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A Busy Bride's Cleanse Journey: Part III

And finally – the final week! True to the title, I have been too busy wedding planning to get this blog finalized, but on the bright side I will cover not only the final week of the cleanse but also the after effects. If you would like the read the first two parts of my cleanse journey, you will find them right here on the 21 Body Makeover blog! But for simplicity’s sake, I’ll give you the cliff notes of my first two weeks here.

The first week I was becoming accustomed to the cleanse, and focused on reducing sugar and starchy carb cravings. I noticed hints of weight loss and improved sleep during the first phase. On day 8, I was hit with a crazy amount of energy and was bouncing off the walls like a ten year old in summer school! After a couple of days, the energy high came back down to a more manageable level, but still higher than my pre-cleanse energy and I found myself able to focus very well. By the end of the second week, I was starting to see some noticeable fat loss around my middle.

Although I was skeptical, the first two weeks produced some definite results and I was pumped to see how I looked and felt after the full 21 days. Keep reading to find out!

Day 15

Oddly enough, during the beginning of the third week I experienced my first unhealthy cravings since the very beginning when my body was adjusting to the new diet. While some people might crave sodas or desserts, I was craving pasta. Determined not to undermine my weight loss efforts, I looked online to see if I could find any solutions that would satisfy my cravings while still being on the cleanse. Turns out, spaghetti squash is absolutely delicious and makes a spaghetti “noodle” that easily passes the pasta test.

Day 16

After my trial on day 15, I found that the cravings had subsided and I was focusing on my work better than ever. Since the energy levels came down, my focus had steadily increased. I was more productive throughout the day and didn’t fatigue easily. I hoped that it would last!

Day 17

Looking in the mirror, I was sure I noticed some reduction not only in the waist area, but in the hips as well. As a pear-shaped bride, this was definitely a good development. I tried my token too-small dress that every woman has in her closet (the one that would fit perfectly if you just lost that extra 5 pounds) and… it fit! I thought about weighing myself but figured that if the dress fit, I didn’t really need to know how much I weighed because it wasn’t important.

Day 18

Boosted by my progress, I worked out twice and still had plenty of energy. I realized that I was getting in a salad rut, however, because they were so convenient to throw together instead of actually taking the time to cook. That night I cooked a light Chicken Cacciatore to stave off food boredom.

Day 19

I noticed that I was almost out of powder on day 19, and was a little surprised. I made my shake with less powder so I could make it the full 21 days.

Day 20

Despite my efforts, there was nothing I could do to make the shake stretch any more, so I just made the full shake. I was surprised because I had gotten used to having a delicious brownie-flavored boost every morning and I was going to have to come up with something else for breakfast. After the fact, I realized that I didn’t shake the powder every day to keep it from packing down, which was why I ran out a day early.

Day 21

On the last day of the cleanse, I weighed and measured myself. I lost a total of five pounds on the scale, but it looked like ten because most of it was fat and it came away from the abdomen and hip area. I celebrated the successful end to my 21 days by going out and treating myself to a kebab with lean meat, plenty of vegetables, and some yogurt sauce.

I shouldn’t have, because technically it was cheating, but I felt like if I didn’t give myself a small reward I would lose momentum. I was the most happy about the fat loss, so it was easier to pass over the other, more subtle improvements that had slowly become apparent throughout the cleanse such as more energy, better sleep, and being able to focus for longer periods of time.

Although it definitely took some effort (burst training, meal planning) once I got the habits down it was easy to fit into my busy schedule and the results were impossible to deny!

Tips

-It is easy to get lulled into a sense of security after you see some results, but keep going strong until the end!

After the Cleanse

Even though the shake was gone, I realized I still had supplements left and continued to take them for the next 7 days. I happily added back eggs, beans, and small amounts of dairy to my diet and just those three categories opened up a lot of delicious cooking options.

During the transition phase, I continued to lose weight and ended up with a total of seven pounds lost and an entire dress size smaller. My energy levels weren’t quite as high as when I was drinking the shake, but still a definite improvement from my pre-cleanse levels.

Overall, this was a great way for me to get back on track and revamp my health habits. I did it for my wedding, but maybe you have a New Year’s resolution to keep or a pair of skinny jeans you are dying to wear. Whatever the reason, I hope that this information is helpful to you during your own journey!

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Top 10 Tips For Being Healthy In 2014

1. Exercise using the largest muscles of the body. The rest will follow.

2. Model yourself after someone who represents the health or success you hope to achieve. Their attitude and lifestyle can help direct your actions for success.

