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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.