The last two weeks have been pretty busy around here. I spend a week and a half in Los Angeles and then when I came back to Maryland the next day I went on a mini getaway with my husband into DC to see a few friends and go to a Nationals game. By Monday I was ready to be a home body for a few days and eat some healthy, fresh, home cooked meals. As a part of my welcome bag from attending the Idea World BlogFest in LA (Read about my LA adventures here) I received a NutriSystem Fresh Start kit (nice gift right!) I figured after two weeks of traveling and eating out, it would be the perfect time to use it because the program is designed to help you feel lighter, healthier, and energized throughout the three days. So todays What I Ate Wednesday post is everything I ate yesterday, which was day 2 of the Fresh Start. Thanks to Jenn from http://www.peasandcrayons.com for the link-up!
First of all let me tell you the Fresh Start lets you eat food, real food! I would never do any detox teas or only drink shakes, I just don’t think these methods to ‘detox’ are healthy whatsoever! The Fresh Start kit is mostly for people who are ready to start eating healthier and lose weight and following the program just jump starts that process. I more so am trying it because one, it was a free product, two, to share with you all, and three, because I definitely tried to make some healthy choices while traveling but I did eat some ice cream, fried food, spicy margaritas, beers, and burgers. While all the food and drinks were thoroughly enjoyed, I didn’t love how my body felt being off my usual routine.
The Fresh Start comes with three days worth of teas, shakes, and granola. It also included a Quick Start Guide and a book of Dinner and Smoothie recipes you could make. While using the program you are also allowed to eat up to two servings of fruit, one lean protein, two servings of healthy fats, and as many vegetables as you want throughout teach day. I started my day with a walk with the dog and an upper body workout, then had the Refresh tea and the Chocolate Shake mixed with water and ice. The shakes taste really good and are made from plant based protein. Usually I’m not a fan of plant proteins, but I really enjoyed these.
Since breakfast was pretty light I ate the granola with a little bit of unsweetened almond milk around 10:00 a.m. The granola is delicious and full of seeds, protein, and fiber.
Then I did some cleaning around the house and laundry then decided to head to our community pool for a bit. BAD idea, it was just too hot, I couldn’t sit and read without dripping in sweat and wanting to jump in the pool every 5 minutes. Needless to say I didn’t last long and headed home for lunch. Usually on the program lunch would just be your second shake and maybe some veggies, but if you do more intense workouts they encourage you to eat an extra protein. So for lunch I had some leftover grilled chicken, a quarter of an avocado, and some brussels and sweet peppers that I roasted in avocado oil the previous day.
A few hours after lunch I was hungry again, but not starving so I had the vanilla berry shake to hold me over until dinner and of course forgot to take a picture.
Yesterday was a pretty uneventful day, I really just crossed off a lot on my blog and coaching to do list and in the evening caught up on some Pretty Little Liars and The Bachelorette. For dinner I baked some salmon with lemon, garlic powder and dill and ate it with a side of broccolini and kale. Have you ever tried broccolini? It’s like a cross between broccoli and asparagus, so good! On the Fresh Start program your dinner is supposed to include 3 ounces of lean protein (no red meat) and again as many veggies as you want.
Then for a little late night snack I had the chill tea and a few honey crisp apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon and a side of almond butter for my fruit and healthy fat servings.
Pro’s of the Fresh Start program, I never felt starving or deprived of food. The shakes, granola, and teas also all tasted really good. It’s similar to how I usually eat, so I didn’t have to make too many drastic changes to my diet but it was weird not having any gluten or dairy for three days. Since I’m not gluten or dairy intolerant I really didn’t noticed a huge difference in how I felt but I did feel less bloated by the end of the three days.
Con’s of the program, I miss coffee! I was also a bit disappointed with the amount of sugar in the shakes and granola, they each had 6 grams of sugar for a total of 18 grams coming from the program each day. I feel like any refresh program should include absolutely NO added sugars. I was also surprised to see that carrageenan was one of the ingredients in the shakes. Some research has proven this thickening ingredient causes inflammation.
Beachbody also makes a similar program called the 3 Day Refresh. Maybe after my next vacation I’ll try that program
Have you ever done a 3 day refresh program?
What was one thing on your plate this week?