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Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
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This coming Sunday (1/16/11)I am going to start the cleanse outlined in Tony Horton's book "Bring It"

Who wants to join?

I reccomend picking up the book to get started with it, you can find it online or at any major book store.

"The cleansing part of my plan is accomplished by the gradual elimination over a 30-day period of five substances: caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed foods, gluten, and animal products." - Tony Horton

I feel like I have hit a plateau on losing the last few body fat percentage points, so I am hoping this gets me where I want to be.
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
1/11/11 6:51 PM as a reply to GlenG.
I'm interested but still need to purchase the book. Can you give me just an idea what the cleanse is like?

Thanks!
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
1/12/11 10:44 AM as a reply to CoachLisaP7287.
CoachLisaP7287:
I'm interested but still need to purchase the book. Can you give me just an idea what the cleanse is like?

Thanks!


The cleanse is pretty simple and just like described above. You basically eliminate everything gradually and there are 3 levels to choose from, depending on your abilities and will power.

You will eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten, and animal products - the easiest plan eliminates one or more of the aforementioned over the entire 30 days slowly, and the more aggressive approach helps you eliminate those products more rapidly. By the end of the 30 days you will have eliminated those things from your diet.

Once the cleanse is completed the idea is to keep on the right track of eating healthy and remain "cleansed" beyond the 30 days. No more caffeine, no more alcohol, no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and gluten free. You may implement meat back into your diet, but it shows the best meats to eat and many other ideas of how to get healthy protein in your diet.
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
1/17/11 11:09 AM as a reply to GlenG.
Alright, so I have eliminated caffeine, alcohol, and sugar - which for me wasn't all that hard. Missed having a beer while watching football, but I have never been a big coffee drinker, or been really partial to sugar/desserts. This week involves giving up gluten, which is going to be the hardest I think. As far as I can think I have had some form of gluten everyday for my entire life (give or take or few days). On the upside I have tried some new creative dishes and opened up a whole new world of variety in my kitchen.
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
1/24/11 10:50 AM as a reply to GlenG.
I'll have to admit that giving up gluten was a little hard fro the first couple of days, but I am doing fine with it now. I am eating a lot of grains that I had never had, or had forgot about. Things like corn tortillas, wild rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.

The greatest thing is that in two weeks I am noticing a trim down at my waist line. I have been through P90X and Insanity and felt like I hit a wall when it came to losing the last little bit of body fat (ideally I would like to see somewhere between 4 and 8 percent, I have been stuck at about 9-10 %)I'll take my measurements after it has been 30 days on the cleanse.
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
1/28/11 5:49 PM as a reply to GlenG.
Hey there! I just got the book last night and read it in one sitting emoticon.
I've made my grocery list and am ready to start the cleanse too! I think the first few will be easy for me, I don't drink coffee/caffeine and already don't eat a lot dairy, don't eat much sugar and hardly any processed foods. The no animal products will take some getting used to but I'm up for the challenge!

Are you also going to do the workouts too? I am going to. I've done P90x several times, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Brazi Butt Lift and need some variety.

How is the cleanse going for you so far?
Take care,
Sara
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
1/30/11 10:12 AM as a reply to fitright.
fitright:
The no animal products will take some getting used to but I'm up for the challenge!

Are you also going to do the workouts too? I am going to. I've done P90x several times, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Brazi Butt Lift and need some variety.

How is the cleanse going for you so far?


Hi Sara,
The book is really good isn't it? It covers a lot of info and takes the info from the P90X guide into further detail.

I thought that animal products would be the hardest, but I have been okay with it. The only area I have cheated on this is having my Shakeology still (which contains whey protein) and my Results and Recovery (also with whey protein) I feel okay with it though knowing that Beachbody uses natural and pure products in Shakeology so I don’t feel that it affects the cleansing of the body in a negative way.

The first few days of not eating gluten were the hardest. I think that almost every day of my life I had consumed gluten. There have been some days here and there when I wouldn’t eat meat for a day or two, but I can’t think of a day where I had zero cereal, bread, pasta, traditional oatmeal, or something that contains wheat. I had kind of a weird feeling in my stomach, but after a day or two I was fine. I feel great now that I have been on the cleanse for a few weeks.

I plan to continue to eat this way for about another month or so. I just finished a round of Insanity and now I am doing a maintenance program for about another week. I am going to start another round of P90X using the Classic workouts mixed with some of the One on One workouts and plan on remaining on the cleanse for the entire 1st phase. After that I am slowly going to add meat back into my diet but try to keep that in moderation. I am going to keep gluten out of the diet as well, maybe to be consumed only on occasion.

Let me know how the cleanse works for you once you start and how you feel during your workouts. Have a great day.

Glen
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bring it vegan gluten free
3/19/11 6:25 AM as a reply to GlenG.
I am picking up Tony's Book today and just wondered how you guys are doing with the Cleanse? I am curious as I have gone vegan before (though I love Greek Yogurt!) and was a vegetarian for 15 years and don't eat gluten now, but I would love to hear how its going and how you feel about it. I do think caffeine will be the hardest for me....
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
3/20/11 11:57 PM as a reply to VitaminDee.
Anyone have success with the cleanse? I am looking to start it on the 28th.

Paul
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
3/21/11 12:03 AM as a reply to paulb1.
I did the 3 day Shakeology and saw instant results. I felt more energetic as well. I am considering the cleanse as well. How does it compare?
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
3/21/11 12:31 AM as a reply to fortebianca.
fortebianca:
I did the 3 day Shakeology and saw instant results. I felt more energetic as well. I am considering the cleanse as well. How does it compare?


