Green tea will not provide the caffeine kick you crave if you are a coffee drinker, but I enjoyed it. The breakfast smoothie tastes great. I used frozen berries in all of the smoothies which helped with the temperature and texture. The lunch smoothie looks like swamp juice but isn’t too bad. Make sure you peel the limes before blending. While I am sure the rinds are packed with super food mojo, they make the drink hard to get down. For a snack, I had the breakfast drink again. The dinner drink looks purplish brown but tastes pretty good. If you don’t like cayenne pepper this may be a tough drink, but I thought the kick was good.
The bath is pretty relaxing, but I used Eucalyptus Epsom salts and the smell didn’t go over well with Ashley.
My only side effect on Day 1 was a dull headache in the afternoon (probably caffeine-related).
I had a hard time getting to sleep, but woke up well-rested.
Cravings hit me on Day Two. Playoff football and smoothies don’t go well together and every commercial and show on tv seemed to involve food. Day Two, I was irritable, had a dull headache, and some achy joints.
Mentally, I think the process is getting me prepared to eat healthier. Pizza and fast food commercials don’t seem to get me salivating like the healthier fare on the cooking channel. I’m not sure if that’s a coping response, but it was unexpected.
I had a great night sleep and woke up very clear-headed and rested.
The drinks all tasted better. I continued to have a dull headache and mild joint soreness. I had much more energy and even went for a quick jog and a light workout. I substituted time in the steam room for the Epsom salt bath.
I felt great the next morning. I had two eggs, oj, and almond milk for breakfast. A salad with mix greens and grilled chicken for lunch. Two beers, quinoa and brown rice, and venison and vegetable vindaloo for dinner. I also hit the gym again.
I lost 6 lbs over the three days. A couple of people at work did mention that I looked refreshed, but I was also coming back from two weeks vacation. I also felt a little bit sharper mentally (pulling the name of a random acquaintance who I haven’t seen in a couple of years out of thin air….not my forte).
I am pretty skeptical that these types of diets/programs can offer a significant impact on your overall health. That said, this program certainly helped motivate me to clean up my diet a bit and kickstart a consistent workout regimen (tri season here I come!). The thought of doing it again right now is not appealing, but maybe I can use the memory of it as motivation not to fall off the workout wagon. Incorporating a smoothie every once in awhile as a meal replacement is tolerable. How else are you supposed to choke down kale?
Also, I know I’ve been bragging about my Vitamix blender lately, but I love it! It completely liquifies all of these ingredients, including the celery stalks, apple peels and cucumber peels.
Here are others, I’m still considering…