3. Stop thinking, or accepting, that your current shape is what it is and that it cannot be changed.

4. Exercise smarter not harder.

5. Make small progressive changes. These last longer.

6. Begin exercising with a higher intensity. (e.g. 7 mins. of burst training)

7. Incorporate the buddy system to hold yourself accountable.

8. Only keep healthy food in your home. You can’t eat what’s not there.

9. Stop making New Year resolutions. Resolve to be good to yourself and treat your body with respect one meal at a time.

10. Write five things you’re grateful for everyday. Keep positive!

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Supplements and Diet are Safer, More Effective than Statins

Yet another article with proof of how you can have healthy cholesterol but for some reason this information is not being backed by millions of dollars on marketing and I cannot understand why. okay a little sarcasm there. If you know of anyone who could benefit and would like to crawl out from under the thumb of big pharma and our oh so informative government who “approves” of these drugs for human consumption, then I suggest you read it below.

(OMNS Nov 14, 2013) Statins for everyone? If media are to be believed, and if the drug industry has its way, the answer is “you bet.” The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that kids as young as eight years of age might take statin drugs. Specifically: “As a group, statins have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol in children and adolescents with marked LDL cholesterol elevation . . . when used from 8 weeks to 2 years for children aged 8 to 18 years.”

Ralph Campbell, MD (Montana, USA):

“You have likely heard about the conclusions from Cleveland Clinic gathering of heart specialists. Their objective was to zoom in on LDL levels as they relate (directly to heart disease. No mention of LDL/HDL ratio or of triglyceride levels. Again, niacin got very little recognition. Statins have some side effects that are serious, including rhabdomyolisis and kidney failure. The panel was made up of many with financial ties to industry, but “it is practically impossible to find a large group of outside experts who have no relationship to industry.” This was followed (yes, actually) by stating the new guidelines are based on solid evidence and that the public should trust them.”

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND (in The Magnesium Miracle):

“The mineral magnesium is the natural way that the body has evolved to control cholesterol when it reaches a certain level, whereas statin drugs are used to destroy the whole process. If sufficient magnesium is present in the body, cholesterol will be limited to its necessary functions – the production of hormones and the maintenance of membranes – and will not be produced in excess.”

Jorge Miranda, PharmD (Puerto Rico):

“Statin use reduces co-Q10 concentrations and leads to myopathy (muscle weakness), which can lead to heart failure. Those taking statins should be aware of this problem and consider taking co-Q10 supplements.”

So as you can plainly see big pharma is not telling the whole truth, come to think of it the so-called truth to positively affect our health may not be present at all. You decide.

How niacin (Vitamin B3) lowers high cholesterol safely http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n10.shtml

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. (USA), Editor and contact person. Email: omns@orthomolecular.org This is a comments-only address; OMNS is unable to respond to individual reader emails. However, readers are encouraged to write in with their viewpoints. Reader comments become the property of OMNS and may or may not be used for publication.

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Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe?

Garcinia cambogia can work for fat loss and while clinical trials have shown it’s safe to take Garcinia cambogia extract by mouth take caution.

Garcinia cambogia has side effects – are you willing to risk your health?

It may lower a person’s blood sugar, so it can interact with diabetes treatments. The fruit hasn’t been adequately studied in pregnant women or women who breastfeed. And Garcinia cambogia may be a problem for patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, Ulbricht said.

In 2009, the FDA issued a safety warning after receiving more than 20 reports of severe reactions, including liver damage, in people taking the supplement Hydroxycut. At the time, Hydroxycut contained Garcinia cambogia extract and other compounds, including chromium polynicotinate and Gymnema sylvestre extract.

• • When a person is on this supplement smoking cigarettes and usage of alcoholic beverages is purely prohibited as it could trigger negative reactions.

• • Over dose of this product can lead to severe problems, anxiousness and restlessness.

Possible Side Effects

  • Blood sugar levels may drop
  • Common cold
  • Digestive tract discomfort
  • Headache
  • Liver toxicity
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash

Additional (Anecdotal) Side Effects
The following list of side effects is based on anecdotal reports. There may be some overlap with the list above, and some of these side effects may decrease over time or with a smaller dosage:

  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Gas
  • Increased hunger
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeplessness

Keep in mind any time you make your nervous system work over time you stress your adrenal glands. They lose their ability to release adrenaline when needed and affect sugar cravings, sleep disruption and chronic inflammation if chronically taking a supplement like this.

Here’s the really god news, you get to rebound and gain most or all of your went back after you stop taking any supplement that stimulates your nervier system to work over time

Make sure there are no other fillers or supplements added that can cause more anxiety

At this time it’s unclear if the Garcinia cambogia extract caused the liver damage.

Use a supplement that works with your organs and glands to work at their optimal levels which aids in fat loss, great sleep and sustained energy through the day without those highs and lows.

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