Three weeks ago I hesitated to start. Even though I have been through the Clean Program many times before, I just didn’t know if I was in the right place to start and successfully make it through. My inner voice and body was telling me that I had to though, so I jumped right in and just did it. And here it is. Day 21! I have successfully completed another round of this really fabulous detox program.
Here is how I am feeling today:
The benefits for me have included:
- tightening a notch on my belt and better fitting clothes
- releasing about 10 pounds
- feeling better with more energy
- clearer thoughts
- greater motivation
- better sleep at night
- clearer skin
It is recommended that when you end the Clean Program, you experiment to see if you have any toxic triggers. For the first two days you reintroduce gluten to your diet by eating a piece of bread with breakfast, perhaps some wheat pasta for dinner. Observe how you feel. Then eat clean for two days. See if you notice any symptoms. Then for two days do the same with dairy. Eat clean for another two days. In this way you can see how you feel and decide if you need to remove or reduce them from your diet.
I however have decided that I would really like to take this opportunity to repair any damage there may be to my gut. After reading the Clean Gut book I am convinced I can benefit from it as well. So for the next few weeks I will continue to forgo certain foods.
I will be adding eggs and nightshades (tomatoes and peppers) back into my diet, but removing all beans. In my transition into the Clean Gut diet I will eat eggs for two days and then eat clean, then do the same for nightshades. I am curious if either of those are triggers for me. I suffer from eczema and acne and both of them clear up while I am eating clean, so I know it is something that I eat. I’m just not sure what.
The Clean Gut differs from the Cleanse in that you are also able to eat a more solid meal at dinner and you are not limited to a smoothie or pureed soup. That will be a nice change. I will be discussing the plan as I go forward.
Thank you to everyone who followed along and offered support. Please leave any comments or questions below. I look forward to hearing from you!