Surprising Detox Results After 27 Days!

Julie with Dr. Karen Wolfe

Julie with Dr. Karen Wolfe

This year I started the program early, on Tuesday March 29th with was the live kick off event for the 30 Day Whole Body Detox, 5th edition. It wasn’t too difficult of a transition for me, since I only had to cut out the Rev3 (caffeine) and a small amount of sugar. I chose not to let myself have any dark chocolate dessert recipes until I had completed 21 days of no added sugar at all. I have found that works best for me. I have really enjoyed so many of the new recipes from this year’s guidebook, and as a wonderful treat, Made with Love, the vegan, gluten-free cookbook written by Kelly Childs & Erinn Weatherbie (co-owners of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe here in Burlington, and program contributors) was also released at the beginning of the month which has added even more recipe options to the program.

I’ve had some challenges along the way – my child was home sick for 4 days, then my husband got bronchitis and last week I severely sprained my ankle on Tuesday and it’s still healing so cooking (and any exercise) has been a challenge. Imagine my complete and utter surprise when I stepped on the scale and I saw 132 lb. I was curious about my weight because when I put on my blue dress (see photo) yesterday, it didn’t seem as form fitting as it was even in January. My lowest weight as an adult was in 2008 when I was training for Ironman Arizona was 134 lb, and I was super fit. Here we are, 6 years and one child later, and I’m at 132 lb!?! Totally blew me away. Then I recalled what Dr. Karen Wolfe has said at our MySmartFoods product launch yesterday (more about those products in another post), that when we feed our bodies with whole, real food and are well nourished at a cellular level with USANA supplements we release fat naturally. And that’s what the detox program is all about. You remove all of the things that don’t nourish your body, add so many things that DO and you release weight naturally.  Was I looking to lose weight? Not at all. Was a surprise to lose 3 lb? Yes. And I’m not sure that I will stay at this weight, which is fine cause I think I dropped a size and don’t really want to go shopping ;-). The point is that this program works, when you do it as directed. And after my 5th year of completing it, I’m not sure I’ll going off the program anytime soon.

Julie Boyer

Juice Up Your Detox!

Juice Up Your Detox!

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Juice ingredients

It’s Day 13 of this year’s 30 Day Whole Body Detox for me. One of the extra chapters we added this year was all about juicing and we also added several juice recipes. This is all very new for me, as before I had only done a juice using a blender. It is harder to get the juice out when you blend and it does take more work but the taste is comparable. So not to worry if you don’t have a juicer and want to try it as a part of your detox program. Our juicing gurus, Dieter Staudinger and Rebecca Reble have given all program clients a free download on how to make your juice using a blender. Have you read their book yet? Juice Your Way to Health is an amazing book to learn all about juicing, the benefits and common juicing mistakes. I think I should have read that chapter first!! Today’s juice, although it was beautiful, did not taste that good. Maybe it’s because I don’t really like beets in the first place. This photo shows the ingredients:

 

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Beautiful beet juice

This second photo shows the beautiful colour. After speaking with my juicing gurus they recommended trying golden beets or candy cane beets next time. I am open to it! I also know why Kelly’s Bake Shoppe use beet juice to colour their red velvet cupcakes. I looked a bit like a vampire after drinking it.

Dinner was one of my own detox recipes, the Ginger Peanut Stir Fry. This time I did it over brown basmasti rice, and I think I actually prefer it over regular short grain brown rice. Hubby loved it and this one does make a lot of leftover, in fact I think we may end up with 5 meals from one recipes! My daughter actually tried the cold tofu cubes left in the pan, I told her it was made from edamame which she likes. She ate three!! So funny.

