All done! 21 days complete.

I feel great. My skin looks stel­lar. I learned that this was not just about the smooth­ies and a restricted diet. It became about remem­ber­ing to breathe, to slow down (which I always con­fused with lazi­ness), and to stop doing a mil­lion things at once. I relearned how to stop sac­ri­fic­ing the present moment for review­ing the lengthy to-do lists swirling in my head. I feel bal­anced, I feel calm, and my out­ward appear­ance is clearly reflect­ing that. I feel like I did a few years ago, before I had a bajil­lion projects. I feel like I had a major reboot.

My final thoughts and post-cleanse plans

In a word? A-friggin-mazing.

This is the only cleanse I have really been able to stick to because it is super easy and I noticed a BIG dif­fer­ence within a mat­ter of days. When some­thing is sim­ple and results-driven, it acts to moti­vate you to keep going. That is exactly what I needed, and that is exactly what I got.

It has been about seven days post-cleanse and I have con­tin­ued hav­ing a lovely smoothie for break­fast and a hearty salad with pas­tured organic chicken, wild-caught fish, or grass-fed organic beef for lunch. Din­ner has been what­ever I feel like – I have had smooth­ies for some din­ners, and on other nights it has been a full meal, like a burger patty with a bunch of deli­cious top­pers or chicken tikka from my favorite Indian restau­rant. We’ll see how things go, but for now, I do not want to ven­ture far off my EBG/Clean guidelines.

Ah yes, and I have also con­firmed two foods that do not agree with me. One is choco­late, which has given me rashes in the past. I had some choco­late post-cleanse and bam! rash on my hands. Bum­mer. The other is soy, which breaks me out like a ban­shee. No thanks, I’d rather have clear skin than soy sauce.

Start your own CLEAN adventure

 Below are some must-have items for your CLEAN cleanse. Remem­ber, this is not just a cleanse – it’s also like a vaca­tion and a lengthy beauty rit­ual all in one. Enjoy your­self! 

1. The CLEAN book. This is a must-have. It walks you through the whys, hows, and all the nitty gritty details you will want to know before and dur­ing your cleanse. Make sure you read it cover-to-cover. Life Les­son #5718: Skim­ming gets you in trouble.

2. The CLEAN sup­ple­ment kit or a do-it-yourself sup­ple­ment kit (detailed below). I had a great expe­ri­ence with the CLEAN kit and I enjoyed the ease-of-use and sim­plic­ity it gave me, so if you have the funds avail­able, I do rec­om­mend it.

3. Time (sorry, no link, since it’s not for sale trololol). You do not want to rush this. You do not want to feel crammed or stressed. That defeats the pur­pose. So set aside a block of time that you know will be a bit calmer at work or school (prefer­ably when you’re not in school). Take some vaca­tion time or sick days, and enjoy your­self. This is not a hard pro­gram, but to have a good expe­ri­ence, you need to be pre­pared and relaxed.

4. Some extra spend­ing money. This will really come in handy when you feel like a relax­ing mas­sage (any­where from $30-$150+ depend­ing on where you live), a trip to the aes­theti­cian for a facial (~$80), or a colon hydrother­apy ses­sion ($35-$75). Save up a lit­tle so you can try to have at least $200 extra on hand for some lit­tle lux­u­ries (or beauty emer­gen­cies). Believe me, it will be worth it.

Rec­om­mended (but optional) items for your CLEAN cleanse.

1. A dry body brush. This really felt lux­u­ri­ous and made a huge dif­fer­ence for my skin. I ended up switch­ing between dry body brush­ing and mak­ing my own sea salt scrub, so you can do the same or do just sea salt (or Epsom salt) scrubs 2–3 times per week.

2. Body oil (scroll down for my DIY recipe as well as store-bought rec­om­men­da­tions). Right after a shower, a nice body oil will add that lit­tle extra “some­thing” to your morn­ing or evening rit­ual. Your skin may go through some changes dur­ing the cleanse, and it’s a good idea to keep it hydrated and pro­tected, which helps pre­vent blemishes.

