*** Note, I did this cleanse a couple of months ago, (June 18 - 27) I've had this review saved in my draft section. I'm just finally hitting publish because I've been reading and educating myself along with others in the area of food and nutrition. I've recently found a profound interest in learning more about our bodies and nourishing them the right way.
(More to come on this in a minute)
Purium 10 Day Cleanse | My First Ever.. Any Kind of Cleanse
I have never done any kind of cleanse before so I don’t have anything to compare this experience to. I just wanted to share some of my personal thoughts throughout this process.
I won’t go into much about the products because you can read all about them HERE
This particular product has been popular on the islands, if it weren’t for my close friend, Ashley or my sister in law who have actually done it with rave reviews, I probably wouldn’t give this cleanse a second glance.
I knew coming back from a break a vacation with non-stop eating, I would want to rid my body of all this “grease” (In and Out Burgers). But I really wanted to do this cleanse to reset my body so I would not be so caffeine dependant. Coffee and I have had a long affair, some days I found myself ordering my third quad shot for the day and it’s only 5pm. During exam week, I doubled up on caffeine with energy drinks. This combination was so bad in every way possible. I didn’t like how I felt without caffeine either. I knew I needed to get rid of all thse “toxins” that my body has ingested all this time. I needed a reset and I needed it bad.
Not sure if it’s a good time to start this cleanse because it looks like it will be that time of the month for me. Along with the headaches, bloating, and tiredness that comes with it, I felt like this would be an uphill battle.
We woke up in the morning and took 5 pills (again you can read all about them HERE). Along with these pills you are allowed a “flex” food. (It’s certain fruits/veggies on the "list"). We chose an apple. The idea is to eat/drink something every 2 hours, which we found to be difficult because we were not used to the idea eating something every 2 hours. So I actually set the alarm to remind me.
2 hours later, it’s time for my first shake, a green concoction fueled with super fruits and veggies. I don’t have anything to compare it too other than my Chocolate Vegan Shakeology (which, to this day I drink religiously) I’ve never even tried a shake that was so... green. The only problem I had was a distinct after taste it had that didn’t sit well in my mouth. I had to “chase” my drink with a piece of blueberry or watermelon. So it was a bit hard to swallow for my taste buds. My hubby didn't bother to sip his shake, he tanked it down in 2 big gulps. The aftertaste did not sit well with him either.
Peeing To The Extreme.
I noticed after my first dose of those 5 pills, I peed all the time, not just a little pee here and there, these were long pees and quite often too! So we realized we shouldn't go to far from a bathroom!
Pills and another choice of flex foods. For “lunch” I decided to sauté squash, spinach, & kale with coconut oil and garlic. This turned out really good! This is definitely my kind of eating, I’m not one to stuff food in my mouth, I’ve always been a “light” eater.
At the end of the day, I thought this was all “doable”, wondering why people had a hard time with this 10 day cleanse, but this was just day one, the excitement and thrill of something new still lingered in my head.
Feeling lighter, but a bit more hungry now. Thinking about how day one was doable, I thought day 02 would be easier… NOT.
The effects of being on my period started to kick in. The headache, the bloating, the need for chocolate was all heightened! I was a bit more irritated today and definitely did not feel like following a strict regime.
This was the first time in a long time that I’ve had such a horrible headache that left me wanting to throw up with every sound or ray of light. I literally had to hibernate in a quiet and dark room. But this was all to be expected, as a caffeine junkie. So I needed to go through this process, I needed to detoxify myself. I let the migraine ride out as long as I could, but by 6pm, I took half a dose of Excedrin Migraine. That half a dose was enough to keep me sane and functioning for the rest of the night. I still had a slight headache lingering on for the next few days.
Down 03 lbs
Still feeling the pang of my headaches and now my period is on it’s heaviest. I don’t feel like doing much, I have no energy, so I sat around and watched a lot of movies. But I continued on with the meals and kept up with the shakes. I don’t feel hungry at all; I just “miss” food. The smell of the pizza for the kids hits my senses like a ton of bricks.
