Food & Drink

Isagenix 30 Day Challenge | Part One

 

vogue-dietDAY 1 | Saturday, January 7

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Snack: Avocado + Scrambled Egg
  • Lunch: Chicken + Broccoli + Sweet Potatoes + 1 Accelerator
  • Snack: Cabbage Soup
  • Dinner: Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 2 IsaFlush

Felt good  – almost too full the first day. Perhaps because I am not used to eating at breakfast time and not used to small meals. Most difficult is remembering to space out my meals, but so far, so good.

DAY 2 | Sunday, January 8

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Snack: Avocado + Scrambled Egg
  • Very Late Lunch: Chicken + Broccoli + Brown Rice + 1 Accelerator
  • Snack: Buffalo Cauliflower with Greek Yogurt Ranch
  • Dinner: Vanilla IsaPro Shake + 2 IsaFlush

Today was also very easy – I think our portions were a little bit large, but still feel fresh and energized from the routine. I’m enjoying exploring healthy alternatives and I’m excited to experiment with new dishes. Today I had a marked experience with hunger v. craving. While driving back to NYC from M.’s parents’ house in Maryland, we stop at the WaWa just before the Delaware Memorial Bridge to fuel up the car and grab some snacks for the ride. My go to is a quinoa, kale, goat cheese salad and a pretzel. With no snacks this trip, I felt the pull of “routine” over hunger. Mind over matter.

DAY 3 | Monday, January 9

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Chocolate IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Snack: Celery with 1 tbsp of greek yogurt ranch
  • Snack: Raw Broccoli
  • Lunch: Chicken + Sweet Potato (brought to work raw…bad idea!) + Accelerator
  • Snack: Two Rice Cakes
  • Dinner: Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 2 IsaFlush

Back in our regular work routine, I knew the diet portion would be easier. It was mostly smooth sailing throughout the day, and having a shake for dinner is perfect when you get home around 8 or 9 after a workout. A few things to note:

  • It helps to plan for around 30 min for meal prep the night before or before you leave for work (or cook in batches at the beginning of the week)
  • I was hungry for snacks! Keep a schedule so you remember when to eat.
  • Drink plenty of water so your system stays regular. Coffee helps too.
  • Utilize the full 100-200 calorie amount. Noshing on celery will not give you enough energy.

DAY 4 | Tuesday, January 10

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Chocolate IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Snack: Celery with 1 tbsp of greek yogurt ranch
  • Lunch: Chicken + roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes + 1 Accelerator
  • Snack: Black Coffee
  • Dinner: 1 Rice Cake + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 2 IsaFlush

I decided to drink my shake after a 7AM yoga class today and felt relatively energized and not too thrown off by waiting to eat. I spaced out my snacks better, but definitely could have used another snack in early evening before my shift working at the yoga studio. I had a small black coffee around 3PM yesterday, and normally after drinking that late, I can’t sleep at all, yet Tuesday night, I was tired/ ready to sleep by 11PM.

DAY 5 | Wednesday, January 11 

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Chocolate IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Snack: Greek Yogurt and Celery
  • Lunch: Chicken and zucchini + 1 Accelerator
  • Dinner: Vanilla Isalean Shake + 2 IsaFlush

This morning I absolutely felt the fogginess and fatigue that people talk about. Both M. and I have also noticed a change in body odor and random zits/ acne pop up over the last few days. I’m assuming all of these are just results of the body entering ketosis. Going to try to combat the stink with more water.

DAY 6 | Tuesday (Again), January 17

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Chocolate IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Snack: 2 rice cakes
  • Lunch:  Pret-a-Manger Salmon and Pickled Veggies Power Lunch (poached salmon, pickled cabbage & carrots, avocado, edamame, and a garnish of fresh basil and parsley on a bed of mixed lentils, edamame and quinoa)+ 1 Accelerator
  • Dinner: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Snack: Rice Cake

Back on the wagon after a family vacation/ Christmas celebration in San Diego. Needless to say there was a lot of Mom’s christmas cookies, Mexican food and “Cardiff Crack” to go around.  Felt a little bit bad cheating, but Christmas with my fam comes once a year and my mom’s Christmas cookies are out of this world. Despite serious exhaustion after the red eye flight, I felt very on task and organized by sticking to the diet. I was not hungry at all, all day! I think this is due to one really great variety in my lunch with plenty of complex carbs and protein, and probably still being so full from the weekend.

