Yesterday, I ran into my friend Vera at a media event where instead of munching on the delicious looking sliders being passed around, I whipped out this fluorescent shake that I had hastily put into a clear Botox branded water bottle and took a big swig.
Yesterday, I started the 21 day detox called The CLEAN Program– which if you follow Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, you’ll know that she’s a big fan. A couple days ago, my friend from Health.com also started the cleanse though she chose to make all the recipes herself from the book. I’ve read through the book and the recipes in there are delicious but I know that I’ll never be able to stick with a 100% home made cleanse simply due to the fact that involves daily shopping, cooking and packing- and I usually wake up an hour before I have to be at my desk.
So I opted for the pre-made program which comes with all the supplements and shake powder to last you through the month. I decided to try out the system because I’ve been having a lot of trouble dropping excess pounds even with regular exercise (cardio + weights) and eating (relatively) healthy and I heard CLEAN was nothing short of a small miracle. Readers of TDO will know that I’ve done all sorts of liquid cleanses before but those are pretty hard to sustain for longer than a few days due to the fact that I get the most intense cravings to ..chew something. Apparently it also takes 21 days to break an addiction, so my desire to consume cheesecake and cheeseburgers don’t really diminish in the time I can last on a liquid fast.
With CLEAN, I can eat and I do eat. Yesterday I had a lunch of roasted asparagus, chicken and an apple and I’m about to repeat the same today (what can I say, I’m a creature of habit). When I get hungry, or just have the random desire to chew, I snack on a few pieces of fruit. However, in place of my usual breakfast of turkey bacon and cereal, I switch in a high protein, high fiber shake and instead of a dinner of hors d’oeuvres, I have another shake. The CLEAN program is flexible though- so if I had a work dinner or a friend’s birthday, I simply switch which meal I eat. The supplements that I take with each meal helps regulate my blood sugar so I don’t get cravings. At least, I haven’t yet.
The best part is, there are foods within each category that I can eat. Unlike diets or cleanses that completely wipe out a food group, I have much more flexibility to eat stuff I want. For example, the CLEAN program does not allow strawberries, oranges, bananas, grapes or grapefruit- but you’re free to eat any other fruit you want so I stocked up on peaches, berries and watermelon. The same goes for everything else from vegetables to animal protein.
However, the shakes are not so delicious. They have a slightly medicinal taste to me (and in fact, they are called medical foods) so I’ve been experimenting with putting different fruits in it. Yesterday I tried blueberry (not good in the blender) and plum (not good with the mix). Today I tried peach (better) and tonight I’ll try with watermelon. It’s going to be a lot of trial and error but hopefully in the next week or so, I’ll be able to figure out what works for me.
A full review is coming after I finish- so stay tuned!