AdvoCare Cleanse Phase Recap & Review

Before I get into my AdvoCare update, y’all need to watch this video! Katie sent it to Carly and I this morning declaring that it will be us in 50 years <– I couldn’t stop laughing because it is so true, grandma’s twerking ;)

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If I had to place each of us, I’d be the one in the middle trying to be rational (read: no fun – “Listen, your a$$es are old”), Carly would be on the right all confident in her bad old twerkin’ self and Katie would be on the left saying she wants to try it!

Okay, now that you’re back and had a good laugh-crying fit, let me tell you all about my first 10 days with AdvoCare!

The first 10 days are the Cleanse Phase of the challenge. This is the part of the challenge where you set yourself up for success in the final 2 weeks, the Max Phase. Parts of the challenge were easy and parts were extremely difficult for me… namely giving up my multiple daily servings of Nutella and all things peanut butter + chocolate (wish I were kidding!) and the whole no alcohol thing ;)

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Before I get into the pros and cons and my current results, I want to share with you the “schedule” of the phase. Below are what supplements I took and meals I ate, broken out by day/time:

Days 1-3:

  • Upon Waking: 1/2 serving Spark mixed in 24 oz water + 2 Catalyst, wait 20 minutes
  • Fiber Drink mixed with 10 oz water + 2-16 oz water, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + OmegaPlex pills
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner + OmegaPlex pills
  • Before Bed: Herbal Cleanse tablets

Days 4-7:

  • Upon Waking: 1/2 serving Spark mixed in 24 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + OmegaPlex pills
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner + OmegaPlex pills
  • Before Bed: Herbal Cleanse tablets

Days 8-10:

  • Upon Waking: 1/2 serving Spark mixed in 24 oz water + Probiotic Restore + 2 Catalyst, wait 20 minutes
  • Fiber Drink mixed with 10 oz water + 2-16 oz water, wait 30 minutes
  • Breakfast + OmegaPlex pills
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Dinner + OmegaPlex pills

I know the schedule and supplement regime seems like a lot but it really isn’t. Before AdvoCare I already took a lot of supplements (#HLBprobs) and it honestly wasn’t anymore than I was already taking.

So, what are the “pros” of the Cleanse Phase?

  • It removes toxins from your body – I felt (and still do) AMAZING during the cleanse phase. It might have been the fact that I was getting rid of the gallons of champagne and pounds of sugar I consumed over the holidays but I think healthy eating and beneficial supplements also played a major role.
  • It gets you back “in tune” with your hunger signals – I don’t know about you but I ate and ate and ate some more between Halloween and NYE and totally lost any concept of the feeling of hunger or fullness. Thankfully, this part of the challenge gets you back in touch with your body by offering adequate (not too little, not too much) portion sizes and keeping you hydrated.
  • Energy, energy, energy! – Holy smokes did I ever have energy during those 10 days! (I have heard the Max Phase gives you even more energy… watch out Chicago!) I woke up early, was productive at work and at home and fit in great workouts during those 10 days.
  • Feeling of lightness – Fiber drink – or as I like to call it, the fiber cocktail – need I say more? Plus I was able to eat a TON. I was never hungry and ate every 2-3 hours, my style of eating ;)
  • Ingredients – I am all about natural (except for my whole Nutella obsession, I get it…) and was very concerned about what AdvoCare entailed before trying it. I did a lot of research and asked Lauren a million and two questions (thanks Lauren!) and felt very comfortable with the types of nutrients and ingredients I was going to be consuming. I was also concerned about the products making me feel sick (I can’t take a multi-vitamin without getting nauseous and light-headed) but had NO negative reactions during the Cleanse Phase. I like to contribute that to the quality ingredients that go into all AdvoCare products.
  • Saving some serious dough – Okay, yes, the challenge is pricey (although it is on sale through the 21st – more on that at the end of the post!) but with how much I’m saving by not buying certain things, I’m actually saving more than I spent on the challenge itself! Here’s a breakdown: Coffee – $2-3/day ($50 total); Lunches out – $20/week ($60 total); Chocolate afternoon runs (don’t tell me you don’t do this too…) – $10/week ($30 total); Happy hours/Drinks – $30/week ($90 total) = A total of: $230 saved and this is on the conservative end – shopping here I come!

And what about the cons of the Cleanse Phase?

  • The Fiber Cocktail – Hello, gag reflex! (Insert #TWSS joke here) I am not a picky eater, I’ll even eat foods I don’t really like without an issue but this drink was awful. The flavor, the texture, it was all bad… Thankfully, there are only 6 of them and by the end, I found that mixing with 10 oz of water and chugging as quickly as humanely possible was the only way to get these down. Even then I was only able to get 80% down my trap. Thankfully, as you will see below, I still saw great results during the Cleanse Phase so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t choke this one down.
  • The caffeine content of Spark – I know that most of you don’t have issues with caffeine but I am super sensitive to it. All of those Starbucks Instagram photos you see are decaf! Anyways, Spark has about the same caffeine content as a cup of coffee so I was nervous about taking it. I cut the recommended Spark serving in half and also mixed it with 24 oz of water (that’s diluting it 6x more than what is recommended, haha…) and was totally fine. The flavor is amazing and I love the way it makes me feel but if you have any issues with caffeine, I recommend cutting the serving in half :)
  • Self-control is hard – Like realllllyyyyy hard guys <– Tell me I’m not the only one with this problem. Days 6 and 7 were difficult days at work, I didn’t drink enough water on Day 9, I was tired on Day 8 and by Day 10 I just wanted a dang beer and a plate of nachos with a side of chocolate cake on a Friday night. This is where motivation and extreme self-control kick in. It’s difficult, reallllyyyyy difficult but whenever I hit these bumps, I remembered how amazing I felt – both physically and emotionally, and how great a mimosa, a glass of champagne (or 3…) and a slice of chocolate cake are going to taste on my birthday weekend!

And now, my results! As a disclaimer, I did weigh myself on New Year’s Day following a #treatyourselfTuesday style NYE where I consumed a salty, 4-course meal along with my weight in champagne. Some of this loss is definitely what I like to call “the cookie layer” (doesn’t that sound so much better than bloat?) but I am also contributing a good portion of it to AdvoCare since it is filling me with healthy, quality nutrients.

  • Total Inches Lost: -7.5 
  • Total Pounds Lost: -6.2

To clarify (mainly because Kyle was worried I had lost over 7 inches from my waist in 10 days…), you measure 7 places on your body – including your hips, legs and arms – and add up the measurements to get to your total inches lost. So no, in case you were concerned, I am not turning into a Barbie-like figure with a disproportional waist ;)

Phew, that was a long post – Thanks for sticking with me! I wanted to give you all my honest review about the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge (I’ll be doing a Max Phase review on the 25th after I’m complete!) before I shared the following news…

I’ve become an AdvoCare distributor! Okay, so it might not be as exciting as my previous news but still, I’m pretty darn excited about it!

Like I mentioned, the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge is on sale now through January 21st (it is only offered at a discounted price once per year!) and I’m offering up an incentive for those of you interested in purchasing the challenge. I will send 3 samples of Strawberry SLAM (basically a condensed Spark that is great to drink before long runs or gym sessions – it won’t make your stomach feel full!) to the first 4 of my readers to purchase a 24-Day Challenge (or any AdvoCare product, they have great performance and wellness lines as well!) from me.

Please, please, PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out to me (becky@olivesnwine.com) if you have any questions, hesitations or just want to know more about AdvoCare! I’d love to fill you in on their great product line and help you find the right products for your health and fitness goals :) And, if you do decide to purchase the 24-Day Challenge from me, I’ll be available to you for the ENTIRE 24 days (You’ll also get added to a great Facebook group that provides TONS of encouragement for the challenge!) if you have any questions or need help or motivation!

Have you tried AdvoCare? If you were considering purchasing an AdvoCare product, what would you be looking for in the product (performance, wellness, weight loss, etc.)?

