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Day by Day: A Busy Bride's Cleanse Journey Part I

First things first – I have never tried a cleanse before. In fact, I mocked those who did cleanses while eating bacon cheeseburgers. However, that was when I was eighteen and the Alfredo, burgers, bags of chips and other horribly delicious foods never seemed to affect my health or weight.

Eventually, though, my eating habits caught up with me and after graduating college I, Megan Bradford, had a diploma with my name on it as well as about forty extra pounds on my small five foot two frame. With the goal to lose weight, I began my journey. I ate a thousand calories a day and worked out between one and two hours a day and over the course of a year managed to lose twenty pounds.

What I didn’t realize was that in doing so my metabolism and my health had taken a major hit. I was skinnier, but more undernourished than ever before. I needed a new way of doing things, a smarter way, one that gave my body plenty of nutrients and boosted my metabolism so that I didn’t have to spend hours in the gym every day or starve myself to fit into my beloved skinny jeans.

And that is where this story really begins.

I first became acquainted with George Digianni while researching burst training and he soon had me convinced that with the proper nutrition, supplement and exercise plan anyone (including me and my slow metabolism) could benefit from proper cleansing. So, with a wedding looming on the horizon and a dream dress as my goal, I decided to go ahead and try to 21 Day Full Body Cleanse offered on his website.

I was still a bit skeptical of George’s large claims for increased energy, better sleep, improved mood, and even clearer skin. So, to test these claims for myself, I decided to record all of my observations about my experience with the 21 Day Full Body Cleanse to help others who are wanting to become not just skinny, but healthy. If you are starting the 21 Day Full Body Makeover yourself, feel free to follow along with my blog from week to week. If you are just curious about the program, I hope that my experiences will make you more informed.

Let’s get going, shall we?

Day 1

After getting my box a few days before, going grocery shopping for plenty of vegetables and spices, and pumping myself up for twenty one days of no starchy carbohydrates or processed food, I was finally ready to begin. My fridge was full, I had a new blender, and the containers of Medicleanse and supplements were lined up on my counter in a neat little row, begging to be opened.

Remember when I said I had never done a cleanse before? I was both nervous and excited when I finally opened all the bottles and began to make my first shake. Was it going to taste good? Was I going to be stuck in the bathroom all day? Was I going to have enough energy without bread or pasta to do intense burst training every day?

Despite my worries, I made the basic chocolate shake recipe for breakfast – I figured starting out with the simplest shake would give me a better idea of what the powder really tasted like. Turns out, it was very drinkable. In fact, the rich taste of the chocolate had a lot of potential and I knew I was going to be experimenting the first few days to find my preference. I did have the problem of it being too thick and sticking to my blender so stubbornly I had to use a spoon to get it out. I made a mental note to add more almond milk the next day.

The rest of my day went just as planned. I didn’t notice any immediate changes other than going to the bathroom a couple more times than normal. I definitely didn’t spend all day stuck on the toilet, which was one of my worries. After my healthy dinner of salmon and broccoli, I felt very accomplished and excited for the next day.

Day 2

I got up easier than normal but when I got to the mirror I noticed that my face had broken out in bumps. Yikes! I realized I hadn’t exercised the day before, and obviously my body had too many toxins and not enough sweat to expel them.

I decided to remedy my mistake and go for an extended exercise session that consisted of dance and yoga. To my surprise, even without my starchy carbs, I had plenty of energy for exercising. I know I should have done the burst training exercises in the program, but I wasn’t quite ready to face that yet (sorry George!).

After my exercise session the first carb-craving hit me, but I satisfied it with a small green apple which are one of the few fruits on the eating protocol, and are supposed to be consumed as little as possible to promote fat loss. I figured it was an emergency and splurged!

Day 3

On day three I tried the Ultimate Brownie Shake Recipe instead of the basic chocolate – WOW! It took the shake from pretty good to amazing, and it really did taste like a brownie. When it was gone, I found myself staring down into the bottom of the glass wishing I had more.

I was still having an easy time following the eating protocol, and cooked a delicious salmon with a Dijon glaze.

Day 4

On day four I began to notice my first ill effects. I woke up extremely late with no energy, and remained lethargic throughout the day. George told me that my body was experiencing toxin overload, and that I had so many toxins in my system that it was causing me to feel sick. Luckily, he said that if I kept on eating right and making sure to drink plenty of water that the toxins would be eliminated. I exercised even though I felt exhausted and decided to power through it.