Down 3.5 lbs.
Today was a busy day with dance and then we headed to the state fair, surrounded by the smell of funnel cakes, hot dogs, french fries, and everything we could not have. But I was very impressed at our will power. We stuck together, and commiserated about all the foods we could not have, and dreamed of the food we will have in 6 days!
I notice my hubby is doing amazing on this cleanse, he looks great, has energy, and feels great. He even went to the gym today. I’m so proud of him, I knew he would rock this ! I on the other hand, skipped the gym, I could not find the strength or the will power to even think of lifting heavy objects.
*** Just to share how immobile and fragile I was, I was literally knocked down TWICE by my dogs who ran into me while playing fetch. I did an amazing face plant and later that day, landed flat on my back. I blame my slow senses to lack of sustenance.
Down 5 lbs.
I’m feeling better today, much lighter. I can tell the shorts are getting loose and my muffin top is slimming down. Looking in the mirror makes me feel good.
Down 7 lbs.
Today I'm feeling good. In fact, today is the best I’ve felt the entire time I’ve been on the cleanse. I woke up at 6am and was ready for the day. I felt lively and energetic. I took the dogs out for a long walk in the morning and I was up and about with house chores, not feeling to hungry or irritated.
I stopped recording from here on out. Why? I think because it was the same thoughts and feelings. Soon enough the meals, the pills, and the shakes were a part of the routine. I didn't think about it to much, and just went about my day to day routines. My strength and energy came back by Day 6, but not enough to do strenous workouts at the gym.
Over time the pills were easier to tank down. The drink, unfortunately never came easier for me. Infact, I think on Day 06 I added a 1/4 cup of organic apple juice to my shakes to help with the taste and it indeed take that edge of aftertaste off. Eating my felx foods became like second nature and just excited that the countdown to real food was just around the corner.
On Day 10 of our cleanse, we ditched the drink, (we literally tossed it on in the back seat) as we headed to Whole Foods for lunch. Our first meal was Tofu and some salad and it was delicious! I know my hubby is not a big tofu person, but that smile on his face was like no other, that Tofu hit the spot!
Recap & Review.
This cleanse was an eye opener of the damage and long term effects that certain foods can do to your body. This has helped me kick my coffee/caffiene addiction. Since then I have only been to Starbucks 4 or 5 times. The last two times I tried to order my usual, Quad Shot over ice, I ended up dumping it. It didn't taste very good. So I tried to order it again on another day and I still ended up dumping it. I just didn't find that same satisfaction as I once did.
Now as far as the weight loss. Many will ask, "Did it stay off?" "How many pounds total did you lose?" This question I tend to stay away from because many people do this cleanse for various reasons. My main reason was not to lose weight. Sure I could stand to lose a few pounds here and there, but it was not my main concern. I did end up losing 8lbs. My husband lost 15 (?).
Did I gain it back? Yes, I sure did. Gradually, though. Remember, I'm writing this months after the cleanse. *** And there is a reason for the weight gain (more on that in a minute).
Is it a great source/tool for losing weight? Yes it is. This could be the boost many people need to get them back on track. But in my opinion, it is not for long term weight loss goals. I believe in physical exertion (cardio, weights) to tone the body and aid in weight loss. Again, we all have different goals. This cleanse was simply a stepping stone into a wanting and craving a healthier lifestyle.
Would I recommend it to friends? YES! I have sold a few friends on it already!
The one thing that keeps me going on this journey to living a healthier lifestyle is gaining knowledge from all kinds of sources/people. I'm realizing that the body is an amazing instrument, a tool for us to live in. It is capable of many things and how we treat it will determine the longevity of our life. I have set goals for myself and although there may bumps in the road at times, it does not steer me away from where I want to be. I keep challenging myself and my physical capabilities because the challenge is the satisfying part.