FAQ: Flex Foods and Lifestyle Meals

Welcome back to our FAQ series. Today’s installment concerns one of our favorite things in the world: FOOD. If you’ve ever had questions about food, drinks, Flex Foods and Lifestyle Meals, and how these affect each Purium program, read on!

What’s the difference between a Flex Meal and a Lifestyle Meal? 

If you’ve ever wondered about this, don’t worry! A Lifestyle Meal is what we used to call Flex Meal! They are still 300-calorie meals comprised of lean protein and lots of plants. We decided to change the name because a Flex Meals could be confused with Flex Food combos that are acceptable on the 10-Day Transformations (i.e., sautéed spinach in coconut oil).

Why aren’t bananas or starchy vegetables advised on 10-Day Transformations?

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 good for you.

Can I have more than 1 Flex Food at a time on the 10-Day Transformation Cleanse / Weight Loss?

There may be 2 ways to answer this one:

1: Yes, you can definitely combine multiple Flex Foods together to create one servings, but tother they must make up 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).

2: IF your body is feeling too deprived, feel free to FLEX the program to work for you. Remember, this is YOUR cleanse and you are in control of your health. Keep in mind of the goals you made; be creative, but create limits. If you find that you cannot do a 10-Day Transformation or are not ready for that, we have Core 4 plans. You might even shift to one of the other programs that allow for Lifestyle Meals. If you do, it’s okay, you are not a failure. So, yes, you can have more than 1 Flex Food at a time, if that is what you need.

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!

How are exercise and Lifestyle Meals related? What does a Lifestyle Meal look like? 

For every half hour of exercise, you can have 1 Lifestyle Meal of 300 calories. If you are working out hard, that is the calorie offset. If you are not working out hard, maybe just have 150 calories. What the calories will look like will depend on the food. It could be a small amount of chicken and rice or just one cup of yogurt.

Does the Power Shake count as a Flex Beverages?

The Power Shake isn’t technically considered a Flex serving, but if you need it, go for it.

**Which Purium products can be used as Flex Beverages?**

Organic Kamut Blend, Organic Barley Juice, Best of Greens, Power of 10 and More Greens, are all fine.

Does the water in the Power Shake count towards my water needs that day, why or why not?

The answer depends on you. We encourage you to use less water in your drinks (unless you need it), so that your sole intake will be pure water. Every day, the schedule encourages you to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. Even too much of a good thing can be bad, though and too much water can lead to bloating. In this case, feel free to reduce water levels in your Power Shake.

What are the natural flavors in Purium products? Should I be concerned with how those calories affect Lifestyle Meals? 

Seeing “natural flavorings” on the labels might confuse you or even cause you to raise your eyebrows. But, no need to worry. Our natural flavorings are 100% plant derived. There’s no animal parts, no anal glands from beavers (gross!), no beetle shells or anything like that. Our flavors are never derived from weird chemicals. 100% of our flavorings are 100% plant derived, extracted from a bark or a root, oil or even a leaf.

To get flavor profiles, there are different things you do to plant parts, like use their enzymes. We get these through different processes that may include:

  • extraction
  • roasting
  • boiling
  • compounding
  • grinding

Our natural flavors never contain anything that isn’t amazing–no MSG, GMOs or anything like that. We wouldn’t do that to you! They do not affect your Lifestyle Meals in any way. They are also low-calorie, so fret not!

Stay tuned for more FAQs!


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