We cannot WAIT to begin our 24 Day Challenge in the morning!! It has been over 2 years since I have done a cleanse (because I’ve been pregnant or nursing), and I cannot WAIT!! I am really looking forward to hitting reset on my body & detoxing. Plus, my sweet tooth has been a little out of control, & I cannot wait for those cravings to go away with the MNS.
Jonathan and I have a phenomenal group of challengers joining us so we wanted to give you guys our grocery list. Meal prep is crucial and so imperative to success- all the time, but especially on the challenge. This is a great list even if you aren’t completing the challenge with us. (This is not an exclusive or definitive list….this is totally based on our personal preferences and challenge-friendly ingredients for our favorite recipes.)
- chicken breast
- lean ground turkey
- wild caught fish
- ground bison
- tuna (packed in water)
- mixed veggies
- green beans
- steel cut oats (gluten-free, quick cooking)
- qunioa & brown rice
- sweet potatoes
- olive oil & coconut oil
- natural nut butter
- raw almonds & walnuts
As far as meal prep, here is what we do ahead of time to make things easier. We wash & cut up veggies, boil eggs, grill meat, bake sweet potatoes, make brown rice/quinoa, & distribute raw nuts and oats into appropriate serving sizes so they are ready to go. This makes it so easy to grab-and-go. We love to add salsa to our protein for some extra flavor, and love various flavors of Mrs. Dash (salt-free seasoning) when cooking our protein. It’s important to follow the serving sizes as well, and the balanced meals really keep you feeling full. The 24 Day Challenge booklet & app are extremely helpful tools.
If you’re still hungry, snack on more veggies. My favorite two snacks are apples with almond butter (I prefer this earlier in the day) or veggies & hummus. I also love either Muscle Gain or boiled egg whites (protein) as an evening snack.
Here are some awesome recipes my girl Jenny put together. And here are some great snack ideas (but remember to avoid dairy or keep it in moderation, especially during the cleanse). I also love the cookbook & Choose the Challenge for great tips.
Water, water, water is SO important!! I shoot for close to a gallon a day, especially during the cleanse to help flush out all of the toxins. (The cleanse is very gentle and uneventful, and most of your toxins should be coming through your urine.)You can set a timer on your phone to help you remember to drink the water (drink 12 oz every hour, etc.) or add some fresh produce to the water (berries, lemons, orange slices, cucumbers, limes, etc.) if you need flavor.
This short video is awesome about the cleanse. And here are some great tips from my girl Niki regarding the fiber drink.
1. Best to mix in very cold water. You can modify the amount of water…some people like less water and chug it, others prefer lots of water to dilute it. Find what works best for you. I typically only use 8-9 oz and chug. I'm a weirdo and totally love it though!
2. You can add a little Spark if you want. Mandarin orange spark seems to give it a little more of a pulpy OJ consistency. Try this if you are really struggling with it. DO NOT USE ORANGE (or ANY) JUICE.
3. Stir and drink quickly - Do NOT leave it sitting. It will get thick quickly.
4. IMPORTANT: Drink 1-2 full glasses of clear water immediately following.
Remember, the Fiber Drink will get easier over time. So just get it done - it's important and the results will make it oh so worth it! You will also likely find that it keeps you feeling full which is an awesome added bonus.
Don’t forget to take your weight/before pictures/measurements (extremely important because you will notice your body composition changes more than anything else) tonight before you begin.
And for those of you who ordered Catalyst and ThermoPlus...You can take (3) Catalyst up to three times a day starting on day one of the cleanse. The pamphlet gives you suggestions on the timing. Personally, I take it when my feet hit the floor in the morning (30 min before breakfast), 10-15 min before a workout, and either mid afternoon or before bed on an empty stomach (depending on if and when I work out).
Put the Thermoplus away till day 11 when you begin the MNS. You can take one a day with a meal at that point.
You guys are going to ROCK it!!