 

 

 

2015-04-19 17.13.40I am very excited to be working with yet another group this week! And for those who are starting on May 4th, if you are an existing customer, please get in touch with me as we can order your products on our Auto Order program and you’ll save an extra 10% off! I can be reached at info (at) 30daywholebodydetox.com

 

8 Reasons Why I am Grateful for Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

It’s no secret that I love Kelly’s Bake Shoppe here in Burlington, Ontario – especially if you follow me on Instagram. I like to joke that my Instagram feed is full of green smoothies, photos of my daughter, and Kelly’s cupcakes. And photos of my daughter with Kelly’s cupcakes. I wanted to share with you why I am so very grateful for this wonderful bakery and the two women who started it, Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie – an amazing mother & daughter team.

8 Reasons Why I am Grateful for Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

2014-02-14 13.09.40Delicious, gluten-free vegan treats that are actually healthy and (mostly) guilt-free! Since I discovered that I am truly gluten-intolerant over two years ago, it has been such a wonderful blessing to be able to eat amazing desserts again. The bakery is also peanut-free which is great for those who have allergies, like one of my daughter’s friends.

2013-10-31 15.09.08The friendly, helpful staff who treat us like family. True, we are there several times a month so it’s easy to recognize us, but they treat every client the same way. Always a warm smile and hugs too! It’s such a wonderful environment to visit and we enjoy meeting friends there for a cupcake date.

Erinn, Kelly and JulieThe incredible example of female entrepreneurship that Kelly & Erinn have shown. Two women, mother & daughter, starting an alternative bakery (vegan!) in the downtown core and within their first year, you can see their success as soon as you walk in the door. They have also taken great care in hiring amazing people to work at the bakery which means that they can actually step away from the store and take vacations once in a while. That is the sign of true leadership, when you can be away and things run just as smoothly as if you were there.

Happy Birthday Dan!

Happy Birthday Dan!

We now have a go-to place for our celebrations. Whenever we have a birthday or special occasion (or if someone needs to be cheered up, for example when my daughter broke her arm), Kelly’s is the place to go. Our friends bring us cupcakes when they visit. My husband brings me treats to congratulate me when I have a business success. And anything goes because I can safely eat anything on the menu.

2014-07-04 12.16.55The value of the food. They have a saying at their sister restaurant, Lettuce Love Café, ‘Good food ain’t cheap and cheap food ain’t good’. This goes for the bakery as well. Using the best ingredients leads to the best products. And it’s worth it every time.

2014-06-21 19.33.55The Mile High Brownie. Nuff said.

Their social media skills. I’ve learned quite a bit from how Kelly & Erinn have been using Facebook and Instagram to build their tribe and it’s really refreshing to see a brand that makes you feel good when it shows up on your feed. Not to mention all of the great content and recipe on both their blogs. I guarantee you that I will be on board to help with their social media campaign when their book is released in a year or so.

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Kelly’s Tribe

And finally, it’s a business built on LOVE. You can tell that there is so much love in everything they do, from the beautiful poem that Ken (Kelly’s husband) painted on the ceiling of the bakery (look up next time you walk in), to the attitude of the staff and the loyalty of the customers. Imagine a world where all businesses lead with love!

7 Signs You’re Secretly Addicted to Sugar

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Over the past 8 years, I have taken a personal journey toward being in the best health possible, and have shared what I have learned with thousands of others. My biggest secret? All this time, I was still addicted to sugar and I didn’t even know it, until as of April 16, 2014, I finally wasn’t! How did I realize this? All of the signs listed below no longer applied in my life. What a huge relief!

What are the signs? I’ll share with you my personal thoughts on this, with the benefit of hindsight. I believe my addiction started at a young age, I remember enjoying toast with peanut butter and brown sugar as a snack! Crazy! You may recognize some or most of these signs in your life when they are pointed out, but even if you only relate to one; it’s time to take a closer look at the issue.

1. You drink soda. Even worse, diet soda.

This may seem obvious to most people, but many may believe that it’s ok to have just a few once in a while or a couple of times a week. Any soda is too much; this is not an ‘everything in moderation’ item. I struggled with an addiction to Diet Coke (yes, only Diet Coke, in a can) since high school. And every time I would have a can, I would pair it with a sweet treat. It took 3 tries to finally quit for good, and I haven’t had one in 2 1/2 years. If you feel like you cannot live without your favourite (diet) soda, it’s the sugar addiction talking.

