Day 4: January 9th - Transitioning to a healthy diet post-cleanse

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Krista Haynes
Joined: 10/05/2012

It's almost here; the end of the work week and the final days of the Cleanse.

You are doing great! Have you noticed any differences since starting your cleanse? Energy levels? Mood? Attitude? Appearance?

Weekends are often the most difficult when sticking to a healthy eating plan.  We often eat more food and make less healthy choices on the weekends when we don't have a work routine to keep us in check.  How do you plan to overcome temptation?

Also, many of you have asked how to keep up this healthy eating once the cleanse ends.  Here are some key tips to keep in mind.  Let me know if you have any other questions or comments that I did not address. 

Transitioning to a healthy diet post-cleanse:

You’ll probably hit the grocery store this weekend to stock up on some food for next week. I bet you’re also wondering what to eat now that you’re all cleansed!  I strongly urge you not to resort to your old ways (if they were unhealthy that is…) and ease your way back into solid foods.  A few tips:

  • Continue to NutriBlast for one meal.  Most people enjoy a NutriBlast for breakfast, but any time that suits your schedule is perfect.
  • Be mindful of portions.  You’ve been eating less food during the cleanse and your digestive system has been taking a bit of a rest so it is best not to overload it with large quantities of food.
  • If you were doing the all liquid route - start slowly transitioning to easy-to-digest solid foods.  Try some bland steamed vegetables with a spritz of lemon and a side of chunky vegetable soup. (May not be gourmet, but it is only for one day and your body will thank you for it!) You may want to try some of the clean food recipes from the Cleanse.  The Kale/Quinoa/Sweet potato dish is amazing...toss in some black beans for added protein.
  • Choose recipes similar to the ones you enjoyed during the cleanse.  You probably have some ingredients left over for some recipe experimenting. 
  • After a day or two into your own routine, keep the “rules” in mind and try to choose healthier options more often:
    • Cook more; eat out less and reduce consumption of packaged products
    • Less meat and more plants
    • Dairy alternatives are less inflammatory than milk products 
    • Be mindful of sugars – they show up in the most unsuspecting foods (breads, crackers, condiments, pasta sauce, frozen meals, yogurt, flavored oatmeal, etc.)
    • Limit caffeine and alcohol (wait longer than a week or more to re-introduce your happy hour toddy!) Alcohol is very toxic to a clean liver (or any liver for that matter).
    • If you are not gluten-intolerant, you may incorporate these grains in whole form
    • Goes without saying – stop smoking if you do so…
    • If you plan to eat out, try to stick to a vegan option - try a soup or salad or plant-based dish, but if that's not available, then choose a lighter protein like fish. Keep clear of dairy for now if you plan to reintroduce it eventually - nothing will hurt your stomach more than a big cheesy pizza. And when you do, notice if it makes your stomach upset or if you feel less than stellar...same with any gluten-containing grains.
  • This is a time to be mindful of how your body reacts to food - it has been blessed with an abundance of nutritious foods the past 5 days and will most likely let you know when you introduce something that doesn't agree with it.  Your body is a porche, not a beat up pickup truck, treat it like such! 
Down 4 pounds! YaY me!!
Down 5 pounds for me!!
Day 3 was definitely the "hungry" day for me. I had to snack on some of those leftover cashews from the tomato soup recipe. Other than that things are going well. My favourite soup was definitely the squash/sage soup!
So happy I am doing this & amazed I made it this far. Not a huge fan of today's 2nd blast, but I think I added too much cinnamon and didn't blend kale and parsley long enough. Thank you for the post-cleanse advice. I was wondering when I could have a celebratory drink. :) For weight loss purposes, would you recommend substituting 2 meals for blasts after the cleanse? Thank you.
Last night just made my week for doing this, I was complimented by several random people for how glowing my skin looked.I have loved doing this so much I ordered a nutribullet for my sister and her husband so they can now do the challenge and feel the benefit.
I am down 5! What I am realizing about the cleanse is that I can eat healthy and not feel like I am starving or even dieting for that matter!
