Clean

As a New Year’s Resolution, Caleb and I decided to eat healthier and actually use our YMCA gym memberships.

We don’t really eat too bad, except for our weekly pizza nights, and my sweet tooth (I drink a cup of tea at least once a day, and each cup includes at least 4 Tablespoons of sugar. Yikes).

Over Christmas break we researched different weight loss programs and diets, and eventually stumbled across a detox program called Clean. Created by Dr. Alejandro Junger (Bio found here: http://www.harpercollins.com/author/microsite/about.aspx?authorid=35243), the Clean program focuses on taking away toxins in the body, and allowing the body to heal itself.

For the past few months, I have felt extremely tired, have low energy, and am constantly congested and sick. After finishing the book and reading testimonials of people that after completing the Clean program were able to stop taking allergy medication, lost extra weight, and regained energy and total health, we were Clean believers.

Before beginning the actual program, Junger recommends doing a one week Elimination Diet to prepare the body for a detox. During the Elimination Diet, you are required to eat three meals a day using only “Clean approved” foods. You are able to eat three solid meals a day during the Elimination Diet week, but eventually switch to two liquid meals and one solid meal per day on the Clean detox (this lasts for three weeks. Once again: Yikes). Foods that are allowed on the Elimination Diet/Clean:

  • hemp, rice, almond, and coconut milk
  • non-gluten grains
  • unsweetened fresh/whole fruits, avocados, olives
  • cold water fish, rabbit, pheasant, bison, venison, elk, lamb, duck, chicken, turkey
  • split peas, lentils, legumes
  • stevia
  • water

Foods that are not allowed on the Elimination Diet/Clean:

  • dairy, eggs
  • oranges, bananas, strawberries, corn, nightshades
  • peanuts
  • white/brown sugar
  • condiments
  • gum

We created a meal plan for one week, made a grocery list that was 1.5 pages in length, and trekked out in the snow to Giant because our car couldn’t make it all the way to Whole Foods. Soon after arriving at Giant and perusing the organic food aisle, I realized that what Alejandro Junger really meant on his “Do/Do Not Eat” list was:

Foods that are allowed on the Elimination Diet/Clean:

  • Expensive foods that only come in small quantities 

Foods that are not allowed on the Elimination Diet/Clean:

  • Bacon
  • Nutella 
  • Happiness 
  • Inexpensive foods that come in bulk and can often last up to 20 years 

We spent almost two hours in Giant, and over two times what we normally spend on two weeks worth of food, but continued to remind ourselves that this is worth it. It better be worth it. 

This morning we started our first official day on the Elimination Diet, and let’s just say it wasn’t the greatest. For breakfast we made a blueberry shake that included frozen blueberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, almond butter, and chia seed gel (this has no taste, and I’m still not entirely sure of it’s purpose). It was so thick and dry that we had to add water, which turned the “shake” into blueberry-coconut mush, which proved extremely difficult to drink.

Lunch & Dinner were great improvements, and we mastered the art of Hummus making. Our almond butter also turned out pretty good, but our ninja food processor almost overheated. We also found this new tea (caffeine-free) called Horny Goat Weed, which not only has a great name, but is also incredibly delicious.

Caleb has already asked if there are any Clean desserts, but I don’t think those exist.

I have to remind myself that the changes I want to see in myself are not going to just happen; it is going to take a lot of effort, patience, and determination.

Here’s to us…and hemp milk.

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