Saturday, May 22, 2010

MAX PHASE - Days 11 - 24

Day 11 starts the MAX Phase. The product in the Herbal Cleanse box should be gone, and on Day 11 two new products will be used - Catalyst and Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS).

Regardless of whether you have MNS Max3, MaxC, or MaxE, the packets should be taken the same way. Each strip of supplements has 4 packets joined by perforations so you can tear each one off. The first pack should be taken 30 minutes before breakfast or your first meal, the second should be taken 30 minutes before lunch (I set an alarm for this so I don't forget), and the bottom two packs can be taken with either breakfast, lunch, or one with each. My preferred method is to take the pre-breakfast pack with Spark right when I wake up, and then I have the two bottom packs with my Meal Replacement Shake for breakfast. Then the only thing left is the pre-lunch pack. By lunchtime there should be nothing left to take!

You can take a varying amount of Catalsyt. As per the instructions for the challenge, I took 3 in the morning with my first MNS pack and Spark, and the other 3 I took mid-afternoon. Catalyst should be taken on an empty stomach. This is a key product for retaining muscle while you lose fat!!

Essential Fatty Acids are, well, essential. You can drop down the number of OmegaPlex you are taking to 1-2 at dinner time, depending on whether you are eating foods with essential fatty acids in them. The MNS contains one OmegaPlex already.

Now that the Cleanse Phase is over, you can start to incorporate some of the foods you stopped eating back into your regimen, but you cannot start eating larger portions, or change the amount of carbs you eat at one time! To optimize your results, you should continue to stay away from anything "white" - white rice, any bread that isn't whole grain (including wheat), white potatoes, pasta (except for brown rice pasta), etc. You're not doing yourself a favor by eating any of these things, whether you are trying to lose weight or not.

The product regimen for the rest of the Challenge now remains the same.

Friday, May 21, 2010

DAYS 8 - 10

The product taken during the last three days of the Cleanse Phase is the same for all three days. The Cleanse tabs should have been finished the evening of Day 7, and the Fiber Drink returns in the morning for the last three days. You will continue to take the Probiotic Restore (little white capsules) in the morning as well.

On Day 10, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the instructions you were given for the Max Phase and for taking the MNS packets. While you can be a little more flexible with your eating in the Max Phase, it is VERY important that the carb count and meal size stay the same. NO more than 30 grams of carbohydrate at a time!!!

DAYS 5 - 7

Days 5, 6, and 7 are just like Day 4. As a reminder, your commitment during the Cleanse Phase is essential for your success during the second part of the Challenge. It prepares your body to better absorb the nutrients taken during the Max Phase. Your ability to stay focused during the Cleanse Phase will directly affect the physical results you see in the Max Phase!


Day 4 uses different product from the Herbal Cleanse box. No Fiber Drink again until Day 8. The Cleanse tabs will continue to be taken at night, but in the morning the two small white capsules (Probiotic Restore) are taken. You can take these with your morning Spark when you wake up. Everything else stays the same - 4 OmegaPlex with dinner, and Cleanse tabs at bedtime. Lots of water in between meals. I think the first three days are the hardest, so if you had trouble then, hopefully today will be a little easier!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

DAYS 2 and 3

Take your AdvoCare products on Days 2 and 3 just like Day 1. Here are some more snack/meal ideas:

- 1 cup of strawberries with Splenda or balsamic vinegar (let the vinegar sit for about 20 min on the strawberries - a super sweet snack!)

- smoked salmon and goat cheese on a brown rice cake (I thought I would hate rice cakes but when you are not eating chips/bread/crackers, they become quite the crunchy, salty alternative)

- diced tomato and eggplant with goat cheese on a brown rice cake - stick in the microwave...pretty darn good.

- tomato, cucumber, and red onion with vinegar and oil, sprinkled with walnuts

- Salmon/cod/tuna/tilapia/flounder blackened with spices topped with artichoke hearts

- avocado slices with hummus (again - didn't like this before...) on a brown rice cake

- field greens salad with chopped hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, pecans/walnuts/almonds, cucumber, kidney beans, and red bell peppers

- easy dressing: olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar, Herbes de provence (crush in your hand before adding) and a small amount of Truvia/Stevia if you like to make it a little sweet

Have some ideas or not sure if your snack idea is ok? Leave a comment!

DAY 1 - Here We Go!

Day 1 starts with the Cleanse Phase! If you have read the instructions you will already know what food and drink you should try to eliminate from your diet during these 10 days. Remember that the goal is to be 80-90% "on" - not to be perfect! But also remember that the better you commit, the better your results will be...
The Cleanse Phase should be "uneventful" - you should be able to go to work and do your normal routine as always. Some people find that they feel a little yucky during the first few days - I did not experience this, but this can be normal...the body is doing some cleaning! Here is how I took the products and followed the eating regimen:

Upon waking:
Fiber Drink + Spark. I got Citrus flavor Spark and mixed these together, which I think tastes like pulpy orange juice. I still have this everyday. You do not have to have them together, I just prefer it that way. Follow the Fiber Drink with at least 8 oz. of water. I try to have twice that. Talk about full! I didn't need breakfast right away after that. I was ready to eat something about an hour later.

Meal Replacement Shake. I have to say that these are the BEST tasting protein shakes I have ever had. I've made protein shakes for breakfast for years, with the blender and all the things I had to mix into it to make it tolerable to drink...the AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake only requires water to be added. I am in love with the vanilla flavor, and I've never liked a vanilla protein shake in my life. It can be made in the blender, with a mixing wand, or shaken up in a shaker. They are thick like a milkshake, and also quite filling - I don't feel deprived or like I need anymore food with these. I love these and look forward to having one every morning. Seriously.


Snack time! You need to eat something no sooner than 2 hours after previously eating, and NO LATER than 4 hours after eating. This is very important. Here are some examples of some snacks that I like:
- a handful of nuts + apple wedges
- 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs chopped up with hummus (can go on top of a brown rice cake)
- veggie sticks and hummus


All of the meal portions should stay small, with your carb count coming in at no more than 30g per eating time. For complex carbs, like brown rice, that's about what would fit in the palm of your hand. You should have mostly vegetables and protein and a small amount of carbohydrate. I was horrified when I looked back on how much I had been eating at one time, and what that was doing to my body chemistry. Eeek!
It's TOTALLY possible to go out to eat still. I found though that what I would normally eat in one sitting was probably 2 - 3 meals worth of food. Good news - one meal became three...plan on taking part of whatever you order back to work or home!


Snack time again! This snack time is similar to Mid-morning. I also fixed myself another Spark around 2pm. I got a different flavor so it was like having a different drink. Love it.


Take four (4) OmegaPlex with dinner.
Again, keep the carb portion to under 30 grams - read labels! I ate vegetables like zucchini and eggplant (Trader Joes has a bag of these in the frozen section already seasoned and cooked - REALLY good), green beans, broccoli, kidney beans, and lima beans, mixed with tomatoes and sometimes topped with some goat cheese. I would also sometimes fix a small portion of brown rice or brown rice pasta - it has the same consistency as regular pasta but contains no wheat and doesn't give you that barfy full feeling that eating regular pasta can give you.


Additional Snacktime:
If you are still hungry, you can have another snack later - just make sure it's been a few hours since you had dinner.

Take the Cleanse Tablets that come in the Herbal Cleanse box.

You should try to drink water mostly in between meals. Try to drink small amounts of liquid with meals, but large amounts in between. This keeps the stomach acid from getting diluted when you eat so that it can do its job of breaking down the food you eat.

Getting Ready!

Before you begin the 24 Day Challenge, the following things should be done:

1. Order your AdvoCare products. You can get them by clicking HERE. There is no product group called "24 Day Challenge" - the products and program were put together by an AdvoCare distributor who is also a nutritionist - hundreds of people have achieved fantastic results with this particular combination of products, including me - I lost 9.5 overall inches, someone says something to me about it EVERY DAY. Hooray! If you stumbled upon this blog and haven't actually talked to me about it, you can contact me HERE. I'll be happy to tell you more about it.

2. Review the eating instructions on the Cleanse Phase sheet you were given, as well as the suggested foods listed on the "Grocery List." Think about how you want to structure your eating at least one day ahead of time until you get used to it. Most people have to eat more often than what they are used to - this part is essential!

3. Decide if there is anything in your pantry or refrigerator that needs to be thrown out. Make room for new things!

4. Go grocery shopping with your plan in mind. It can be difficult to stay on track if you don't have any of the foods you can eat ready to go. I found it fun to take an afternoon and pre-portion some food out and freeze it/store it so that I could grab a bag/container, etc. and throw it in my bag to take with me for the day. Since you are eating more often, you'll need to plan ahead, especially if you have a long work day.

5. Be sure to have some sort of water bottle - drinking lots of water is a big part of the process. I have an AdvoCare shaker bottle that can be used for drinking water as well as for shaking up protein shakes and Spark. It also has liquid ounce measurements on the side so I don't have to guess how much water I'm drinking or how much to add to a product. I use it all day, every day. It doesn't have to come from AdvoCare, but I actually couldn't find one cheaper anywhere else!

6. RECORD YOUR MEASUREMENTS and WEIGHT. Write the information down on the Challenge Sheet you were given. EVERYONE who skips this step regrets it - it can be very reassuring to see what you have lost! I didn't think I had lost anything the first week. I measured myself after my friend told me she had lost quite a few inches in the first week. I was shocked to see that I had, too!

7. Take a moment to become familiar with the products you have chosen. The following post will explain how and when to take them, starting with DAY 1.