10 Day Whole Food Detox Recap

For the past week and a half I have been doing the 10 Day Whole Food Detox from Vanessa at Our Natural Connection.  So now that its all said and done I'd thought I would share my thoughts and experiences with you.

What I really enjoyed about the program was it's simplicity.  There were no weird foods that were hard to find, no challenging recipes and the food prep was quick and easy.  I love the fact that every part of the 10 Day Whole Food Detox was about getting back to basics and using real, natural foods to reset and retrain your body.

This is not some crazy lettuce diet or liquid fast.  The10 Day Whole Food Detox is just that - whole food.  The emphasis on foods that are nutrient dense, easy to digest and aid in the detox process.  I also like that near the end, good clean proteins were reintroduced.

Of course, with any of the cleanses or detoxes I have done in the past, the hardest part for me is kicking the caffeine.  It's not so tricky skipping coffee, but the withdrawal headache usually around day 2 or 3 is less than pleasant.  At least that only last about a day and then after that I start to feel much better.

So how did I do with the detox? Well, I wasn't hungry or starving and the meals were simple and delicious.  And oh my....the smoothies....AHHH-MAZING!!  I totally felt like I was doing something bad every morning as I indulged in their decadence.

After 10 days, I felt lighter, calmer and more energized.  And I even lost 3 pounds! The 10 Day Whole Food Detox was a great way to get back on track, clear out some old gunk from my body and feel alive again.

If you're looking for an easy to follow, natural and effective detox, I highly recommend Vanessa's 10 Day Whole Food Detox.  Not only does she help you with continuous support through the process, she also provide loads of valuable information on various forms of self-care, from tips to de-stress to how to start meditating.  It's the whole package!

Wanna try it for yourself?  Well...you're in luck, the next 10 Day Whole Food Detox starts June 1st!!  What a great way to kick off the summer and feel alive!  You'd better hurry though, registration closes May 29!  Register HERE.

Have you tried a whole foods detox? What was the best/worst part for you?

Disclaimer: A huge thank you to

Vanessa from Our Natural Connection 

for allowing me to try this  program free of charge.  I did not receive compensation for this post and as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

Halfway Through the 30 Day REAL Food Challenge

So it's the morning of the start of week three; 14 days done of the 30 Day REAL Food Challenge.  So what does that mean?


Well, here's what I've discovered in the past couple of weeks:

  • I have never eaten so many greens in my entire life!
  • It's shocking how delicious and flavourful simple and clean meals can be.
  • I think I may have mastered the art of picking and eating an avocado.
  • No cheese, no coffee, no meat, no chips and I'm still alive!
  • Clean eating involves a little bit of prep-work, but is actually fairly easy.
  • My body runs better with better fuel.  i.e. real food
  • Resisting temptation is an on going struggle.
  • Sometimes a cheat day is exactly what you need to see you're on the right track. 
  • Retrain your taste buds...it's unbelievable!
  • Don't worry about what others think, just take care of you!

We are starting week 3 and that means a whole new round of recipes that I can't wait to try.  Out of all the 40+ recipes I've made over the past couple weeks, I think there were only 2 or 3 that I wasn't a big fan of.  The rest were amazing, fantastic vegan recipes that were surprisingly tasty and filling!

And now for the weigh-in...

Now this wasn't the only reason we decided to do this program, but both my husband and I definitely wanted to shed a few of those holiday pounds.  As of today, I am down 7 lbs and Mike is down 6 lbs!  Pretty amazing, even with our cheat day this past weekend!

Now bring on Week 3!

How to Survive Your Detox


It's January, a new year and new resolutions and I'm sure lots of people (myself included) are trying a little detox from the holidays. Maybe a body reset to clear all those cookies, treats, drinks and snacks from your body. Or perhaps you're just wanting to feel a little happier and lighter?

Now whether you're doing a juice cleanse, a food cleanse or just cutting out some of your favourite indulgences, the detox process can be a little unpleasant to say the least.  So here's my top 5 tips to help get through your cleanse and on to a happier, less-toxic you!

5 Ways to Survive your Detox

  1. Water - wow, I can't stress this enough!  Water, water and more water.  If you are doing a cleanse you need to flush those toxins from your system and the best way to do that is with lots of water.  Start your day with 2 cups of water with 1/2 a lemon squeezed into it to boost that liver detox.
  2. Rest - yes, you will need rest.  As your body goes through the detoxification process it releases lots of icky stuff from your cells.  And as those toxins get released they can cause some unpleasant side effects.  Can you say tired, cranky, headaches and mood swings?  So if you are feeling like you're dragging your butt, than take that cue from your body and take a break.  Have a nap, put your feet up for 20 minutes and give yourself a few moments to recharge.  Detoxing is hard work!
  3. Tea Time - depending on what type of program you are doing you most likely will be reducing your food intake, or altering it significantly.  So stock up on some yummy herbal (non-caffeinated) teas.  Having a big mug of hot delicious tea can really help stave off those cravings and a lot of the herbal teas also contain ingredients that aid in the detox process.  Look for all-natural, caffeine-free and preferably organic teas.
  4. Support - one of the hardest things about doing a cleanse is doing it alone. Team up with a friend and tackle the challenge!  That way you can support each other but also have someone who knows exactly what you're going through.  Don't have a buddy?  Try finding a support network online instead.  The Internet is full of various groups and message boards for everything and it's a great way to ask questions, get feedback or vent.
  5. Exercise - now that may be the last thing you feel like doing starting a cleanse, but getting moving can really help your body and mind through the detox process.  Even if it's just a walk outside, getting your body moving and your lymphatic system pumping will help get those toxins moving out of your system. Breaking a sweat is a great way to get rid of more of those nasties and it's also great for helping with any irritability, moodiness or crankiness.