NeuDeb wrote: So happy I am doing this & amazed I made it this far. Not a huge fan of today's 2nd blast, but I think I added too much cinnamon and didn't blend kale and parsley long enough. Thank you for the post-cleanse advice. I was wondering when I could have a celebratory drink. :) For weight loss purposes, would you recommend substituting 2 meals for blasts after the cleanse? Thank you.
I think that would be a great way to keep on the weight loss path! Now you have some new recipes to add to your repertoire :) Just be sure that when you get off the cleanse you are ensuring you still meet all your daily nutritional needs (protein, fat, carbs, calories - subtracting for weight loss, as well as micronutrients. The best way is to make sure you add some protein and health fats to your Blasts and think "variety" of ingredients. Best of luck and keep us posted on your successes :)
My goal with this cleanse was to eliminate processed sugar. The mild headaches experienced earlier in the week have subsided, so I'm motivated to not give in to sweet temptations! I don't consume many dairy products, but I'm going to also avoid those. This has been a great program and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to participate . . . thanks Nutri Bullet! I'll look forward to the next round!
My goal with this cleanse was to eliminate processed sugar. The mild headaches experienced earlier in the week have subsided, so I'm motivated to not give in to sweet temptations! I don't consume many dairy products, but I'm going to also avoid those. This has been a great program and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to participate . . . thanks Nutri Bullet! I'll look forward to the next round!
What kind of apples does everyone use in their blasts? My wife likes Granny Smith just to eat, and I feel that these are WAY too grainy and makes for a horrible texture in the blast. I'm wondering if all varieties of apples are like that or not?
I've been loving this! As someone else mentioned, Day 3 was definitely my hungry day, and yes - the butternut squash soup is excellent! But I also like the gumbo.... I think I'm looking forward to more 'solid' foods! But the nicest thing is that I do feel more energized, more positive, just *better* about life all around. Seeing all the colorful fruits/veggies, it just makes me happy - and happy to eat them! :)
I've used Fuji and have the same result.
Krista, Is there an articleKrista, Is there an article or an information link you can direct me to learn more about whole grains vs processed grains? I'm guessing that there can not be too many store bought breads that are good for us as far as making a healthy sandwich.
dustinp wrote: Krista, Is there an article or an information link you can direct me to learn more about whole grains vs processed grains? I'm guessing that there can not be too many store bought breads that are good for us as far as making a healthy sandwich.
Check this out! http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101 For bread, I love Ezekiel sprouted breads as well as Sun Flour (I get this at Whole Foods), and Dave's Killer Bread. :) http://www.foodforlife.com/products?tid_1=8&tid=All http://www.sunflourbakery.net/products http://daveskillerbread.com/
DAY #4 Almost done. Enjoyed the blasts today. Feeling very good and energized. I was a little hungery last nite so had a cutie orange and a celery stick to hold over the hunger pangs. Biggest surprise during this cleanse: I thought I would miss my coffee more, but I actually am doing fine without it. Exercise again today.... I Love to SWEAT! No lightheadedness or weakness. Hope everyone else is hanging in there too!
I enjoyed some Blasts.. I am still having headaches but my body feels somewhat different. I still feel a little bit tired and I can't figure out why. What can I do with headaches... naturally?
Another thing,, I've been replacing Chia seeds with flax seeds.. I found it online but I am not sure it's right? I cannot find Chia seeds anywhere! Help?
This is my first time doing this type of cleanse. I bought the nutribullet for myself as a Christmas present, so I have never had any type of blasts before. I maybe in the minority here. While I chugged down day1 & 2 as they were not my favorites and the 11am blast on day 2 got me so tired that all I wanted to do was sleep. Also, by day 2 I was bloated and had not gone to the bathroom, so I started to up my water intake regardless of my bloating. However, day 3&4 so far had my favorite blasts, probably drank it in 15 min each. While I have not recovered any energy and all my body wants to is be in bed I must say this has been a great experience. Can't wait for tomorrow blasts and from then on forward I will be doing 1-2 blasts a day for weight loss. So far I haven't lost any pounds.