Comments

  1. Wow sounds like a great cleanse!!!!!!
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    • It’s awesome, Jackie! And since you still get to eat a TON, I think the fact this phase is called a cleanse is kind of misleading! Definitely not a cleanse although the fiber drink does its job (if ya know what I mean, haha!) Let me know if you’re interested in learning more!

  2. Go Becky!!! that’s awesome, I give you props forgiving up all those yummy things! I am actually curious about spark, I’ve seen it all over instagram form other fellow advo people and curious about all the good energy!! I LOVE my coffee but some days I still feel sleepy. Whats your thought on this?! :)

    • If you’re a lover of caffeine AND you want to get some awesome nutrients into your body, Spark is most definitely for you! It has never made me feel jittery and it’s nice in the afternoon when you’re over the “coffee-flavor” and would like something sweet :) It also includes nutrients that give you natural energy in addition to the caffeine which seems like something you’d be interested in if you still feel sleepy after coffee. Let me know if you have any more questions Cait!

  3. I have a lot of friends who did AdvoCare with great success and who loved it. But, I just get really intimated by these cleanses that seem so intense. I think a juice cleanse or something would be a little more up my alley. However, I would be really interested to know what you can/ cannot eat on Advocare. Mostly if you can eat tofu … :)

    Also, the tweaking video is great.
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  4. I’m so glad this has worked incredibly well for you. The results are amazing! The thing I noticed is that you have to drink a ton of water. Has that been tough? I love water, but there’s a limit to my love. It’s great you have a lot of energy. Can’t we all use a little extra energy sometimes???

    I so know what you mean about weighing after you eat a huge, salty meal out. I try not to do that to myself anymore because I always feel like crap for a few days after, but gaining three pounds was not out of the ordinary.
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    • Thanks Laura! The water hasn’t been tough for me mainly because I already drink around 100 oz per day. They only recommend you drink at least half of your body weight in ounces so it really isn’t that much. You do need the water after the fiber though… you know, to keep things moving ;)

      Salt makes me bloat up like an elephant – seriously! I try to cut it out of everything I make at home or my eyes are SO puffy the next day!

  5. I love this post and your perspective—the ups, the tough parts, the fact that it is temporary. Way to go:)!
    I think hearing the day to day of a cleanse and what you liked and didn’t–makes it more relatable. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Thank you, Amy! I just realized I forgot to list a major plus – no wine headaches on the weekends! I am so much more productive without them ;)

      • Ha–I bet! A guy at work cut out most sugars, drank a lot more water and very little wine and dropped 20 lbs……..I need to try that:)

  6. Great results – and great willpower, girlie! ;)
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    • It seriously took everything I had to not eat a blue corn tortilla chip last night. I was almost shaking, haha! :)

  7. This is one the BEST and most honest reviews I have read about the 24 Day Challenge. Thank you for sharing all this great information. Girl seriously if you think you had energy on the cleanse portion you are so right that Chicago better look out when you get into the max phase lol. I just started meal planning for next week and can’t wait to try all these new recipes everyone is posting on the board…did you see those blueberry coconut balls? Man this cleansing stuff is tough :P Keep up the awesome work!!!
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    • Thank you, Lauren! And yes, those blueberry coconut balls – YUM YUM YUM!! I might stay on this 24DC (plus wine, hehe!) forever ;)

      Oh, and thanks for taking the time to talk with me this morning and answer ALL of my questions – you rock!

  8. It sounds like you are ROCKING it! I am so glad you found something that works for YOU! :)
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    • Yes, works for me in small quantities since we alllll know I could never give up chocolate, Nutella or wine for very long ;) Hehe! Happy Saturday <3

  9. Glad you have had such success with the first phase of the challenge! I still take the MNS packets every day (I did the 24 day challenge in October). Hopefully you continue to feel this great through the rest of the challenge!
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  10. so cooool!! Of course…I don’t drink alcohol or coffee so that’s already cut out…hm
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  11. Good for you!! It’s amazing what decreasing the sugar can really do for the body… I cut wayyy back in November and there’s a huge difference physically and mentally too (not being so tired). Even when I do eat sugar- it’s not as great as when I was shoveling it down cause it’s just too sweet most often!
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  12. Hey Becky! Do they give you guidelines on what to eat and ideas? And I remember someone else saying there’s a meal replacement shake – is that right? I’m really considering giving this a try!

