i did the clean program & here’s what i learned…

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I’ve been on a major health kick for the last year or so, trying to figure out what works for my body, how I can lose some weight and especially tone up. It’s been hard and it’s been a lot of trial and error. While perusing the health section on one of my favorite sites, I came across an article about The Clean Program. Endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and many others as a way to feel great (and lose a little weight), I got trigger happy and ordered the 7-day Clean Program almost immediately. (I should mention I have an upcoming Palm Springs trip, so I’ve been feeling the pressure to look great these last couple weeks.) 

I decided to start last Wednesday, a little over a week before my trip. The first couple days were easy since the program is very similar to how I already eat – a smoothie for breakfast and a plant-based meal for lunch. (I did appreciate that this cleanse allowed me to actually eat while on it.) The only difference is instead of another real meal for dinner, I had to drink another smoothie. For each meal, you are also instructed to take supplements. Easy peasy. Then I got to day three. I was suddenly exhausted, mood swinging and not feeling any magical feelings, so I gave up. 

Normally, I would’ve pushed through and finished it (especially since I paid a boatload), but day three made me realize something. I am so SICK of cleanses!! Like, why do I keep trying to do these? Food isn’t our enemy and it isn’t a talent to not eat. Yes, I understand the benefits of giving our digestive systems a break or figuring out which foods cause inflammation. Those things are important. However, eating is also important. Eating real food is the most important. I can’t say I’ll never try a cleanse again (I love trying new things and tend to have trigger finger when it comes to them), but I don’t see myself trying one again in the near future. What I do see myself doing is eating healthy, practicing better portion control and finding a workout routine that gives me the results I want. I’ve tried many trends and what it comes down to each time is there is no shortcut or magic solution. It takes good old-fashioned hardwork and if that means I get to actually chew my food – I’ll take it!

Have you tried the Clean Program? I’d love to hear what you thought!

  • Clean Program

    Greetings! Sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with the Clean Program. Oftentimes, we do experience less then comfortable feelings (both physically and emotionally) as our body begins to detox and we explore our relationship to food. To clarify, we LOVE food – and don’t think of it as our enemy. In fact, that is part of why this program was created. To inform people of how what we put into our system is a direct result of how we look, feel and exist in the World. If you want to chat some more – please feel free to be in touch! We’re here for you no matter what πŸ™‚ http://www.cleanprogram.com/support Here’s to your health!

  • PLAYING WITH APPAREL

    I’ve heard of this before and was very interested. Eating healthy and clean has been a major thing for me too this past year as I became a ‘semi’ vegetarian (I eat meat once a week). However it can be very hard to have the discipline to carry through if you haven’t found the right fit for you… not everyone can be vegetarian, or vegan, or raw, or drink juices all day… haha. You have to find what suits you.

    Filipa xxx
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  • You are definitely spot on. Eating real food is the most important thing, especially if it’s wholesome & hearty. A smoothie for dinner doesn’t sound satisfying whatsoever. :]

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  • I hadn’t heard of the Clean Program but I feel the same way about cleanses. They deplete you of all energy and for me it always ends up with a binge on something completely unhealthy! Best with sticking to a simple diet altogether! Thanks for the review!

    • You’re right, Bridget! As soon as I decided this cleanse was not for me, I stuffed as much bread in my face as I could fit hahaha a little counter productive since when I just eat healthy, real food, I never feel the need to binge. Thanks for your comment! xo

  • I’ve never even heard of the Clean Programme lol. Sounds interesting though x

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    • Most reviews I’ve read had positive feedback, so if it sounds like your thing, you should check it out! xo

  • Madison

    Completely understand where you’re coming from. I’ve always shied away from cleanses since real, whole food is what our body craves! Eating fresh fruits and vegetables while drinking healthy teas and lots of water might be the only “reset” we really need.

    Best,
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    • Totally agreed. I’ve tried different cleanse, some I liked, some I hated – but at the end of the day, nothing feels as great as enjoying delicious, fresh, real food. Thanks, Madison!! xo

  • Carla

    Yay! There are no short cuts to weight loss but isn’t it how you feel inside, your energy, and loving your life…what really counts? I think you’re a winner there.

    • Yup! It’s no fun to be too tired to do anything I love or even maintain a normal personality πŸ™‚

  • I feel you! I’m a food lover and as much as I’m all for health and fitness, to me, there needs to be balance. I can’t imagine myself eating a smoothie for breakfast and dinner and only a plant based meal for lunch every single day. I think I’d try something like this after the holidays when I’ve overindulged, haha, to get my body out of the food coma. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, we’re on the same page πŸ™‚

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    • Totally, I feel like the holidays is a different beast haha sometimes you need something a little more extreme to kick start your healthy habits after a couple months of indulgence. I’m all for moderation! Thanks for your comment, Jalisa. You’re the best xo

  • I feel your pain…every time I’ve tried any type of cleanse, even the ones that allow food, I have ended up completely exhausted. It just isn’t worth it! Ultimately the best thing we can do is listen to our bodies, including fueling them when they need fuel!

    • Agreed!! What’s the point if I don’t have the energy to do any of the things I love doing? Thanks for your feedback, Kasie! It’s much appreciated πŸ™‚