Liv rounds out the end of her cleanse with a Q&A from the doctor who started the program—why an extended cleanse works, how to eat healthy on a budget, and other healthy eating tips (just in time for your resolution).
Today is my final day of the Clean Program. Although it was tough, I’ve never felt healthier and more at peace mentally and physically. The swelling in my body has completely disappeared, my skin has cleared up, and I’ve noticed a complete shift in the way I think about food. The Program helped me to appreciate clean eating and showed me how to do it (while still getting to indulge every now and then!). Although I could tell you more of my personal experience, we decided to bring in the big guns. I got in touch with the creator of the cleanse himself, Dr. Junger, to answer any lingering questions and hopefully inspire you to go clean as well!
Why is this type of cleanse healthier than a juice cleanse?
I used to work at a detox spa in Palm Springs, so I’ve known quite a bit about juice cleansing. In a spa setting, where you’re resting most of the day and are removed from many of your daily stressors, juice cleansing can be very beneficial. But for the majority of people leading active, busy lives, juice cleansing can quickly fall short. For many, relying only on juice during your normal routine is not enough to provide the energy necessary to maintain balance and manage stress—in these situations, binging is common.
Why 21 days?
Research suggests that 21 days is the minimum amount of time you need to really develop a new habit, so I tried to work that into this program.
What’s the best way to eat clean on a budget?
Sometimes, clean food can seem expensive and unaffordable—but that thought is misguided. Sure, if we compare the immediate cost of eating clean to the immediate cost of eating junk, eating junk will almost always be cheaper…but that’s only part of it.
If you hang out at the register at most natural food stores across America, you’ll notice that the majority of foods that drive up the checkout total aren’t whole fruits, vegetables, and meats. The foods that cost the most are processed or boutique health foods like organic kettle cooked chips, strawberrymelon kombucha, glutenfree oatmeal cookies, and raw food maca bars. These foods taste great, but a diet of packaged natural foods isn’t what clean eating is all about. Clean eating is about focusing on a solid foundation of fruits, veggies, natural meats, and other whole foods.
Also, restaurants are expensive. Sometimes especially clean ones. Simply to make almost half of our monthly meals is one of the easiest ways to ensure that we’ll keep a regular food budget.
What’s in your fridge right now?
Simple foods. Vegetables, greens, chicken, fish, almond and coconut milk, berries. In my cabinet. I keep almond butter, Braggs Liquid Aminos, Dr Schulze’s Superfood Greens for salads, and different types of sea salt. I make my daily shakes with my Clean Program mix and whatever fruit I have around.
What’s your best advice for first time cleansers?
Jump in and do it. Almost everyone can benefit dramatically from a balanced detox program. I don’t mean a purely juice or liquid program—I know people can get nervous, but when you look at what you are actually doing during the 21 days, you’re feeding your body the best quality stuff. You can’t go wrong with that. I’ve seen so many people transform their life from a good 21 day program, and I really want you to succeed. I’ll do everything I can to get you there.