Sometime before last Thanksgiving, my trainer gave me 2 days worth of Orenda Clean trial packs to try out. I was skeptical and leery about using it. First, it’s from a company that appears like a pyramid organization, which I despise on principle. Second, I noticed the powder mixes contain stevia, which I also dislike. Third, it had before/after pictures of people losing 40 pounds after using the program for 90 days—which made me wonder, is this weight-loss sustainable, or will I gain everything back (and then some) once I return to regular food. I put the packets in my drawer and forgot about them.
After the New Year, my trainer asked me if I’d tried the samples. I told him that I had been saving them for after the holidays and was planning to try the very next day. (Liar-liar-pants-on-fire, who got caught and was trying to save face.) So I kept my word and did the program for two days and was amazed at the results.
The results. I lost a little over 5 pounds in 2 days just by following the instructions—taking the supplements as directed and eating fruits and vegetables, lentils, and some almonds if I was feeling peckish, and drinking half my body weight of water in ounces. I felt lighter, energized. I kept asking myself (and my poor trainer), “Is this weight loss sustainable? Or will I gain it all back and then some once I reintroduce meat and grains—even whole grains?” His response, “It depends on you.” Great. No pressure there.
Although I was thrilled with the success of losing weight in such a short time, I was also slightly bummed because it felt like cheating in some way. It took me 6 months of regular exercise and working with my personal trainer to lose 10 pounds. Unfortunately over the holidays, I gained about 3 pounds with lack of sleep, dealing with stress, and eating rich foods (lots of meats, sweets, and things made of refined wheat). But then I was able to lose 5 pounds with the Orenda trial sample supplements (which retail for $14.95/day) and being a vegan for 2 days. What’s that about? Could I have saved myself some time, trouble, and money just by using Orenda in the first place?
Back to the question, “Is it sustainable?” To be honest, I probably could have done a better job about easing myself back into my regular eating habits or adopting a new eating program altogether. Unfortunately, I gained back 4 of the 5 pounds within a day. It was very humbling.
Would I do it again? Maybe. Typically, Orenda has a 10-day and 30-day program. I’m not sure I can make it through all 30 days—let alone 10 days—but who knows? I might be tempted to try again and see what happens. However, I’d look at it as a quick-start or a short-term reset—something that could come handy for getting ready for a special event like a class reunion or wedding.
When I asked my trainer what it was that I’d lost, he said that it was very likely a lot of shtuff that’s been stuck in my gut for a while. At certain points I felt as though there was a battle brewing in the belly, so I’m not surprised. I joked about becoming intimate friends with the Porcelain Throne.
This experience made me realize a few things. First of all, the reason why I might feel tired and heavy might be from the toxins and inflammation in my body. Even though I ate less while on the Orenda Clean program, I didn’t feel famished or lethargic. In fact, I felt energized and lighter. This experiment also made me wonder—could I have some sensitivity to certain foods such as gluten, soy, corn, sugar, and more? If that’s the case, what would happen if I cut out those items from my diet altogether?
One month later [present time]. I am back down to where I was just after the 2-day Orenda Cleanse. Yay! I had to work hard for it with more exercise and mindful eating, but it feels “more real.” This time, I believe I can keep it off. Just need to keep working hard and making smart food choices.
Side note: I feel better about Orenda as a company. The other day, I happened to notice a renowned integrative medical practice near me that had a link to the Orenda site—it’s a comforting endorsement.