Day 5

Sure enough, by the next day I felt better. In the afternoon I was weirdly happy and experienced an energy burst. Along with the increased energy, I noticed that I wasn’t experiencing any cravings, even for the small amount of fruit I had been consuming. I cut out my green apple.

Even though felt better, my face still hadn’t cleared up. I figured that I wasn’t sweating enough to get rid of the impurities in my system, and became determined to do an intense burst training session the next day to try and clear my face.

Day 6

I managed to get through 15 minutes of super intense burst training before lying on my floor, utterly exhausted and contemplating giving up on life. I had never felt so weak when working out before! As a person used to longer, less intense work outs burst training was definitely a challenge. Luckily, I happen to enjoy challenges and as I got up from my hard wood floor and examined the embarrassing outline of my body left there by my sweat, I vowed that I would get the hang of burst training before the twenty one days were up.

Day 7

By the end of the first week, I decided to measure my waist, hips, and neck for any signs of fat loss. They were slight, but definitely there. I was worried that I wasn’t losing weight fast enough, but George assured me that if I had lost a lot right away it would not have been fat, but water. By losing more slowly, I was actually losing inches for good.

Encouraged, I celebrated my progress with a large Italian salad for lunch.

Tips

Learn from my trial and error with some important tips:

-EXERCISE! I completely underestimated the importance of the exercise protocol. This program truly is a full body cleanse, and the best results can only be achieved when you make sure to sweat your butt off. Plus, it can help prevent the day 4 energy slump and unsightly acne from cropping up.

-Save time by buying individually packaged chicken and salmon for recipes. At night, I just threw a frozen chicken breast or salmon filet into the fridge and by the morning they were perfectly thawed and ready for use! It saved me tons of time defrosting in the microwave or waiting for the fish to thaw under running water, and since I’m not a patient person it helped ensure that I didn’t give in to bad habits.

-Ginger lemon water tastes great, gives an energy burst and helps to stop unhealthy cravings. I made a pitcher at the beginning of the day and refilled it every time I poured a glass.

Week 1 Results

Since it was the first week, I didn’t expect to see any significant changes. That being said, I saw the first hints of fat loss, stopped craving sugar, caffeine, and starchy carbs completely, and enjoyed deeper and more restful sleep after the day 4 slump. I’m excited to see what will happen during week 2!

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Debunking the myth Statin Drugs Lower Cholesterol

Here is an article sure to make your hair stand up on your head.

I have covered these dangers of statins with other health professionals on my show for years. Do you use a statin drug to balance your cholesterol? How does it feel to be a test dummy? That’s how I would feel if I was told this medication could help lower my cholesterol and help me become healthy only to find out it cannot and has never been shown to do either. However, it has been shown to help you become less healthy.

Muscle cramps, robbing you of vital nutrients, the very nutrient we need to protect our heart, CoQ10.

Let’s see, my cholesterol is not healthy by government guidelines, a doctor tells me to take a medication that has been proven to detract from my health and I am suppose to feel confident to go back into the world as if I’m now healthy?

A doctors lack of knowledge of the benefits of specific nutritional tools to balance cholesterol and being pushed, swayed, influenced- pick the word that works for you- by big pharma does not give me the confidence to put my health into their hands.

I will ONLY consult with an MD who has gone outside of their two hours worth scope of knowledge about nutrition in medical school. A professional who has a strong understanding of nutrition, an integrative doctor, nutritionist can guide you toward health you may have not experience since you were a teenager.

If this article doesn’t contradict and confuse you about what the “experts” are telling you to do now as the protocol to use when using or being prescribed a statin, I don’t know what will.

The nation’s leading heart organizations released new guidelines on Tuesday that will fundamentally reshape the use of cholesterol-lowering statin medicines, which are now prescribed for a quarter of Americans over 40. Patients on statins will no longer need to lower their cholesterol levels to specific numerical targets monitored by regular blood tests, as has been recommended for decades. Simply taking the right dose of a statin will be sufficient, the guidelines say.


Megan Bearder for The New York Times

Dr. Neil J. Stone, chairman of a committee on cholesterol.

