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Last week, I ordered Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh. I knew I would be going on vacation for part of the week, and I knew not all of my options would be healthy, so I decided to plan ahead and take the 3-Day Refresh upon my return to help reset my body back into my normal healthy eating habits. Plus, traditionally I have ALWAYS gained weight after returning from vacation (no matter how hard my efforts), so I planned this refresh to get me back on track.
In the past, I have done the unofficial Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse (not endorsed by Beachbody but also an effective tool for a cleanse), and had good success with it (having lost 4 pounds). The 3-Day Refresh is a little different, as the Vanilla fresh shakes are formulated a little different. Also, the 3 day Refresh takes a completely vegan approach, so no meat is allowed on this plan.
On my first morning of the refresh, I stepped on the scale to check the damage. To my surprise, I had maintained my weight while I was away on vacation. This has never happened before, so I was very pleasantly surprised.
So what does the 3-Day Refresh entail?
The 3-Day Refresh is a restricted calorie diet, designed to give a short term jump start to a healthier eating lifestyle, clean out your system, and give you energy. It is NOT recommended to do longer than the three days. Beachbody recommends doing to refresh no more than once a month. The kit comes with the following:
3 Fiber Sweep Packets
6 Vanilla Fresh Shake Packets
3 Shakeology packets (you can purchase the kit with the Shakeology or without if you already have the shakeology).
The eating plan for each day is as follows:
Breakfast – Shakeology, 1 Serving of Fruit
Mid morning – Fiber Sweep, Green/herbal tea (optional)
Lunch – Vanilla Fresh Shake, 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of vegetables, and 1 serving of healthy fats
Afternoon snack – 1 serving of vegetables and 1 serving of healthy fats
Dinner – Vanilla Fresh shake plus one healthy meal option (vegetarian. There are recipes in the booklet)
After dinner – green/herbal tea
My experience Day 1:
So the starting weight on the scale was 198.6. I had a vegan chocolate shake with half of a frozen banana for my breakfast. I’m usually out and about, so I packed a couple of bottles of water along with my fiber sweep packet. A few hours later, I mixed in the fiber sweep packet with one of my (partial) bottles of water). Note: with the fiber sweep it is very important to drink it right away, as the longer you let it sit, the more jelly-like it becomes. The fiber sweep itself looks pretty disgusting with a dirt like look to it. It actually has a surprising decent lemony taste, but if you’re a texture person, chug quickly!
When I got home for lunch, I had my vanilla fresh shake with kale mixed in (and a frozen banana). I don’t typically do vegetables, so putting kale in my shakes help me fill my quota. I also had my tea during the afternoon, did the Upper Fix Extreme workout, and continued drinking my water. The recommendation is to do light/moderate exercise during the refresh. I’m not sure if it’s because of the exercise or the refresh itself, but I definitely started gaining hunger getting towards dinner time. I had a serving of grilled peppers for my snack (with some olive oil).
For dinner, I had my second vanilla fresh shake, mixed with some PB 2 powder. I know that’s not part of the plan, but I justified it since I didn’t have my healthy fat at lunch time. I made one of the stir fry veggie recipes in the booklet, and it was delicious! However, I was still hungry so ended up snacking on some of my son’s yogurt bites.
My experience day 2:
Day 2 was pretty sluggish for me, and can be directly related to the fact my 2 year old daughter woke up at 2 am and was too upset to go back to her crib for a few hours. I spent the day recovering from that, and operating on lack-of-sleep as much as possible.
For breakfast, I had my chocolate vegan Shakeology, with the same plan with the water bottles and the fiber sweep as the day before.
When I got home for lunch, I wasn’t completely hungry, and since both of my kids took a nap, I decided to listen to my body and do the same in lieu of a workout. After waking up, I had my vanilla fresh shake (again with the kale but with frozen mango this time). I spaced out my afternoon snack and dinner, since I had a bit of a later lunch. For dinner I made stir fry veggies again (I used Mrs Dash for seasoning), and it was satisfying. I did notice my hunger levels were not nearly as high as they were they day before.
My experience day 3:
The final day! I woke up feeling a lot more refreshed, and definitely lost a bit of the sluggishness I had been experiencing prior to the refresh. However, for breakfast my kids kept stealing sips of my Shakeology!! Oh those are some precious sips when your calories are limited, but I knew at least they were getting some nutrition in them.
Much like day 2, hunger was not a huge issue, so the rest of my day (without) looked a lot like day 2! However, after 3 days of living without meat and a few other “luxuries”, I was ready to move back to my normal healthy eating habits. I did sneak a bite of my son’s sausage during the morning, and was surprised at how much the taste did not satisfy me! (No worries, this girl went back to her meat-loving self, but the greasier stuff not so much!)
On the morning after the refresh, I weighed myself in at 196.2 lbs. So for the three days it was a 2.6 lb loss. Even with a few minor cheat bites, I’ll take it! This is now a new low weight for me – the last time I weighed this little was over 9 years ago. More importantly, my mindset has been refreshed and ready to jump back into my healthy eating habits. Would I do it again? Absolutely, although I wouldn’t make a big habit out of it. I’m a foodie, and this is something that I definitely see as a “do only as I feel needed” basis. Still, it was worth it to have that jump in addition to the refocus.
Would you like to try out the refresh? You can order it through you Team Beachbody coach, or purchase on Amazon with free Prime shipping here: