A friend of mine is a Arbonne consultant so I'm giving their 30 Day Feeling Fit Plan to prep for my trip to Hawaii. (Link at bottom) So for anyone who's interested, I figured I'd journal my experience.
Pounds Lost: 0
Feeling: Pretty good
So the plan is pretty similar to other meal-replacement plans, except that it is totally vegan(!) which really appeals to me. You basically just swap out either lunch or dinner with a protein shake and drink various teas and fizzy things (I imagine a sneaky way to keep you hydrated) all day.
The plan calls for an optional Energy Fizz Tab (think Airborne) first thing in the morning. I chose the citrus flavor and the taste is similar to all the other Airborne and Emergen-C type drinks. I did find that it doesn't dissolve all that quickly. I suggest breaking it up a bit before putting it in the water.
Then for breakfast it's a Protein Shake with the Daily Fiber Boost. This is fine by me as I usually just have coffee for breakfast; I don't feel deprived or anything. The shake itself (I got chocolate) is honestly pretty tasty. I *do* recommended using a blender; the powder sort of clumps up if you try to stir or shake by hand. You can use the basic recipe (powder and water) or one of the alterations listed in the little guide or website (adding peanut butter, berry, etc). Use almond milk for a little thicker result or blend with ice for a really milk-shaky vibe. Either way, pretty good. Feels like dessert.
Next on the plan is a mid morning snack of a Fit Chew, Herbal Detox Tea, and optional healthy snack. I haven't tried the tea yet but the chew (also chocolate) is quite surprisingly good. It's sort of like taffy or a tootsie roll I suppose; but I never really liked those and I like this. I get the idea behind it- it gets you chewing on one relatively small "candy" for a while. It's the same concept as chewing gum to trick your hunger.
Then there is lunch. I choose to have my "real" meal for lunch rather than dinner. Mainly because I usually eat lunch at work and I eat much healthier under the scrutiny of my coworkers than I do eating dinner at home. So for lunch I grabbed a salad from Whole Foods (blue cheese & pecan, bad ;) ) and a Garden Lites Zucchini Souffle. I have to digress a little here to tell you that these Garden Lites things are my new favorite thing. 140 calories (9 grams of protein) for a *really* filling and very tasty little veggie souffle. Plus it's all natural and all that jazz. :-)
The afternoon snack is another Fit Chew and Energy Fizz tab. And you can throw in a healthy snack (fruits or veggies) if you like. I had a few fist fulls of grapes.
Then another shake for dinner and an Herbal Detox Tea for "dessert." Honestly, I'm still so full from lunch (seriously, these souffles are awesome) that the shake itself feels like the pre-bed dessert. (It's very tasty.)
I also got the 7 Day Body Cleanse to help jump start myself a bit. It's just a bunch of toxin-absorbing and, well, I'll politely call them "cleansing" herbs. It comes in liquid form. You mix it in with a quart of water and drink it gradually throughout the day. The taste isn't great. It's like a strong tea with some flowery and citrusy notes. It's not terrible, but honestly, I just chugged it. (I'll let you know later if that was a bad idea).
So there you are! Those are the basics. I'll keep you updated on my progress. :) Now I'm off to Target to buy a new blender so I can un-steal the one from the office.