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!