Clean Eating

What’s Different This Time?

As my 21 day cleanse wraps up for this year I was looking over what I have done previously and what is different this time.

Here is the list from the previous post from 2015 and I’ll comment on what’s a “yay” and what’s a “not so much” or a “nay’.

Here is s what a typical day looks like on Clean (and sometimes even after Clean)

  • Wake up and Tongue Scrape – Yay, first thing I do every morning after my meditation
  • Oil Pull for 10 minutes with coconut oil (this is new this year for me!) – Nay, I love oil pulling, but I’ve switched to The Dirt tooth powder for whitening: https://judymoon.com/lets-talk-dirty-2/
  • Brush teeth
  • Axe Detox drink – Kind of..I drink warm water with lemon and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar religiously, sometimes I throw in some ginger depending on my mood.
  • Meditation – Big Yay. This is actually the FIRST thing I do when I wake up. I sit up in bed and get it done.
  • Exercise – Yay.
  • Dry brush – Yay.
  • Shower – Yay.
  • Plant fusion shake with frozen berries, flax seed, almond milk, raw coconut cream, colloidal minerals (the minerals are a new addition this year), – Variation, this is now my afternoon snack, sometimes split in two. I also don’t use the coconut cream anymore and no flax. I had forgotten about the minerals, so they may go back in.
  • Cup of Kukicha tea with stevia – Big yay, my favorite tea.
  • Snack if I need it – raw nuts – Yay.
  • Lunch – salad from the list of foods you can have – Yay.
  • Snack – green drink with wheat grass powder, kale, more berries, coconut water and an apple. (this is my go to afternoon pick me up everyday) – Green drink is now breakfast , my recipe is in the last post.
  • Dinner – meal or soup from list of foods you can have. – Yay. We ate alot more soup for dinner than on previous cleanses. We didn’t feel as hungry this time for some reason. Plus, it’s been freezing here is Philadelphia, so a bowl of hearty soup was very appealing!
  • Water with lemon throughout the day. (also started adding chlorophyll to the water) – Yay – I forgot about the chlorophyll, so I’m adding that back to our routine.
  • Herbal tea after dinner, Tulsi Rose is a favorite.- Yay, also added Tulsi Lavender Tea to the repertoire.
  • Natural Calm before bed- Yay.
  • I take the supplements according to directions on labels – Yay.
  • Alternating detox epsom salt baths, and Castor Oil Wraps through out the week. – Yay to the baths, not so much to the Castor Oil Wraps. To be completely honest, I’ve been out of Castor Oil! Just ordered some and I’m planning some wraps post cleanse to keep the vibe going.
  • “Cocktails” made with kombucha – New! I started making us a ‘cocktail” before dinner with coconut water, kombucha, fresh mint, fresh lemon, a few pieces of pineapple or some berries. I’d kind of wing it each night and the tang from the kombucha satisfied my craving for a glass of wine.

I also scoured through all of my healthy cookbooks before the cleanse even started searching for new recipes made from the foods we are able to eat. I made a giant list of possibilities and we tried some new recipes that were definitely keepers. The key to success I believe is being creative with the list of what you can have. As long as the the meals are tasty, you don’t feel like you are being deprived or you are missing out. Although my husband may beg to differ since he is counting the minutes till he can have bread.

Looking forward to keeping the inspiration for clean eating going, I still have many new recipes to try from the list that I had made.
Our goal is to be in the 80/20 range. Clean eating 80 % of the time.

As for me personally, I’m  looking forward to my next knitting night with my peeps – the cleanse will be over and there will be cheese…..

Let’s Talk Dirty

Posted by Judy Moon

January is upon us and you know what that means – Clean Program!

Every January my husband Joe and I do Dr. Junger’s Clean Program – I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve done it, I think it’s maybe 5 or so. It has become our go-to way to kick off the New Year and push the reset button after a month of holiday fun and good cheer. It’s also a nice path to take to starting off your year on the road to health and wellness. It’s kind of the ultimate wellness seed.

I was inspired by a client years ago who would do it every January and then often after a vacation. I always said to her “I could never do it, 21 days without x,y and z…” anyone who knows me knows x,y and z stand for red wine, cheese and at that time pasta. I then reached a point of switching from “I could never do it” to “I have to do it”. So I bought the book Clean, made my husband read it as well and we were sold.

A lot of clients, and friends ask me “how” we do it. There’s a few ways you can go about it. When we first did it there were 2 options available on the website, I think they were called Renew and Refresh. One option was to buy the kit, drink a shake for breakfast, a meal from the list of foods you can have for lunch and a shake for dinner. Snacks could also be from the list and it came with a boatload of supplements.

The other option was a kit with shake mix and less supplements and you had the shake for breakfast and 2 smaller meals from the list of foods you can have, again having a snack if you need one from the list.

Since my husband was being a good sport and doing this with me, I opted for the second option since I knew this beer drinking, chicken wing eating dude was not going to have a shake for dinner.

We did great, lost some weight, had more energy, stopped having food cravings and felt like a million bucks. Was it as big of a detox as if we had done the other option, no, but I felt so much better and I was sold.

The following year, the second option wasn’t available on the site, and they explained to me that they felt the other option was a better detox, more thorough, etc. and that was what they were promoting, but I could always still do it the other way if I chose and just buy the ingredients separately.  So I reread the book and just purchased what I needed without buying the kit.

For a protein shake, I went with the Chocolate Plant Fusion 

For the supplements, we took PB8 probiotics, Enzymedica digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle, and Oregano oil Capsules which I picked up at Whole Foods. The other supplements are also available there as well.

I drank Natural Calm at night to help “keep things moving” and it helps you sleep well.

We eat from the list of foods you can have and avoid the things you can’t have and drink tons of water. We actually find that by week 2, we are just having soup for dinner or sometimes we actually have a shake, your appetite does change and your portions get smaller. You get fuller faster.

So over the years we’ve added some things to increase the detox process and some of these things have become daily habits.

Here’s what a typical day looks like on Clean (and sometimes even after Clean)

  • Wake up and Tongue Scrape
  • Oil Pull for 10 minutes with coconut oil (this is new this year for me!)
  • Brush teeth
  • Axe Detox drink
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Dry brush
  • Shower
  • Plant fusion shake with frozen berries, flax seed, almond milk, raw coconut cream, colloidal minerals (the minerals are a new addition this year),
  • Cup of Kukicha tea with stevia
  • Snack if I need it – raw nuts
  • Lunch – salad from the list of foods you can have
  • Snack – green drink with wheat grass powder, kale, more berries, coconut water and an apple. (this is my go to afternoon pick me up everyday)
  • Dinner – meal or soup from list of foods you can have.
  • Water with lemon throughout the day. (also started adding chlorophyll to the water)
  • Herbal tea after dinner, Tulsi Rose is a favorite.
  • Natural Calm before bed
  • I take the supplements according to directions on labels.
  • Alternating detox epsom salt baths, and Castor Oil Wraps through out the week.
  • The Castor oil wraps are new to me this year as well. I just rub it all over the abdomen especially near the liver and the lymph channels wrap some saran wrap around myself, put on an old T shirt and chill for 45 minutes.

Is this the best most thorough detox on the planet, probably not, but it works for us. At the end of the 21 days, we’ve shed some weight, feel less puffy, have more energy, have more clarity, feel inspired to take better care of ourselves, and are motivated to eat better.

I would call that a success!

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