My Experience With Tone It Up Detox

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After the holidays, I was feeling puffy, had low energy and overall felt gross from all of the poor eating that I was partaking in. Don't get me wrong, all of the Christmas sugar cookies, latkes for Chanukah and deep dish pizza in Chicago were more than worth it but I had to get back on track with my eating. I needed to detox but I didn't want to do anything extreme. I'm not a big "dieter." I have a baseline that I maintain with a healthy vegetarian diet that involves real foods during the week and then I splurge on the weekends. I just do me and live in “maintence.” My problem is that I deviated from my baseline and I don't feel like myself so I was seeking a way to just hit the restart button to get me back there.

I decided to do the food portion of the tone it up 5 day vegan detox plan. It was SO reasonable and involved a ton of food (too much food for me even). It honestly wasn't that different than we typically eat during the weekdays, which was good in that it made it easy to do but bad in that I don't think I could see drastic results from it (not that you're really supposed to). 

Enter the Tone It Up 5 Day Detox

I did the vegan plan but there are also the following plans available....

 Vegetarian

Gluten Free

Pescatarian

Gluten Free Vegetarian

Regular

How I Modified

I did not do the accompanied workouts because of all of my injuries. I stuck with my regular routine at barre class. I also skipped one of the middle meals each day just because I found it to be a lot of food for me and I wasn't hungry. I wasn't planning on skipping one of the meals each day and I'm sure its not a smart idea to. My husband also did the detox with me but we gave him much bigger portions of everything. I also subbed one of their protein bars for a couple of middle meals that I didn't feel like making, which I'm sure you're also not supposed to do. Also, on Friday night we wanted a cozy meal to look forward to so we had spaghetti squash, lentil meatballs and tomato sauce (with no added sugar). In other words, we cheated for our last meal but it wasn't a terrible cheat. I'm highly imperfect but I did what worked for me and made it realistic. 

Key To Success

Prep: I think that the key to success for this plan is to do meal prep in advance. I stupidly didn't make enough soup the first time so I had to make it twice. I portioned out smoothie ingredients into ziplock bags and put them in the freezer (I only included the frozen ingredients and put a post it note on each bag with what else I needed to include). I made a big batch of the protein pancakes in advance so that we just had to throw them in the toaster on the mornings that we were supposed to eat them. I made a big batch of chickpeas and lentils at the start of the week that we were able to use throughout the week. I also prepped the morning mocktail and put it in reusable water bottles in the fridge so that we didn't have to add one more thing to our morning routines. 

Perspective: I also think that its good to remember that its only for five days. Before I started I was telling myself that I can do anything for five days without a problem. Once I started, I realized that it was really easy and that I was far from hungry (at allllllll). 

Products: I bought their protein powder and protein bars (the caramel was my favorite) from Target because I just felt like it was easier. I also haven't found a plant based protein powder that I love (and I've tried a lot) so I was willing to give this one a go. It's my favorite one I've ever tried so I am so glad that I tried it!

The Rules

*Drink at least 90 oz of water a day

*Drink no more than 1 cup of coffee a day (with splash of almond milk or coconut milk)

*Can sub M2 or M4 for a green juice or approved smoothie recipe

*Space out meals by about 3 hours

*Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night

*Eat the portions and food groups allowed

*Make sure to drink your morning mocktail in the morning before eating anything else (its rough sometimes haha)

The Results

We all have a range of weight that we fluctuate between, right?! I'm not big on weighing myself but I know what my weight is when I feel my best, fit in my clothes normally, ect. After the holidays I weighed myself and I was two pounds above the top of my normal range. After the detox I lost those two pounds and was back at the top of my normal range. I felt less bloated and my stomach wasn't hurting me. My skin did not clear up though, which was a bummer. 

Take Away

I would definitely do this again following the holidays or before a vacation when I just wanted to refresh a little bit and lose bloat. I thought that the food was all realistic and good. I definitely was not hungry but I am someone who does not do well with strict rules around eating. I like autonomy to make decisions based on what I am feeling/not feeling sometimes so by the end of the week I was a little dramatic about eating the same things and wanting to just "do me." I also got really sick of cutting vegetables and cooking them by the end of the week, but that's nothing new. I am always weak by Thursdays and over cooking haha. It also needs to be followed up by clean, healthy eating and exercise or any results will just go away. Obviously, this was only for five days so that doesn't change everything...its just a refresh button to get on track. 

 My Recipe/Meal Plan That I Created Based On The Rules/Guidelines At The Start of The Week

*Notes: My favorite smoothie was the mango ginger one. I did not blend the soup because I like my soup to have food chunks in it opposed to being a puré....personal preference!

Monday:

M1 Morning mocktail and smoothie 

M2 Protein bar

M3 Reboot wrap: Lettuce wrap with 4 oz chickpeas (seasoned with cayenne pepper), 1 cup peppers, ¼ avocado, ¼ cup salsa

M4 Slimming soup

M5 Tray bake: ½ cup onion, 2 t chopped garlic, 1 cup Brussel sprouts, ½ cup butternut squash, 1 cup cauliflower, ½ cup lentils, 2 t olive oil and seasoning

Tuesday:

M1 Morning mocktail and protein pancakes + 1 cup frozen blueberries reduced for a topping

M2 Apple and cinnamon

M3 2 cups of kale with leftover roasted veggies and homemade dressing

M4 Slimming soup

M5 Sauté: 6 oz black beans and 1 cup sautéed zucchini+ onion + jalapeno (in 2t oil) on top of 1 cup cauliflower rice

Wednesday:

M1 Morning mocktail and K+K cleanse smoothie

M2 1 Apple with cinnamon OR protein bar

M3 Reboot wrap: Lettuce wrap with 4 oz chickpeas (seasoned with cayenne pepper), 1 cup peppers, ¼ avocado, ¼ cup salsa

M4 Slimming soup

M5 Sauté: 6 oz black beans and 1 cup sautéed zucchini+ onion + jalapeno (in 2t oil) on top of 1 cup cauliflower rice

Thursday:

M1 Morning mocktail and K+K cleanse smoothie

M2 1 Apple with cinnamon OR protein bar

M3 Reboot wrap: Lettuce wrap with 4 oz chickpeas (seasoned with cayenne pepper), 1 cup peppers, ¼ avocado, ¼ cup salsa

M4 Protein bar

M5 Trim it up tray bake: ½ cup onions, 1-2 t garlic, ½ cup lentils, 1 cup Brussel sprouts, 1 cup cauliflower, ½ cup butternut squash

Friday:

M1 Protein pancakes

M2 Apple with cinnamon

M3 Slimming soup plus kale salad (2 cups of kale with leftover roasted veggies and homemade dressing)

M4 Protein bar

M5 Spaghetti squash with lentil meatballs and Broccoli