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Surviving the Holidays | 10 Day Cleanse

While I love the holidays, and look forward to them, they can be fairly hard on your body. Between all of the¬†late nights, indulgent treats, and cocktails, you start to feel pretty low energy by the time New Years rolls around. This 10 day cleanse is easy, quick, and you still get to EAT. Well… Maybe easy isn’t the best word. But it’s definitely worthwhile. It’s a great way to give your adrenals and gut a break, and you’ll be able to put your best food forward for all of your holiday engagements this year.

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Here are the do’s and don’t’s for the 10 day cleanse:

Don’t consume:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar/Sweeteners (including natural added sugars like agave or honey, but excluding fruits and veggies containing sugar, those are fine)
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Peanuts

Do consume:

  • All the whole foods – Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. (Non-processed meat as well if you’re an omnivore)
  • LOTS of water
  • Pre/probiotics
  • Fermented foods without added sugar

Caffeine is one of the hardest things for most people to give up, but you can ease your way into it by starting to cut back a few days before officially starting the cleanse. That way there isn’t quite as much of a shock to the system. Below are my thoughts and experiences with some of these factors to give you an idea of what to expect and how you may feel.

Caffeine – I was worried about this one to be honest. I generally drink 3-4 cups of tea a day, but I rarely keep track and I’m sure that sometimes it’s higher. Turns out, not much to worry about. I was a little headachy the first day, but woke up bright as a button the second day. (Also – What in the world does that expression mean?)

Alcohol – Let’s be honest, we all feel better when we don’t drink. The end. ūüôā

Sugar/Sweeteners – This is the item that had the biggest impact on me. Start reading your labels and you’ll realize you’re consuming much more sugar than you expect. Dressings, marinades, sauces, protein powders, protein bars… Basically anything packaged. They’re all filled with sugar or sweeteners. Cutting out these items really forced me to look at my meals more critically and make more informed choices. It also meant planning ahead because I couldn’t reach for a quick bite like a protein bar.

Soy – I’ve gotten into the lazy habit of having store-bought veggie burgers and sausage patties when I’m too tired to cook. Yes, they’re great convenience items, but this was a good wake up call that I should make/keep whole food options around as well. This also meant that between no soy and no sugar (aka my protein powders¬†and bars) my protein intake was much lower than normal. Once I got into the swing of it and actually did my meal prepping, I was fine.

Overall I thought this was a great cleanse. You still get to eat but you see and feel results. PLUS it’s a great reminder to pay attention to your food and to help get you out of bad habits. That was my biggest takeaway, that I get lazy and reach for foods that are more processed than what I should be eating on a regular basis.

Stay tuned for some fun recipes that I came up with during this cleanse!

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The Balance Cleanse | Interview with Nutritionist Molly Alliman

If you’ve following MCLV for any length of time, you’ll be painfully aware that I’m a huge nutrition nerd. I love fitness, but nutrition is my passion. I see food as medicine and I don’t think that you can have a truly healthy life without thoughtful eating habits. That doesn’t necessarily mean time-consuming, it just means making better choices whenever you can.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to join the MNT Challenge and take the 10 Day Balance Cleanse with Molly during the program.

In case you needed yet another reason to visit MNT Studio, Miss Molly Alliman is that reason. She’s their in-house nutritionist, and you can find her on Instragram with the adorable handle ShakeThatMarshmallow, or online at¬†The Balance Cleanse.

Since we’re heading into the hectic, food-and-booze-filled holiday season, I thought it was the perfect time to sit down for a chat with Molly and get some tips for how we can all approach the holidays more healthfully.

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Breakfast: Best healthy start to a busy day?

Always a smoothie! I tend to make mine very veggie forward with zucchini, cauliflower, or spinach and lately steamed and frozen butternut squash for winter. I use nutmilk as my base, adding ¬Ĺ banana or berries and protein from nut butter or collagen peptides. Adding in some fat from avocado, hemp seeds or ground flax seeds.

Dinnertime:¬†What’s your favorite quick and easy dinner when you’re home on a busy evening?

