I Did a Cleanse! Here’s my Isagenix Deep Cleanse Review

Isagenix Deep Cleanse Review

I finally did it! I did a cleanse! And boy was it looonng overdue…

I was sensing that my energy tank was running on empty and I had little left to give. This is when I usually get sick which in part sucks and in part is a huge relief to have an excuse to lay in bed and watch reruns of New Girl all day long.
 
But here’s the thing, why wait until we get sick to finally give our bodies a break?
 
So I decided to do a cleanse.

A cleanse isn’t just for your body, it’s also for your mind and spirit.

I knew that if I committed to a cleanse I couldn’t go 100 miles per hour all week. I gave myself permission to do a cleanse and get some much needed rest.
 
I’ve been taking Isagenix products for awhile now and love them, so I decided to try the Isagenix 9 Day Cleansing and Fat-Burning system to give my bod a reboot.
 
The beautiful thing about this system is that it’s more than just a gut cleanse, it’s a blood cleanse. When you rid your body of unwanted toxins, any extra pounds you hold onto will naturally melt away too. Not bad, right?
 
The first two days I followed the pure cleanse regiment. After that, I allowed myself to drink green juice and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Here’s what I experienced.

1. A lot of guilt came up for the first few days.

I noticed that it was really hard to let myself rest and relax without feeling super guilty about it. Thoughts came up as ‘You shouldn’t be lying around, get back to work!’ and ‘You better not tell Peter (my husband) you’re doing this in case he thinks you’re just being lazy’. I kept wanting to jump up and do work or clean the house rather than giving myself permission to rest and recharge. By the way, my husband is extremely supportive, these were just the thoughts running through my mind.

2. The first day of the cleanse I went swimming which felt great.

After that, the most exercise I did was some light yoga or walking with the dogs. Do not plan on doing any extreme exercise during your cleanse. You won’t have the physical energy to do it.

3. I got extremely creative during this time.

I’ve been wanting to get more work done on my book but have come up with every excuse to avoid it. One day, I even decided that baking bread was a better idea than sitting down to write. That’s because it felt like work. During my cleanse, even though I was on the couch in pajamas, I finally started writing again! Rather than pulling out my computer, I grabbed a notebook and wrote old-school style by hand. And it felt fucking incredible.

4. By day 3 of the cleanse I noticed a mild headache which is rare for me.

My energy was greatly reduced and it was hard to focus on things. I had a few client sessions this week that I couldn’t cancel, but I wish I had completely cleared my schedule. Different sensations in your body like fatigue and headaches are a natural part of the cleansing process. Just drink a ton of water.

5. By days 4 and 5 of the cleanse I felt amazing!

Much more clear-headed and my mood had drastically improved. I also noticed that I wasn’t craving sweets like I used to and my appetite was reduced.

6. I could see my abs!

Overall I’m pretty lean and toned, but I’ve never had a sexy stomach in the way I wanted. After doing the cleanse, I could see real ab definition. This was a huge bonus!

7. Finally, it was great to gift myself this time.

I spent an hour each morning in meditation, journaling, read books I’ve been meaning to read for ages, cuddled with my dogs and watched mindless TV just because I felt like it. Ahhh….so good.
 
So whether you have a little extra weight you’d like to lose, have been feeling sluggish or just need a freaking break…try a cleanse.
 
You can find the Isagenix Deep Cleanse system here.
 
And feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

 

Love,

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Chili with Beef and Dark Beer

chili with ground turkey and dark beer

I’m a one-pot meal kind of girl, which is why I love making soups and chili in the winter.

This hearty version is great for a cold winters night, snuggling by the fire with someone you love. Perfect date night or dinner party food and guaranteed to impress!

