The Cleanse: Day 1

For those of you that don’t know the background story, here are the Cliff’s Notes:

  1. My manager has talked up his experience doing the Clean Cleanse  since my team met him last summer.
  2. About 2 weeks ago two members of my team decided they wanted to give it a try.
  3. They asked me if i was interested and I said no.
  4. They asked me again if i would give it a try, and since I can’t say no to anything when asked twice, I reluctantly agreed.
  5. We went to GNC and spent about $100 each on supplements and I was given the page above as a starting point.
  6. Until Monday, i hadn’t even looked at the book or read what this was even about.

Using the sheet above, we began the “Elimination Diet” on Monday to give us one week of eating only clean-approved foods. This was not only a suggestion of the program, but also a test to see if i was willing to put up with it. All I can say is … wow. By cutting out red meat, dairy, eggs, gluten, starch, sugars, soy, nightshades,etc. … my body feels like a 21 year old kid again. I am full of energy, sleep soundly, wake up refreshed, and i definitely sold. If the rest of this cleanse is horrible, at least I know i’ll be changing some eating habits long-term

Fast forward to today. Now the real test begins.

The actual Clean program calls for a shake at breakfast, a shake at dinner, and a solid lunch from the clean-approved foods every day for 21 days. In addition, there is a plethora of dietary supplements, enzymes, proteins, and probiotics that i will be taking as well (more on that fun next time). Dana and I bought a blender, are headed to Whole Foods to stock up on Coconut Nectar, Millet and Organic Mangos, and the Cleanse is officially on.

My goal is to blog at least every 2-3 days to keep you updated on my progress, but this is also the middle of our project go-live preparation, last-minute wedding planning, and MBA finals … so give me a bit of slack on how much I fit in.

Ready? Set? Clean!

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