The Clean Basics

If you’re considering doing the Clean Program I whole heartedly recommend you read the book.

Written by Dr.Alejandro Junger, the book provides a lot of research and explanation to why and how this cleanse help you heal your body and how it affected Dr.Junger himself.

For anyone following along, I’d like to cover the basics.  This is also for myself so I can keep all of the pointers in mind over my 21 day adventure.

Dr.Jung recommends you start with an elimination diet before the cleanse.  If your diet is already clean enough, he says 3-4 days is fine.

Here are the main guidelines for the elimination diet:

  • No packaged foods or potential allergens.
  • Reduce acidity, inflammatory foods and fungal foods.
  • Include: dairy substitutes, non gluten grains like quinoa, most fruits and vegetables, animal protein – cold water fish, wild game, lamb, duck, free-range chicken, turkey, vegetable protein – beans, nuts and seeds.
  • Exclude: dairy and eggs, grains with gluten, oranges, bananas, grapefruits, strawberries, corn, creamed vegetables, nightshades (tomato, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes), alcohol, caffeine.


Personally, I’ve decided to keep green tea in my diet at this time and I may have a glass of wine before the weekend is over.  During the cleanse I may eat dinner out on occasion or have a drink.  I’m doing this cleanse to re-balance and am going to go with the flow.

During the cleanse, you basically follow the same rules and limitations, but always have a liquid breakfast and dinner.  As I mentioned before, this can be a smoothie, a juice, or even a raw soup.

Knowing me, I will most likely be doing smoothies for both meals, as this way I can keep them as filling and calorie dense as I need.  I also like the ease of them and that I can add a plant based protein powder.

Dr.Jung recommends you fast overnight for 12 hours.  For example, if you eat dinner at 7pm, eat breakfast at 7am.  This is always a good test for my late night sweet tooth.

Other recommendations are to include a fibre supplement, probiotics, oil of oregano, digestive enzymes, and a liver cleanser like Hepa.  It is recommended that you exercise, rest as much as possible, meditate, chew your food, and consume plenty pure water.  Other suggestions include consuming a clove of garlic a day, getting colonics and massages, and writing out your feelings daily.

I love these guidelines and feel it will help me through a difficult time right now.  I have recently lost my footing when it comes to taking care of myself and look forward to finding balance again.


I don’t personally believe that everyone needs to detox or follow any kind of extremes if you have a balanced diet.  I prefer the every day in moderation approach and generally embrace this way of living.  The Europeans have it down to an art form.  Still, I have and always will love detoxes as a bit of a reset button when the pendulum swings too far in one direction.

My intentions for this cleanse are to practice self care.  Take some time to myself to meditate, heal my body, and be kind to myself.  I hope you’ll follow along.

*Krissy from Balance is Beauty and I are doing this together so expect some fun updates from the both of us.


  1. I like everything on the ‘exclude’ list :/
    but I know I do need a detox dieting!!!! I remember your green juice from (I think) two years ago, will see if I can find the link and try it out 😉

    Have a nice weekend, Gil

  2. This ‘reset’ diet doesn’t seem painful in the slightest! It actually looks like my diet except I eat millet & rice regularly. I couldn’t imagine doing a strict raw foods or juice cleanse. I’m looking forward to hearing about the results! 🙂

    • Gillian

      Then your diet is exceptional! Mines been a little bogged up at the moment but this is definitely a balanced approach to resetting! I did a strict 3 day juice cleanse once and wasn’t a fan. I need to chew once and a while 🙂

  3. Lianne

    My husband and I just finished 10 days of this cleanse (my second time). We are both overweight and are focusing on clean eating as our new year’s resolution (I lost 30 pounds following Dr. Junger’s advice a year ago but a year of bad eating brought me right back to my previous weight). We booked an amazing getaway to Mexico for the end of February, so that is helping to motivate us. We have both lost about 10 pounds so far, and I’m hoping once I’m done PMS’ing I see even more of a drop. My husband cut out several Cokes a day and 2 sugars from his coffee – I was already caffeine free and only drink water. I’m a huge fan of VEGA One to add to my smoothies when I need an extra boost. We both experienced detox symptoms around day 3 – headaches, my face broke out, fogginess. It’s gone now and we feel great. Enjoy your cleanse (and don’t worry about a glass of wine – I had a g & t after day 5).

    • Gillian

      Thanks Lianne, that’s so inspiring! I definitely haven’t been perfect on the pre-cleanse (hello more than one glass of wine), but may stretch the cleanse a little longer if needed. I love Vega chocolate shake and go and have been making some mean avocado/kale shakes with it. Good luck on your cleanse – great to keep your eye on the prize of Mexico!

  4. This looks so exciting!! I kind of want to do it. I think I’m going to read the book. I’ve heard really excellent things about it. I think the only things I’d miss would be grains, bananas, strawberries, and tomatoes; since I already don’t include gluten/dairy/eggs now. I can’t wait to hear more about your experience with it my love! xox

  5. So excited to follow your journey!! As you know we are trying to do a little cleanse in a way to help with our several health issues. You are going to do great on it!!!

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