Food & Drink

Isagenix 30 Day Challenge | Part Three

sakaralife pronutDAY 21 | Wednesday, February 1

  • Breakfast: Ionix Supreme + Chocolate IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 1 Rice Cake
  • Lunch: Baked Salmon with Lemon Juice, Garlic and EVOO + Marinated Kale + 2 Rice Cakes
  • Snack: 2 Isadelights + 1 Isasnack
  • Dessert: ½ Chocolate/Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 2 Isaflush

Today was the first day I felt totally “over” the diet. It could be because I was working from home, or because it’s so chilly outside, or because the Superbowl is this weekend, or all of the above. Regardless, I’m feeling pretty positive about the results and I’m curious to see how we measure up after the last week.

DAY 22 | Thursday, February 2

  • Breakfast: Ionix Supreme + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 calorie pack of almonds
  • Snack: Matcha Green Tea Latte with Almond Milk
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Dinner: Ground Turkey meat w/ taco seasoning, grilled zucchinis and onions, ½ avocado, brown rice tortilla and roasted kale with fresh garlic and EVOO.
  • Snack: Ezekiel bread with 1 glass of red wine

Mike and I decided that for the last week of our diet, we will stick with breakfast and lunch as our shakes and indulge in a “real meal” for dinner. I’m thinking this will be a good way to transition back into our regular eating habits/ social life…and keep our calorie count level for cheat meals…like Superbowl Sunday. While I was definitely more hungry during the day, it was SO WORTH IT to come home and whip up this fabulous dinner. I took a  yoga class 1 hr after eating my burrito and to even my surprise, I felt totally fine. Truly a testament to the wonders of fueling the body. After class, I splurged on a small glass of wine with friends and had a piece of Ezekiel bread when I got home.

DAY 23 | Friday, February 3

  • Breakfast: Ionix Supreme + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 calorie pack of almonds
  • Snack: Juice Generation Ginger Fix
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Arugula salad with ACV/EVOO dressing, Garlic Ezekiel bread
  • Snack: 2 rice cakes, 2 IsaDelights, 2 glasses of red wine

I feel like I tipped just above the recommended calorie calorie amount (thanks to the wine) and satiated all of my cravings. Great to note that the IsaDelights + rice cakes sorta taste like cookies. Also, Ezekiel bread is an absolute game changer for this diet. It’s an easy replacement for bread I will be continuing after the 30 days wrap.

DAY 24 | Saturday, February 4 – Sunday, February 5

I’m not even going to recount the details of these days…it’s worth noting that each day factored in at least 3 drinks, real carbs, butter, red meat and dessert. YIIIKES. What was interesting is that in anticipation of these events, I ate a lot less during the day, and on Monday, I had practically no appetite and no energy. While Sunday was an extreme feast day, I will say my morning meal included greens and protien, plus lots of water.

Cheat days are important when you regard them as such, and then get back to the grind, perhaps more strictly than normal for a few days to balance it out. Because in reality that is what this whole challenge was for: balance.

DAY 26 | Monday, February 6

  • Breakfast: Ionix Supreme + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 Calorie Pack of almonds
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Snack: Matcha Latte with Almond Milk
  • Dinner: Salmon, Quinoa Spaghetti and Roasted Kale

Starting off the week clean, green and strong after an indulgent weekend. Not much hunger today and I almost had a craving for kale.

DAY 27 | Tuesday, February 7

  • Breakfast: Ionix Supreme + Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 Calorie Pack, almonds
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Dinner: Chicken and cauliflower with leftover pasta

As we transition off of the diet, I’ve looked at other ways that we can incorporate this sense of ease when it comes to meals into the everyday schedule. Meal prepping, obviously, is super helpful. I’ve also looked at a few savory and sweet make-ahead recipes that we can keep in the freezer for busy days or quick lunches.

DAY 28 | Wednesday, February 8

  • Breakfast: Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 Calorie Pack, almonds
  • Snack: IsaDelight
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Dinner: Quinoa + kabocha squash bowl,  Chia pudding and almonds

Dinner from the Smile to Go hit the spot today! Definitely recommend checking out if you find yourself in lower Manhattan in need of a scrumptious and quick bite.

DAY 29 | Thursday, February 9

  • Breakfast: Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 Calorie Pack, almonds
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Dinner: Marinated Kale and Grilled Chicken
  • Dessert: 2 Rice Cakes

I wasn’t really in the mood to cook today, so I relied on my TJ’s staples to get me to Friday. Tuscan Kale is one of my favorites because it stays fresh longer than other produce and satisfies the need for a crunch. I was out today, but normally I’ll add beets and carrots to the mix and toss with a bit of ACV and EVOO.

DAY 30 | Friday, February 10

  • Breakfast: Vanilla IsaLean Shake + 16 oz. Coffee
  • Snack: 100 Calorie Pack, almonds
  • Lunch: Vanilla IsaLean Shake
  • Dinner: French Dip Sandwich and Lavender Chamomile Cocktails from Maison Pickle

So we ended a meal early…and let me tell you it was SO worth it. I swear a fancy meal has never tasted so great in my life. The thirty days are over. I feel lighter, my head feels clear, I have more energy and a renewed interest in nutrition and cooking. While I don’t plan on maintaining such strictness in my diet, I’m definitely committed to eating proportionally, adding lots of fresh veggies and fasting seasonally.

I applaud the Isagenix for the diet’s flexibility, ease and encouraging dieters to explore the options that come with clean eating. Pinterest and “Whole 30 Approved” recipes were very helpful in mixing it up when meal boredom set in and I’ve found quick and easy alternatives to eating out. I’ve saved money and have had the chance to draw parallels between sustainable living, beauty, health and diet (because it is all connected). Bottom line, if you are looking for a quick-start package, Isagenix is a great option.

If you have any questions about my experience with Isagenix and want any other honest feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out via email, or in the comments below!

Note: Since wrapping up the diet, I’ve started to explore other meal replacement shakes, supplements and nutrition programs and will report back (with metrics!) on those very soon! 

image via s-life mag

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