2. After every meal, you have to have something sweet.

You make better choices, such as fruit or dark chocolate, but you cannot go without it. If you pass it up, you end up having it later anyhow. For years, I enjoyed a square or two or three of dark chocolate after lunch. I did it for the anti-oxidants! Now that my sugar addiction is gone, the desire has evaporated.

3. You are a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

Whether you eat 70% dark chocolate or milk, chocolate is chocolate. And you’d be hard pressed to pass it up. You always have chocolate on hand (especially during that time of the month, right ladies?) and you don’t usually pass it up if someone offers it to you or there is an open box in the lunchroom at work. From someone who used to work at Hershey’s, I was definitely a chocoholic. Yes, I had access to FREE chocolate daily, but I was training for Ironman so it was ok. I have always loved chocolate and until recently, I had to have chocolate in the house (fair trade, 70%, organic of course). Now, I can bypass the chocolate at the grocery store without being tempted to buy it.

4. Salty snacks like chips and pretzels are your nemesis.

Turns out that chips and pretzels are actually worse for your blood sugar than a chocolate bar! So even though you may believe you’re not addicted to sugar because you’re not eating sugar, your body would disagree. When I first learned about the glycemic index seven years ago, I finally understood why I hadn’t lost any weight while training and completing two full Ironman triathlons. Since all of these foods, including white and whole wheat bread spike your blood sugars, you crash and end up craving the massive sugar spike again, and again and again. And the next time you indulge this craving it many be in the form of a sugary donut or pastry instead to quickly raise your blood sugar levels again.

5. A glass of wine a day, that’s ok right?

There are some health benefits to drinking wine, but there is sugar in wine as well, sometimes more in red than white wine and certainly more in sparkling wine. I recently met a woman who loves her bubbly, and I casually mentioned that it is likely a sugar addiction. She laughed and agreed, but didn’t seem to think it was an issue. I believe that many people don’t realize that some of the behaviours, habits and emotions we have can be linked to a sugar addiction. One habit I had picked up when I quit beer due to a gluten-intolerance was drinking ciders, which have so much more sugar! Again, with the addiction gone, the desire to drink ciders or wine is too. Guidelines for moderate drinking are outlined here.

6. You make unplanned stops at a convenience or grocery store to pick up your favourite ‘treat’.

Confession time: I had a major addiction to Eggies (past tense) from my Hershey days. I was convinced that it wasn’t a big deal, since the Easter season is only a few months long. I was certain that because of my healthy habits otherwise, that it wasn’t a big deal. Yet I found myself picking up several bags a week to eat and share with my husband and three year old. I shared my experiences in a previous blog post. What I can tell you is that in the past, when I was out of Diet Coke, I knew where I could get my hands on a refrigerated can. When I promised myself I wouldn’t have it in the house, I still found myself stopping to pick up a can every day. What is your ‘craving’ treat that you secretly cannot live without? I promise you that once you have ditched the sugar cravings for good you will no longer be a slave to these behaviours.

7. When you are upset, frustrated or tired, your go-to snack has sugar.

We all know that sugar can affect our mood. What we don’t realize is that sometimes sugar is the root cause of our moods. Many times during this long cold winter I found myself using chocolate to get out of a down mood. What I hadn’t realized is that my addiction to sugar was actually contributing to my lack of energy and sour mood. I am not a scientist, but I know that sugar messes with our brains, and when the fog finally lifted in April, I realized my mood swings had disappeared (yes, even during that time of the month) and I am now able to deal with negative emotions much more quickly and effectively, without resorting to food as a treat or reward. I shocked myself when after a recent surgery for two ingrown toenails, I didn’t ask my husband to pick me up any treats to help me cope! I did however have a friend bring me Kelly’s cupcakes, but those are too delicious and healthy to pass up.

