Supplements, (i)herb + cleanse dietsPosted: March 2, 2012
When I got home from work on Wednesday, was greeted by this wonderful little box on the table:
Woo hoo! My latest order from iherb.com had arrived! The best thing was- I ordered these goodies on Monday, and the shipping was free. Iherb.com ROCKS. A word of caution though if you go to their site: you will get sucked in. They have a wide variety of health and beauty AND food products. Your cart will start filling up rather quickly!
In my box of goodies:
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid): I used to take this supplement faithfully, but haven’t for about six months. I first heard about it when I read Jackie’s book the first time, and decided to order some and start taking it again. CLA is suggested to increase metabolic rate, lower insulin resistance, cholesterol + triglycerides, and enhance muscle growth, amongst other things. From what I’ve heard, the benefits are seen over a long period of time.
Maca: I bought a bag of Maca powder at Wegmans a few weeks ago after reading about it’s benefits. When I got home, I tried mixing a teaspoon of it with almond milk. The flavor was so horrible that I couldn’t stomach it. I tried again, mixing it into a smoothie. Nope- I could still taste it. Luckily, the good folks at Wegmans let me return the opened bag and get my money back (it was almost $20!). I ordered the supplement instead so that I can just take it in pill form (and I can’t taste it at all- score!).
You can read about all kinds of benefits from Maca root here, but I was particularly turned onto it because it’s said to help regulate levels of estrogen and progestrone (and mine are anything but regular). The list of benefits is pretty amazing- and if I notice a difference in any of the areas listed, I’ll be very happy!
PB2 with premium chocolate: I thought better this time and ordered two. This stuff is SO GOOD. And it’s only 45 calories, 1.5 g fat, 2 g fiber and 5 g of protein for 2 tablespoons. Pretty amazing. Bell Plantation sells 1 lb. bags on their website, I might have to look into that! I still love my regular peanut flour, but this is a nice change-up sometimes- especially when I’m craving chocolate. Okay, when am I not craving chocolate…
MRM Whey Protein Powder in Rich Vanilla: Another recommendation from Jackie: whey protein powder. I am truly in love with Vega’s line of powders, but again- I’m switching things up a bit. Since starting Jackie’s program, I’ve been including a lot more animal-based foods into my diet than I’ve had in a long time. Whey protein powder is easily digested and helps reduce muscle damage after exercise and improves endurance. I wasn’t sure which brand of Whey protein to buy, but saw this brand on Janetha’s blog– so I figured it was worth a shot.
Iherb also always throws in a few free samples. This is what I got:
I know nothing about either of these products. The Arctic Root says that it improves energy, mental clarity and stress support. That can’t be all that bad, right? The CocoCeps is basically just cocoa powder. I’ll try it this weekend.
Other than those above, I also take the following supplements on a daily basis: A women’s multivitamin, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid (in case I ever decide to start trying to get preggers), and Gaia Adrenal Support.
I used to order most of my supplements from Amazon.com, but I have found that iherb is generally cheaper and more reliable. If you order anything from iherb.com, be sure to use the code: QIR197 when you checkout for $5 off your first order!
Just so ya know, I am not being paid by Iherb to endorse their site. I just love them and want to share the love with all of you!
Yesterday morning, I hit the gym for some cardio and Bodypump. I generally break my cardio up into two 15-minute intervals: half is more intense (usually the stairclimber) before Bodypump, and then the rest is usually moderate intensity on the elliptical while reading a magazine. I save this for last because it doesn’t require as much effort on my part. 🙂
I grabbed the latest issue of Women’s Health and started flipping through the articles and stumbled upon one that really caught my eye. It was called How a Fruit Juice Cleanse Affects Your Body. I have always thought that cleanses like this are really stupid- because you’re basically starving yourself. I have known people that do a cleanse like this on a regular basis and swear it makes them feel “so much better,” but I’m not buying it.
This is copied directly from the article:
Thinking of signing up for a fruit juice cleanse? You might first consider how your body reacts to a week with no protein or fat and fewer than 1,000 calories a day.
After the first sip
Your brain’s hunger signals are answered with a dump of pure fruit-juice sugar. And don’t get any ideas—veggie-based cleanses aren’t any healthier.
The sweet stuff prompts the pancreas to squirt out insulin, which moves sugar—now in your blood in the form of glucose—into your cells.
After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.
Meanwhile, lacking enough calories, your body is operating off its supply of glycogen, a form of short-term energy stored in the liver and muscles.
After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash. Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty—and you feeling weak and listless.
Since you’re getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells (woo-hoo!), and protein, taken straight from your muscles (oops). You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you’re still exercising every day.
After three days
Your brain is not happy. It enters into semi-starvation mode and gobbles ketones, fuel that comes from the breakdown of fat. Ketones work, but they’re like low-grade gasoline; as a result, you may feel unfocused or irritable. (Any “mental clarity” is likely due to a strong placebo effect.)
Sans a fresh protein infusion, your brain is also lacking amino acids, the raw materials that neurotransmitters need to maintain your mood. If you’re prone to depression, you may start feeling blue.
The proteins in your shrinking muscles break down into ammonia and uric acid, unwelcome chemicals that invade your bloodstream. Now your kidneys are busy detoxing your detox.
Stay near the bathroom: The juice’s high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines. That extra H2O in your gut means you’re apt to get diarrhea.
After four days
With no food to digest, your small intestine feels ignored. Its villi—the rows of tiny fibers that move food elements into the blood—start to atrophy. Your diarrhea may get worse, leading to dehydration… and there goes your rosy glow.
On the eighth day
Solid food! But uh-oh—you’ve lost muscle. Even if you go back to your regular eating habits, you now have less muscle mass to burn those calories; instead, the calories are more likely to be turned into fat. (Hence, one reason yo-yo dieting makes it harder to lose weight: Your reduced muscle-to-fat ratio messes up your metabolism and makes calories much harder to work off.)