A lot of people have been asking me what exactly I can eat on the cleanse. I was curious myself, so here I am mapping it all out to better help me mentally prepare. This does not even cover 1/4 of the great stuff in the book itself, but it may give you a better idea of the journey I have ahead. Today is day 1 of Transition, so stay tuned for a post about how I'm doing with that :)
Please note, these are direct quotes and excerpts from The Conscious Cleanse, see footnote for source line.
some FAQ's I found important:
I'm training for a race and/or I exercise a lot. Will I get enough food? And what about protein?
Yes, you'll get plenty of food! There's no calorie restriction with the Conscious Cleanse. Good sources of protein on the cleanse include beans and legumes and organic, lean, grass-fed animal meats like turkey, chicken, lamb, wild game, and fish.
Q: Does Odwalla or Naked Juice count as "fresh juice"?
A: Sorry, but nope. These types of juices are marketed as fresh juices-- and are certainly a healthier choice than diet soda-- but they're mostly "fruit juice concentrate" (read: sugar) and pasteurized. What vitamins and minerals were in that product are generally reduced in the process of pasteurization. For a fresh juice, go to the juice bar where you see the whole food in its natural state (a whole carrot) and can watch it being juiced.
Q: How often should I cleanse?
A: Truly, the Conscious Cleanse, except for the purification days, is designed so you could safely eat this way year-round. Generally, we recommend implementing the full program up to three times per year. We typically recommend cleansing during the first part of the year, to ride the wave of a new year, a fresh start, the feeling of rebirth. It's a powerful time of the year in our culture, so cleansing is often supported by the people around you. Spring and late summer are also excellent times to cleanse because of the abundance of fresh (and less expensive) produce available. Strive to cleanse, at a minimum, at least once per year. You're worth it!
What not to eat:
Stay away from while on the cleanse (for allergy testing):
- nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers)
- squash and sweet potatoes (not normally allergens, but heavy starchy vegetables that require more digestive effort, ie not ideal for cleansing)
- yeast and yeasted products
What you can eat:
Note: they have a great shopping list of every single food broken down in the book, these are just the big categories.
- Nonstarchy fresh vegetables
- Dark leafy greens
- Fresh herbs
- Fresh fruit, except: oranges, grapefruit
- Sweeteners used sparingly: stevia, maple syrup, honey
- Vinegars (apple cider, balsamic, brown rice, ume plum)
- Oils (borage, coconut, flaxseed, hemp seed, sesame oil, olive oil)
- Raw nuts and seeds (except peanuts and cashews)
- Non gluten grains and seeds
- Animal protein ((free-range, grass fed) chicken, turkey, wild game, buffalo or bison, cold water fish like wild salmon, halibit, cod, sole)
- Superfoods (acai, maca, blue-green algae, goji berries, spirulina, hemp seeds, medicinal mushrooms)
- Coconut water
- Nut milks
If you're sugar sensitive, avoid high-GI foods like watermelon, lentils, peaches while on the cleanse.
In order to better serve your digestive system during the cleanse, it is important you choose to pair foods accordingly. It's important thus, that if you are creating a main meal, you pair only vegetables with one non gluten grain. Or meat with vegetables. Don't pair meat with grains. The two of them are too dense together and cause your digestive system to work too hard on the cleanse. See the above chart.
A Typical Day:
- 1 quart (4 cups) warm lemon water (drink first)
- 1 quart green smoothie of choice (can have hemp seeds or chia seeds for extra sustenance)
If feeling foggy or need more protein, supplement 4 to 8 ounces chicken breast or some lean animal protein 1 to 2 hours later.
- big salad with tons of veggies, salad dressing from recipe section of book, and broiled salmon
- raw walnuts or carrot and celery sticks with hummus
- Vegetable Medley Stir-fry with either brown rice OR chicken
- 8 ounces warm lemon water
Finally, this hardly covers the bases. The book is absolutely fabulous. I highly recommend getting it if you are truly interested in healthy eating and cleansing. You can find it here or at your local bookstore.
You can also find out more about The Conscious Cleanse team here.
And follow on social media: @consciouscleans
xox Happy Healthy Eating!
Schaalman, Jo, and Julie Pelaez. The Conscious Cleanse. New York: Penguin Group, 2012. Print.