Health

7 Signs You Need a Detox

Today I started cleanse/detox to get me back on track and clear out some bloat using a 3 Day Refresh.  A detox isn’t necessary all the time but here are some signs you may need one.  I have been suffering from some nasty patchy skin and severe belly bloat.  For me the 3 Day Refresh will help me get back on track and clean out my system.

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Are you suffering from any of these signs?

1. Low Energy/Fatigued

With the inundation of energy drinks and the steady popularity of caffeinated beverages you’d think we were all suffering from low energy.

But making up for the lack of energy with stimulants like caffeine and taurine does more damage in the long run. After the pick-me-up there is often an energy crash that leaves you feeling worse than when you started.   Additionally these energy drinks and stimulants take a serious toll on your liver, further exacerbating the problem and sending you into a low-energy spiral.

How a Detox Helps: A detox can help you flush out the things that are preventing you from feeling energetic and having a pep in your step.

2. Constipated

Chronic constipation is a sign that something isn’t right in your digestive system. If you’ve tried increasing your fiber intake and adjusting your diet with limited results, it could be your body telling you that it needs a cleansing. Frequent Indigestion is also a common sign.

If you’ve accumulated years of waste in your bowels and colon, including impacted fecal matter and more, constipation could be just one symptom of a larger, more pressing problem.

How a Detox Helps: A colon cleanse is the order of the day if you’ve been battling with bouts of constipation. An effective colon cleanse will not only clear your colon of any stored up fecal matter, but will cleanse your digestive tract as well, improving your digestive health along the way.

3. Brain Fog/Unable to Focus

There are several energy drinks on the market claiming to improve focus.  If you consistently find that in your natural state you lack the ability to focus and find yourself adrift in a mental fog, your body could be screaming at your to detoxify it, and this is its cry for help.

Once you free yourself of toxins in the form of candida, heavy metals, and more, you’d be surprised how much better you’re able to focus, stay on task, and get things done.

How a Detox Helps: A detox helps get rid of the toxins that are preventing your brain from firing on all cylinders.

4. Overweight/Trouble Losing Weight

If you’re not at your ideal weight even after several earnest attempts at weight loss, it could be that you were fighting an uphill battle thanks to all of the toxins in your body. Or if you are trying to drop those last few pounds but just cannot break through the plateau.

When you detox the body you are bringing things back to square one rather than starting at a disadvantage. It not only helps the body shed body waste and lose weight as a byproduct of doing the detox, it sets the stage for healthy weight loss with the adoption of a better diet and a more active lifestyle.

How a Detox Helps: A detox cleans the slate if you will, and allows you to start fresh rather than swimming upstream by trying to be healthy while still having plenty of stored up toxins.

5. Trouble Sleeping

An excessive amount of toxins can keep you up at night, tossing and turning as your natural cycle is disrupted. Melatonin signals the body for sleep, but an excessively toxic body can reduce the amount of melatonin that is released, and cause a domino effect when it comes to getting natural, restful sleep.

Try a detox before resorting to sleep aids, which will only prolong the problem.

How a Detox Helps: A detox helps you by restoring your body to a more natural state. You can then be more apt to follow the patterns of the circadian rhythm, getting tired at appropriate times at night thanks to melatonin released by the body, and waking up with the birds feeling refreshed and recharged.

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6. Unexplained Soreness/Stiffness

Do you wake up in the morning feeling sore and stiff even though you didn’t do anything the previous day to justify feeling that way?

When you have toxins in the body that need to come out you are more likely to suffer from inflammation, because many of the foods and beverages that cause toxicity also lead to inflammation.

If you’ve never done a detox to flush these toxins from the body, they build up over the years and can lead to premature and undue soreness and stiffness in the body.

How a Detox Helps: A detox can help reduce excessive inflammation, which in turn helps to soothe the aches and pains brought on by too much inflammation in the body.

7. Skin Problems/Allergic Reactions

You may have noticed that your skin has been having issues, and nothing that you’ve tried has been able to fix it.

A topical treatment isn’t going to help if the cause of your skin problem is excessive toxicity in the body. It’s time to get to the root cause and follow a proven detox program that lists skin conditions as one of the symptoms it can relieve.

How a Detox Helps: A detox works at the source of the problem, ridding the body of toxins that can lead to rashes, outbreaks, and allergic reactions on the skin, as well as sneezing, coughing, and asthmatic conditions.

Learn more about cleansing your system with the 3 Day Refresh.

