CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

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...
Days 11–18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Days 11–18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

I am near­ing the end of my clean cleanse (only 3 days left), and even though I’m lov­ing it, I am look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a bunch of nigiri for my first post-cleanse meal. More results My skin looks the same from last week. I feel ener­gized, my sleep is deep and refresh­ing, and I often wake up on my own with­out an alarm. Most impor­tant­ly to me, my cog­ni­tive skil­lz are return­ing to nor­mal. It was prob­a­bly a com­bi­na­tion of too much stress, con­stant com­put­er and iPhone use, and mul­ti­task­ing that has low­ered my atten­tion span and abil­i­ty to “be present.” I didn’t like feel­ing that way, and one of the results I am glad to be see­ing with this pro­gram is a return to nor­mal brain func­tion. I have been tak­ing it slow­er, enjoy­ing a half hour or so of sun­shine in the mid-morn­ings, and real­ly focus­ing on the task or con­ver­sa­tion at hand instead of think­ing of mul­ti­ple things at once. I’ve also been doing a free Chopra guid­ed medi­a­tion, which is just super relax­ing and an all-nat­u­ral mood boost­er. (FYI! For pic­tures and dai­ly updates, fol­low me on Insta­gram.) Post-cleanse plans For one thing, I will def­i­nite­ly con­tin­ue to have at least one shake per day for a meal. I did green smooth­ies (water, greens, and fruit blend­ed togeth­er) every day for sev­er­al years, but I would find myself hun­gry again short­ly after fin­ish­ing one because there was no fat or pro­tein to keep me sat­ed. That wasn’t real­ly a prob­lem because I would just have a “real” meal after­ward, but I prefer to just...
Days 5–10: CLEAN Cleanse Program & RESULTS! [Pictures]

Days 5–10: CLEAN Cleanse Program & RESULTS! [Pictures]

Every­thing has been going incred­i­bly well on the CLEAN cleanse pro­gram. Week 1 was great, and week 2 has proven to be much the same. I am both excit­ed and a bit sad that there are only 11 days left. Halfway through! Results so far My ener­gy and focus is much bet­ter, and I no longer feel that gen­er­al malaise that I had been expe­ri­enc­ing. My usu­al vibrant, lucid dreams have also made a come­back. Man, I real­ly did miss those. Anoth­er huge dif­fer­ence I have noticed is with my skin. Since about day 3, it start­ed look­ing pos­i­tive­ly glow­ing. On Day 9 I went to see my aes­theti­cian, and before I even said a word, she went all wide-eyed and began exclaim­ing how incred­i­ble my skin was look­ing again. Ace. I love hear­ing that from a pro­fes­sion­al. 😉 Under that incred­i­bly unflat­ter­ing mag­ni­fy­ing mir­ror, she was fur­ther amazed at how “deeply hydrat­ed” (her words) my skin was. This is a big deal because those words have nev­er been uttered about my skin. Not ever. My skin has always been prone to dry­ness, despite the fact that I have normal-ish/oily skin. (This is why skin­care can get a bit com­pli­cat­ed – you can have plen­ty of oil, but at the same time, your skin can have trou­ble main­tain­ing prop­er bar­ri­er func­tion and hydra­tion with­in the cell.) My skin always looks good when I stick to my EBG dietary pro­to­col, and mix­ing that with CLEAN has tak­en things to a whole new lev­el. Now do you see why I am not so keen on end­ing the cleanse? My con­clu­sion can­not be any­thing oth­er...
Days 2–4: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Days 2–4: CLEAN Cleanse Program

This cleanse has been amaz­ing. No headaches, no crav­ings, no fatigue. In fact, no neg­a­tive symp­toms at all. I attrib­ute that to the fact that there’s noth­ing my body is lack­ing (except sushi). I’m mak­ing sure to eat enough pro­tein and get enough micronu­tri­ents. I find it help­ful that the CLEANSE shake pack­et is for­mu­lat­ed with vit­a­mins for extra insur­ance. The oth­er day I men­tioned that the CLEANSE shake pow­der was a bit too chalky for my taste. Well, I tried mak­ing a shake with my Sun War­rior blend on Day 2 and the whole shake turned into this super thick pud­ding tex­ture, which I attrib­ute to the kon­jac they put in the mix. I couldn’t fin­ish that shake, so the next morn­ing I went back to the CLEANSE pow­der and it’s been grow­ing on me. It’s not the best thing in the mul­ti­verse, but it’s way bet­ter than a giant cup of hard-to-eat pud­ding. Results so far I have been wak­ing up more refreshed and get­ting tired ear­lier, which is exact­ly what I was hop­ing would hap­pen. My skin has been incred­i­ble as well. The weath­er has been a wonky, dry­ing mess the­se last two months, and everyone’s skin has been suf­fer­ing for it. But since I start­ed the CLEAN cleanse, my skin has been super soft and smooth, and more glow­ing than ever. It’s only been 4 days, so I’m pret­ty impressed. This morn­ing (Day 4), I woke up with zero under-eye cir­cles. Since I’m so white and the skin under the eyes is thin any­way, I get a love­ly pur­ple-ish cast there from the veins that trav­el...
Day 1: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Day 1: CLEAN Cleanse Program

This evening con­cludes Day 1 of my 21-day CLEAN pro­gram. This is what Day 1 looked like for me Sat in the morn­ing sun for about 30 min­utes while my pup sun­bathed next to me. I was very proud of myself for not check­ing emails and stu­pid crap on my phone dur­ing this time. Went inside and made some warm, fresh­ly squeezed lemon water and drank it up. Stretched. For break­fast, I made a shake with the Clean shake pack­et (vanil­la fla­vor), coconut oil, macadamia nut milk, matcha tea, romaine, blue­ber­ries, and cher­ries. Drank hot Lemon Detox Tea from Tra­di­tion­al Med­i­c­i­nals. For lunch, I had a 100% grass-fed organ­ic beef pat­ty with a spring mix sal­ad and roast­ed veg­gies (zuc­chini, sum­mer squash, car­rot) and a sim­ple bal­sam­ic olive oil dress­ing. Deli­cious. For din­ner, I made a shake from the Clean recipe book – Almond But­ter & Jel­ly I think it was called. I blend­ed this morning’s fresh­ly made macadamia nut milk, a Clean shake pack­et, 1 Tbsp. almond but­ter, 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, blue­ber­ries, and cher­ries. Drank hot Lemon Detox Tea from Tra­di­tion­al Med­i­c­i­nals. About to have my pre-bed­time drink — warm water with Nat­u­ral Calm mixed in. Dr. Junger rec­om­mends a spoon­ful or two of olive oil before bed, so I may try that. So far so good! This is easy (hope­ful­ly it stays that way) and I felt great all day. The shakes and lunch were very fill­ing and held me over until it was time to have anoth­er meal/shake, which sur­prised me because I am almost always hun­gry (I’ve been that way since I was a kid, my fam­i­ly thinks...