3 Day Refresh UNFOLDED!

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This summer Beachbody released a brand new product called The 3-Day Refresh that I have been itching to get my hands on.  Being someone who has never done a cleanse or detox before, I felt like this product was exactly what I needed.  I’ve always been scared to do a cleanse because of the lack of nutrients and food your body is allowed to get during this time.  I can’t lie.  I like to eat.  So I’ve always been turned off from the idea of a cleanse.  Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh is different.

The 3-Day Refresh is designed to do the opposite of most juice and liquid cleanses.  It detoxifies and cleanses, while supporting your metabolism with easy-to-prepare, nutritious whole food to help your vital organs re-energize.  In their test groups, participants lost on average 4 pounds (yes, 4 pounds in 3 days), reduced cravings for carbs and sugars, had an improvement in energy, and felt their body functioning more effectively.  I decided I needed to do this refresh so that I could give my customers an honest opinion and direction if this is something they desire.

3DR_products_with_foodBefore I get into how the refresh went down for me, I want to explain to you what it entails.  For three days you will basically do the same thing, so here is an example of a daily schedule:

  • UPON WAKING UP:  Drink 8 oz of water
  • WITHIN AN HOUR:  Shakeology and fruit
  • MID MORNING:  Green or Herbal Tea
  • AN HOUR BEFORE LUNCH:  Fiber Sweep
  • LUNCH:  Vanilla Fresh Shake, Fruit, Vegetable, & a Healthy Fat
  • MID AFTERNOON:  Herbal Tea
  • SNACK:  Vegetable & a Healthy Fat (or a pressed juice)
  • DINNER:  Vanilla Fresh Shake & Dinner Recipe (various cooked vegetable recipes)
  • EVENING:  Herbal Tea
Meal Prepping and Planning is KEY on this 3-Day Refresh!

Meal Prepping and Planning is KEY on this 3-Day Refresh!

That certainly seems like a lot of food, right?!  It really is.  That’s why I was so attracted to this cleanse.  You mean I get to jump start my body and refresh my insides without having to starve myself?  That’s what got me hooked.  Now for my story.  🙂

There are some health foods that are just not for me!  This juice was one of them! :)

There are some health foods that are just not for me! This juice was one of them! 🙂

I have to preface my journey by letting all of my followers know that I had my wisdom tooth pulled out three days prior to the refresh starting.  If/When I do this again, I WOULD NOT advise starting the refresh if you aren’t in good health.  I don’t mean health like working out or eating well (the whole point of this is to jump start THAT lifestyle).  I mean you shouldn’t be sick or recovering from something to begin this.  I firmly believe that this affected my overall experience.  But, I will give you my honest opinion anyway!

Day One was difficult to start because I was famished from not really eating anything substantial for the week prior to the refresh.  My diet was very liquidy and soft and so I was lacking calories.  I counted the minutes until lunch and I ate lunch like it was the first time I had been served food!  🙂  The lunch filled me up, though, and I was very satisfied for the rest of the day.  The fiber sweep smells like vitamins and it is very thick because of the seeds (chia, flax, and psyllium).  It tasted like lemon tea to me, though, so I just pounded it quickly like my old college days! 😉  ***This by far is the hardest thing to ingest during the refresh***  After work I went home and attempted to make the pressed juice, but without a juicer it was way too chunky.  I settled for vegetable and a healthy fat (I chose mashed avocado and tomatoes).  Dinner was excellent.  A vanilla fresh shake and Vegetable Stir Fry!  I left Monday feeling great! 🙂

Dinner from Day One!  It was SUPER YUMMY!!!

Dinner from Day One! It was SUPER YUMMY!!!

Day Two.  Day two was a breeze.  It’s like shampooing.  I basically did Day One.  Rinse and Repeat.  🙂  Day two was a pretty busy day for me since I had marching band rehearsal.  I ate my salad on the go at rehearsal and was able to go home and had zero cravings.  I did, however, get home from rehearsal and realize that my belly appeared to be bloated.  I looked TOTALLY PREGNANT! 🙂  But…as I said to my followers…I am not.  🙂

A little Green Tea break in the morning :)

A little Green Tea break in the morning 🙂

Day Three.  Day three was the HARDEST day for me.  I wanted to quit, give in, throw in the towel pretty much all day.  I had a lot of inner dialogue about the worth of finishing out something I had started and how I owed it to my followers to finish.  I was hit hard with cravings and it followed me EVERYWHERE.  I had students bringing in fresh baked cookies, scones from Starbucks, and colleagues offering me Cuban coffee.  Life was ROUGH!  🙂  I stuck it out though and continued to feel bloated.

No Cuban coffee for this lady!

No Cuban coffee for this lady!

This scone started my day FULL OF CRAVINGS!!!  Appreciated, but hard to not eat!

This scone started my day FULL OF CRAVINGS!!! Appreciated, but hard to not eat!

While I was frequently hitting the restroom during these three days to pee, I had done any bowel movements.  This is exactly why I had such a huge belly.  This much I knew.  But, it wasn’t until AFTER the refresh that I got it.  The fiber sweep is meant to be a GENTLE way to eliminate waste from your digestive system.  After the refresh I had very solid bm’s and never any discomfort.  This is a huge one for me!  I am usually known to get stomach aches and have abdominal pains and quick trips to the bathroom when something needs to get out of my system.  My stomach is very flat now and I never experienced a “panic-rush-to-the-bathroom” feeling.  (Sorry if this last paragraph was TMI ;)***

So all in all I feel great.  My eating habits aren’t horrible and I haven’t been off track, so this just continued to help boost my energy and keep my at my healthiest.  I think this product is excellent for anyone ready to jump start a healthier lifestyle.  I also think this product is perfect for anyone trying to return back to health after a particularly unhealthy time (vacation, holidays, etc).

I would recommend it to any of my customers who enjoy cleansing and detoxing.  The 3-Day Refresh will do it the right way for your body to be at it’s prime! The only other recommendation that I would give would be to do it with a spouse, friend, co-worker, or family member to ensure that you have some accountability.  It would have been hard to do this without the support of my friend Michele!  🙂

Do you have additional questions about the 3-Day Refresh?  Are you interested in trying it out for yourself?  Let me be your coach and guide you through this!  Email me:  brittmcmillan@yahoo.com or Comment below with your email and I will send you more info!

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