Here’s how to get your hands on the 3 Day Refresh for yourself. There’s 2 options…

1. The 3 Day Refresh Kit | The option comes with the all that you need for your 3 days + 3 servings of vegan Shakeology (1 for each day)

2. 3 Day Refresh CHALLENGE PACK | This option gives you an entire month of Shakeology so that you can keep up the healthy habits after your refresh is done. And it’s priced at a big discount! Booyah! You get the entire 3 Day Refresh Kit plus a month supply of Shakeology so that after you finish your 3 day refresh you can sustain the healthy habits and hopefully continue your amazing results!

Fitness

No Gym, No Time? NO EXCUSES

I recently relocated back to the Puget Sound area to be near family while my hubby is deployed for a year.  Part of our departure meant that we had to leave the comforts and amenities we had while living on our prior military base, including free access to a gym.  Yes I am a Team Beachbody coach that went to the gym!   I only used the gym 1 or 2 days a week to do lifting during workouts that required more weights than I had at home and it was honestly nice to let the girls play with other kids while I worked out.

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Now that I have relocated to the Puget Sound area I no longer have access to the gym, nor did I have the space to pack all my weights and weight bench with me while staying with family.  Would this be a valid excuse to lower my focus on my goal of competing in a bikini competition, and maybe put it off a year?  Sure.  Am I going to do that?  HECK NO!!!  I am just going to have to get more creative with my workouts and super attentive to my nutrition.  No more….”I am bulking…sure I can have spaghetti”.  The carbs I will be getting will be laser focused to the proper time of day and to correspond to my workouts.  Plus I will be upping my intake of protein to focus on muscle maintenance while trying prevent any catabolism.

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I am also going to be doing all my workouts from home using my 5, 10, and 15lb dumbbells and my resistance bands, gravity and my body for resistance.

Here is the plan:

Strength Training using P90X3, Body Beast, 21 Day Fix Extreme and PiYo

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21-Day-Fix-Extremetrain like a beast

Cardio Conditioning using Insanity Max :30, Turbo Fire, 21 Day Fix Extreme and Les Mills Combat.

I will be doing 6 days a week Strength, plus 4 days Cardio for the first 9 months.  Then I will switch to 5 days strength and 5 days Cardio for the remainder of the time leading up to the competition.

It is going to be a challenge but I am up for it. Plus once I establish a goal I don’t back down! So I will not let not having time, space, a gym membership or the ideal living condition stop me or slow me down.  You simply have to be bigger than your excuses.

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If you would like to join me during my next 21 Day Fitness Challenge please fill out a quick survey HERE to help me understand your needs.  I will be in touch in 24-48 hrs to do your free fitness and nutrition consultation.

My Journey

Ultimate Reset week 2 review

Week 2 or the Detox week was so far the best! The food continues to be amazing and a great mix of variety and fresh flavors. Some of my favorites from the week were the Corn & Edamame succotash, and the Hearty Miso Soup.

My week 2 final weight loss is 11lbs!! My hubby is at 15lbs!! I am still in complete shock! I guess I really had some stored up toxins and pollutants in my system. I am even more shocked that I have been eating a lot of  food and dropping the weight. I have scheduled to get a bod pod body fat percentage measure done after I completed week 3. I am planning to start a routine of two a days to gain some muscle mass and I want to make sure I am properly fueling my system for muscle making.

I was worried that the detox week was going to be painful. I have heard from other challengers that they get sick or feel rundown during week 2 because that is when the greatest flush of toxin happens. I feel blessed that I didnt experience any of that.  I noticed a boost in my energy though, I actually had a surge of energy every day and sometimes felt it difficult to fall asleep. I was also energized every morning, which is unheard of for me, I am not a morning. person.

Excited for this week because this is Restore week where we are pumping all the good vitamins and prebiotics back into our system. And the awesome food continues!

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My Journey

Day 5 Ultimate Reset Review

Day 5 has been a challenge,  not going to lie.  But not because of the reset, I actually feel amazing.  The food continues to be phenomenal. The quinoa salad was BOMB! It had been a challenge because I am visiting family and I am being faced with some wickedly awesome unhealthy food choices.

When I am at home I can much more easily controll the temptations,  I simply throw them away. I don’t think my family would appreciate me emptying their cupboards and pantries.

The second major temptation has been caffeine.  I am well aware of my weakness for coffee, and that is not easily avoided in Seattle!  You seriously cannot go 1/2 a mile without seeing a Starbucks,  drive up stand,  or now bikini barista.

