A Typical Day with Arbonne Nutrition

30 Days of Healthy Living & Beyond

My target weight by Christmas 2018 is 70kg. I noted that in the MyFitnessPal app, the maximum target weight loss was 1kg/week and I didn’t want to set unrealistic expectations. Generally, it is thought that losing weight at a slower pace tends to make it easier to maintain your target weight in future, but I also want to be motivated by visible results, so 0.75kg per week seemed to be an achievable target. I figured 0.5kg would come from my new Arbonne regime, whilst the other 0.25kg would come from upping my exercise regime.

Having said all this, since starting with Arbonne, I’m losing weight quicker than I expected (appx 1kg / week). To understand what’s bringing about this change, I wanted to share my typical day and discuss my experience of the Arbonne nutritional range.

I’m trying to follow the Arbonne “30 Days to Healthy Living” but even though I’m not quite ticking all of the boxes, it doesn’t really matter too much. Arbonne encourages a healthier lifestyle and gives strong pointers to achieving this but it doesn’t preach or ‘require’ you to follow x, y, z in order to achieve a, b, c. See their ‘support guidehere. So if you don’t quite manage to cut everything out to begin with, that’s fine. It’s something you can build towards and fine-tune for the future.

Note also that the ‘support guide’ doesn’t stipulate that you have to use any Arbonne shakes or nutritional products at all. They’re simply there to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle – and in my experience so far, makes the transition much easier!

A lot of other weight management programmes (aka fad diets) are far more prescriptive but Arbonne seems to be more educational, supportive and flexible. There’s no points or calories to count here, or days when I must fast. Indeed, as I’m writing this, I’ve been into London for a breakfast and lunch meeting and I’m drinking a skinny latte (not a very good one it must be said) and that’s fine! But typically, my day consists of:

My Typical Day


I tend to sip on the water and protein shake throughout the morning and the porridge provides slow-release energy to see me through until lunch time. The honey provides a sweet natural alternative to processed sugar and delivers additional health benefits.

Arbonne’s protein shakes have less fibre in them than some others so you have the option of adding more in if you need it. It helps to alleviate my hunger for longer, and since it’s tasteless, you can actually add it to anything you like (teas, juice, cereals). I’ve found it tends to mix in better with the protein shakes though, which is why I add it to this.


  • 1 x Piece of fruit
  • A handful of mixed nuts & raisons (plain, unsalted)
  • 1 x Cup of Herbal Infusion Blend tea


  • 1 x Mixed salad with roast chicken or;
  • 1 x Soup or;
  • 1 x Small portion of tuna rice (wholegrain rice) with red onions, chopped peppers, black pepper and salad cream or;
  • Anything similar.

I’m finding that I’m not actually all that hungry at lunch time, so my portions are pretty small


  • 1 x Piece of fruit
  • A handful of mixed nuts & raisons (plain, unsalted)
  • 1 x Decaf Coffee with Alpro Roasted Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • Glass of water

A note about Coffee: Whilst you may have been taught that coffee is bad for you, in fact the opposite is true. There is growing evidence that coffee delivers numerous health benefits and that these benefits are more pronounced if you drink three of more cups per day. It doesn’t matter if it’s decaf either.


  • 1 x Meal Replacement Shake (the Vanilla flavour is my choice over the Chocolate variety, which has a bit of an awkward after-taste)
  • 1 x Decaf Coffee with Alpro Roasted Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • Glass of water
  • Small portion of healthy dinner, if needed (usually only if I’ve been exercising in the day)


For now, I’m on the turbo trainer 2-3 times per week for about an hour. It’s enough to burn off around 500 calories per session and gradually build my cardio and anaerobic fitness. I also need to include core strength building exercises and will begin to incorporate this in month 2. 1500 calories is equivalent to 1 day’s calorie intake to meet my goals.


As I’ve said before, it’s not all about losing weight but about feeling great, inside and out.

My Third Goal was to feel less tired and more energised. And I do! I really really do! For the first time in years, I’m not feeling knackered all the time and I don’t have the mid-afternoon slump that I used to suffer with. I wake up with a spring in my step and feel that I can power through the day with consistent energy and concentration. I don’t feel hungry anymore (so I’m not snacking as much) and I’m more alert, without suffering the highs and lows that caffeine and sugar previously gave me.

I’m surprised, but delighted!

I’ll talk a little more about each of the above featured products in future posts but tune in next time for my experience of Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced for Men skincare range! Thanks 🙂



20 Days Without Arbonne

Best laid plans…!

I started this experiment on the basis that I would try the Arbonne “30 Days to Healthy Living”, sans Arbonne!

The steps are quite simple really…

  1. Eliminate common allergens and limit things like processed foods, sugar/artificial sweeteners, dairy, wheat/gluten/yeast, alcohol, coffee, vinegar and soy
  2. Eat every 4-6 hours and avoid eating after 7pm or 3hrs before bed
  3. Eat in the proper portions – 50% veggies, 25% proteins, 12.5% carbs, 12.5% good fats

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You can view the full guide here. It’s all just good common sense and there’s nothing particularly strenuous about any of this. The guide also suggests tips for smarter cooking, gluten free diets, healthier snacks & drinks and gives some very helpful insights into what ‘healthy food’ really is. It also covers the benefits of increasing your activity levels (fitness, guys and girls).

Having addressed the inner you through a much improved diet & fitness regime, it’s time to consider the outer you and help it shine. This essentially boils down to a simple 3-step daily routine:

  1. Cleanse twice a day, which allows the products to work better
  2. Treat the blemishes, puffiness, age-related wrinkles, etc
  3. Protect with both day cream and night creams

How did it go?

Well to be honest, not so good!

Eliminating caffeine led to some terrible headaches and made me tired and agitated. The same was true of sugar and I found shopping rather more difficult – it really is amazing how much food in the supermarkets is processed! Have a good look around next time and it might surprise you (ham anyone? that lunchtime meal deal?). I still had cravings for chocolate and biscuits and felt hungry all the time. In all honesty, I lasted about a week before going back to my usual routine.

And then I went down with Shingles! Never had this before and it was on my face (which I didn’t even know was possible). Initially started with tingling in my upper lip which eventually led to my nose, lip and cheek going completely numb and bringing with it, some of the worst headaches I’ve ever experienced! 5 doctors and two diagnosis later and I was taking both antivirals and antibiotics (in case it was an infection of the nerve) just days before we set off to Malta for a short family getaway. Not exactly the best time to start a new health regime.

I guess you could say that the first month didn’t quite go to plan!

The good news is that I’m back on track, having now started the ’30 Days to Healthy Living’ properly, e.g. WITH Arbonne in hand. Read my next post to find out how that’s going…