Loved all the blasts today! The morning one was great, I'm so happy to have these recipes to continue the blasting with! I'm feeling good, headache is completely gone, but I don't know if I would say I've noticed any other big changes so far. I haven't checked my weight yet as I wanted to wait until the cleanse was all done. Can't believe we are on the last day tomorrow, I really didn't think I could do it, and the fact that I have been able to has really taught me something about myself! Thank you Nutriliving team! :)
jerdman wrote: Another thing,, I've been replacing Chia seeds with flax seeds.. I found it online but I am not sure it's right? I cannot find Chia seeds anywhere! Help?
I have been finding chia seed is the bulk section of my grocery store. Also, Bob's Red Mill now pre-packages it. This is usually found in the healthy section of the grocery store. If yo have a Whole Foods in your area, they will for sure have it.
the third blast today was the best by far! I have been noticing changes in my energy level...that 3 o'clock feeling is no longer there. D ay 5 here I come!
Thanks for the great transition advice! Tried the broccoli arugula soup tonight. The first recipe I really didn't enjoy. Just tasted like green water. I suspect I didn't have enough broccoli in it. But everything else has been great and I will continue to use the recipes on a regular basis
We use organic Fujis and they blast really well
My energy returned on Day 4. Down 3 lbs though my goal was health not weight loss. It's been a great experience. We've been routinely blasting for breakfast but I'm thinking I might start doing a second blast for lunch. It's actually quite convenient. I always end up eating while I work (I know, bad habit) and it's actually easier to slowly sip on a smoothie for a hour than to eat solid foods at my desk. And better for me!!
4 down, 1 to go! Still have a bit of a headache but I felt better with more energy today. I have enjoyed most of the blasts and love the meals and soups. I really haven't found this to be difficult. The blasts and meals are very filling. Thank you for the information on how to follow up in the coming days and weeks. I know I can continue eating more whole foods and achieve my goal this year...to get off my medications. You have helped me start the year on the right path.
4 down, 1 to go! Still have a bit of a headache but I felt better with more energy today. I have enjoyed most of the blasts and love the meals and soups. I really haven't found this to be difficult. The blasts and meals are very filling. Thank you for the information on how to follow up in the coming days and weeks. I know I can continue eating more whole foods and achieve my goal this year...to get off my medications. You have helped me start the year on the right path.
Well, day 4 complete and I must say it is getting easier to adjust to the new tastes of the variety of Blasts. I am much more open to trying new combinations. My energy level is definitely up. Normally i would have passed out asleep by now only to wake several times during the night. I can honestly say I have been having very restful nights and sleeping till the alarm goes off. i am a little nervous about the `After the Cleanse` as I have really liked following a specific plan, but I feel like i have learned alot. Really counting on following the forums for ideas and encouragement from other NutriBullet Blasters.
Day Four ... already! Times flies when you're Blasting! Seems like only yesterday I was shopping for all of the ingredients. Enjoyed all the blasts again today. So far I think the Berry Lemon Detox Blast from Day 3 has been my favorite. Well other than the Butternut Squash soup. Nothing beats that! I haven't really noticed a great impact in my energy levels as others have. Though that could be the cold and cough I continue to fight. I'm waiting to weigh myself when it is complete though weight loss isn't the ultimate goal. To live a healthier lifestyle in the long run. And this cleanse has certainly put me in the right direction. To Day Five ... and beyond!
jerdman wrote: I enjoyed some Blasts.. I am still having headaches but my body feels somewhat different. I still feel a little bit tired and I can't figure out why. What can I do with headaches... naturally?
Most likely this is due to the detox and you've just got to push through. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water and look at my Day # Post for some more tips on how to expel those toxins! http://www.nutriliving.com/forums/topics/day-3-get-over-hump-dayjanuary-8th Outside of the cleanse, be sure that there are not particular foods you are eating that spark the pain (dairy, wheat, citrus, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, tannins in red wine, cheese, and nightshade veggies are a few examples of common culprits). Some nutrients, such as magnesium, calcium, and fiber can be used to relieve migraine symptoms by restoring the natural balance of brain chemistry. Some good ingredients to throw in your NutriBlast include beets, leafy greens, ginger, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds/flaxmeal, and some blackberries and/or blueberries. Top it with some calcium-rich almond milk to the MAX LINE and blast for headache relief! Be sure to clear any alternative treatments with your doctor before beginning. Everyone is different so I cannot say for how long you would need to include these foods. Most important is to find out the triggers and if they are even food related. Feverfew has also been shown helpful with migraines and headaches. Also, experiment with lavender! http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/lavender-migraine-headaches
Who is the winner of the dessert blast for Day #3 & #4? I couldn't find posts for either.
OMG...Nevermind. I have a message that says I am the winner of Day 4. SOOOOOO excited. Thank you very much. I'm loving the NutriBullet and the 5 day cleanse.
[quote=tnc9999]OMG...Nevermind. I have a message that says I am the winner of Day 4. SOOOOOO excited. Thank you very much. I'm loving the NutriBullet and the 5 day cleanse.[/quote] hah That's right Carla! You're our Day 4 winner! Congratulations! You just won a Dessert Bu wrote: OMG...Nevermind. I have a message that says I am the winner of Day 4. SOOOOOO excited. Thank you very much. I'm loving the NutriBullet and the 5 day cleanse.
hah That's right Carla! You're our Day 4 winner! Congratulations! You just won a Dessert Bullet. :)
Where did Day 5 forum move to? Thank you.
Where's day 5 forum? Who's the winner of Day 5?
I was looking for the day 5 forum as well because I wanted to saw how absolutely yummy the sweet potato blast is! Definitely my favourite one all week...
I was also looking for Day #5 post. I loved the Sweet Potato Blast. It was like drinking a sweet potato pie. I will definitely make this one again!!
Almost through Day 5 and I must say...saved the best for last...I LOVED the Sweet Potato Blast! When I started putting it together. spinach..banana, pear..sweet potato!!! I thought NO WAY am I going to like this one.....well never say never. I will definitely be having this one again and again!. Butternut Squash Soup for dinner...(smells great). Will finally test the scale tomorrow.
NeuDeb wrote: Where did Day 5 forum move to? Thank you.
http://www.nutriliving.com/forums/topics/day-5-january-10thyoure-amazing#comment-7153
tnc9999 wrote: I was also looking for Day #5 post. I loved the Sweet Potato Blast. It was like drinking a sweet potato pie. I will definitely make this one again!!
http://www.nutriliving.com/forums/topics/day-5-january-10thyoure-amazing#comment-7153
Berngordon wrote: I was looking for the day 5 forum as well because I wanted to saw how absolutely yummy the sweet potato blast is! Definitely my favourite one all week...
http://www.nutriliving.com/forums/topics/day-5-january-10thyoure-amazing#comment-7153
I'm new to the nutribullet just bought it last Saturday, and to try it I started with the 5 day cleansing, and it's been a little hard because of my job, but I'm so happy with the results, I had a headache the first two days but I notice on the 3 rd day my energy levels are higher than normal, I wasn't tired in the morning when I got up, today I'm on day 4 and looking forward to finish tomorrow, I'm looking to loose some weight, have more energy and overall live a healthier life, today I didn't crave coffee and that's amazing. I'm also reading about the 6 week program it sounds good. Thank you Krista for your advice and time.
Pala2405 wrote: I'm new to the nutribullet just bought it last Saturday, and to try it I started with the 5 day cleansing, and it's been a little hard because of my job, but I'm so happy with the results, I had a headache the first two days but I notice on the 3 rd day my energy levels are higher than normal, I wasn't tired in the morning when I got up, today I'm on day 4 and looking forward to finish tomorrow, I'm looking to loose some weight, have more energy and overall live a healthier life, today I didn't crave coffee and that's amazing. I'm also reading about the 6 week program it sounds good. Thank you Krista for your advice and time.
Yay! Thanks for the great feedback and congrats on making it thru :)
Thank you. This will be helpful when I finish my cleanse. Janette