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30 Days to Healthy Living with Arbonne: Week 1

30 Days to Healthy Living

Last week I did something that might sound crazy to some of you… I started the 30 Days to Healthy Living challenge with Arbonne. You might be thinking, “Katie, why are you doing that. Arbonne is just a fad diet and a scam.” That is what I thought at first too, but it is actually the complete opposite of that. 30 Days to Healthy Living with Arbonne

Arbonne is a wellness and skincare company that is vegan, soy, gluten and dairy free, and non-GMO with no artificial colors or sweeteners. It is free from anything addictive and most allergenic ingredients. It’s all natural and formulated off of a Swiss heritage with no chemicals or processed ingredients in it. Arbonne is NOT a weightloss company. The 30 Days to Healthy Living program teaches wellness as it helps balance and repair your body to give it a fresh start. It is essentially a body detox. The shakes and supplements you drink during the detox are designed to flushing out built up toxins in your body that are stored in fat. For meals, you eat whole foods with plenty of nutrients. Your meals are to be organic and will not include anything with soy, gluten, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, or GMO.

Back in January, I set my New Year’s goals and really wanted to focus on my health and fitness. I have been doing a great job at going to the gym and I go almost every day after work now. I have built muscle and become stronger, but I still wasn’t seeing the results I wanted to see. I thought I was eating healthy but after doing the program for a week, I have realized how unhealthy I was eating. The food I was eating had so many hidden ingredients like artificial sugar and GMOs. I really wanted to try something that was going to guide me in the right direction. After I did research and talked to some people, I decided the 30 Days to Healthy Living program was the right program for me. For the next four weeks, I am going to explain what I ate each day during the program and how my meal choices changed over the 30 days. In the end, I will give my honest opinion of the program.

Arbonne Products Needed:

Arbonne Nutrition Special Value Pack

  • Protein Shake – vanilla and/or chocolate
  • Daily Fiber Boost
  • Energy Fizz Sticks
  • Herbal Detox Tea
  • Daily Power Pack
  • Digestion Plus
  • 7-Day Body Cleanse

After you sign up for the program and purchase the package on Arbonne’s website, you will be added to a Facebook group by your coach and the group includes all of the files you will need for the next 4 weeks. There will be the clean eating guide, shopping lists, meal recipes, smoothie recipes, snack lists, travel tips, and more.

My Week One Meals:

Day One

Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Digestion Plus
Snack: Green apple
Lunch: Charley’s grilled chicken salad with green peppers, tomatoes,
Snack: Fizz stick with water and green apple
Dinner: Chocolate shake

Day one of the healthy living challenge I was traveling home from Nashville. At first, I was a little concerned about starting it this day because I would be traveling, but I quickly learned that this program is made for people on the go. For breakfast, I just stuck with a chocolate shake with the Digestion Plus powder because I am not much of a breakfast person so a light shake was enough for me. It was really easy to drink on the go. I also snacked on a green apple since that is an approved snack – I love green apples so I am I had no problem with that! For lunch, I was at the mall so I texted my coach and she suggested a grilled chicken salad from Charley’s. I love grilled chicken salad so this was the best “fast” food option for me. I went to the airport after we went shopping so I ate another apple because it was easy and convenient, and since I was stuck at the airport and didn’t know when my flight was actually going to leave (a long story I am still irritated about), I just ended up having a cholate shake again for dinner.

Day Two

Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Digestion Plus
Lunch: Chipotle chicken bowl with brown rice, black beans, mild salsa, lettuce, guacamole, fizz stick with water
Dinner: Smoothie with vanilla protein powder, fiber boost, frozen berries, spinach, and almond milk

Day two of the detox is where it started to get fun! I was finally home from my trip and not stuck in an airport. However, since I was stuck at the airport so late on Monday, I didn’t have a chance to go grocery shopping when I got home. I started off my morning with another shake for breakfast. I needed something to go for lunch so I decided to get chipotle. I missed the cheese and sour cream in my bowl, but my meal was still great and I loved the guac in my bowl (I don’t normally get it in my bowl). I almost always drink Sprite with my Chipotle so I replaced it with a fizz stick mixed in my water. The fizz sticks are a great replacement for pop! When I got home from work that night, I blended a smoothie with the vanilla protein powder, fiber boost, frozen berries, spinach, and almond milk and it was amazing! It was so filling too so I wasn’t still hungry after eating it.

Day Three

Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Digestion Plus
Lunch: Grilled chicken with fresh lemon juice and sea salt (cooked in extra virgin olive oil), brown rice and a green apple
Dinner: Smoothie with vanilla protein powder, fiber boost, frozen berries, spinach, banana and almond milk
Before Bed: Detox Tea

For day three I pre-cooked chicken breast with lemon juice and a tiny bit of sea salt the night before so I was prepared for lunch. Meal prepping is such a huge component of the program and when you are a full-time workin’ gal like me, you need to prepare good meals the night before. I actually cooked enough chicken breast to last me the rest of the week for lunch so I was really on top of it this week! I also prepared brown rice, which is a high fiber carb that is program approved. My lunch kept me full all day until I got home so I didn’t eat again until I made another berry smoothie for dinner. I added a banana to my smoothie this night because I just worked out.

Day Four

Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Digestion Plus
Lunch: Grilled chicken with brown rice and green beans
Dinner: Smoothie with vanilla protein powder, fiber boost, frozen berries, spinach, banana and almond milk
Before Bed: Detox Tea

On day four I ate the chicken I prepared the day before, along with brown rice and green beans. I will be honest, I wasn’t that hungry on this day, but I knew I needed to eat a meal. Again, I added a banana to my smoothie this night because I worked out after work. I also talked to my coach on day four just to make sure I was on the right track. You are actually supposed to take the digestion plus first thing in the morning when you wake up, so from then on, I started doing that. I also needed to up my veggie and greens intake in my meals.

