CLEAN: Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate. Part 1

Yesterday, Sunday, we started a 21 day detox program called Clean. The program is designed to help the body get rid of toxins. It does this primarily by eliminating certain foods and including others.

Clean: Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate

Clean: Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate

I’ve never followed any particular diet regime before. When it comes to food I like to set my own guidelines and rules.  So this is a first for me. When I mentioned to friends what we’re doing, they asked “what symptoms are you trying to address?”  I’m really not approaching the diet that way. I don’t think I’m trying to address anything in particular. Then why am I doing this?  I’m curious. I’m fascinated with nutrition and have a deep curiosity, so why not.  Plus my husband, John, is game and wants to do it. So here we are.

The low down:
Cut out all foods that are potentially allergens as well as some foods that are highly acidic and mucus forming. On the exclude food list are: soy, dairy, corn, wheat, coffee, alcohol, OJ, bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, peanuts, beef, pork, etc.  (By the way this is not a complete list, but it sums it up).  I’m good with all of this, other than dairy. I haven’t eaten soy, wheat, for a while, and don’t drink coffee, or alcohol.  However, I love cheese, yogurt, kefir, etc. It’s where a lot of my protein comes from. This will be the tough one for me.  

The basic meal plan is as follows:
-Smoothie or Juice for breakfast.
-Heavier lunch (millet, quinoa, brown rice, chicken, beans, lentils, veggies, greens, etc.)
-Liquid dinner (raw soup)
-Snacks: almonds, fruit with almond butter, Lara bars (I added this), and lentil humus with veggies

Snacks

Snacks

The rules are to only eat foods on the include list, to fast for 12 hours between dinner and breakfast and drink lots of lemon water and green tea.

The book reminds you to Chew your food and take your time eating. The process of breaking your food down starts in the mouth with chewing and mixing the food with saliva. I’ll need to practice chewing the liquids soups!

Besides cutting dairy out, the other tough part for me will be having a light dinner;  a liquid raw soup. I have a healthy appetite. I eat a lot and I struggle to fall asleep if I’m just a little bit hungry.  I think I’ll be maximizing the snacks over the next 21 days.

In preparation I’ve been perfecting an energy smoothie for breakfast for the last 2 weeks. Here is the recipe that is working for me.

Green Energy Smoothie

Green Energy Smoothie

ENERGY SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of almond milk
1 cup of ice/water
extra water to get the drink to the desired consistency
¼ cup of almond butter
1 scoop of brown rice protein powder
1 tsp cardamom
1 cup of frozen mango
bunch of spinach
1 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp soaked chai seeds (soaking helps release enzymes).
Agave to sweeten

 

 

 

Food Preparation:
The Clean Program recommends that you soak  grains, seeds, nuts and beans before you eat them or cook them.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so hopefully this will help me get in the habit.  It requires a lot of planning and thinking ahead.  More so than usual. Right now I’ve got adzuki beans, lentils, wild rice, and sun flower seeds all soaking. 

Even though the meals are pretty simple, they are new to me so it’s going to take quite a bit of time to make them. I plan on making two helpings of the lunches to last for two days.  That way I’m only cooking every other day. 

The clean program also suggests taking supplements to help with the whole detox process. You can purchase a 21 day supply of supplements for $450 through the clean website. I decided not to do this. I did visit New Season and got some brown rice protein to add to the breakfast smoothies, and a Phyto-enzyme and a Probiotic supplement.

Plans for when we exercise:
Several times in the book it mentions you can follow this program while following a training program. It says to increase your calorie intake.  Some of the other things we’ll add will be to use an all natural electrolyte drink (Ultima) and Hammer Bars.  These bars are actually made from ingredients that are on the include food list. I’m pretty happy about that.

On-the-Bike Food and Drink

On-the-Bike Food and Drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Food:
During this detox phase we are going to do a few other little things as suggested by the book. One is to make sure we are using natural toiletries: toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soaps etc.  We pretty much do this already.  There are some pretty good options out there for finding reasonably priced natural ingredient toiletries. Wholefoods have their own “365” brand that is really affordable.  And if you don’t like it, Wholefoods has a great return policy.

To help with the elimination of all kinds of toxins the program also recommends the following:
-Daily Meditation
-Deep breathing
-Exercise
-Quality sleep
-Skin brushing
-Hot/cold showers
-Massage

Stay tuned for “Part 2”. I’ll give an update in a week.

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