First let me say, I’m a normal person. I don’t randomly give up a ton of things for fun. I like my sweets and glass of wine in the evening, but I knew that at this point in my life, I needed a change. I was feeling tired, sluggish and just generally crappy about myself. Enter the Arbonne detox.
As I mentioned before, I’ve shifted my focus of eating. There are definitely pros and cons to any eating plan, but after researching a few out there, I found this one to work the best with my lifestyle. At first it seems hard (some may seem impossible), but I felt motivated to get back on track (and hopefully kick my sugar addiction!
One caveat before we begin: I’m not a healthy eating professional and this is only my experience with the Arbonne detox. If you’re considering a healthy eating plan, and you don’t know where to start, definitely speak to your doctor first! They’ll get you on track with what’s best for you.
What is the Arbonne Detox – 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond?
The Arbonne detox is a 30-day program to eliminate a lot of the harmful toxins, and promote healthy living through nutritious eating. It focuses on eliminating dairy, soy, sugar, gluten, caffeine and alcohol to help you reset your system. By eliminating those things, you’re able to eat healthy, whole foods, and at the end of the 30 days (as you reintegrate those foods back into your diet), you can see if they truly agree with your body.
You order a starter kit online from Arbonne and they send you basically the tools to get you through the 30 days. It’s a bunch of their nutritional products to help with everything from boosting your protein or fiber intake to using B vitamins to help your energy level when you cut the caffeine.
So what can you eat?
- Lean, organic, unprocessed meats (so chicken, turkey, pork, fish, venison and red meat – but that’s only allowed once per week)
- Fruits: Lemons, limes, granny smith apples and all berries (anything else are higher on the glycemic index and not advised for 30 days to avoid spiking your blood sugar)
- Vegetables: All veggies besides starchy ones (potatoes, corn)
- Nuts: All nuts are allowed in moderation; raw nut butters as well!
- Legumes: All kinds of beans and peanuts (including raw peanut butter)
How does the plan work?
In your starter kit, you get a bunch of protein powder (I chose both the vanilla and chocolate kinds for variety) and pretty much you have a smoothie every morning for breakfast. Every now and then – to add some variety – I had gluten-free oats, but I found the smoothies to keep me full longer. We have basically lived off my Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothie (using the vanilla protein powder and added fiber from the Arbonne kit). The smoothies really simplified the daily meal plan and it was great that I just needed to make sure we were well-stocked with almond milk and frozen blueberries.
For lunch, you can make another smoothie (which I did most days when I was at the office) or you can have a healthy lunch. I would reheat leftovers from our detox-friendly dinner the night before or make a salad with baby spinach, quinoa and roasted veggies. It was a great meal to use up leftovers and veggies in our fridge.
For dinners, I’ve relied on healthy meal planning/shopping to get us through. It takes some research and prepping on the weekends, but it really saves us time during the week if I’m pre-roasting veggies for the week and getting everything ready that we’ll need for easy weeknight meals. Some of our favorites have been the Turkey Chili I shared the other day and meat (or fish) on the grill with a side of cilantro-lime quinoa.
So why bother with all of this?
For me, I knew that I needed a change. I was stuck in a serious rut of eating too much sugar and beating myself up about it. Listen, it would be a complete lie to say that I stuck to the plan for the full 30 days and never ate anything else. Trevor and I went to Boston for the night (hello, lobster rolls!) and I never fully gave up caffeine. But with that said, I’ve gained a much greater understanding on what I need to do (and how I need to eat) to be healthy without feeling starved and deprived.
What are the benefits of the Arbonne detox?
I think the best benefit is that greater understanding of how your body actually works. Do you feel bloated after eating gluten? Do you have a problem with dairy? This might border on TMI, but I’ve never felt less bloated and my stomach actually started to flatten out (it didn’t get all the way there), but after two babies, its encouraging to see your body feel stronger and leaner. Not the number one reason I did the Arbonne detox, but I did lose about 10 pounds in the process as well. Healthy eating also really motivates me to workout and be more active. It’s a great side effect and an even faster way to see some results.
What are the drawbacks?
It’s relatively expensive. I think I paid about $250 for the starter kit, but on the bright side, it really does cover a lot of your meals for the month (especially breakfast and lunch). It’s also kind of hard to eat out during that month. I found good options at Panera and Chipotle, but travel was difficult (especially airports because the food is just all crap in airports). They also tell you to only buy organic meat, which I didn’t. Our household budget can’t afford that, but I figured it was still worthwhile to follow the plan using conventional meat.
What are you doing now?
After finishing the Arbonne detox, we’re still about 80% clean when it comes to our dinners. We’re also still doing the smoothies pretty much every morning and I’m definitely going to reorder the vanilla protein powder and the fiber supplement. With that said, I still feel way too snackish. I love my sweets so I’m really trying hard to keep that in check. I’m also working on getting into the rhythm of following the detox Monday through Friday and then being less restrictive on the weekends. With my trip to San Francisco, that kind of threw a wrench in the end of the detox, but I’m glad I know what I have to do to feel good again.
All in all, I’m super glad that I did it. Mostly, because I know that I can do it. I’m definitely one of those people who would’ve just said “Oh that’s too hard” and never followed through with anything. But its possible for me. I have motivation to work hard to eat better, and I think this is a great tool to do that.
Want to learn more about the program? Check out Tanda Cook’s blog. She’s the one who initially got me hooked up with an Arbonne representative, and as a naturopathic doctor, blogs about healthy living.