CLEAN

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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%. 

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The Clean Program includes

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

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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. 

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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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