I’m a summer baby, which means my birthday is right around the corner. For the past couple of summers I’ve been saying that I was going to lose the weight and get in a certain size or outfit or bathing suit. Sometimes I make it work and sometimes I miss my mark. This year there’s no turning back. This year I’m taking my mind back and my body along with it. So. First things first: I need to see real results if I’m going to stay consistent and get it right this time.
I found a couple things that actually produce results for me even if I can’t stick with it long term. One of those things is the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J.J. Smith. I did the full cleanse a couple years ago and saw some real results, but I need meat so staying on something like that long term isn’t going to work for me. I will, however, give it the next ten days of my life to kick-start my weight loss and hopefully get me feeling better and on the track I need to be to get where I really want to be. Here are a few tips to help you get started and – hopefully – stay the course.
If this is your first time doing the cleanse, CONGRATULATIONS! This is one helluva choice you made to get your health in order.
1. Water: The first thing you should remember is that in order to get the weight loss moving you should be drinking at least one-half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water every day.
2. Mag07/saltwater flush: proper elimination is an important part of this cleanse as well as your daily life. Basically, you need to poop. Should you choose the saltwater flush method, every morning, on an empty stomach drink one tablespoon of sea salt mixed with thirty-two ounces of distilled water. Within thirty minutes, you should find yourself in the bathroom – that is, if you can keep it down. If you cannot and you vomit, it won’t work. The alternative – my favorite – is the Mag07. You take 3 – 5 pills at night before bed and when you wake up in the morning it does its thing.
3. Activity: you don’t have to work out, and if this is your first time on the cleanse and you’re doing the full cleanse, doing too much working out may be difficult, but if you want to see real results you’re going to have to get moving. If you’re a walker, walk. If you’re a runner, run. If you like to cycle or do kickboxing, rock out! Whatever your thing is, don’t stop doing it now. Be sure to listen to your body and go at a pace that works well for you to stay consistent.
4. ACV drink: raw apple cider vinegar, green tea, and blueberries all aid in getting to a flat belly. Add honey and lemon to the mix and now we’re talking! Honey – even though it contains sugar – also contains protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, and aids in weight loss and reducing cholesterol. We are going to combine that with antioxidant rice blueberries and vitamin C rich lemon juice that increase liver function and fat metabolism. I came up with this recipe because raw apple cider vinegar on its own can be hard to swallow, but blueberries are delicious, and green tea gives me something to drink other than water for the next ten days on top of being a great source of antioxidants and a flat belly aid. To get the full flat belly effect in a two-week period, the recommendation is to drink about forty ounces of green tea daily, so this recipe contains measurements for one twenty-four ounce serving and is very easy to double. I have been drinking apple cider vinegar for a while, so one tablespoon per eight ounce serving may be too much for you if you’re just starting out. Feel free to start with one-half tablespoon or one teaspoon per serving until your tolerance is built up.
BONUS TIP: chia seeds are an awesome additive to your smoothies to help you feel full, especially if you choose not to add the optional protein powder to your smoothies. Be sure to read the instructions on the package that you buy so that you get all the benefits chia seeds offer.
Good luck on your journey!