Becky from Olives ‘n’ Wine contacted me last month about trying out the 10 Day Cleanse from Advocare. I received a box of the 10 Day Cleanse product in return for this review post. All opinions are my own.
As a Registered Dietitian, it definitely took some thought before committing to this. I am often asked by friends and family about cleanses, and I always respond that you can achieve the same results in a healthier way by just eating less processed foods, tons of fruits and veggies, and drinking lots of water.
Here’s why I was so hesitant…You hear about cleanses everywhere in the news, yet it’s not universally defined what a cleanse is or does. They generally aren’t something your primary care physician would recommend, and most doctors would actually tell you to avoid these at all costs. Cleanses like this tend not to be approved by the FDA, and therefore their ingredients can’t be guaranteed safe and their claims may not be valid.
Here’s why I chose to try it…To be honest, I hadn’t been eating like a nutrition role model should over the past couple of months. I felt like the Advocare challenge would be a great opportunity to make it a habit again. Also, I can share my experience and knowledge of this cleanse with people when I am asked about cleanses in the future.
So here’s what Becky sent me…
1 box of Advocare’s 10 Day Cleanse, which included:
- 6 packets of Peaches and Cream Fiber Drink
- 7 packets of Herbal Cleanse Fiber Capsules
- 7 packets of Probiotic Restore Capsules
The 10 Day Cleanse also involves taking Spark (an energy drink), Catalyst (amino acid supplement), meal replacement shakes, and OmegaPlex vitamins. I only purchased a variety pack of Spark (14 packets for $29.99 from Becky, who is an Advocare distributor), because the other products are pretty pricey. The variety pack flavors included Citrus, Mandarin Orange, Watermelon, Grape, Pink Lemonade, Mango Strawberry, and Fruit Punch.
The diet recommendations that go along with the 1o Day Cleanse include: focusing on fruits, vegetables, limited whole grains, water, and lean protein; avoiding processed foods, dairy, added sugar, fried foods, alcohol, coffee, and soda.
Activity recommendations: at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week.
Some of my meals included: tuna mixed with avocado over mixed greens, pesto chicken, taco-seasoned lentils, and eggs and veggie scrambles. I have to admit I slipped up a couple of times, mainly when we were short on time to make dinner and we ended up having pizza with cheese and non-whole grain crust or white pasta, but I think overall it was fairly balanced eating during the challenge. I also ended up having a Not Your Father’s Root Beer last weekend when I was out with friends…I was too excited that it was available, and it was the only alcoholic drink I had during the challenge. Had I not been doing the challenge, I likely would have ordered 2-3 of them and would have felt gross the next day.
- Taste-wise, Spark is pretty great! My favorite flavors were Watermelon and Grape.
- I felt much less bloated!
- Makes you very “regular”, bowel movement-wise. This isn’t something I really had a problem with before the challenge, though.
- I stopped drinking coffee! I didn’t think that could ever happen! The small amount of caffeine in Spark is enough for me, I guess.
- Online community: a Facebook group is available for support, which can be encouraging for weight loss
- Has helped me to make healthier choices the norm again–I’m hoping to keep these habits going, because summer tends to be a time of eating lots of yummy food and enjoying beverages with friends, and I don’t want to gain weight or feel bloaty.
- Unforeseen side effect: niacin flush. Spark has 4 times the daily requirement of Niacin (aka Vitamin B3), and when you have too much your face and neck turn pink/red and your body can feel overheated. This caused me to feel overly warm at work and have alot of trouble sleeping the first day of the challenge, enough to make me think about stopping the cleanse. By the 3rd day, I no longer experienced niacin flush.
- Fiber drink isn’t the best taste/texture ever. The peaches and cream try to cover it up, but it’s still pretty gross.
- It’s alot of fluids first thing in the morning! I would drink 1 cup of Spark, 1 cup of the fiber drink, and 2 cups of water right when I got up. I started marathon training about the same time as I started the challenge, and running in the morning wasn’t an option with all this fluid!
I still stand by the statement that the same effects can be achieved by just eating less processed foods, tons of fruits and veggies, and drinking lots of water. As other reviews on Advocare have stated, the fiber drink and supplement are basically like taking Metamucil, which is a much better deal but not something I would recommend to clients. If you are still deadset on trying a cleanse and willing to spend the money and put in the effort of eating cleaner, Advocare’s 10 day cleanse may help to kickstart your healthier habits and ideally lead to a healthy lifestyle in the long run.
Check back tomorrow for my results (today’s my last day of the challenge!). I’m also linking up with What I Ate Wednesday.
What are your thoughts on cleanses, diets, etc?