In my last post, I mentioned that I was starting the Clean Program, a cleanse developed by Dr. Alejandro Junger. I hope that you are thinking of trying it out, as it’s the only cleanse I have found that works and is doable! I recommend getting the book if you plan on doing it, as my explanation does not do it justice. I’m on my second week now, and I feel my body really getting rid of all the junk. I’m feeling OK though! I’m certainly feeling some detox symptoms—whiteness on my tongue in the mornings, itchy skin, lots of sneezing—but I know this will make the 3rd and final week so much better—when the body starts repairing itself.
Oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, grapes, corn, creamed vegetables, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes), Dairy, Red meat (other than wild game and lamb), shellfish, and raw meat/fish, All Refined Sugar and Sweeteners (coconut nectar and stevia is OK), caffeine, alcohol, peanuts, soy, gluten, canola oil, and vegetable oil. The idea of the diet is to get rid of highly inflammatory and acidic foods, so that excess mucus in the body will be expelled and your body can heal itself.
Liquid meals (homemade smoothies/juices/soups of your choice from the list of approved foods) will be for breakfast and dinner, so that your body has the time from your dinner to your lunch of the next day to cleanse.
Allow for twelve hours between your first and last meal. So if you have dinner at 7PM, your breakfast is at 7AM.
Make sure you are POOPING. Otherwise you will poison yourself with your own toxins. Put flax in your smoothies if you are having problems. If you are really having issues, try Natural Calm–a magnesium supplement that aids muscle movement and is non habit-forming.
Drink lots of water. You should have to pee every hour.
antibacterial: garlic, olive leaf, or oil of oregano to kill the bad stuff
probiotics to rebuild gut flora (I like metagenics or Udos 8)
liver support, such as NAC or milk thistle
SLEEP. The cleanse does not work properly if you are not getting enough sleep. Junger recommends to try and get 7 hours a night.
Light exercise is important. If you are going to do heavy exercise, you can have a third smoothie.
Tips for Success:
enroll a friend! It keeps you accountable and provides a recipe-sharing buddy. I’ve already gotten two on board.
Do a “pre-cleanse” where you eat three meals, but none on the list above.
Get lots of sleep! If it’s late and you’re hungry, just go to sleep. It will help the process and shut down your temptation to eat.
Good luck and stay tuned for updates!
I’m sure you’ve heard that everyone–from Gwyneth Paltrow to Nicole Ritchie– has been juicing, and for good reason. Juicing is amazing for your body. For those of us who don’t love the taste of raw vegetables, it provides an easy way to get 4 servings of veggies in one sitting. It is also a great way to allow all the nutrients from raw vegetables go straight to your system while relieving your body of the task of digesting. I’ll definitely be writing more about juicing throughout this blog, but for now I want to give you my recipe for a tasty (even for those who don’t like the taste of green juices) immune boosting, detoxifying juice. This is something I drink whenever I feel low on energy, or when I just feel like I need to get rid of something in my system. The lemon and apple cuts through the taste, so you won’t even feel like you’re drinking greens!
Alana’s Be-Detoxed juice
1 Beet Leaf (beet leaves are VERY detoxifying, so make sure to keep it to one if you are a beginner)
1 Bunch of Cilantro–Cilantro has amazing benefits! It aids digestion and is reported to act as a natural chelation treatment for the removal of heavy metals.
1 Bunch of Chard (with the stems)
2 celery stalks
1/4 of a Ginger Root
1 Apple (Cored and Sliced)
Place all items in a juicer and let it do its magic! For those of you that don’t have a juicer, most juice spots/health stores have these ingredients and will be happy to juice them all together for you!