We finished the CLEAN Program Elimination Diet review on our YouTube channel a little while ago, so I wanted to use this opportunity to share our final thoughts about the program. When we finished the second phase (the full elimination period), we made the mistake of calling it the “hardest part”. After completing the entire program, we now know that we were wrong!
CLEAN Program Elimination Diet Review
Phase 1: The CLEAN Program Elimination Diet
As I said above, the elimination period was definitely not the hardest part of doing this diet. It was actually the reintroduction phase that was most difficult for us. Once we established in our minds that we couldn’t have certain foods, it wasn’t too difficult to go without them. The hardest part was trying to hit my protein goal each day, without having diary or beef.
During the 24 days of the elimination, neither of us were tempted to go off of the plan, because it was set in our minds that we couldn’t have those things. Also, because of the importance of doing this test, we weren’t going to let ourselves get distracted by the anticipated taste of a restricted food.
Here is a video that we made with our review of the clean program elimination diet:
Phase 2: The CLEAN Program Reintroduction Phase
This was definitely the hardest part of the program, because having the restricted items back on a limited basis was actually worse than not having them at all! Being able to eat gluten, eggs, or dairy for 2 days and then having to remove them again for a few weeks was torture.
Anyway, here is the video we made reviewing the CLEAN Program Reintroduction Phase:
Final Review Of The CLEAN Program Elimination Diet
Overall, we thought the initial phases of the program were well thought-out and easy to follow. Avoiding the restricted foods was not as bad as we expected, and there are many places where you can see shopping lists, grocery hauls, and even meals that you can make on the program (including the Playlist linked below).
As we stated in the video, we wish there was a lot more structure to the reintroduction phase. Referencing the book, website, and even forums all yielded little to no guidance, and when something was written, it was vague.
With that said, I would still recommend this program to anyone looking to test themselves for food sensitivities or allergies, or even someone who wants to take a step in breaking a cycle of food addiction.
If you have any questions about the program in general or how we managed certain things specifically, you can look at the CLEAN Program Elimination Diet playlist (it contains meals, grocery hauls, and our daily thoughts) on our YouTube weight loss channel (it also should be embedded below), or you can just leave your question in the comments section.
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