Arbonne 30 Days of Healthy Living Challenge

Each year I do a detox, a 'reset' of the system, if you will. January always seems to be a good time to do it, because we fill up our system with all kinds of sugar, alcohol and less than healthy food choices around the holiday season. It can be difficult to find your way back to health and goal-oriented routines after a few months of chaos and little over-indulgences. That's how cheat meals some how become cheat days and cheat days become cheat weeks and cheat weeks become LIFE. Before that happens, put a plan together, detox and get right back on track!

The past 5 years, I've followed a detox program- ranging from my own, juicing, elimination detox, Life Time's D.TOX and this year I'm trying Arbonne's 30 Day Healthy Living Challenge. Before I go any further- this post is for informational purposes! I am not an Arbonne rep and am not selling it. Just trying the product and doing my detox thing... while letting you know about it! All detoxes are not created equal and I'm excited to see how this one differs!

A little background- 5 years ago, in the midst of the holidays, I travelled to Hawaii where I was greeted with delicious food, yummy cocktails and a fabulous time. I returned home the heaviest I'd ever been, feeling miserable and still had to survive Christmas and New Year's. At the start of the New Year, I committed myself to a juicing + elimination cleanse and so began the cycle of New Year Detoxes! I ended up losing a great deal of weight (for me) that year (please take note in that it was small efforts, time after time, resulting in a lifestyle change) and since then continued on with the healthy living style that I stumbled upon that wonderful January. 

Fast forward to now. My passion for Nutrition led me to pursue a career as a Nutritionist. I've been studying nutrition for the past 4 years and have learned so much through research, personal experience and professional experience. I love being able to connect with people {I've gone through it myself!} and professionally offer my guidance and genuine help. 5 months ago I gave birth to the cutest little doll. I left my career as Nutrition Program Coordinator at Life Time to pursue full-time mom. I began this blog to touch thousands of people and keep me occupied during nap times! 

It's been fun transition to experience healthy living through pregnancy and postpartum. I started pregnancy at 118lbs and was 137lbs by Harper's birth day. One week postpartum I was back down to my 118lbs and now almost 5 months later I'm 113lbs. While I'm not seeking any more weight loss (thank you, breastfeeding!), I am excited to reel in my nutrition and challenge myself to this detox! It will be a little different than previous years as my goals this time around have changed: 

  1. I'm not doing it for weight loss 
  2. I'm still breastfeeding so a complete detox is off the table (I'm not using Arbonne's detox tea or 7 day body cleanse product)
  3. I'm trying to restore gut health (read about that here)
  4. Get healthy by cleaning up my diet (I've been letting A LOT slide and using breastfeeding as an excuse!)
  5. Run a great postpartum half marathon (eating less would interfere with performance)

I won't be doing before and after photos, because I don't expect a huge impact on my outwards appearance. I am, however, expecting to reset my system and feel better! Any mama's out there have trouble digestively after birth and while breastfeeding?! 

My plan for the Arbonne 30 Day Healthy Living Challenge:

  1. Continue with typical morning breakfast - Eat What The Nutritionist Eats Part 1.
  2. Using Arbonne's products {protein, digestive pre/probiotics, fiber and greens} have a smoothie for my second meal of the day - Eat What The Nutritionist Eats Part 2
  3. Lunch will be a hearty salad bowl Healthy Living approved! Protein + Carbs + Fats to make it healthy, filling and delicious! Eat What The Nutritionist Eats Part 3... with complete compliance.
  4. My afternoon snack will be another detox smoothie using Arbonne's products!
  5. Dinner will be a protein (either salmon, shrimp or vegetarian protein option) + vegetables + a healthy grain or potato.

For those less active or with weight loss goals, I'd suggest using the smoothies as meal replacements instead of in addition to a meal or for a snack. If you want to follow my journey, I'll be doing weekly check-ins on the gram

A quick guide to the program: 

Step 1: Eliminate common allergens

  • Wheat/gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Refined Sugar
  • Alcohol

You’re body will have difficulty fighting infection, losing fat and becoming healthy if you’re constantly consuming foods that are causing it stress. You MUST find what foods agree/disagree with your body and eat them accordingly. Eliminating these main foods will help to detox your body, reduce stress and allow your gut to heal. 

Step 2: Add Shakes

I'm using Arbonne's protein powder, pre/pro digestive enzymes, fiber and greens in 2 smoothies per day. These products will help to:

  1. Provide sustaining nutrients 
  2. Give adequate amounts of fiber
  3. Heal/balance the microbiome in gut
  4. Get digestive system on track

I'm already a raving fan of smoothies {check out my smoothie recipes here & read all about my second meal of the day here} so now I'm just adding a bit extra to them for the next 30 days to encourage a reset!

**If you're not pregnant or breastfeeding, I would add in the 7 day body cleanse and detox tea. Those two products will support a TRUE detox of your liver, kidneys and provide proper elimination of toxins. I look forward to par-taking in this part of the challenge at a different time! 

Step 3: Eat Proper Proportions

  • Veggies: 1/2 of your plate with greens like kale, chard, mustard greens, spinach, broccoli, asparagus
  • Lean Protein: 1/4 of your plate with legumes, lentils and if you eat meat, wild fish, chicken or turkey Complex
  • Carbs: 1/8 of your plate with brown rice, quinoa, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots or millet
  • Good Fats: 1/8 of your plate with seeds, nuts, nut butters, nut oils, olive oil, avocado, flax, grape seed oil, coconut oil

I'll tailor this a little more towards my body's needs. Typically, I focus a little less on fat and a little more on carbs (my body responds best to this). Also, being a pescatarian, a lot of my protein sources double as a carbohydrate sources (ie. quinoa, legumes, etc) unless I'm eating fish (salmon or shrimp) so I take that into account when building my meals. 

Sounds easy enough, right?! I've been picture documenting my meals... it's fun to look back at the day at everything I ate and feel good about it all! 

Like I mentioned above, I only detox 1x per year. I don't suggest detoxing any more than every 3-4 months. I do, however, suggest adopting a healthy lifestyle. I've researched, documented, experimented on myself and clients and know and understand the ins and outs of eating and lifestyle to live longer, happier, healthier and become your best self ever. 

If you have any questions, related to diet, healthy living, foods, etc, ask them in the box below and I'll return your e-mail at my earliest convenience!

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