Do-it-yourself CLEAN sup­ple­ment kit

Ask your med­ical prac­ti­tioner for advice on sup­ple­men­ta­tion, espe­cially if you have a pre­ex­ist­ing med­ical con­di­tion. Cer­tain herbs do have con­traindi­ca­tions, so it’s impor­tant to do fur­ther research and ref­er­ence your con­di­tion if needed.

 These rec­om­men­da­tions are based entirely on what is rec­om­mended by Dr. Junger and what comes in the CLEAN pro­gram kit, which retails for $425.

You will prob­a­bly need about 2 tubs of pro­tein for the 21 days. You should only need one of every­thing else. I would esti­mate about $220 for the entire 21-day DIY kit. If you’re on a tighter bud­get, either get a few things in incre­ments or just pur­chase the absolute essen­tials: pro­tein pow­der plus one thing you think you will need for your unique sit­u­a­tion (like enzymes or magnesium).

Feel free to shop around and gather your mate­ri­als over the course of a month or two so you do not strain your bud­get or feel over­whelmed. When hunt­ing around for brands, always look for qual­ity ingre­di­ents and no added fillers or poten­tial aller­gens, like tita­nium diox­ide, soy, milk, arti­fi­cial col­ors, etc. 

1. Pro­tein pow­der. Pro­tein is essen­tial for liver func­tion, as well as an over­all healthy body, hair, and nails. On this cleanse, you will def­i­nitely need to sup­port your­self with pro­tein, since the only source of solid pro­tein will be com­ing from lunch and that is just not enough to sus­tain or encour­age a healthy sys­tem. A pro­tein pow­der that includes vit­a­mins or min­er­als might also be ben­e­fi­cial to you if you find it dif­fi­cult to make hearty smooth­ies or com­plete meals for lunch.

Rec­om­mended options to choose from:

2. Enzymes. This may or may not be help­ful for you. Per­son­ally, I found that I did not need them. If you have diges­tion issues, con­sider a good diges­tive enzyme blend and/or HCL.

Rec­om­mended options to choose from:

3. Pro­bi­otics. Estab­lish­ing good bac­te­ria in your diges­tive tract is impor­tant for immu­nity, weight man­age­ment, and nutri­ent con­ver­sion and assim­i­la­tion. You’re estab­lish­ing a good foun­da­tion for good bac­te­ria with all the good food you will be eat­ing, so adding them in is the next step. Start with one cap­sule either before break­fast or before bed­time, then up it to twice per day.

Rec­om­mended options to choose from:

4. Liver sup­port. I did this in the form of tea and two cap­sules per day of turmeric and milk this­tle (each). There are also liq­uid and cap­sule blends that you may also find use­ful if you can­not (or do not) drink tea dur­ing the day.

Rec­om­mended options to choose from:

5. Mag­ne­sium. Let’s be blunt here: you need to poop every day, espe­cially dur­ing this cleanse. Mag­ne­sium helps you do that, and it’s a cheaper alter­na­tive to get­ting colon hydrother­apy (those are about $70 per ses­sion where I am — yikes!). Nat­ural Calm is my one and only rec­om­men­da­tion because it doesn’t taste hor­rific and it does the job it’s sup­posed to do.

6. Aloe juice (preservative-free). Another great pooper helper. It is also anti-inflammatory, aids diges­tion, and shows promise in reg­u­lat­ing cho­les­terol (and even PCOS). I will drink an ounce or two if I have some diges­tive upset or if I ate too large of a meal. Aloe juice belongs in everyone’s lit­tle emer­gency kit.

7. Gar­lic. Either incor­po­rate gar­lic gloves (raw or cooked) into your meals as often as pos­si­ble dur­ing the cleanse, or sup­ple­ment with some­thing like Kyolic liq­uid. Per­son­ally, I did both because I love gar­lic. Gar­lic is antibac­te­r­ial and anti­fun­gal, plus it’s rich in sul­fur and great for the skin. You can’t go wrong with gar­lic! (Hint: keep your gar­lic bulbs in the fridge, as the chill helps increase the sul­fur com­pounds, par­tic­u­larly allicin.)

Let me know if you have any ques­tions. When do you plan to start your Clean program?

~Steph  x