Earlier this year, I told my husband I was ready to try an elimination diet. A few weeks ago, a friend of him told him about the Clean cleanse.
I have been having a hard time with my migraines, fatigue, etc. since the fall and I needed a change. In the past, I have been able to eliminate the effect of regular migraine triggers ( e.g. chocolate, wine, aged cheese) as a cause of my headaches, but I’ve been hesitant to do a full elimination diet because those things are a pain!
I was concerned about not following through, being frustrated, and I just didn’t want to add another failure to my already long list.
I looked online for some elimination diets on my own, but they were filled with generalities and I do well with things that are regimented. Thankfully, I looked up the book Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D., and after reading some reviews, I wasn’t opposed to it.
I was the one telling Khaleef I wanted to do this, but it took him giving me a bit of a nudge to agree to the Clean cleanse. I just wanted to get the process out of the way – eh, just being honest.
Details About the Clean Cleanse
We didn’t purchase the book, because the basic details of the Clean cleanse are available from their website. They also have PDFs of the grocery list, supplement list, and recipes.
The basic idea of the cleanse is to removed foods that mostly cause inflammation and toxicity in the body. Some of the foods that will be taken out are grains, dairy, nightshades (i.e. tomatoes, eggplant, peppers), processed sugars, beef, pork, and some other items.
The things that have been removed aren’t really a problem, because a lot of what is allowed coincide well with how Khaleef and I eat at home. The surprising items that we will surely miss are eggs, bananas, strawberries, and grapes!
The first part of the cleanse is a 3-day pre-cleanse, followed by a 21-day elimination period. On the first three days, we will be eating 3 meals and snacks from the approved food list. For the next 21 days, it will be a shake for breakfast and dinner, lunch and snacks are only based on items from the approved food list.
After this time, we will alternate between the cleanse protocol and introducing items back into our diets, each for a couple days at a time, to test the effect.
Preparing for the Clean Cleanse
So far we have either eaten or frozen the perishables that aren’t allowed on the clean cleanse, and we have done some preliminary shopping. We will pack our meals in bulk to make things easier for us. Thankfully, beans are allowed and we both LOVE bean soups! That is a big help because they are easy to make and store.
We purchased some items from Amazon to replace recommended supplements and such from the cleanse. We purchased rice protein powder to replace the whey powder we usually use in our smoothies. We also purchased a probiotic which is highly recommended.
One concern Khaleef had was that the lack of bananas would take away from the thickness of his smoothies. We will also be purchasing psyllium husk powder and/or guar gum to help with that.
How I Feel About the Clean Cleanse
I am really, really excited! I don’t expect to be cured – but who knows? The exciting part is that I will have more information than I currently do. By undertaking the elimination diet, I can tell my doctors what I’ve discovered and that can only help to make better decisions with my diagnoses. Especially since I have a neurologist that actually listens to what I say, and not infer because he knows everything! (Sorry, rant over)
On the other hand, I am honestly afraid to fail. ‘Nuff said.
I am so glad Khaleef agreed to do this with me, the support and company is already a huge help. I am also happy that the focus of this isn’t weight loss. My weight gain was concurrent with my illness. The way I see it, if I can get my health back, everything else will fall into place.
We’ll have more info coming, so stay tuned!
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