21 Day Clean Cleanse- What to Expect

Clean Program | Maria & Alyssa

We put together a little Q&A section to answer some of the most popular questions we have been receiving about the Clean Program’s 21-Day Clean Cleanse. Everyone’s body is different, and therefore your 21 days will most likely be different than mine. So please keep that in mind as you read below. 

Also, as we’ve mentioned before, if you are interested in participating in the Clean Cleanse you really must read the book Clean! Knowledge is power my friends. 😉

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How am I going to feel in the beginning?

The first few days will be the hardest, but hang in there! Depending on how much coffee you normally drink or how much sugar you typically consume, you may experience some headaches or cold like symptoms. You may also feel like your digestion is thrown off in the beginning. These symptoms will go away once your body becomes regulated. Our suggestion is drink a s%*$ ton of water! This will keep you hydrated and help flush out your system.

How am I going to feel at the end?

You will be skipping down the streets, no joke. You will have more energy, feel lighter, and have improved digestion. Your internal organs will be thanking you. Better yet, you should feel as if you finally found your “optimum health.” Like, “Wow… so this is what it’s like to feel really really good.” Get excited.

Will I lose weight?

This is going to be different for everyone. I tend to lose most of my weight within the first 10 days. Then I plateau, and then lose a little extra weight at the end. Alyssa on the other hand, typically doesn’t lose anything until the last week or so, but then the weight just falls off. Remember, the focus of this cleanse is really on health rather than weight loss. So don’t get caught up in the numbers, and try to focus on you and how you feel.

Am I going to be hungry?

You are not supposed to be starving on this cleanse. Ensure you consume at least 1200 calories per day. We suggest in the beginning bulking up your smoothies and your lunches until you get used to the system. Make sure you include enough protein throughout your day! Add brown rice or vegetable based protein to your smoothies, meat or fish to your lunches and legumes in your soups. For us, the hardest habit to kick was to not eat all damn day. You start to realize you are not actually hungry, you are most likely just bored. If you are actually hungry, grab a clean snack. Apple slices and almond butter or rice crackers and hummus are some of my favorites. But see if you can distract yourself first (get your nails done or go for a walk). More often than not, it’s just in your head 🙂

Am I going to be able to actually eat like this for 21 days?

It’s 21 days. It’s not that bad! One of the reasons Alyssa and I started this blog was to create a source for more clean recipes. There are honestly so many good things to make, so don’t get stuck eating the same things everyday! We have awesome recipes in our Clean Cleanse recipe section, like Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese and Chicken Quesadillas. Not to mention a ton of different soups and smoothies. So get your butt in the kitchen and start experimenting. You will begin to crave fresh foods flavored by spices and herbs rather than butter and preservatives. Remember this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Healthy habits are a good thing 🙂

Do I need to exercise?

Yes! You won’t build muscle sitting on the couch, but you can tone your exercise routine down a bit. Because your body is working so hard on your insides, you do not want to add too much need for recovery from an intense work out. So go for lighter exercise. Walking, yoga, jogging, or lighter weight lifting. The first time I did the cleanse I pretty much stopped exercising and I got “skinny fat.” No one wants that. So don’t be afraid to pick up the weights or keep the sit ups going, just go easy 🙂

Can I go to social events while cleansing?

Of course you can! The hardest part (at least for me) is not drinking, but you will live. If you are going to a dinner event, have a soup or smoothie for lunch so you can eat a solid meal for dinner. You can pretty much order a grilled chicken salad anywhere. Or go for fish, chicken or duck and a side of grilled or roasted vegetables.


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  • Get blog, just saw Alyssa glow on Bloomberg and inspired to check out the blog. Am Very glad Alyssa pitched it well. This blog is full of easy delicious recipe sand guideline to recommit .
    Ordering the book, get on the cleanse – Tommaso

  • You guys are so inspiring! I love following your blog and am hoping through osmosis I can start cleaning up my diet….which has been unsuccessful thus far. All of your recipes (and pictures) sound/look delicious. I want to glow like you two!

  • Your blog is so great — I am doing the 21 day group cleanse now (day 6) with Dr. Junger. Your habits, thoughts, foods, etc., are so similar to what I am going through and I am so pleased to read it! I live in NYC, too, and workout like a maniac. I’ve been trying to cut down my exercise routine, but right now, I am exhausted (muscles are a lot sorer). Thank you for keeping my motivation up! You girls rock!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Rachel! I tend to tone down my exercise while I am cleansing to give my body a bit of a break. However, after the first week you will have much more energy!

    • So glad to hear Rachel! Thanks for following our blog and best of luck with the rest of your cleanse! Wish I was as motivated as you in the working out department 😉

  • Love your website 🙂 Having addressed serious gut issues (and resulting health issues now on the upward mend) my diet-style is very similar to the clean eating you write about. Specifically, I’m drawn to your meal plan of smoothie/meal/soup…the past two weeks I’ve alternated days incorporating this meal plan and my body seems to love having smoothies for breakfast–it seems it’s ‘easier’ on my body, and I’m adjusting to the soups for dinner. I see during your 21 day cleanse you posted some of your meal plans, but not all of them…are these posted elsewhere? is this 21 day menu of your’s for purchase? or would they be listed in the Clean book by Dr Junger? I am SO excited about this new chapter…even my acupuncturist can tell the difference that my stomach happens to favor the smoothies for breakfast 🙂 Kudos to you gals for a beautiful website and so much positive encouragement. xoxoo

    • Thank you Michelle! I am so happy you found clean eating as a way to feel better 🙂 We posted our meal plans just to give our followers some examples. Feel free to use any combination of clean meals that you would like! I also tend to feel my best when I do the smoothie/meal/soup combination, but it’s not always realistic for everyday- at least not for me! The Clean book has some recipes in the back as well. If you have any specific questions just send us an email!

  • HI – I am interested in trying this program. My stomach is very sensitive to vitamins and pills – to the point I cannot take some daily multi-vitamins b/c i will have severe nausea and migraines. Can you please let me know how the pre-packs of pills are? I want to make sure they do not cause me these side effects before purchasing.


    • Hi Mia, totally get what you are saying! I can’t take vitamins on an empty stomach or I get really nauseous. I would suggest giving the Clean support team a call. They are great, and will be able to answer your specific questions better than I can. Hope that helps! (888) 497-8417