Saturday, March 21, 2015

Purium 10 Day Cleanse | My Personal Experience

If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook you know that I recently did a 10 day cleanse! I did a program with the Purium Health Products. My Mom and Aunt both did this cleanse and they both were very successful with it! I did not do their standard cleanse, I did a modified version that my Mom created from the products they offer.

My products consisted of the:
L.O.V.E Meal Replacement

Basically how the cleanse works is that you drink 3 of the shakes a day and 3 'flex' foods a day. You have a very small selection of food to choose from and you don't get more than 1 cup of food per meal time. And you end the day with the Fibre and Cherry Apothe. Here is the schedule I followed:
Instead of the 'Power Shake' I used the L.O.V.E Shake and I did not use the Ionic Elements or Amino Acids Pills.



If you want to learn more about their products and cleanses you can go HERE.

Going into this cleanse, I had to really prepare myself mentally. I have never done a cleanse before and I decided I would do a TEN DAY cleanse for my first one haha. Not really the smartest life choice. But it took a whole lot of will power during this. Because the Shakes are DISGUSTING. It tastes like pan cake mix, sand, flax seeds, saw dust and little splinters of grass mixed and poured into water. And it doesn't even dissolve all the way. So when you are drinking, you have to drink the 'sandy rough' nastiness too. Gag. I learned how to close off my nose and just guzzle each shake. That way I wouldn't taste it as I was drinking it. But I still had the taste in my mouth after I was finished. TIP: Use very very cold water with the shake. It makes a huge difference. 





So here is how my 10 days went:


Day1 :: My first experience with the shake. I almost ran to the bathroom to vomit! How could I do this for 10 days!! I hoped with all my heart that the shake would just get easier every time I drank it. I was pretty hungry this day. Im use to eating a heck of a lot more than what I was getting. Also, side not, you are not suppose to work out on this diet. You aren't taking in enough calories to do so. Walks and small exercises are fine though. I personally didn't do anything.

Day2 :: Fairly similar to Day 1. A bit more hungry. Shake still sucked.

Day3 :: Feeling week today. I just wanted to lay down all day and do nothing. I woke up unbelievably hungry that morning. 

Day4 :: Down 4 pounds! Still had low energy. I was really missing real food at this point. Just give me some meat!!! This cleanse is also Vegan FYI. Still not starving, but hungry. The best thing for me was just to keep myself busy so I wasn't just sitting there thinking about all the delicious food I could have been eating.

Day5 :: Halfway point!! I couldn't believe I made it this far! 5 whole days!! But the end still seemed so far away. The hunger was starting to feel less and the routine of my eating started to feel normal and just a part of my normal day.

Day6 :: Pissed. Today was National Pi Day. So what did we do?? Made my all time favourite dessert, Apple Crisp. And also Lemon Meringue Pie. And Ice cream. And Yes, yes I did have a single bite. At the end of the day, I felt really accomplished. Never in my life have I ever resisted a delicious dessert! At the end of the day I was down 7 pounds at this point! Seeing that number on the scale made everything so much easier. Progress is so much more satisfying than a bowl of dessert!

Day7 :: As happy as I was to be down 7 pounds, I wasn't losing any inches. I was worried that this was all water weight and it would all be back within the matter of days after I was done even if I did eat healthy. So today was really rough and discouraging. At this point I was REALLY missing food. I think a 7 day cleanse would have been a piece of cake. But 10 just seemed so unachievable. But I made it this far, only 3 days left and no point in giving up now.

Day8 :: Probably the worst day. Still no progress in losing any inches. Why was I not seeing and physical improvements!? I was so angry.  It was also DQ's birthday. So free ice cream all over instagram. Why did I do my cleanse on TWO national dessert days! I also felt that this cleanse, wasn't really cleansing my body. I didn't feel clean or light. I wasn't passing things through my body that I should have. *TMI warning*:: I was only going #2 once a day, when I was suppose to be going around 3 times a day. So my Mom says anyways. So that was discouraging also. 

Day9 :: All the frustration was gone. I felt fine the last 2 days. I was almost done. The cleanse was just a part of my day and the hunger for food or more food was totally fine. My body had adjusted to the routine and the types and amount of food I was putting into it. Also, at this point, my cravings for chocolate and breads were very very low. If I JUST take that away from this cleanse, I would be happy. I NEEDED those things almost everyday. I truly believe I had a bad addiction to chocolate. And this cleanse released me from that addiction! It felt really good!

Day10 :: Really easy. Just get through today and Im done! I finished my last shake and was through the roof excited! Never again will I have to consume that nastiness ever again!!! Ps. No, the shake DID NOT get easier. I wanted to vomit after every shake throughout the entire 10 days. On one occasion I would just not have it and starve. I would rather starve than drink it haha.

I know this Cleanse is very difficult. I also know that it is very important to listen to your body. So please do not continue if you feel like something is wrong.
Did I cheat? Yes, I had a single bite of a muffin one day, and a piece of ham another day. I wasn't perfect on this cleanse. On a few occasions I just needed that extra piece of broccoli, or another apple, or I substituted a fruit that wasn't on the 'flex food' list. I think if I didn't do these things, I don't know if I would have been able to finish it. So don't beat yourself up if you just need that extra bite of something ;)

The morning after my 10 days I weighed in and I had lost 10 pounds and 1 inch off my waist from this cleanse!!! I was so excited!! I did have those thoughts in the back of my head that this could all still be water weight, just because I didn't see any physical changes. In the end, I still didn't feel like this cleanse actually 'cleansed' my body. I just felt like I took a few meal replacements a day. It just felt like a diet for me, not a cleanse. I had very low energy through out the whole thing. Which I didn't like because I really wanted to workout without the feeling of passing out and I couldn't go for walks because the weather decided to be sucky. But all in all it was an interesting experience. I literally feel like I can do ANYTHING now. Any kind of diet or cleanse you throw at me I can do it. The Purium cleanse is so disgusting that I feel like nothing could be worse lol. I know that this is not a quick fix to weight loss, but for me, it is a great kick starter. Just what I needed!



TIP :: Day 11 I had Eggs with spinach and salsa. Lunch I had Chicken Strips. A small bowl of cereal for a snack. Then ended the day with Curry Butter Chicken, which I could only eat half because I was so full from all the food I had that. Where as before, I would had downed that entire meal and probably had a dessert afterwords.
DO NOT DO WHAT I DID! DO NOT introduce all these different kinds of foods to your system at once! Especially nothing as drastic as CURRY! My stomach HATED me that evening. My stomach and intestines were empty by the time I went to sleep. It was so horrible you guys. So for my tips, introduce new foods slowly to your system haha. You body isn't the same as it was before.

Overall, Im happy I did it. Even if the weight is just water and it comes back on and I do get my craving for sweets again. I gave myself a really hard challenge and I accomplished it. I feel proud of myself for finishing it and not giving up. Thank you all so much for the kind words and support during this cleanse!! I hope this information helped some of you and if you have any questions let me know!!

Have a great weekend!



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