Flex Foods/Beverages and Lifestyle Meals are a way to control your intake, retrain your hunger cravings and fuel your body with optimal nutrients while following any of the Transformation schedule options.
A good way to understand the differences are to think of Flex Foods/Beverages as snacks and Lifestyle Meals as, well…meals!
Flex Foods/Beverages are organic, super fruits and vegetables that provide you with flavorful taste, a chewing sensation, and the overall experience of eating. They transform stress eating from a negative to a positive by replacing comforting or familiar unhealthy food choices with organic super fruits and vegetables.
Lifestyle Meals are the meals you choose to compliment your Purium program. These are based on your ideal healthy lifestyle. They can be plant-based, high-protein or any dietary type that you prefer. For extra inspiration, join Purium’s Recipe Group on Facebook.
Flex Foods will naturally become your go-to snacks! You can even use organic tropic oil, fresh squeezed lemon, Himalayan sea salt, raw honey, or fresh herbs and spices, for extra flavor.
Ideal Flex Foods:
1 Apple (Eating apples first thing in the morning can help wake you up.)
1 cup Watermelon
1 cup of Mushrooms
1 cup Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale or Spinach
1 cup Berries
1 cup Sauerkraut or kimchi (no additives)
1 cup Summer squash (winter squash not permitted)
1/2 cup carrots
Hemp, almond, coconut, cashew or oat milk -Unsweetened
Organic vegetable broth
Decaffeinated herbal tea
Purium green drinks: Organic Kamut Blend, Organic
Green Spectrum, Organic Barley Green Juice, Organic
Accelerated 30-Day Schedule Suggestions
Consume 3 servings of a Flex Food or Flex Beverage per day.
During the 10-Day Immersion, some people prefer eating a serving every time they take their Super Amino 23. Others prefer drinking a serving of non-dairy milk with their Power Shake.
If you decide to combine Flex Foods to have a more meal-like experience, keep the total serving to one cup. Example: sautée 1/2 cup squash with 1/2 cup of kale in garlic and coconut oil.
Keep in mind, the purpose of any plan is to create healthier habits, so listen to your body. If you feel like you need more nutrients, definitely indulge in an extra serving — it’s better than relapsing into a tub of ice cream!
You’ve got this!
FAQ’s For Accelerated Schedule Option
What foods are NOT permitted – if you want to be very strict?
- Winter squash
- Potatoes (white/red/sweet)
- All Dairy
- Meats of any kind
Why aren’t bananas or starchy vegetables advised?
Bananas are not conducive to weight loss. Bananas can cause constipation for some people while on the cleanse. They can also turn into a carbohydrate and become sticky, which is not great for a cleanse. Though, bananas in the morning are pretty good when you’re not on a Cleanse. When they are ripe and in season, they can be good for you; however, when under ripe or outside of season they, are not as beneficial.
Can I have more than 1 Flex Food at a time during the 10-Day Immersion?
If you feel like you need more nutrients, definitely indulge in an extra serving.
You can even combine multiple Flex Foods together to create one dish. Depending on how much you use of each Flex Food, it may make up more than 1 serving. For instance, you can make a “salad” with 1/2 cup of spinach, 1/2 avocado and a chopped cucumber (with lemon or vinegar, salt, pepper, or herbs) – but this will be 2 Flex Food servings for one dish.
At the end of the day, the Flex Foods should be your best friends. While 3 servings are the baseline, this is YOUR cleanse and you are in control. If you find the 10-Day Acceleration too challenging, you may want to try Schedule #1 (from the Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation) that isn’t as strict.
Can I use balsamic vinaigrette or olive oil on my flex food?
While we encourage you to only stick to our Tropic Oil (ie., Coconut Oil), we also believe in modifications. If you do opt to go this route, use a very light amount of virgin, raw organic olive oil. Vinegar may also help you feel full and suppress appetite. ALSO – have you ever tried a little bit of Apothe-Cherry as dressing? If not, you are missing out on delicious nutrition!
Does the water in the Power Shake count towards my water needs that day?
No, every day, the schedule encourages you to drink half your body weight in ounces of just water. 20 oz of water per Powershake is the recommendation for the feeling optimal fullness. You may reduce water level in your Power Shake for taste preference.
Former (but still good) Information:
The only exception is bananas; they are not advised. As long as it is a fruit or veggie of a reasonable portion size, then substituting flex foods should be a fairly simple process. Too many people try to use flex foods as an excuse to vary from the core purpose of the diet, which is to re-train our cravings toward healthy options – this is not advised. As closely as you can follow this plan, the better! Additional low-calorie Purium products are allowed (such as a tablespoon of Organic Tropic Oil to satisfy a fat craving, a serving of Aloe Vera added to the Apothe-Cherry, extra greens added to the Power Shake, etc). Remember that you can have as much celery or cucumbers as you want. (Cucumbers are great with cayenne pepper and sea salt.) When having a flex food, we suggest that you chew it very, very thoroughly. The idea is to give your digestive system a break so that your body can focus the energy it usually expends digesting on eliminating toxins from the body.
You can have as much celery & cucumbers as one wants as they do not really have many calories. You may also add cayenne pepper and/or sea salt to the cucumbers, if you desire.
Alcohol and Caffeine: The Transformation is designed to help you break harmful addictions to substances such as these. Do not use them while on the 10 Day Transformation. *With the exception of Purium’s Can’t Beet This, it is allowed during the 10-Day Transformation.
Gum: Not advised, actually stimulates digestive tract and might make you hungrier. You would be basically making it harder on yourself!
Approved Flex Foods (short list, see your Lifestyle Guide for full list)
- 1 organic apple
- 1 small avocado (or 1⁄2 a large avocado)
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1 cup organic berries
- Organic celery (unlimited)
- Organic cucumber slices (unlimited) with fresh squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper & Himalayan sea salt
- 1⁄2 cup organic summer squash, spinach, broccoli or kale sautéed in Purium’s Organic Tropic oil (coconut oil), fresh garlic and sea salt
- 1 cup of high quality fermented vegan foods like sauerkraut or kimchi
Approved Flex Beverages
- Any Purium“green drink” (More Greens, Green Spectrum, etc.)
- 8 oz unsweetened almond, hemp, coconut or oat milk
- 8 oz unsweetened, decaffeinated herbal tea
- Organic vegetable broth
- Hot water with fresh lemon, raw honey and organic cinnamon