Day Five

First thing in the morning: Digestion Plus
Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Fiber Boost
Snack: Hope hummus with carrots and Detox Tea
Lunch: Veggie salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
Dinner: Winking Lizard Spinach Salad (no bacon, no cheese) with vinaigrette
Before Bed: Detox Tea

Day five was a real challenge for me because I ate out twice… YIKES! But luckily this program helps you choose what to pick when eating out, so I just followed the guide. I forgot my lunch at home so I ran down to a local smoothie cafe called Nectar and got their veggie salad. The sun-dried tomato dressing was amazing though and it didn’t have any ingredients I was avoiding. I also found some amazing organic hummus at Fisher’s that is program approved and it is perfect with veggies! I think I found my new favorite snack for the next 30 days! For dinner, my friend Amanda and I went to the Winking Lizard and I looked up their menu ahead of time so I could plan my meal. The Winking Lizard actually has this great allergen list on their website, which came in super handy for me!

Day Six

First thing in the morning: Digestion Plus
Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Fiber Boost
Snack/Lunch: Hope hummus and carrots, cucumber, celery, and green peppers
Dinner: Smoked chicken breast, green beans, Hope hummus and carrots, cucumber, celery, and green peppers

On day six, I went down to my brother’s house to hang out and watch the Ohio State vs. Penn State game and needed something program approved to take as an appetizer. I ended up taking some Hope hummus with lots of veggies to munch on throughout the day. My willpower was tested because there was delicious buffalo chicken dip and other great appetizers there, but the veggies and hummus were so good that I was satisfied with those. I pretty much ate enough to keep me full until dinner later that night. My brother was smoking pork, which is not an approved meat in the program, so I took some chicken breast and my brother smoked it. I had more veggies with my dinner and ended up drinking Fiz Sticks throughout the day. If there was any day that I was going to cave, this would have been it and I am so proud of myself for not caving!

Day Seven

First thing in the morning: Digestion Plus
Breakfast: Chocolate shake with Fiber Boost
Lunch: Smoothie with chocolate protein powder, fiber boost, spinach, alcohol-free peppermint extract, and almond milk
Dinner: Smoked chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli with a little sea salt.
Before Bed: Detox Tea

On my last day of week one, I decided to mix up the smoothies and try a mint chocolate smoothie. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, but I am thinking that is because it didn’t have much to it. Personally, I am a berry smoothie gal, so I think I will be sticking to some sort of berry smoothies throughout the program. For dinner, I ate leftovers from the night before and cooked some broccoli to go with it.

Week One Reflection:

As you can see, I ate A LOT of chicken breast this week. Don’t let that scare you away from the program because I did it a little differently. I really didn’t stick to the meals they provide because I am not that adventurous when it comes to cooking. My kitchen is small and I find it extremely difficult to cook for one person. When I cook meals, I typically cook enough to last me for the whole week. It might sound gross eating the same thing every day, but I really love chicken so I don’t mind. I know that a fist size of chicken breast is program approved and I just try to mix up the sides. Maybe next week I will get a little more adventurous and try cooking something else!

Overall, I feel amazing after the first week. I have more energy and I don’t feel sluggish and gross. My belly doesn’t feel bloated and I don’t feel like my body is retaining a ton of water like before. I am bad at drinking water and I have been trying to drink enough water throughout the program so I don’t get dehydrated. So far I have lost a total of 8 inches between my waist, tummy, hips, thighs, and arms. I was so surprised! I haven’t checked my weight yet because I don’t have a scale at home and have to do it at the gym. BUT I honestly don’t even care because all I can think about is how good I feel. To me, weight is just a number and this program is about creating healthy habits and fueling your body with good food! I can’t wait to start week two!

Product photo from  Abronne.com

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13 Comments

  • Reply Jolene

    It’s so amazing that you started on this clean eating routine and feel good about it. Best of luck!

    November 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Alison

    I can’t wait to hear how the rest of the days go! I may need to try this

    November 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    • Reply Kasually Katie

      You definitely should! I will tell you all about it when I am done!

      November 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Belle

    I love chicken breast! It’s actually the only part of the chicken that I eat. LOL! Thank you for sharing your journey! Can’t wait to find out how the next weeks will be!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    November 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply Kasually Katie

      Thanks for reading! Some people keep asking me if I am tired of chicken, but honestly, I eat it all the time anyway. I pretty only eat other meats when I go out to dinner somewhere.

      November 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    Congratulations on this new journey. I hope it will go well. It’s incredible how what we put into our bodies affect how we feel. Chicken is really versatile; we eat it a lot too! I’m curious about the shakes. That’s something I’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t gotten into yet!

    November 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply Kasually Katie

      It really is incredible. But good fuel = positive energy! You can really cook so many things with chicken! This week I am getting more adventurous with my meals so I hope you read my next post 🙂

      November 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Alex | Sunkissed in December

    Dang, girl! Great job! I feel like the first week is the hardest when it comes to cleanses and diets like this. I just hate eating the same thing every day, after two days it’s almost hard for me to stomach it when I’ve had the same thing the days before. then again, i love to cook! Keep it up girl!!

    November 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    • Reply Kasually Katie

      If you love to cook there are definitely a bunch of great recipes to try with the program. This week I changed it up a bit and finally had time to experiment with a few recipes. I hope you stop by for the next post!

      November 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Jessica | PetiteStyleScript

    Great story with Arbonne and health living! Thanks for sharing your experience!

    November 2, 2017 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply Anne | onedeterminedlife

    Good for you for doing this! I hope it helps you. I try to be healthy as well but have never heard of this product

    November 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm
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