"For those of you who are all about the numbers and just want the facts; the 21- day cleanse works. I lost 5 pounds, 2% body fat, and 1 inch from my bust, 1 inch from my upper waist, 2 inches from my waist, 2 inches from my hips, and 2 inches from my thighs!! How ya like them apples! Booyah! That’s right.
For those of you who like the warm fuzzy story behind the story, first let me start with our fearless leader Alexis Lieberman. This VERY knowledgeable, very warm, loving, supportive guide led me on a journey I will not soon forget. What I thought was going to be a way to get over the weight loss hump that I was stuck on. (Excessive weight gain with both my pregnancies and not being in my 20’s, hell, let’s face it, I’m not even in my 30’s!) I managed to take off most of the weight with high impact classes, yoga, and diet (or so I thought) but it was still not the ME I once knew looking back in the mirror. Was I destined to look like all the other middle-aged moms in other parts of the country? (We are after all in LA!) I was almost resigned to believe that until Alexis told me about the 21 day cleanse, what it is designed to do, (balance hormones, detox the kidney and liver, and change the way we look at food) I was in.
As I embarked on the journey of doing my first cleanse my first thought was...I am going to starve to death! And I’m going to be supper cranky without my cup of Joe in the morning AND how am I going to not eat sugar!!! The simple truth is, I didn’t miss one of these things and I was not starving. This is a real food cleanse, 2 liquid meals and one sold meal in the middle of the day as to give your body a chance to do the work it can’t during the night because we eat too late or too much. This way of eating and looking at food has changed my life. I know that sounds heavy, but it’s true. I feel like I have control over the way I eat instead of food being in control of me. I can say “no” to certain things that I couldn’t before because I didn’t have the will power. Turns out you don't need “will power”, you just need knowledge. Knowledge is POWER.
Alexis made it easy, she set us up for success by providing us with a cleanse packet that had the detox explanation, why we do the detox, how to best prepare for the detox and had so many great recipes to chose from.
The first week for me I was riding high, I felt great, was already starting to feel leaner, lighter and had more long lasting energy throughout the day. The second was more of the same except the biggest change was my relationship with food was starting to change. I found myself looking at food as a source of nutrition and as a life source, not something to use to stuff down my feelings. As a person with 7 years of sobriety, I know when I’m not dealing with what is coming at me but I had not realized how much I zoned out on sugar during times of extreme stress. Having that change was the biggest gift of this entire experience.
Now when I look at my reflection in the mirror, I can honestly say “hey! I know you!.” I have also gone back to reading all labels, started using non-toxic cleaners again and feel like I'm dong the very best for my family. You have to put the mask on yourself before you can help anyone else so go ahead, put the mask on yourself and go on this amazing journey with Alexis – you won’t regret it."
"I started Alexis' 21-day cleanse on 9/14. It's 10/21 and I am feeling better than ever.
I won't lie...the first 21 days were hard. Week two I was ANGRY because even though the ULTIMATE goal was about health and not weight loss, I was working way too hard -- NOT eating even a single bite of my son's quesadillas, french fries, pizza, his grilled cheese sandwich crusts I'd cut off every day.... Taking out the daily cup of coffee and the Diet Coke were surprisingly easy, but those delicious morsels tempted me every time. Then week three... MY (not-so-regular-anymore) PERIOD arrived and the water retention fell off. I'm now at week six and coffee changed from "something I DO to something I GET TO DO, and each daily cup is now SUCH a TREAT. The Diet Coke is gone and my favorite daily drink is water with lemon juice and stevia. Today at 3:30p for the first time I did NOT feel the energy DUMP at my son's weekly play date!! The junk is still looser in my shoulders and I feel long and lean and love getting into my clothes. A little sugar and a little cheese and a little wheat have crept into my diet, but so little that I'm truly realizing the lifestyle change! My choices are different and invariably better and the weight is staying off. Restaurants are more salad/soup/fish focused and eating at home is more mindful.
But something...overall...is different. With a little less...I don't know...toxicity...? and a little more... space/room/good health...I have a little more room for love and light and the capacity to give and receive the love to and from the important things in my life.
Sooo, Alexis' cleanse/detox, with HER love and light and coaching and inspiration with our group, has changed mine. It wasn't easy, but I couldn't recommend it more highly."