So who's doing a cleanse or detoxification this month? How's it going? What has been your biggest struggle?

30 Days of Real Food #cleanse #detox

What better way to start off a New Year than to dive right into a food challenge!  Now I love food just as much as the next person and the holidays left me full, happy and definitely a little rounder.  Add that too a running injury that sidelined me for close to 2 months (read: nothing but couch) and I will admit the past few months have been filled with entirely too much eating and drinking and definitely not enough moving.

So today marks the first day of my 30 Day R.E.A.L Food Challenge! Now I bought this plan last year, but never went through with the journey.  I don't know if it was because of fear, or lack of motivation or that I just wasn't ready and open to the adventure.  But I certainly am now!


Let me just start by saying I do not work for Young and Raw, nor am I affiliated or compensated in anyway for participating in this program.  As my New Year's resolution stated I am going to EXPLORE...and this means exploring a new way of eating and exploring just how strong and capable I am.

The 30 Day R.E.A.L Food Challenge was designed by a team of health and nutrition experts and all the recipes are free from dairy, corn, gluten and processed soy.  They are also all plant-based and free of processed foods and refined sugars.  Wowzer!  Yup, it's gonna be a fun ride to say the least.

What I love about the program so far is that each week is laid out for you; breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks!  There's even a weekly shopping list and prep sheet so that you don't have to stress out trying to make your meals each day! So yesterday I hit the grocery store and loaded up on everything I will need for the week.  This turned out to be WAY more food than I thought as my husband is also doing the program too.  I spent Sunday evening getting my prep work out of the way and getting ready to dive into some really great clean eating.

I hope you will follow me through this journey as I explore the detox process and redefining my feelings towards food.  As always,  I will be totally honest and I'm sure there will be plenty of ups and downs.  And I will even track my weight and see how my body responds to this shift in eating.  Drum roll please...the official weigh-in today was:

Me: 163.6 lbs   (ugh)                                 My Husband:  186.8 lbs

Bring on the REAL food!

Time for a Reboot #juice #cleanse

Today I'm pushing the reset button.  You know, that button inside your head that changes everything? The place where you put your foot down and say "No More!"

Wait, let me go back a little bit...

So the past few months have been more stressful than I would have liked.  Selling & buying a house, moving 2 kids and 2 dogs to a new town and a new school.  And then unpacking and trying to fix up our new home; all while both my husband and I continued to work.  Needless to say there was little time for taking care of me.  Too many late nights and early mornings, too much processed food, too much stress, not enough exercise or relaxation have taken their toll.

But, today I'm hitting the reset button!

Today starts my first day of a 7 day juice cleanse from Pulp & Press.  You may remember from last year that I did their 5 day cleanse after coming back from vacation.  Well, this time it's serious!  I need that jump start to reset my system, my body, mind and spirit and it's all going to start with cleaning out those toxins that have been dragging me down.

Follow along as I make my way through the next 7 days with nothing but delicious cold-pressed, organic juices and water.  I have a feeling it's going to be harder than the last time.  Ooh, and I forgot to tell you...my husband is doing it too!  So if nothing else, that should make for some good stories on how he & we handle the juice!

And before I forget, we decided to weigh in this morning just to track how our bodies change over the next 7 days.  So here it goes Internet...my weight this morning is: 154.8 lbs and Mike: 183.3 lbs.

Ugh, now that that's over with it's time to crack open that first  juice and let the cleansing begin!


Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Pulp & Press for the wonderful juices they create.  I did not  receive any compensation for this post, I just really like their juice! All opinions expressed are my own.

A Day in the Life - Post-Vacation Cleanse

It's been a week since we returned from Cuba and I can say I'm still missing the sunshine and sandy beaches.  But our new fallen snow has definitely brought our my Christmas spirit.  So after a week at an all-inclusive resort indulging in entirely too much food and booze I thought it might be a great time to push the reset button on my body and do a little post-vacay, pre-Christmas cleanse.


I've been prepping for the past 3 days and today, December 15th, is the first official day of my 5 day cleanse!  Luckily for me there's a great local company here that's got me all set up for some juice detox.  The Pulp & Press Juice Co. is a locally owned company specializing in fresh, raw, organic cold pressed juice.  All of their cold pressed juices are produced entirely in-house using fresh, organic fruits and vegetables - no additives, no preservatives; just nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. They are perfect for a daily energy boost, as a meal supplement, or why not  tackle one of their multi-day juice cleanses.

I met with John Parlow & Christian Vemb, the guys behind The Pulp & Press Juice Co., just before leaving on vacation.  After meeting with them and sampling the juice I knew instantly I needed more of it!  Go big or go home right?  So I dove right in and opted for the 5 day cleanse.  I've never done a cleanse before so this should be interesting.

So why juice??  According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of The Super Immunity Diet, juicing helps unleash the natural healing power of the body. Juicing floods your system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants. It may also help retrain your taste buds to enjoy healthy fruits and vegetables, making it the first step toward a long-lasting lifestyle change, or jump starting a weight-loss regimen. Dr. Fuhrman also says juicing can be beneficial for people with elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, and those suffering from autoimmune diseases, like arthritis, digestive problems and skin conditions. Read more about the benefits of juicing.

My breakfast

I will be documenting my juice cleanse over the next 5 days.  So far everything is great and the juice is delicious and surprisingly satisfying to my food-loving character. So whether your curious about juicing or cleansing or you  just want to see if I can survive the next 5 days without anything to eat but juice and water, stay tuned for my updates over the next 5 days. 
 Disclaimer: I was provided this product  free of charge from The Pulp & Press Juice Co.  for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.