I recently began doing Arbonne’s 30 days to healthy living program. I thought I would let you all know how it works and why I decided to do it. Mostly I chose to do the program because of what I learned about toxic fat and how our bodies processes toxins. First of all it is not a quick fix or diet! You WILL LOSE weight on the program, but that is not the main purpose. It is an elimination diet to balance blood sugar and PH level and rid the body of toxins. Let’s talk about toxins. If you lose toxins, you will lose weight! When we eat something that our body cannot process, our body creates a fat cell to encapsulate that toxin and then stores it as fat to protect our internal organs. If you have ever started a workout regimen or diet and lost weight but found yourself hitting a plateau where you can’t lose that last few 10lbs or if you’re having trouble with your tummy region (aka the muffin top🙋🏼♀️) toxic fat is often the culprit! By removing toxic ingredients from our diet we lose the toxins and therefore lose the fat! The fat is only there to hold the toxins! By eliminating allergenic, addictive, and acidic foods we create balance in blood sugar and pH levels in the body.
A bit about blood sugar: The typical American diet is high in sugar. This causes fatigue and cravings! Think of it as a roller coaster…we eat sugar causing our blood sugar to go up, an hour later our blood sugar goes back down. Because of this crash in blood sugar we’re tired, we’re cranky, we need to refuel, we crave MORE sugar. So, what do we do? We reach for that cookie, that soda, and consume more sugar. There is no nutrition in a high sugar diet. This cycle leaves our body hungry nutritionally.
Another item that needs balance in the body is our pH levels. On a pH scale, on one side you have acidic foods, in the middle you have your neutral, and on the right you have your alkaline forming foods. A typical diet is high in acidic foods. Acidic foods cause inflammation. Inflammation is bad, you guys! Inflammation is the basis of every disease from heart disease, to Alzheimer’s, even cancer. Cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment. In your body right now you have healthy cells and sick cells. Healthy cells are fed by oxygen and sick cells are fed by sugar. There are eight times the sugar receptors on the perimeter of a sick cell than a healthy cell, so when you eat sugar that fuel is going to the cancer cell. When you feed something it grows! Every time we eat sugar we are feeding our cancer cells. If you crave sugar it could literally be killing you.
Here are the ingredients we avoid to balance out the body and why:
Refined sugar- (I went over it above, but as a reminder: Sugar is so bad for you!) Sugar is 8x more addictive than cocaine! Refined sugar is found in your pasta, breads and processed snacks.
Artificial sweeteners- Our bodies, amazing as they are -have NO idea how to process artificial sweeteners, so they actually spike a hormone in our body called insulin to try and break down these chemicals. As a result, we eat more and we crave more carbs. Studies have actually shown that when people switch to Diet Coke which is high in artificial sweeteners that they actually gain more weight than the people that stuck to regular soda. This is because of the insulin spiking artificial sweeteners! Stay far away!
Processed Foods- Processed foods are anything that did not grow naturally. If a man made it, it is processed! These foods are high in calories and offer no nutritional value whatsoever.
Dairy- We have always been taught that we need dairy because of the calcium, but by the time that milk gets from a cow into your cereal, there’s not actually much calcium in it at all. Cows milk is filled with sugar, hormones, and antibiotics. Dairy is very acidic. It causes acne. It is mucus forming, causes ear infections, respiratory infections, asthma sinus problems, etc. If you have any of those symptoms, dairy might be the reason for that. Also, we are the ONLY species who drinks another species milk. Think about that for a minute. Cows milk is for cows, people! You can get all the calcium you need from other sources like spinach and almond milk. Almond milk actually has two times as much calcium as cows milk.
Gluten- Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. About 1 out of 2 people actually have some degree of gluten intolerance. Gluten is difficult to digest. It causes gut problems like IBS and bloating. It also can cause focus problems, moodiness, irritability and headaches. I know for me my diet was super high in gluten, and before I did the 30 day program, I had already eliminated gluten from my diet, but occasionally when I decided I was going to have a bowl of pasta, A few hours later i looked 6-7 months pregnant. Not fun!
Soy- Soy is acidic. It is Genetically modified. Soy is highly overused in processed foods. Look for soybean oil on the nutrition label of some of your food right now. Yep, soy. Sneaky huh!? Soybean oil is inflammatory and contains a lot of plant estrogen. This increases the risk of female cancers, lowers fertility rates, and can aggravate premenstrual symptoms.
Alcohol- For me this is one of the hardest ones! I love my glass of wine and my fiancé is a craft beer connoisseur. Alcohol performs like sugar in the body and it’s addictive. If you want results on this program you have to cut it out!
Coffee- Coffee is acidic and it causes inflammation. Our fizz sticks are a great caffeine supplement as a stand-in if you are a coffee drinker.
So what do we eat?
We focus on:
-Whole Foods- nothing processed
-Organic fruits and vegetables- (naturally alkaline forming foods)
-Lean protein( grass fed beef free range chicken and cage free eggs)
-Healthy fats ( avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil)
-Healthy carbs- brown rice, quinoa, beets, sweet potatoes.
I am on week 2 of the program and my typical day consists of 2 protein shakes and a dinner comprised of the above ingredients. I have snacks and supplements like fiber to keep me full and satisfied throughout the day. It is not easy, but it is worth it! Arbonne gives you all the tools and ingredients to make you successful. You can do anything for 30 days! We have new accountability groups starting each month! We check in with each other and give support and tips and there’s a sense of community that I absolutely love! I’m saving money, losing weight, detoxing, and learning as I go. Best of all, I am feeling so empowered and honored that my body is capable of all of this and I owe it to myself to have it running at its optimal level! So do you!
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“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
Health and happiness,