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PEERtrainer Fresh Start Cleanse Questions and Feedback

I know quite a few PT members have done JJ Virgin's Cleanse. I would like to hear from people who have done it: what was it like? What was difficult? How did it work for you? Did you feel the need to 'cheat' when on it?
Thanks for sharing.

Tue. Jan 31, 8:34pm

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What was it like?
very easy, you don't need to stress about planning meals, because you are doing mostly shakes. easy-peasy! and for the meals they give you simple plate guidelines. very easy to follow and understand.

What was difficult?
it's not at all that difficult. however, the first few days you may feel crappy because you are detoxing from the sugar and all the other reactive foods previously in your diet. but after a few days you get into a groove and by the end of the first week, I lost my cravings for sugar. It's pretty wild. honestly, you just need to do it!

How did it work for you?
phenomenally. I wish I had done this sooner.

Did you feel the need to 'cheat' when on it?
no. but the first few days I was a bit agitated (?)... and after that, it got easier. just do yourself a favor and remove temptations during the cleanse. also, stay away from temptations outside your home/work for the first few days, until you get your bearings in order! and don't forget to drink lots of water. If you follow the guidelines, you'll be golden!

Sunday, February 05, 2012, 8:30 AM

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Ditto the pp and I'm someone who has NEVER been able to follow any sort of plan like this. My typical M.O. is to immediately rebel and go right to everything I'm NOT supposed to eat. This was just easier b/c it didn't say: DAY 1 eat this. DAY 2 eat this. There were choices to be made every day. The shakes made it very easy, but just as often I chose from the food options for lunch, which were just as easy. And the food tasted soooo good.

Unlike to the pp I didn't go through a period of feeling crappy. From day 1 my desire to wander into the kitchen and graze for food (sweets, crackers, cheese, etc.) was gone. There was no internal battle of 'Ooh I want it' vs. 'Don't do it!' That was great. And when I did 'cheat' one day I noticed how it immediately drew me back to the kitchen looking for more.

As far as how did it work? I lost weight, my skin radiates, and I feel good. And best of all, I have the desire and motivation to continue eating clean, which I know is best for me and my family.

Sunday, February 05, 2012, 9:24 AM

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Great comments, thanks for posting!

Here is the link to the sign up page:

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Sunday, February 05, 2012, 12:29 PM

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Was it difficult?

I'm sorry to post this, but for me it just didn't work. I was starving and cranky for the first two days and although I lost a few pounds initially, I didn't like the way it made me feel.

I am now having the shake for breakfast or lunch and taking the detox supplements. I eat a low carb, low wheat, low dairy, diet for the remainder of the day. I feel great and I like doing it this way. I add kale to the shake and use almond milk or almond milk wiht coconut instead of water, which makes it palatable. I am eating lots and lots of veggies too. (Not a fruit person, except blueberries which I buy if they are cheap enough and organic)

I just couldn't jump into this fully, though I wanted to and I tried. I love the idea of it, and get how it works. But for me, the feeling of being depleted all the time wasn't going to work. I think others have had totally different experiences. Having the shake daily (which has helped my ellimination) and being more concious of my wheat and dairy intake has been a huge plus, so it hasn't "not worked" for me, it just has re-educated me in a different way than expected.

Sunday, February 05, 2012, 1:44 PM

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I am on day three of the cleanse, and I have not been tempted to cheat. After dinner I have been full and not looking for more. My only issue has been caffein withdrawal. Yesterday I did have one cup of organic coffee and again this morning. I feel that it helps to make sure and get 64oz. of water. My wife and I are both doing the whole program and are very happy with the results so far. I have a huge sweet tooth and this has all but alleviated my cravings for sweets. We do add kale or spinach to our shakes. This seems to help keep our systems moving.

Sunday, February 05, 2012, 1:53 PM

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1:44- it sounds like you have found a great path that works for you. You are doing the shakes with kale- which is great. And you are taking the detox packs which we highly recommend.

The fact that you are watching your wheat and dairy is also great. So just because you didn't go "all in" doesn't mean you are not doing well.

In fact, we have recognized that there are a couple categories of people. Those who want to go all in, and those who want to "add in"

For those of you who want to follow the lead of 1:44, you can get the shakes and the detox packs as a standalone:

PEERtrainer Shop

One observation that we do have- is that for people who are really wrapped around the axle of sugar addiction and consumption- you really do want to go "all in" or at least give that your best shot.


Monday, February 06, 2012, 8:02 AM

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I'm also an "add-in"-er, I guess.

I tried to do the PT cleanse. I followed the "pre-cleanse" diet for 2 days, and then followed the cleanse to the letter for the next 10 days. I lost 3 lbs. those first 2 days. After starting the cleanse, I stayed the same for a day, lost a pound the next day, went back up a pound the following day and remained at that weight (within 0.2 lbs) for the next 8 days. I just got discouraged.
I posted in the group that I hadn't cheated at all because this was a cleanse and not a diet. But posting that made me suddenly realized that I went into it fully expecting it to work like a diet - that is, I fully expected weight to fall off me. It didn't and I caved.
As the weeks have gone on since then, however, I'm realizing that I learned quite a bit in that short time and have incorporated what I've learned into how I eat now. I've learned that my skin is clearer when I avoid dairy. I've learned that eating gluten and/or carb-loaded "floury crap" (as my friend calls it) will immediately stall, if not reverse, any weight loss I experience. And I was reminded to increase increase increase my veggie consumption.
I still have my shakes for breakfast, but I've gone back to whey protein (which is not enough dairy to affect my skin, apparently). I did not like the flavor of the thorne protein shakes at all. Very chalky. I include berries, unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, spinach, and (for as long as it lasts) the medibulk fiber leftover from my cleanse supplies.

Monday, February 06, 2012, 10:35 AM

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I love love love love the shakes. I don't know what I would do without them in the morning! I think I'm an "add er in er" too. I don't do the supplements anymore though I loved when I did, I felt so good. Maybe I'll reorder those. I still do the shakes sometimes twice a day. I still listen to the audios sometimes. Most of the time I pass on the bread and dairy and I never liked corn anyway.

Monday, February 06, 2012, 10:46 AM

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