    • Yes! I can send you a ton of information about when to take the supplements and what foods are recommended. There is a shake for breakfast but I chose to just eat a healthy breakfast instead :) I just ordered the shakes to give them a try!

  13. I am so impressed by you. Kudos on giving up alcohol and cheese for over a week! Geez. I can’t wait to see your results!
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    • Ugh gosh, it’s been soooo hard! I can have Greek yogurt now but I haven’t been bloated since I started so I think I might have a dairy intolerance :/ <-- bad news... And now since I have more energy than needed for one person, I've been way to productive on a Sunday. Next time we have a girls' night, I'm taking this Max Phase packet - hellllooooo energy! I might be able to stay up to your level then ;)

  14. Congrats on your great results, and especially feeling so great! I’ve started the 10-day version before, and something about it made me feel “off” – I think it was partly because I was in the middle of some heavy running training at the time. But I’d definitely be open to trying again in the future – I’m so against some of the more extreme cleanses, but this one seems balanced and realistic.
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  15. Love this!! So glad you’re going to become a distributor :) Congrats on the progress… I’m dying to see where I’m at! xoxo

    • When is your Day 10?! It was awesome to weigh in on the 11th – progress keeps me motivated when all I want is wine and chocolate ;)

  16. Congrats on becoming a distributor, that’s exciting!
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  17. Can’t wait to talk with you more about it! I’m so excited to do this in the future, when my funds will allow it. I think this is exactly what I need and what I’m looking for. Guess it wouldn’t be too bad of a birthday present for myself when the day comes around next month…
    We will definitely be in touch very very soon!
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  18. I just purchased Advocare today! I had been talking about it with Colleen at Lunchbox Diaries for weeks, and I finally bit the bullet. We’ll pretend I didn’t just write a post about being fiscally responsible ;) I justified it though by the fact that this is an investment in my health! Get healthier/skinner now, save less on medical bills later. Right? RIGHT? ;) Totally loled at the That’s what she said (PS. I just figured out what your #TWSS hashtag meant #oldlady) and am totally going to have the same problem. I’ll just plug my nose and bottoms up! I really hope I have the same results as you because I am really in the need of something to jumpstart this journey because I feel as if I’ve been at a weight loss standstill forever. Thanks for letting us in on your journey, I’m so glad to hear it’s worked well for you! Also, I’m a bit worried for everyone in my life (strangers included) about the amount of energy this is going to give me, since I’m already super hyper as it is ;)
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  19. Haha I’m catching up on blogs slowly but surely and I love your analysis of which twerking grandmas each of us are! Totally fitting.

    And I’m excited to hear about your final results at the end of the month! Plus you’ll probably be a cheap date after a whole month of no drinking ;)
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    • I’m LOLing about the cheap date comment… Kyle was like you’re going to have one glass of wine on your birthday and be done for! ;)

  20. Loved reading your review! I have heard amazing things about Advocare and I love that it has a vegan friendly option.
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    • Yes, I love the vegetarian/vegan options! I am doing a review of the Max Phase on Saturday (I’ll be half-way through it then) :)

  21. For morning workouts, do you take spark and fiber drink before working out? Im having trouble with..should I eat before and after working out on cleanse? Or is spark and fiber drink enough for a pre-workout “snack”?

    • Hi Abby! I workout right away most mornings so I take spark/catalyst then workout and then take my fiber drink before my shower. If you’re doing a super intense workout you might want to eat something before but I’ve been fine!

  22. Congrats on becoming a distributor and your great 24 DC results so far! I’ve tried several Advocare products myself. They have some good stuff! My favorites have got to be their Immuno Guard, Chocolate Mocha Meal Replacement Shakes, AdvoBar (in the Ginger Bread holiday flavor), Coffeccino and their chapstick : ).
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  23. First of all, congratulation for becoming distributor. I have taken advocare 24 day challenge 6 days back. Hopefully I will be able to get back to you with my update.

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