So what is the solution? What worked for me, after all of these years (finally) was this year’s 30 Day Whole Body Detox program. This is the third year I’ve done it, but this year I completely cut out caffeine (I had been having a bit from green tea in previous years) and I did not have any of the dessert recipes that include healthy (70%) dark chocolate for the first two weeks. I survived Easter without cheating. For the first time in my life, I feel completely in control of my eating habits and am no longer a slave to my cravings. And I want everyone to feel this way, cause it’s amazing! You don’t know what you don’t know, because I didn’t either until I arrived.

Sugar is hiding everywhere these days. And I know there is still a small amount in my diet, and I’m ok with that. Until I’m ready to make 100% of my meals from scratch, it will likely be the case. You can learn more about sugar and the impact on our society from this great new documentary called Fed Up! I saw it about a month ago in the theatre. It will be available for download on iTunes shortly. They also have a great no sugar challenge if you want to give it a go for 10 days, you can sign up as soon as you visit their website. Stay tuned local peeps! We may host a screening here!

Now it’s your turn! Are you secretly hiding a sugar addiction? Are you ready to deal with it? Visit our program page to find out more about how many of us have done it with the 30 Day Whole Body Detox.

After the 30 Day Whole Body Detox

Vegan gluten-free alfredo

Vegan gluten-free alfredo

Congratulations! You’ve completed the 30 Day Whole Body Detox! Now what? You may find that you don’t actually want to go back to the way things were before, and that’s great. Many people decide not to reintroduce gluten or dairy into their diet after they are finished, as they are feeling so wonderful. If you do decide to reintroduce these, take it slowly and introduce them one at a time to see how you feel after eating those foods. You may quickly realize that you feel much better when you don’t eat them.

We’ve also seen many people decide to give up caffeine for good. There are definitely some studies that show the benefits from the anti-oxidants of coffee, so a cup a day isn’t a terrible habit, but if you can function without it, why not? I’ve seen clients who just started with one in the morning slowly creep their way up to 2-3 cups a day without even realizing it. I have personally made a decision to steer clear of caffeine on a daily basis even though my only source was tasty and healthy Rev3 from USANA. I don’t need it, so why include it.

Dreamsicle cupcake

Dreamsicle cupcake

First post detox dinner? A comfort favorite from Kelly Childs, owner of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love Café. Vegan gluten-free fettuccine alfredo that the whole family can enjoy. A great healthy alternative to the regular gluten and dairy version. I also visited Kelly’s Bake Shoppe for my favorite cupcake EVER – the Dreamsicle. I highly recommend it. Only on Fridays. See you next week!

Our first program testimonial comes from Melissa, mom of a three year old, who is almost done the program for the first time:

melgoodwinI have found after 27 days I am sleeping better, digestion has improved, weight loss of 4 pounds, reduced my cravings for sugar and carbs, and have increased energy! Amazing program!!!

Congratulations Melissa!

Red Diamond, 2010

Red Diamond, 2010

One last note, if you choose to have a few drinks after you’ve finished the detox, please drink slowly and have a glass of water in between drinks. You will be a lightweight for a few weeks!

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 28

Green Smoothies for Two

Green Smoothies for Two

Funny how a day that started so poorly can end so well! Today was a bit of a rough day to start, to say the least. Getting my second dose of IV antibiotics turned out to be a lot more difficult than anticipated (too many cooks, too many government agencies involved) so most of my day ended up being quite stressful. Not the usual situation for me at all.

Superfood Bars

Superfood Bars

After it was all sorted out, I decided to come home and make a healthy treat from the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Guidebook. Did you know that dark chocolate is the solution to any problem? True story! Thanks to Tanya Fraser for her Superfood bars, they always come in handy and taste amazing AND full of goodness. Let’s just say that my family and I love them.

Cupcakes Save The Day!

Cupcakes Save The Day!