I have two. The first is breakfast for dinner. Breakfast tacos with fluffy scrambled eggs, nitrate-free bacon, fresh corn tortillas, black beans, sliced avocado and tomatillo salsa hits the spot. I also love making meatballs. They are so easy to make in 15 minutes, using ground turkey, chicken or grass-fed beef or lamb. I cook quinoa or brown rice pasta at the same time they cook, adding a boiled vegetable like asparagus or broccoli and drizzling with tahini on quinoa and pre-made pesto on the pasta.

Buffet: When you’re looking at a table of desserts and snacks at an event, what¬†should you start with and/or avoid?

I always go for the meat and cheese first. I go for the sheep and the goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto hold the cracker. Go for it with the olives and nuts. Guac and chips are amazing. For desserts go for what is homemade, sugar and white flour are always best when made with love. If you are known to be tempted for seconds, put one slice or two cookies on your plate and then fill the rest with berries to continue to snack on the sweet. Depending on the event, I have been know to bring a chocolate RX bar with me to parties so I have my version of dessert with me ūüėČ

Cocktail Time: With an endless stream of cocktail parties, events, and celebrations this time of year, what’s the best order at the bar?

I tell my clients to do one of the following:

  • Stay away from mixers with added sugar and instead stick to fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and soda water with a squeeze of lime. I like vodka or tequila.
  • If ordering beer, choose a local craft beer to get the benefits of fermentation. Commercial beers are pasteurized and therefore kill off all the good bacteria.
  • If you don‚Äôt want to drink and want to appear that you are, ask the bartender with a wink to give you soda water with lime in a cocktail glass.

Hydration: Any tips to encourage water drinking?

The trick is to actually trick yourself! I had a client who had a difficult time drinking water in the morning. She was always in a hurry to get out the door and rarely remembered. But she does take a shower every morning, so I had her set her alarm at night to remind her to place a full bottle of water in her shower. That way, when she woke up and got in the shower first thing… there was her water to drink! The morning is the most important time to drink water when your body is most dehydrated.

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Supplements: Is there a good supplement or vitamin that’s helpful for supporting the immune system during a travel-heavy season?

A good probiotic is most important for immunity, make sure you are buying one with at least 5 billion strains. I also love as taking Astragalus in the winter, it’s one of the most powerful immune boosting plants with a long list of benefits.

Eating Out: Do you have any tips for making better choices at restaurants?

I rarely order dishes with dairy when I go out to eat, unless I know where it comes from. To serve a large amount of people, most restaurants use pre-packaged or pre-shredded cheese that is processed and contains silicon dioxide as a separator. Instead order guacamole in place of cheese, avocado on your chili and also avocado on your bagel instead of cream cheese.

If you’re interested in doing your very own 10 day detox, there are a few fun options with Molly coming up. Check out The Balance Cleanse website and see whether the Winter Cleanse or New Year’s Detox will fit your schedule!

If YOU had a nutritionist at your beck and call – What would your first question be?

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The Balance Cleanse | #MNT10 Challenge

After enthusiastically signing up for¬†MNT Studio’s¬†#MNT10 Challenge – 10 classes in 14 days – I decided to maximize my results by also joining the 10 day balance cleanse.

I just LOVE that MNT knows the value of nutrition when it comes to building better habits and a healthier lifestyle. One of my favorite sayings is: “You can’t out train a bad diet.” So MNT is setting you up for success by having a nutritionist available onsite.

Meet – Molly from BALANCE with Molly.

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The Cleanse:

This is not a juice cleanse, don’t worry, there’s plenty of food on the menu. Smoothies, supplements, and clean, healthy food.

This was similar to a 10 day elimination diet or the Whole30 – Cutting out sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soy, peanuts, nightshades, gluten, dairy, and heavily processed foods for the duration.

The Results::

My diet is pretty clean to begin with, but it is NEVER easy to cut things out of your diet. It’s even harder to cut “essentials” out. I try to cut out caffeine and processed sugar once a quarter, but I was definitely feeling this on days 1 and 2.

I’m going to be real with you – I didn’t wake up feeling amazing every day and I wasn’t filled to the brim with energy and excitement.

At first.

Day one was all about the headaches and nausea. It wasn’t pretty. People asked if I was sick.

But it got better.