This is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of dinner, but I make it healthier by using fresh tomatoes and veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 4 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 6 large fresh tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 15 ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 12 ounce bottle dark beer (a lager or stout)
  • Sour cream, avocado and chopped green onions for garnish

 

How-To:

  • Toast cumin and coriander in a small dry skillet over medium heat until becomes fragrant (about 2 minutes)
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add beef and saute until no longer pink, breaking up with a spoon.
  • In a separate large soup pot or dutch oven (like a le Creuset) heat oil over medium high heat and add onions, peppers and jalapenos. Cook for about 10 minutes until all vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add meat to vegetable mixture. Add in chili powder, chipotle chiles and toasted spices. Add tomatoes, kidney beans and dark beer.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cook for a little longer without the lid if chili seems too thin.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve with sour cream, green onions and avocado. Of course, some grated cheese can be added!

 

Get cozy and enjoy!

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P.S. Like this recipe? Click here to receive a FREE copy of my Digital Book ‘Your Crazy Wild Recipe Guide to Loving Yourself and Your Life’!

 

A monthly roundup: music, movies and more…

monthly roundup post

I’m in full-blown holiday mode over here in Boston.

 
Christmas tree is up, lights are lit and I have holiday music playing all day long.
 
Oh, and I can’t wait to watch my favorite Christmas movie ‘Love Actually’ in full pajama party style this weekend.
 
It’s been years since I’ve really allowed myself to enjoy this season. Throughout my 20′s I struggled with the push and pull of wanting to be a kid again and forging my own identity.
 
It left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, particularly around the holidays when I longed for the magic I felt as a child, which can seem so elusive now.
 

There’s still a part of me that feels like the skinny, 10-year old girl with the wild curly hair, playing outside in the snow all day only to break for a cup of hot chocolate.

 
I want to get in touch with that part of myself again.
 
I always hear people saying, “Where did the time go? I don’t feel 30.”
 
Well, of course you don’t feel 30, because an age is just a number and it is not who you are.
 
There is something eternal and nameless inside all of us. A subtle life force that keeps our hearts beating, that has faith and that remembers how to ice skate or to play violin even if we haven’t tried for 20 years.
 
So before we ring in 2015, I invite all of you to tap into that curious, joyful, child-like side that wants to play. Let her come out for awhile!
 
Ahh…that feels good.
 
If you liked this love note you’ll love this week’s roundup post below!
 
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Articles:

 
1. The first is an article from The Philosopher’s Mail, How We End Up Marrying the Wrong People. Our culture has shifted from believing in dynastic marriages (thankfully) but has started to see the shortcomings of romantic marriages. Here’s a slightly new spin on marriage and what this century has in store. I found it very interesting. Click here to read it.
 
2. One of my classic posts “10 Things People Who Are Great At Relationships Do Differently” got some extra traffic this week. Someone had commented in Good Men Project about this article “Complete Perspective! That could have saved me a few grand in counseling years ago. Thank You!” Love it! Read here and share with friends.
 

Music:

 
I’ve curated a little playlist for you called “Songs for a Dreary Day”. It has been particularly gray, dark and dreary in Boston lately which has started to affect my mood. In case you’re feeling the same way I put together a few delights ideal for cooking, reading, snuggling or relaxing in a nice hot bath :) Listen here.
 

Movies:

 
1. Have you seen Interstellar yet? Oh, I just loved it! The imagery of space is magnificent and the explanation of the 5th dimension and our experience of time is sure to blow your mind! Click here to check out the trailer.
 
2. If you haven’t rented Silver Linings Playbook I highly recommend it. I fell in love with the quirky characters (Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence play them well) and laughed and cried along with them. The ending makes you want to cheer. Trailer here.
 
Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday. We are in this together.
 

 Other Exciting Happenings:

 
Crazy Wild Love 1
 
Photo credit: Ruffled Blog
 
 

To all good things,

Alexis Signature
 
 
 

Songs for a Dreary Day – A Mixtape

Songs for a Dreary Day from AlexisMeads on 8tracks Radio.

This past week has been especially dreary here in Boston.

It’s cold, damp and very gray and gloomy.
 
I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, cozying up with my favorite blanket and lighting a lot more candles than normal.
 
So I made a playlist for you to get you out of those dreary winter blues! It’s perfect for reading, relaxing, snuggling, taking a bath or cooking. I’m not going to tell you what’s on it (it’s a surprise!) but it’s full of delights that are sure to soothe your soul.
 
Hit play and enjoy!
 
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