only the best of the best components needed to build a BOMB, healthy hot dog:

  • Sir Kensington's all natural yellow mustard & classic ketchup
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  • Applegate all natural, grass-fed, uncured beef hot dogs
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  • Vermont Bread Company Potato Hot Dog Buns
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  • napkins
  • meat thermometer
  • cooler
  • 'you grill girl' apron
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  • oven mit
  • the cutest Apple gate buttons <3

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it rained cats & dogs outside that afternoon so my grill pan was perfect.20150617_151600-01

yeah.... i don't think i'll ever be boiling our hot dogs in water ever again.  soooo much more flava this way.

stats per dog: 70 cals, 6g fat, 6g protein, 330mg sodium

ingredients: beef, water, and less than 2% of sea salt, paprika, dehydrated onion, spices (black pepper, coriander, mace, nutmeg), nutmeg oil, and celery powder. all recognizable stuff, right!

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do you toast your buns? YOU GOTTA TOAST YOUR BUNS. spending just a little extra time on the minor details really makes an ordinary meal extraordinary!  i added a little Earth Balance Buttery Spread before toasting.

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per Chiso's request, we had an indoor picnic in the middle of the living room floor.

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i walked out to the front porch to snag some thunderstorm lighting before we started though.

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2% colby jack cheese, green onions, mustard, ketchup went on top of my dog!

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so, Chiso ate 2 dogs all by himself! it's like pulling teeth to get him to taste ANYTHING new... so this was big.

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next, CAKE!  on the way home from the gym that morning i stopped by Whole Foods Market to pick up a mini cake for Dego and ended up with two! did Dego like it? check out our birthday song video below and see ;)

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happy 1st birthday, big boy! this day was Dego's actual birthday, but we had another small, family party that following saturday. so, who wants their very own Applegate grilling kit while the summer is in full swing!?

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le