For me, the hardest part was reducing my daily protein intake since I wasn’t consuming bars or my higher protein powders due to their ingredients. But what it did do was challenge me to create higher protein whole food meals, which was really fun. Lots of rice and beans, quinoa, cooked leafy greens, and everything was sprinkled with hemp seeds, sesame seeds, or chia seeds.

Once my headache disappeared, it was smooth sailing. My digestive system was super happy, my energy levels didn’t dip throughout the day, and most noticeably, I fell into bed and straight to sleep every night. I kid you not, I think I was asleep between 7:30pm-8pm every night of the challenge.

The Aftermath:

I’ve done challenges before, I’ve followed food plans, and I’ve tracked macros. I love trying new programs and seeing what works best for my body.

But not as much as I love having a nutritionist to pepper with questions!!

I absolutely adored the personal touch for this challenge. Having an email where I could reach out with questions and a Facebook page to get inspiration and see how everyone else was handling things, was amazing.

If you’re interested in doing your very own 10 day detox, there are a few fun options with Molly coming up. Check out The Balance Cleanse website and see whether the Winter Cleanse or New Year’s Detox will fit your schedule!

Have YOU ever tried a cleanse? If so – What did you think? If not – Why doesn’t it appeal to you?

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Project Juice Cleanse

During the recent Juice And Spruce event with Lululemon and Project Juice, I was excited to hear all about nutrition and juicing from the founder of Project Juice.

I’m a long-time green juice fan and have loved Project Juice since they came to San Francisco – There are two locations walking distance from my office.

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Her passionate & enthusiastic words reignited my excitement so I decided to try another their one-day cleanse {You can read about my first foray into juice cleansing here.}

There are three levels and I chose the one with the least amount of sugar which included six juices ranging from basic greens to heavenly almond milk.

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After spending an amazing week in London where my daily diet consisted more coffee, fashion, and champagne than cold-pressed green juice, I decided a short cleanse was in order. A little detox to help kick-start a healthier post-vacation lifestyle.

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This Forever Young cleanse includes the following juices:

  • Dr. Green
  • EZ Green w/ Lemon & Ginger
  • The Master
  • Dr. Green w/ Lemon
  • EZ Green
  • Almond Mylk

Have YOU ever tried a juice cleanse?

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any healthy diet so you should definitely try out some of these nutritious recipes from Shape Magazine – 10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes.

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OhSheGlow’s Fall Detox Salad is a must try – Filled with Brussels Sprouts, carrots, apple, celery, sunflower seeds, and raisins, it’s as nutritious as it is delicious {also check out this salad as part of the Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up}.

Eating well and living a¬†healthy life doesn’t have to mean¬†giving up all sweets and desserts, you¬†just need to make healthier, smarter choices when you want to indulge – Try FitFluential’s¬†Five¬†Healthier Desserts¬†which include amazing choices like Raspberry Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Pretzels, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes/Muffins, and Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

Do you want model-worthy skin? Refinery 29 has the goods – The Surprising Secret To Model-Worthy Skin.


Finding a great, healthy snack that you love and that’s easy to make is wonderful – One of my favorites recently is Choosing Raw’s Cinnamon Caramelized Cauliflower.


Interested in spicing¬†up your daily makeup routine? It’s always fun to see what other beauty products are out there and the sort of routines that women go through on a daily basis, so let’s check out how blogger Trop Rouge has¬†set up her makeup routine – Makeup Monday.

Top 9 at 9: A Model’s Must Haves with Lonneke Engel¬†gives you all of model¬†Lonneke Engel’s Fall 2012 picks – From workout gear to sweaters to what her favorite shoes are for Fall.

Ulyana¬†Sergeenko’s¬†dramatic, eye-catching¬†clothes are the perfect pieces for this¬†dreamy¬†Moscow-based photo shoot in the most recent Carine¬†Roitfeld Fashion Book issue –¬†Moscow Walk.

Oxblood is everywhere for Fall 2012 and if you’re not sure whether it’s the trend for you, trying beauty products and nail polish are great choices – 3 Chic Ways To Do Burgundy Beauty.

The Fall 2012 Collection for J.Crew is pretty phenomenal – It’s filled with great outerwear, fun, printed pants, and killer accessories. And none of those accessories are better than the¬†Lulu Frost’s Capsule¬†Collection –¬†Shop It Now: Lulu Frost For J.Crew Holiday.

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