I tried theshakeology cleanse. It was ok, but I found the onlynegatibe was yhwfa f that when I started to eat normally again back to yjep90x diet, the weight I lost came back. I find it just temporry regarding weight loss anyway.

Paul
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
3/21/11 6:14 PM as a reply to VitaminDee.
VitaminDee:
I am picking up Tony's Book today and just wondered how you guys are doing with the Cleanse? I am curious as I have gone vegan before (though I love Greek Yogurt!) and was a vegetarian for 15 years and don't eat gluten now, but I would love to hear how its going and how you feel about it. I do think caffeine will be the hardest for me....


Hi there!
I did the cleanse for 30 days and went in with both feet. I had absolutely no issues with it and honestly have never felt better! I didn't drink caffeine before so that wasn't hard. The other "rules" were not hard for me either. The only downfall is I have to shop at Whole Foods for most things and there isn't one close to my house so I go to the one in my town at lunch since it is not far from my office.

I have tried most of of the recipes in the book and they are really great! I also have tried a few from Melissa Costello's website, karmachow.com, that are quite tasty! The granola in the book is TO DIE FOR! Love it! Make it several times a week and also make his "sticky bars" and add my own protein so it is a very healhty protein bar.

I guess my diet is very close to vegan with the exception of the whey protein in Shakeology. I will NOT be giving that up anytime soon!!

I also highly recommend the workout program in the book. I've been doing it for about 6 weeks now and love it. It adds nice variety to my workout routine.

I can't tell you if I lost any weight as I don't really weigh myself, just go by how I feel and how my clothes fit.

Hope this helps!! Keep us posted on how you are doing!
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
3/24/11 10:48 AM as a reply to VitaminDee.
VitaminDee:
I am picking up Tony's Book today and just wondered how you guys are doing with the Cleanse? I am curious as I have gone vegan before (though I love Greek Yogurt!) and was a vegetarian for 15 years and don't eat gluten now, but I would love to hear how its going and how you feel about it. I do think caffeine will be the hardest for me....


The cleanse went great for me. The hardest thing for me was gluten for a few days, but after that I was fine. I went back to eating lean meats just last week. I am still remaining mostly on the cleanse diet. I am having pasta or sprouted grain bread once or twice a week, glass of wine here and there, maybe an occasional indulgence in some dessert like a small portion of birthday cake.

I ended up doing the cleanse from some time in January to the middle of March. Other than a few days to adjust, I felt great the entire time. I also pretty much eliminated everything all at once, rather than the 4 week step-by-step method. Once I gave all the junk up for a while, I really didnt miss it anymore.
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
6/6/12 3:20 PM as a reply to GlenG.
My wife and I are on our second round of the cleanse. The one area we've really struggled with both times is sucrose. While we can give up sweets and desserts, the real challenge is finding normal things that don't have sugar in them. Unless you make everything from scratch, a lot of things that you buy at the store - especially when you're trying to find items that are vegan - have sugar in them. How did you overcome this? Are there any particular items or recipes that made going without sugar, or going without all of the items in the final week, easier?
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RE: Starting the cleanse from Tony Horton's book Bring It
6/10/12 9:08 PM as a reply to jmuduke0508.
jmuduke0508:
My wife and I are on our second round of the cleanse. The one area we've really struggled with both times is sucrose. While we can give up sweets and desserts, the real challenge is finding normal things that don't have sugar in them. Unless you make everything from scratch, a lot of things that you buy at the store - especially when you're trying to find items that are vegan - have sugar in them. How did you overcome this? Are there any particular items or recipes that made going without sugar, or going without all of the items in the final week, easier?


Sugar and wheat are both hard, it seems like they are in 95% of the food supply!

When I ditched sugar I didn't eliminate all sugar, just all refined sugars. So fruit is obviously okay and other sugars that occur naturally. At least that's the way I saw it.

So for breakfast you could do something like gluten-free pancakes with peanut butter (all natural, just peanuts) with banana slices on top.

Also oatmeal with some flax, chopped apple, chopped walnut, and a little drizzle of 100% maple syrup.

One thing that I would do for dinners is cook some things in bulk. I would cook a bunch of rice and eat it every other day with lunch. Same with black beans.

I would do the Veggie Burger recipe from the book, but use black beans instead of chickpeas and make about 8 of them and eat them within two weeks between my wife and I. The the other black beans could be plated with rice, organic corn, tomatoes, onions and peppers for a Spanish Rice dish. Then, next day I would make veggie fajitas, with onion, bell peppers, avocado, black beans, corn tortillas, and homemade fajita/taco seasoning. You can look up a recipe for fajita mix or taco seasoning and then have a sugar free mix. Another meal might be chick peas, all previous veggies mentioned, and a homemade salad dressing, over a bed of leafy greens.

As you can see I would take a lot of the same ingredients, and trade a few out to make a completely different dish. This saved time shopping and prepping/cooking food. You can make salad dressing ahead of time, and same with the taco seasoning - like the rice and beans. If plan for about a weeks worth of those items on your day off of work, it saves a lot of time during the week.

Another thing I know I did at one part of the cleanse is had "Amy's" microwave meals. They make several varieties that are gluten-free and dairy-free. I'm pretty sure they don't have sugar. I find those everywhere from Wal Mart to Whole Foods.
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