Blushing Bride Cleanse with Jen Newell: Week 1

As a bride-to-be — eee! πŸ™‚ — I’ve recently been trying to get into shape in preparation for the big day. Aside from forcing my butt to bike into work in the morning when I don’t feel like it, I’ve also started a cleanse compliments of Dr. Jen Newell, ND and BlushPretty. In exchange for Jen’s advice, meal plans and guidance, I will be blogging weekly to share my thoughts, experience, and how “hangry” I (hopefully don’t) get. πŸ˜‰

The cleanse that I’m on is called the Blushing Bride Cleanse. It is a 21 day program consisting of 4 gradual phases. I’ll talk about the different phases as I reach each one.

I just finished Phase 1, where I reduced my caffeine intake (from two coffees a day to one), and said goodbye to processed foods. This part was pretty easy since I already made a huge change to my grocery-shopping habits a couple months ago. I already love almond milk and use it almost daily in my morning protein shakes. Overall, I think phase 1 was a success. I don’t feel any different, yet, but hopefully that’ll change in phase 2.

Phase 2 is quite a lot more challenging. I am on day 4 of the plan, and I feel like I’m breaking! I have eliminated caffeine and gluten completely. I’m learning to love my David’s Tea The Glow. It’s okay. It’s not coffee. I find myself groggy now at the end of the day. Oh, it’s also difficult to find gluten-free snacks in my usual coffee stops.

I am praying that I’ll feel a lot better towards the end of this phase. It’s kinda fun because I get to make trips to the health food store to explore ingredients I’ve never cooked with before. πŸ™‚ I’m also trying to make some of the recipes in the food plan, like this gluten-free “Glorious Morning Muffins.” Not too bad for my first try at gluten-free baking, eh?


Glorious Morning Muffins

Be sure to check out other reviews so far of the Blushing Bride Cleanse:

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  • BooBooNinja

    Will Jen Newell let you share the recipes for the goodies & meals you like?

    • Hi BooBooNinja, I’m not sure. I think no. I’ll have to check with Jen. πŸ™‚

  • Great meeting you in person today, GlitterGeek! So crazy that you work at my school. We’ll chat again soon! – Michelle

    • So nice to finally meet you, Michelle! Was trying to remember your ChickAdvisor name yesterday, Artist! πŸ˜€

  • Good luck Arianne! It sounds like a challenge, but it does sounds like a healthy choice too! I’d love to read updates on this, I might get inspired! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Teri. πŸ™‚ Glad it’s interesting to some. Stay tuned for weeks 2 and 3 updates.

  • Good on you, Geekz! The muffins look delicious. I hope that you stay strong through phase 2.

    Think of how amazing you’ll feel during your wedding period.

    • Muffins were alright! The second half of phase 2 requires us to eliminate animal products as well (except for honey), and I am so scared.

  • Good luck Arianne! The muffins look pretty good (never had any with carrot in though)!

    • Thanks Sunny! They turned out pretty dry and not sweet enough (need to add more honey), but they are edible! πŸ˜‰

  • Although I already don’t eat junk food or processed anything, I simply would not last on this cleanse if you asked me to give up tea (at least a cup a day) or gluten.

    • Caffeine and gluten now, later… meat. πŸ™

  • Ok my muffins looked the same as yours LOL! At least you had a proper grater, I had a little cheese grater to work with haha!

  • Good luck–sounds like a great cleanse! I’m not sure I could ever do something like that though. I give into my food cravings too easily/often! πŸ˜› Ah well, maybe one day

  • I admire your persistence! All the best and think of the end result. Va va voom bride πŸ™‚

  • all I can say is ‘hang in there’ and Im sure it’ll be worth it in the end. just listen to your body and all should be fine.
    Im actually going to follow your footsteps pretty soon, just got engaged myself and feel like I need to tone up a bit. esp my arms *that’s all they can see after all at the wedding lol
    nice blog, I’ll be coming by more often!
    love from Europe

    • Thanks brusselslifebeauty for the support! πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about the upper body. Need to tone up!

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