Day 1 of Clean Refresh cleanse

Let me start by saying that the Clean Refresh cleanse is not about starving yourself. It’s about eliminating certain foods, i.e., gluten and processed foods, and adding wholesome and fresh ingredients to your diet. You must also eliminate caffeine in any form, alcohol, and soda, including diet, for the length of your cleanse. In all honesty, Dr. Junger’s ‘cleanse’ is how we should be eating not just for 7 or 21 days, but for the rest of our lives…Not sure I can give up coffee and alcohol though!

Back to day 1; I had a wicked headache all day from caffeine withdrawal. Given the fact that I’m just getting over jet lag, no morning coffee was not a fun way to kickstart my day! I was pretty listless yesterday and struggled to stay awake, resorting to napping in the afternoon, but this morning, my headache is gone and I had a good night’s sleep.

There was only one moment in the day when I was ravenous and that was mid-afternoon. You’re able to snack so I ate a handful of blueberries. The cleanse consists of two shakes per day and a meal. There are shake recipes in the back of the booklet that comes with the cleanse so although I didn’t follow the recipes to a ‘t’, I didn’t include any ingredients that weren’t listed. I had lunch at a restaurant and was easily able to order a dish that abided by the cleanse’s list of allowed ingredients.

Tip: you may find that without coffee, going to the bathroom (you know what I mean!) may not happen the first day. Add 2 Tbs of flaxseed, whole or milled, to your shake. I’m using a Nutribullet to make my shakes, but if you’re using a regular blender, beware whole seeds (and kale!) as your blender can’t create a smooth shake from them.

Day 2 has begun and although I’m practically salivating at the thought of a cup of coffee, I’m going to abstain!

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