Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Forever Living Clean 9 Experience


A few weeks ago, I won a competition over on Ayden's blog to receive a free Clean 9 pack and coaching from her through the experience. Ayden has recently become an independent distributor of Forever Living, after she did the cleanse three times and really enjoyed her results, so I was naturally intrigued and entered the competition, thinking I'd never win.

Well, I did win, and when I got the message from her that I'd won it, I was really excited, then really nervous. The cleanse is 9 days long, and the first two days consists of drinking aloe vera gel, taking supplements and drinking one protein shake. That's it. Now, as I'm sure you know, I love food. I spend most of my day thinking about what's for my next meal and generally thinking about food, and at work, I'm rarely seen without a snack in my hand. So no food for two days terrified me.

I also suffer from low blood pressure, meaning I get light headed pretty easily, and I've almost fainted in more embarrassing situations than I can count (such as at a job interview - awesome), so I worried that not eating for two days may make me a bit fainty. I told Ayden about my concerns and she was lovely, discussing it with her manager to make sure I'd be safe and the answer came back that I should be fine, as aloe vera is supposed to help balance blood pressure, but to do the first two days on a weekend so I can take it easy if I needed to.

Image courtesy of Ayden
I was so excited to dig into my pack when my box arrived that I forgot to take any pictures, so I've used Ayden's picture to show what comes in the box. Lots of aloe vera, a handy book to fill in, the tablets, protein shake mix, a tape measure and a cute protein shaker. I got reading through the booklet and was so eager to start. I had decided to embrace the first two days of not eating, to see if I could do it, it would require serious will-power, but if I could do it, anybody could!


Day 1 and 2

I woke up on the first day raring to go, I took some before pictures and my measurements, trotted downstairs and had my first experience of the aloe vera. It's... interesting. Definitely doable, but I always had to have a wedge of lime or a strawberry to suck on after each shot. The rest of the first day went by without much incident, it was pretty hard going food shopping for the week ahead without being able to eat anything until Monday, but I did it. 

On day 2 I began to feel a little light headed and floaty. I managed to head into Leeds to do some shopping, and potter about the house, but anything strenuous was well out of the question. My stomach was getting a little gurgly by the end of the day and my protein shake was definitely looked forward to. I had to cave on the night and I had some asparagus and broccoli, which is allowed in the free foods section of the booklet. The free foods are foods which have a GI of less than 55, and I was so grateful to have a little bit of something to keep me going. 


Day 3

It was weights and measures again on the morning of day 3, I was so chuffed to find out that I'd lost 4 pounds and an inch and a half from my waist in just two days. My belly is always where I put weight on and lose weight from first, so I could really see the difference. It was a great confidence boost to see such a difference so quickly, and it spurred me on for the rest of the cleanse, especially now that I could have food!

I did feel really light headed for most of the day on day 3, so I decided against doing the 30 minutes recommended exercise, as I knew it would not have gone well for me. The programme states that you should have a shake for breakfast and lunch, then a 600 calorie meal for tea, but Ayden suggested splitting the calories to have a lunch as well as tea, which I found worked perfectly for me. The leftover shake made an amazing dessert at night, satisfying my sweet tooth and meaning I wasn't missing chocolate. Much. 


Days 4-9

Most of my days went like this:

Morning: Drink my aloe, take my tablets and make my protein shake to drink on the way to work.

Lunch: Ham salad with balsamic vinegar dressing, and tablets.

Snack: Some fruit in a pot at mid afternoon.

Tea: Turkey or prawns with lots of veg, and tablets.

Dessert: Shake with frozen cherries blended into it.

The pack does come with fibre sachets, which I wasn't enjoying at all until Ayden suggested making them up with hot water and lemon, and it makes such a difference. I didn't always take them though as I didn't always find I needed to. I had the Hairy Dieters recipe books suggested to me for recipe ideas, but I managed to come up with some satisfying things on my own. Having turkey, veg and gravy one night was a huge highlight. I love my gravy!

I stuck to my 600 calories throughout the plan, and found that I didn't really get too hungry in the day, so I didn't have to snack at work anywhere near as much. I did arrive home utterly ravenous most evenings though, but that was fine as I just got stuck into making my tea. There is no tea, coffee, squash or fizzy drinks allowed on the cleanse, as you're aiming to get rid of all of the crap from out of your body, not put more in. As I don't drink much tea, coffee or fizzy drinks they were fine, but oh my gosh have I missed squash. That is the only thing I've missed, but I have noticed I've only really missed it with my tea, so I might try and not drink any in the morning any more, just save it as a bit more of a treat.

Results

I'm so happy with the results of the cleanse, I've lost 4lb and 4 and a half inches from all over my body. I'm most happy with my almost flat tummy, it gives me so much more confidence when I'm not worried about my gut hanging out! I do feel pretty great in general, full of energy and a lot calmer and more positive as a person, so I would definitely recommend the cleanse to anyone.

If you'd like to give it a go I wholeheartedly suggest you do the cleanse through Ayden, she's so lovely and friendly, and answered all of my daft questions throughout the 9 days, and didn't even flinch when I asked her about my *cough* digestive issues of day 6. Her email address is aydenmillar@yahoo.com so give her a shout if you're interested. I know I received the cleanse for free from winning her competition, but there was no obligation to blog about it, and I wouldn't have if I didn't truly think it was a good way to feel great about yourself and give a kick start into losing weight. 

If you have any questions, leave them below and I'll answer as soon as I can.

Rachel x


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