DAY 7 | Wednesday, January 18

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Chocolate IsaLean Shake + Black Coffee
  • Lunch: Turkey Wraps –  1 Brown Rice Tortilla + Turkey + Arugula + ½ small avocado + 1 Accelerator + small yellow pepper
  • Dinner: Chocolate IsaLean Shake + 2 Isaflush

Went to Trader Joe’s last night to get some creative additions to our weekly meals. Highlights include quinoa and brown rice pasta, brown rice tortillas, zucchinis and chicken sausage (I’m planning on pairing with kimchi for lunch…tbd on how that tastes!). The total grocery bill, which also included enough greens, meats and spices for the whole week was $43 about 40% of our normal bill! Energy levels were up today and I was careful to space meals out evenly. That is one of the more notable lessons of this whole challenge. I am prone to “forgetting” to eat, or push it off until later, resulting in large meals at the end of the day, and slow starts with no breakfast. I’m hoping that this more consistent regulation will even out my blood sugar and help with my sluggishness in the AM. Cleanse day is next….

DAY 8 | Thursday, January 19 – Cleanse Day

Where to start with cleanse days…well, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly. We started the cleanse the morning after a red eye flight, so exhaustion was at an all time high. After sleeping through 3 alarms – I rushed to down my Isagenix shot, gulp a bunch of water as I swallowed my first accelerator. I wasn’t feeling super great on the subway, and thought maybe I just needed some more sugar in my system. About 5 sips into my juice, I got up from my desk, sprinted to the bathroom and projectile vomited. Lesson learned: DO NOT take the Accelerator on an empty stomach.

Rest of the day was fairly manageable. There were moments when I felt hungry/ like I was craving something, but for the most part, I felt OK throughout the day with the help of 2 small ( 8oz.) coffees. I didn’t know of the “hourly breakdown” until half way through the day (detriments of using this program sans-coach) but I followed something along the lines of the schedule below.  

8AM : Iconix Supreme + Accelerator – bad idea

9AM : Cleanse for Life #1

10AM: 1 Isagenix Snack

11AM: 1 Isagenix Snack

12PM: Cleanse for Life #2

1PM: 1 Isagenix Snack

2PM: 1 Isagenix Snack

3PM: Cleanse for Life #3

4PM: 2 Isagenix Snacks + Accelerator – better idea

6PM: Cleanse for Life #3

7PM: 2 Isagenix Snacks

8PM: Cleanse for Life #4

Note that we did not order any Isadelights or Whey Thins. I’ve ordered a box, so we will add that to the review/ schedule next week.

DAY 9 | Friday, January 20 – Cleanse Day #2

Followed a similar schedule as above, but added a few more Isagenix Snacks throughout the day. I was definitely more hungry in the evening than the day before, but it still felt manageable. I even took a rigorous vinyasa yoga class in the evening and felt energized, and focused throughout the hour.

One thing I did notice is the 24oz of coffee I had throughout the day (three 8 oz. cups with the last at 3pm) kept me up ALL night. Next week, I’ll try to limit my coffee consumption to 8 oz. per day and see if that helps. I did dream about food all night and it probably didn’t help that I spent the hour before bed pinning Whole30 recipes.

DAY 10 | Saturday,  January 21

  • Breakfast: Iconix Supreme + 1 Accelerator + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 8 oz. Black Coffee
  • Snack: Avocado + Scrambled Egg + Pico de Gallo
  • Lunch: Turkey Bolognese + Zucchinis + Quinoa Brown Rice Pasta & Arugula Salad
  • Snack: 2 Rice Cakes + Arugula Salad
  • Dinner: Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 2 IsaFlush

Saturday was a very fulfilling day! First of all, I could eat FOOD again! I cannot even tell you how delicious that Vanilla Shake was in the morning despite it’s sub-par blend in my blender bottle pre-class at Mile High Run Club.

I will say that I felt lighter and faster throughout the workout. I compensated for heavier than usual fatigue (I’m assuming from the workout) with slightly larger snacks, but overall felt very satiated by my meals. This whole clean eating thing is working.

Mike and I took a trip to Trader Joe’s that morning and picked up some eggs, Pico de Gallo, Arugula and other essentials for the week of meals. When we had our first snack of zesty fried eggs with avo and pico de gallo and the the flavors were just orgasmic. Refined appreciation for taste starting to kick in. We got creative at lunch with a healthy take on bolognese and boy was it delicious. What’s more, is that we both felt full without finishing our portions. Boom. I think we’re getting the hang of this.

Image via Vogue.com

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