Have a question about heart health? Try Ask Well. Your question may be answered by a Times journalist or expert.
The new approach divides people needing treatment into two broad risk categories.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/health/new-guidelines-redefine-use-of-statins.html?hp&_r=0

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Benefits of Alfalfa

The roots of the alfalfa plant (Medicago sativa) shoot down up to 30 feet into the ground, digging up minerals that are not found on the surface. For this reason, the Arabic word Alfalfa means “father of all foods.”

Alfalfa is loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients including:

  • Vitamin A: This vitamin supports night vision, builds up resistance to infections, promotes growth and is important for healthy skin. It is essential during pregnancy.
  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 helps with digestion, protein and fat metabolism and promotes nerve and skin health. It also helps reduce nausea.
  • Vitamin K: This vitamin is necessary for blood clotting and is important to optimal liver function. It may even contribute to vitality and longevity.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D is necessary in order to regulate calcium and phosphorus in the body, and helps to form strong teeth and bones.
  • Calcium: Calcium builds strong bones and teeth, assists in blood clotting, helps with endurance, relaxes nerves and regulates heart rhythm.Fact: Alfalfa is also high in protein and contains 18.9% compared to beef, which contains 16.5%, eggs 13% and milk 3.3%

Review of Recent Literature

A review of recent literature regarding the efficacy of alfalfa to treat a number of conditions has turned up favorable results. Some of the noted medicinal qualities are:

  • Blood and liver purification
  • Reducing arthritis pain
  • Alkalizing the body
  • Promoting healthy digestion and elimination

http://www.thealternativedaily.com/member-pea-family-protein-beef/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=N131014

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When is the best time to cleanse your body?

When is the best time to cleanse your body?

How have you been feeling lately? If you are suffering from problems, such as, fatigue, brain fog, irritability and restless sleep, you certainly are not alone. The fact of the matter is that millions of people across the country and around the world are suffering from the similar problems. You might be surprised to learn that those problems are actually a symptom of a greater difficulty that is causing issues in chronic proportions. The problem is toxicity, and it is something that is affecting every cell in our body, from the brain to the liver and even our fat cells.

There is no question that we live in a toxic environment. Pollution is pervasive and it affects the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and even the soil where we grow our food. Of course, the toxicity is not only limited to those major contributors but it also affects us because of poor choices that we make in life, such as eating junk food or sugary snacks, smoking cigarettes and even in the household products that we use. It is little wonder, therefore, that we are suffering from so many difficulties but it does not need to remain that way.

Is Fighting Toxicity an Uphill Battle?

It is impossible to avoid all of the toxicity of the world around us, regardless of whether we are outdoors, or even if we are in our home. What we can do, however, is to regularly cleanse the body, which will remove the toxins from it and allow us to live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life. More than likely, you are wondering if there is a best time to cleanse the body, and that is what we're going to look into in this article.

First of all, you need to recognize that the toxicity in your body is affecting you in a very negative way. Some of the primary symptoms of toxins in the body include fatigue, cravings and brain fog. When toxins enter into the body, they affect every cell and every organ within it, including the brain and the liver. There is something even more sinister, however, that is affecting many people and it is a major contributor to the epidemic of obesity that is sweeping the nation and the world.

What many people don't realize is that toxins are stored in the fat cells of the body. This is a natural process and it is due to toxic overload, and our body's inability to deal effectively with the toxins that exist in the environment around us when we are living a "normal life". In an effort to keep the toxins that are in our fat cells from affecting us negatively, the body will produce additional fat cells, which dilutes the toxins but has serious health repercussions for us.

When Is the Best Time to Cleanse the Body?

If you are reading this article, it is likely that you already recognize the fact that you are dealing with toxicity and that something needs to be done about it. This puts you in line for success and, by using our 21 day body makeover and detoxification program, you can really see the differences that you desire. There is no time like the present and, as the saying goes, you should strike while the iron is hot.

It is even more important for you to cleanse the body if you are in a situation that puts you in peril because of extreme toxicity. These situations include living in a crowded city, making poor food choices or using chronic prescription and nonprescription medication. If you are carrying around some extra fat on the body, typically in the midsection, it is also a sign that you are a toxic environment on the inside and you need cleansing.

The 21 day body makeover plan is more than a simplistic cleansing routine, such as those you see on the market that will only cleanse the liver, the colon or other, specific body parts. It works with the entire body, helping it remove the toxins from it and giving you the level of health that you desire. Like many people who have used this program before you, you will likely experience effortless weight loss, quality sleep and extra energy that will last all day long. Call us today for more information about how our cleansing program can help you now.

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