Let me provide you with a little bit of backstory.
My oldest friend, the girl who taught me to swear and showed me Porky’s for the first time, asked me to be her bridesmaid. Of course I said yes (as you can see, I owe her a lot) and texted her my measurements for the dress, as we live nearly three hours apart. (Yes, I note distance by how long it takes to get somewhere. Miles only matter if I’m running.) Lo and behold, a few summer picnics and one Jubilee Day later, I tried on the lovely dress and we could not get the zipper up. I was horrified. I vowed that no alterations would be needed. I could handle this. And handle it I did.
I went home and promptly ordered the 3-Day Refresh, deciding that I would follow it during the three days preceding our departure to the wedding site. (Side note: we spent four beautiful days in New York’s wine country. If you get the chance, go there.) The kit contains the following: Shakeology (flavor of your choice), Vanilla Fresh protein shakes, Fiber Sweep drinks, and a program guide with recipes (because, yes, you can actually eat). Here’s how it went.
Up and at ’em and excited to begin my plan. First up, drink a full glass of water upon waking. Easy peasy and a habit I’ll keep.
Breakfast on my first day was pretty typical of me: Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with frozen mango and a dash of vanilla extract, although this time my base was water instead of almond milk. In the following days, I chose to eat my fruit fresh and on the side rather mixed in my ShakeO. It was my mental trick, a sort of “Look here, Self! Look at our ginormous breakfast!” sort of thing. It worked.
Next up, my first mid-morning Fiber Sweep. Look how excited I was:
Tip: mix this in a blender and drink it quickly so it doesn’t settle. The taste is not awful, though definitely not topping the list of my favorite beverages. On my first attempt, I tried stirring it and it was no bueno. Go with the blender approach.
Lunch was good. I chose avocado, strawberries, and seasoned cucumber slices to go with my Vanilla Fresh protein shake. Still no cravings.
Dinner was tougher, as the family chowed on pizza and I went with a delicious salad that I pretended was pizza. But, were it not for the pizza being in the same room, the temptation wouldn’t have entered my mind. I was sated and craving-free all of Day 1.
And that’s the basic plan. It’s easy, it’s straightforward, and it works. I fit into that dress like nobody’s business and even zipped it myownself. Added bonus: I had more energy and felt better overall. This is something I will add in throughout the year on a quarterly basis to reboot and clean out. Which reminds me: there was not the expected…um…urge to poo that I expected. Whether this is because my typical diet is healthy overall, I don’t know. Clients that used this program reported the same results, so either I (a) have some pretty nutrition-minded clients (and I like to think I do 😉 ) or (b) this is a pretty gentle program for your system (which I also believe is true).
By the end of the third day, I was gettin’ a tad anxious to finish, but I stuck with it. My sole “cheat” while on the program was a cup of black coffee on the second and third day.
Here are my personal Before and After Photos with 3-Day Refresh:
Side note: although it’s not visible in these photos, my psoriasis patches showed marked improvement after the three days as well. Which only leads me to repeat myself: Diet is the foundation of health and healing. That’s not news to anyone, right? But sometimes we need the reminder, myself included.
In the meantime, here is a photo of me in the dress that started it all: