In two weeks I’m starting the Clean Program. If you aren’t familiar, this cleanse comes in two forms: a 7-day cleanse (suggested as up-keep), and a 21-day cleanse — both are meant to eliminate toxins and rejuvenate the system.

As someone who exercises 5-6 days a week, I try to live a healthy lifestyle while balancing life’s celebrations — that is to say, I enjoy clean and organic eating when possible but I also love chocolate, spaghetti, and whiskey. I admit I’m a little scared going into a cleanse that makes me omit my favorite vices, but it also feels necessary for me to move forward in my fitness journey; I need the discipline. One reason (of many) that drew me to Clean, was the lifetime support. I am very motivated to workout because it gives me instant gratification and I know I need it for my mental health. While I view eating as fuel, I also grew up in a culture that revolved around food. I sometimes have difficulty turning down things I enjoy, especially if it is an evening out with friends — I love trying new foods, having wine/cocktails at dinner. Having the confidence that Clean has my back for life means if I need guidance post-cleanse I know where to go.

Originally my start date for the cleanse was 6/26, but I pushed it back to 7/11 so I could enjoy Taste of Chicago when Leni and I go in a week-and-a-half. Maybe it’s fear, maybe I want one last hurrah before I commit, but either way, I know if I’m going to really do this I have to be in 100%. 



The Clean Program includes

  • clean shakes
  • clean probiotics
  • clean supplements
  • a complete manual + recipe guide
  • lifetime support (with the 21 day plan)


The system is simple

You have a shake in the morning for breakfast, a clean meal (details on what is considered clean and what is not are included in the thorough manual), and a shake in the evening for dinner. Along with each meal you take your daily supplements. It is recommended not to snack unless you feel actual hunger between these three meals. 


Since I am very active and workout 5-6 days a week, I am slowing way down during the cleanse and will be replacing weightlifting and cardio with strictly yoga. This will allow restorative movement, as well as some light bodyweight strengthening so I can still keep up with my practices and feel good. 

During the program you cut out

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • red meat
  • added/refined sugar
  • eggs
  • alcohol

At the end of the cleanse you reintroduce each category to see what foods affect your body.

Some things I am hoping to see from this cleanse

  • body fat loss
  • clearer skin (I have eczema)
  • better eating habits
  • more energy

I will be sharing my entire 21-day cleanse with you week-by-week, so you can see my progress and perspective. I hope you will follow along on Instagram through IGstories + the hashtag #algoesclean, and here at my blog.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions!


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