And to make things even better – my hubby surprised me with a pink box from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe!! It’s not often that he surprises me, so this was extra special.

Mushroom & Rice Bowl

Mushroom & Rice Bowl

Dinner was one of my own recipes from the book, Mushroom and Rice Bowl. I used a different technique today, inspired by the movie Julie & Julia (Julie Child that is). She mentions that it’s important “not to crowd the mushrooms” or they won’t brown. First I sautéed the onions and then moved them to another saucepan to keep them warm. I added half of the mushroom to the pan, and browned them. Moved them to the saucepan, and browned the rest. Then I added everything back into the frying pan and added the thyme, salt & pepper. It turned out amazing. Probably the best I’ve ever made.

Twenty-eight days and no alcohol – not even one glass! This is the first year I haven’t cheated with wine. Friday night I will be celebrating, and yes, enjoying a glass (or two) of wine.

Still not sure if you’re ready to do the program? Join us on Thursday May 1st at 9 pm EST for another great webinar with myself, Dr. Erica Mattia and Linda Heredia, two of our program contributors for 2014. Please message me for your personal invitation and code! 

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 27

A little wrinkle in my last few days of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox – I spent a few hours this morning in the Emergency Room for an infection in my toe. I won’t get into all of the details but the antibiotic treatment I started a week ago wasn’t working (after trying to heal the infection naturally). There are certainly times when medicine is our friend and I am very grateful for antibiotics in this case. A round of IV antibiotics and everything should be all clear. This also means a lot of probiotics for me as well. The good thing is that I have been taking really good care of myself so my body is working optimally to fight the infection. This is also the reason why I haven’t been able to do much exercise during the 30 days.

forks over knivesAs I was up very early this morning, I ended up taking most of the day off and resting. It gave me the opportunity to watch a documentary that I had not seen before, Forks over Knives, ‘Prevent and Reverse Disease with a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet’. I’m sure many of you have seen it before and I don’t know how I missed it.  It is an excellent documentary that makes a great case for a plant based lifestyle. I have been a vegetarian since I was 16 years old and have been getting closer to a totally plant based diet over the past year or so. I was inspired by the great food from Lettuce Love Café and the amazing treats from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, both are gluten-free and vegan. I know this might not be the popular opinion but I am really starting to wonder if we do need to eat animals to live, as a society. It’s a bit of a vicious circle that involves marketing, farm subsidies, lifestyle habits and behavioral patterns. Some of the dietary choices we have made for our daughter aren’t very popular either (she doesn’t drink milk or eat gluten) but I am confident in my research on the topic, and we know that she is eating a very healthy and varied diet compared to what many three year olds are eating.

Lots of veggies!This year, we offered a vegan option for the first time. If you wanted to give a plant based lifestyle a try for 30 days, with amazing food and recipes to go along with it, you could certainly give it a try! It’s the beginning of an awareness of how our food choices impact the planet we live on. Why not have a smaller environmental  footprint for a month?

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 23

Daddy & daughter

Daddy & daughter

Day off! Today was my hubby’s birthday and he was given the day off from work. Very cool! As Thursday is also usually a day when I’m home with our daughter, it was a great opportunity to do something FUN together. We surprised our three year old with a trip on the GO train to Toronto to visit Ripley’s Aquarium. We arrived before 11 am and it was already pretty busy. Many school groups were visiting as well so it was pretty loud and crowded. We did bring a stroller, which was necessary as she got tired, but also a bit cumbersome. We did get to see many varieties of marine life and the Dangerous Lagoon was pretty amazing – although she got quite scared when she looked up and saw a shark swimming above her head. We spent about 90 minutes in the exhibits. If you’re planning a visit, I would recommend that

  • you arrive first thing in the morning (it was even busier when we left)
  • buy your tickets online ahead of time
  • wait until your kids are closer to three year old
  • bring a lot of patience, and your food
Mommy & daughter

