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Clean Program // Week 1

DenaJanuary 25, 2018

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I had been hearing about The Clean Program for awhile. When I saw friends preparing to start the cleanse for a second time, I was convinced that the results must be worth it.

Over the last few years, I completed a Whole 30 program, I tried a Ketogenic diet for awhile, and most recently I embarked on a mostly raw, vegan lifestyle. My mostly raw, vegan lifestyle has been the best thing that I’ve done in terms of diet and I plan to stick with it for the rest of my life. However, after the holidays, I really slipped away a lot and mostly turned into about-half-the-time at best. I’ve been in a slump in terms of health and my main purpose for the cleanse was to get back on track and reset my body.

The Clean Program has a few focuses. Each day you have 3 meals — a shake for breakfast, a Clean-approved lunch, and a shake for dinner. During the cleanse, you leave a 12-hour window between the last thing you eat or drink and the first you take in. This sends the body a signal to go into deep detox mode. Your body knows that from 8PM to 8AM, it’s time to clean house. You also take several supplements each day, at each meal.

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It’s a simple and easy-to-follow program. Presently I am on Day 11. I’ve stuck to the program nearly exclusively, with the exception of the weekend where I went off track slightly and had one cheat meal and a few glasses of wine between Friday and Saturday night. I am not beating myself up over the slip-up and instead I am focused on completing the remainder of the program to the best of my ability.

With that said, I’ve already experienced a lot of good through the program. I am sleeping more deeply. I have more energy, although admittedly I am missing my daily caffeinated tea. I have lost 6 pounds. And I am less bloated. I’ve also started exercising a little bit again, after a long-hiatus.

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To help me kick off the cleanse, I kept a little journal each morning on days two through five. You can read my entries below.

Day 2: Tuesday, January 16th

It’s 8:19 am on Tuesday morning, the second day of my 21-Day Clean Program. I feel good. I don’t feel hungry or lethargic or any of the negative/detox reactions that I have felt on cleanses previously. It’s very early so they may come yet. If I do feel any difference at this point, it is some additional mental clarity. I am not sure if it is an actual side effect or if the program is making me more mindful in general, but either way, I appreciate the increased mental clarity. I usually feel foggy in the mornings until I have a cup of caffeinated tea. But I’ve had no tea this morning and I woke up feeling very clear-headed and ready to begin the day and be productive.

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Yesterday went well for the most part. I followed the program all day, except that I did eat a few spoonfuls of the homemade macaroni & cheese that I made the kids for dinner. In hindsight, I am disappointed that I did it, but I am not going to beat myself up. The more important matter is why did I do it? I think it was stress at the end of the day, I was exhausted and overwhelmed, knowing that I had yet to get through dinner and bath time and bedtime. I am certain that this cleanse will show me just how often I eat something unhealthy not because I am hungry but because I am stressed.

Once again, I am giving myself grace, but I am also going to be more aware going forward. I will likely be tempted to eat whatever the kids are eating for dinner again today, so I will be prepared this time by making myself a cup of lavender tea to sip on while I prepare and serve their dinner.

I also started the “7 Days of Calm” program on the Calm App this morning. It was a simple 3 minute meditation on breathing and focusing. I plan to do the exercise each morning. Mornings are always hectic with three little ones running around and my big to-do list looming; but I am confident taking this time each morning to get my mind right will pay off.

Day 3: Wednesday, January 17th

The remainder of yesterday went well. It’s surprising to me that I haven’t felt hungry yet. I am eating way less than usual. I wonder if it has to do with all of the nutrition packed into the Clean Program shakes and supplements. I have, however, started to have cravings, mostly for cheese & potatoes — my two biggest weaknesses.

I have also found that I am drinking a lot more than usual, which is a good thing. Since I am not constantly shoving food in my mouth I am really noticing when I am thirsty and staying hydrated. I have a little paper taped up by my water filter to keep track of how many glasses of water I am drinking each day, aiming for at least 8.

I blended this morning’s shake with half an avocado, a scoop of raw cacao, a handful of frozen blueberries, and a handful of raw cashews. It was so good, but now I am so full!

I’ve been weighing myself each morning, which is probably not the best idea, but the initial weight loss that always comes at the beginning of a cleanse is so motivating. A little over 3 pounds down in just a couple of days. Weight loss wasn’t my main reason for doing this cleanse — resetting my body and getting back on track with my mostly raw, vegan lifestyle was — but it’s a nice side effect for sure. 😉

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Day 4: Thursday, January 18th

I lost another pound as of this morning. I am down 4.2 pounds in 4 days which is interesting but not uncommon for cleanses.

I had another good day yesterday with the exception of sneaking about 6 tater tots off of the kids dinner plates. What is it with me and the kids’ dinner!? It’s such a stressful point in the day for me when I am completely exhausted but still faced with all of the chores that I need to get done before bedtime. Once again, I am not going to beat myself up, upward & onward.

I am not experiencing many detox symptoms yet at all. Overall, I feel good, but not much different than usual. I am hoping to see an increase in energy soon. I’ve given up caffeine on the program and I am sorely missing my mid-afternoon tea fix. I’m slightly less bloated than usual, which is to be expected.

I was extremely tempted to have a glass of wine last night. I also have some social occasions coming up this weekend that will involve drinking. I am trying to figure out if I should stick strictly to the program or allow myself to have 1 or 2 drinks. I haven’t made up my mind yet. Pros and cons either way, I suppose. Although at the moment I am leaning toward staying strict. My willpower is about to take a big test. We’ll see.

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Day 5: Friday, January 19th

Yesterday, I finally started to experience a new detox symptom, a change in my digestion. This is may be a little TMI, but it’s important to discuss digestive health, uncomfortable though it may be. I usually have a bowel movement once a day, in the morning. Even before the cleanse I ate a mostly vegetarian, high-fiber, high-raw content diet; so being regular and going once a day, in the morning, wasn’t an issue for me. However, since starting the cleanse, I find that I am going twice or even three times in a day.

Other than the digestive changes, I don’t have much else to report. I am down 5.6 pounds. I am also seeing a big difference in my face, I’m a lot less bloated than I was before and my face looks less tired. I also think that I am sleeping more deeply at night. However, I am also sleeping a little less because I have to get up to use the bathroom since I am drinking so much during the day.

I had my first social drinking temptation yesterday and I managed to stay true to the program. I’ll have a bigger temptation tomorrow, and I still haven’t decided how I will handle it. It’s a girl’s night with some ladies that I’ve been wanting to spend time with for, literally, years. I want to have fun and relax. Yet, I am determined and enjoying the cleanse. I don’t want to mess it up. Once again, time will tell!

After Day 5, I stopped journaling as my entries were getting redundant. My detox symptoms have been fairly minimal because I already eat very clean. All of the things that I am eating on the cleanse are things that I already eat every day. However, the real benefits of the program are happening for me internally. With less energy dedicated to digesting and assimilating poor-quality foods, my body is redirecting its energy towards improving inner health. I am also experiencing a lot of “emotional symptoms” that I am not ready to speak on yet, as I am still processing them.

Today is my fourth day of Week 2 of my cleanse and I am excited to see my continued progress and to work though the next phases of this journey with strength and grace. I will update again soon. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments and I will address them in my next update.

If you are interested in trying out the program, use my referral link and you will get $50 off of your purchase.

Wishing you health & happiness–

Side note: This is not a sponsored post. I paid for this product and I have no affiliation with The Clean Program. Always consult your professional healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

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