The biggest challenge and test of will power will come tomorrow.  I will be baking and decorating cupcakes for my sisters baby shower.  I am a HUGE fan of cupcakes!! If you believe in prayer please pray for me!

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My Journey

Day 5 Ultimate Reset Review

Day 5 had been a challenge,  not going to lie.  But not because of the reset, I actually feel amazing.  The food continues to be phenomenal. The quinoa salad was BOMB! It had been a challenge because I am visiting family and I am being faced with some wickedly awesome unhealthy food choices.

When I am at home I can much more easily controll the temptations,  I simply throw them away. I don’t think my family would appreciate me emptying their cupboards and pantries.

The second major temptation has been caffeine.  I am well aware of my weakness for coffee, and that is not easily avoided in Seattle!  You seriously cannot go 1/2 a mile without seeing a Starbucks,  drive up stand,  or now bikini barista.

The biggest challenge and test of will power will come tomorrow.  I will be baking and decorating cupcakes for my sisters baby shower.  I am a HUGE fan of cupcakes!! If you believe in prayer please pray for me!

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My Journey

Meal Prep, and more prep, then a little more prep

This afternoon I spent about 3 more hours prepping food, chopping veggies, putting together amazing lentil and quinoa salads, cooking rice and black beans.  It was a lot of work but worth it to make the first week of the Ultimate Reset go as smoothly as possible.  Plus it was nice to see my fridge organized in nice little containers and snack baggies for at least a few hours.

I am nervous and excited to get started tomorrow!  The recipes are all very easy to follow I am more concerned about forgetting to take a supplement at the correct time.  I am setting up timers and reminders on my phone to help me stay on track.  Starting first thing in the morning we will be taking Mineralize, Optimize, Alkalinize, and Sooth.   All off these supplement are all naturally derived and function separately to help reclaim our systems and start the first phase of the reset.

 

What am I expecting from day 1?   A headache from lack of caffeine, a strong desire to do some intense form of cardio or weight lifting (all discouraged during the reset), and maybe some irritation from not getting my Shakeology.    Fingers crossed it is smooth and easy!

 

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Want more info on the reset?  Check it out HERE

My Journey

Ultimate Reset “Preset”

Today we went shopping to pick up our massively awesome grocery list filled with wonderful produce and a few pantry stocking essentials.  I must admit we did let the fridge run down to bare bones because I knew we were going to be starting the reset next week.  But we completely packed it back with veggies and fruit (cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine, peppers, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, basil, parsley, cilantro, lemons, limes, blueberries, green beans), fish, chicken, tempeh and some yogurt all for under $200!!!  That’s right we completely restocked our fridge and pantry for under $200, including a few pantry essentials (rice vinegar & wakame) we needed to pick up at Whole Foods.

I have started prepping and chopping and pre-cooking as much as possible so our meals are easily thrown together next week and the following.   The meal plan and recipes are super easy to follow, I just want to remove as much of the work as possible.   On the stove as we speak is short grain brown rice (for rice & beans as well as sushi), garbanzo beans for hummus, and lentils for a super yummy sounding cold lentil salad.

I also already prepped these three amazing dressings

Creamy Garlic, Basic Vinagrette w/Basil, and Miso Sesame Ginger (my favorite!)

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Next I move on to vegetable cutting!

My Journey

Pre cleanse blood work

One of the amazing things that can happen when you rid your body of toxins and pollutants that have built up over the years is you can see a drop in you blood lips,  increase in metabolism,  and your endocrine system will function better.  Today we are going to get our pre-Ultimate Reset blood work completed.
I have to admit I am a nervous as to the results,  if has been over 10 years since I have had these tests completed.  Shame on me,  especially since high cholesterol runs in my family.

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My Journey

My Ultimate Reset tranformations, results and reviews

Monday I am going to push the reset button on my body.  After 35 years of living in a modern world I have absorbed many pollutants and toxins from my food,  water,  plastic containers,  cosmetics,  you name it and it has left an impact on the toxicity of my body.  Starting Monday I am going to start the three week Ultimate Reset to cleanse and restore my body to its original settings.

The Ultimate Reset is a 3 phase system to Reclaim, Release and Restore the body.  Through an amazing meal plan,  that’s right this isn’t a fasting cleanse, and vitamins and minerals I am going to reset my metabolism,  my cholesterol,  and hopefully break through my weight loss plateau.

Today I prepped my grocery list and set up a plan for what I am going to do while traveling for 4 days.

I will be posting daily and sharing my experience.

Check out more about the Reset here http://www.ultimatereset.com/cassiecain
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Lets the adventure begin!