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WIAW: 2-Day Cleanse and Supplements

If you took the Don’t Be A Turkey challenge, congratulations! You made it! I got through the 2 day cleanse with only a teeny bitty bit of cheating. I ate some Wasa crackers with my lunches both days since I’ve been so sick and needed the extra nutrients.

The 2 day cleanse definitely works as promised with helping you feel lighter and more energized. I woke up this morning surprisingly deflated and feeling less bloated and heavy than I have since before Thanksgiving.

For those of you that took the challenge, how did you do? Did it help you feel better after the holiday weekend? Would you do it again? Leave me a comment telling me your thoughts, and I’ll pick one reader to receive a special gift bag of healthy goodies.

Since WIAW has been all about falling into good habits, I’m turning over a new leaf when it comes to supplements. I was never into taking them before, but since I’ve been doing my research and talking to other folks in the fitness community, I’m beginning to understand the importance of taking certain ones.

Last week, I got my long-awaited package from Vitacost containing my whey protein, cayenne pepper pills, and calcium chews.

I ordered Dymatize Elite Gourmet Vanilla whey protein, which came highly recommended by Whitney. And with good reason, too. It only has 114 calories and 15mg of cholesterol per scoop, which was really important to me. It also only has 50mg of sodium and 2g of carbs, two numbers I try to keep down. With a whopping 24g of protein and 18% of my daily calcium per serving, it was a winner for me. Plus, the container is twice the size of my head!

I was actually surprised at how good it tasted, too, so I highly recommend it. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to look like this, but it’s yummy so I won’t question it.

If you’re interested in trying it, Amazon offers free shipping on orders over $49 (which this qualifies for). (Thanks for supporting my healthy habits!)

The cayenne pepper tablets and the calcium pills also came at Whitney’s suggestion (my new fitness guru), but they seemed like a logical choice for me. I don’t eat or drink a lot of dairy, so getting extra calcium is very important, and these chews taste amazing!

The cayenne pepper helps with circulation before a workout, and since I can’t take anything with caffeine for energy, this is a perfect pick-me-up.

I actually took the cayenne pepper pills when I felt the cold coming on because I figured it would help warm me up from the inside and sweat it out. I don’t think it did anything, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt.

I’ve also been hooked on these little Hawaii Coconut Energy mix-ins that I received from Amazon a while back. They’re full of potassium, low in calories, and have 100% of your Vitamin C. I started drinking them when the sniffles set in, and they taste a thousand times better than Emergen-C.

Aside from all the supplements, I bought a few other things yesterday to help me get through this cold.

I got some zinc, which always seems to speed up the cold, and makes the symptoms kick in quicker, but pass twice as fast. And I got some echinacea, which I heard is a great way to minimize the symptoms and get over a cold faster. At this point, I’ll take all the [natural] help I can get.

Last but not least, I want to share a yummy smoothie recipe I discovered from doing the cleanse the last few days. I didn’t like the consistency, lack of protein, and taste of the recommended recipe, so I modified it a bit this morning:

  • 1 cup berries (I used 3/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup cranberries)
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used Almond Breeze coconut almond milk)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • 1 tsp peanut or almond butter
  • ice to fill

Makes for a much tastier, frothier purple drank!

 

I’m wondering…

 

What supplements and vitamins do you take, if any? What purpose do they serve?

Have you tried a 2-day cleanse

If you took the Don’t Be A Turkey Challenge, let me know what your thoughts were! I’ll pick one commenter to receive a healthy gift!

About youmefit

I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.

20 comments

  1. I really liked the taste of the cleanse smoothie too, but didn’t find it filling enough. I think I’ll be experimenting with some Greek yogurt or protein powder add-ins.

    I didn’t stick to the cleanse super closely because I have been having some abdominal pain so I didn’t want to change my diet drastically. I did drink the smoothies, green tea, and cucumbers. I don’t like asparagus so I subbed it for other veggies. Since my body is off tried to use the cleanse to inspire me to eat more protein and produce and decrease the amount of fat I’ve been consuming. I’m hoping that once I feel better I can follow the cleanse more closely–it would probably be nice to do after Christmas-time, too!

    • Thank you for trying the cleanse! It’s ok not to follow it to a T, but I’m glad it inspired you to eat better. One thing I’ve always loved about this cleanse is that it reminds me that I don’t need to eat bad food, or a lot of food, to stay full and energized. It also motivates me to continue eating healthy, since I don’t want to fill my body with unclean foods after all the hard work. I hope you try it again and it continues to help!

  2. I’m not a big vitamin or supplement taker actually! I try to remember to take a probiotic and drink some apple cider vinegar each day. But mostly I just stick with my whole foods. I find them to work best for me! I’m glad you’re feeling good after your cleanse though!

  3. The only supplement I take is a b12 🙂

    • I’m going to start taking that also. My hair stylist told me I needed to take it for my hair, and a few other people told me it’s something I should really look into. You’re the 4th person to recommend it, so it’s worth checking out.

  4. I did the cleanse for the first time after Thanksgiving, and stuck with it pretty well. I “cheated” with a protein shake both afternoons in addition to the asparagus. I bought precooked chicken breasts at Whole Foods, so that made the prep even easier. I do feel lighter now. That may be all in my head, but I’ll take it! 🙂

    • That’s awesome! I always feel lighter after these little 2-day cleanses, and maybe it’s in my head, but I can always tell my abs are a little more defined, so I can’t complain. Cheating a little is OK, especially if you’re working out on cleanse days, and a protein shake makes a good mistress. 😉

  5. I bought echinacea a month or two ago to kick a bug out of my system and it worked. Since then, others have passed around horrible flus, strep throat and stomach bugs around the office and I haven’t caught anything as of yet! (knock on wood)

    • I think the echinacea helped so much! After two days of taking it, I feel so much better, and I really thought I’d be stuck with this cold for at least a week. I’m so glad I found this and don’t have to turn to antibiotics or OTC drugs.

  6. I’ve never heard of taking cayenne pills before, that’s a neat idea! And that energy mix-in looks great! I looovve anything coconutty 🙂

    • I’d never heard of it until a friend suggested it, but I like how warm they make me feel after I take them, and it gives me a little kick start to my cardio.

  7. I think Emergen-c tastes like butt too!

  8. mmm i love using whey powder + casein powder :). especially since i do a lot of lifting; but its great to make recipes with as well to up the protein content 🙂

    • Since I just got into using protein, I’m still a little boring with it. I keep seeing all these recipes for cookies, oatmeal, and pancakes that I’m going to try next.

  9. Unfortunately I didn’t do the cleanse this week because I just now found your blog! But I loved the idea and will definitely be using it in the future when I feel the need for a cleanse! It sounds totally do-able with the additions of real food instead of just liquids as most cleanses I’ve seen employ. Thanks for the idea! Love your blog already!

    • Thank you and welcome! This cleanse is one of my favorites. Two days isn’t a huge commitment, and you don’t have to starve yourself to feel lighter and get rid of some water weight. I hope it helps you later down the line!

  10. Joanna @ Running Places

    Wow look at you with your giant thing of whey! I think I see figure comps in your future!

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