Mommy & daughter

Speaking of food, there is a small café but it did seem like most people were snacking throughout the aquarium. We brought a small cooler bag (fit under the stroller) with a ton of food. I am always packing lots of food when we are going out for the day (even when not on the detox) as I find it super hard to buy anything remotely healthy (or vegetarian and gluten-free) when we’re out. I had prepared a quinoa and greens salad with the maple balsamic vinaigrette from our 30 Day Whole Body Detox guidebook. We also brought the rest of our batch of No Bake Bars. Rounded off with some berries, raw veggies and hummus and we were well fed. We stopped at Chipotle for hubby to pick up his lunch. It’s a great place and I could have eaten there easily! I totally forgot that it was right on Front St.

We finished our celebrations with the cupcakes I had purchased on the weekend from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. Although they do freeze well, I really like them best fresh and fluffy! We still managed to eat them. I feel very blessed to have spent the day with my family, in the middle of the week and to have enjoyed an adventure together.

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Happy Birthday Dan!

 

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 19

Superfood Bars

Superfood Bars

For all who are celebrating today,  Happy Easter! Whether you celebrate the resurrection of Christ or the Easter Bunny,  chances are today was a detox cheat. And that’s ok. This program is meant to teach you new lifestyle habits that you can continue after the program, so one meal off is not a big deal. Did you see this holiday cheat sheet we made? It’s been added to our free downloads.

Kale Salad

Kale Salad

I made a few choices today to help me resist treats. First, as you may have read in my last post, I have to avoid Eggies all together,  so I didn’t even have one.  I am super proud of this! I did stop at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (how could I not?) and picked up a few Easter cupcakes and some Skinny cookies.  Turns out we weren’t hungry for them so I am freezing them for my hubby’s birthday this week. For Easter dinner,  I made the Kale, Quinoa and Pear Salad from the 30 Day Whole Body Detox guidebook to bring and share with my in-laws. For dessert, Tanya Fraser’s Superfood bar is always a hit. It made it easier to navigate a big family dinner during the detox.

I am so proud of all of you who are on this journey with me, some are now halfway through as well. And I look forward to working with even more of you in the coming weeks.

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 6

Already almost done the first week! It goes by so quickly. I am really enjoying the new recipes this year for the program. What I have realized is that many of my cravings are actually the result of habits. It’s been a habit to eat a piece (or 2,3,4) of chocolate after lunch. It’s a habit to have a drink while watching a movie with my hubby. It’s a habit to snack on Eggies at my desk. Once I removed the items from my home, it’s not as easy to fall into the habit and I make better choices. I am super happy with my third year so far doing this program. I promise you, it’s not as hard as you think.

Buy this movie

Buy this movie

A visit to Costco today to get an extra-large jar of Mara Natha Almond Butter, this stuff is awesome. I also found a copy of Walking With Dinosaurs, but that’s a topic for another blog post (p.s. you’ve got to see this movie!!).

Leftover Delight!

Leftover Delight!

I made a leftover meal for lunch with items I had stored in my fridge from the weekend. The inside of a collard taco (basically beans, peppers, onions and rice) topped with roasted sweet potatoes. I’m not a fan of the microwave (again, another topic for discussion) so I reheated everything in a frying pan with some coconut oil. Topped it with organic salsa and a few slices of avocado and it was delicious!

For dinner, I attempted to make the Kale, Pear and Quinoa salad recipe provided by Kelly Childs, owner of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love Café. I did end up making a few adjustments, using black organic kale instead of dinosaur kale, and only using half of the cooked quinoa, but it was AMAZING. The dressing was so surprisingly good, I had no idea it would work so well. That’s what I love about new recipes, you sometimes try thing you never think would work, and they do! We had lots of leftovers and I think it will still be ok for lunch tomorrow.

Kale, Pear and Quinoa Salad

Kale, Pear and Quinoa Salad

Tomorrow I’ll have finished my first full week. Who wants to start next week with our second group?