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Pre Cleanse

We are very excited that you are about to start the Clean Program! We've found that people who ease into the cleanse with a few days of pre-cleansing enjoy the process a lot more, and experience better (and more long-lasting) results. On this page we'll be talking about the Pre-Cleanse and how to get started on it.

The Pre-Cleanse is a three to five day period that helps you gear up for your 21-day Clean program. During the Pre-Cleanse, you eat three square meals a day exclusively from the Elimination Diet, our list of approved and non-approved foods that you'll follow through the program.

Start your Pre-Cleanse

The more processed foods, coffee, and alcohol you have consumed in the past years, the more toxins your body has accumulated. When the body is full of toxins, inflammation occurs and we accumulate mucus and fat as a survival mechanism. So, jumping into the Clean Program too quickly can cause you to experience stronger detoxification symptoms which may include headaches, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. The Pre-Cleanse is an important step that maximizes your success during the 21 days while helping to minimize detox symptoms.

Why is it so important?

You will be slowly removing the major allergen-causing foods while continuing to eat solid foods so you don't detox too quickly.

If you regularly consume coffee and alcohol, the Pre-Cleanse allows you a few days to transition before starting your 21-day program.

You will learn which Elimination Diet foods you like to eat so you'll be more likely to enjoy the program.

What is the Pre-cleanse?

The Pre-Cleanse consists of eating three square meals a day exclusively from the Elimination Diet, our list of approved and non-approved foods that you'll follow through the program. It's how you ease your body into the full blown 21 day program, which can be rough if you just jump right in without letting your body (and your mind) adjust to zero caffeine, sugar, gluten, etc. Trust us, this is an important step!

We have two versions of the Pre-Cleanse- a three day Pre-Cleanse and a five day Pre-Cleanse.

How do you know which one you should do? Easy. Read the two statements below and see which one best describes you.

3 Day Pre-Cleanse:"I rarely have coffee or alcohol. I eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily. I watch my sugar, candy and baked goods intake carefully. To be honest, I'm pretty good at watching what I eat." If this is you, eat three meals a day (and snacks), for three days, from the elimination diet.

5 Day Pre-Cleanse: "I have coffee every other day, sometimes daily. Alcohol a few times a week too. I eat a good amount of dairy, gluten (bread, cakes, cookies), and processed foods. I'd like to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables than I currently do. I'm looking to bring more attention to what I eat." If this is you, eat three meals a day (and snacks), for five days (or more), from the elimination diet.

That's It

That's all we have to say about the Pre-Cleanse! Here are some additional thoughts we have on staying inspired and supported on your journey.

Explore My Clean Program

My Clean Program is our online community now home to more than 30,000 members! By checking out the forums and recent blog posts, you will get a good sense of what people are experiencing on the cleanse, as well as find tons of recipes, videos, and tips to support you during your program.

Contact us if you have any questions before you begin.

We pride ourselves on being the most supportive cleanse on the planet. All of us here at Clean believe very deeply in
taking personal responsibility for our health while simultaneously reaching out for additional help and support when it's
available. So we are beyond psyched to do the same for you. We're completely here to support you throughout your entire
cleanse and even afterwards. If you have a question or feel uncertain, contact us. We will guide you through
the process every step of the way.

Here's to your health,
John, Jenny, Shannon, Jessi and the rest of the Clean Team

p.s. Still want to know more? Check out Dr. Junger's NY Times best seller, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Bodies Natural Ability to Heal Itself

Elimination Diet Quick Guide: Here is a quick guide that will make it easy for you to get started on your Pre-Cleanse

Foods to Include

You will be slowly removing the major allergen-causing foods while continuing to eat solid foods so you don't detox too quickly.

  • Dairy substitutes: Hemp, Rice, and nut milks (such as almond, hazelnut, walnut, etc.) and coconut milk
  • Non-gluten grains: brown, red , black and wild rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, quinoa
  • Fruits and vegetables: unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, water-packed and unsweetened canned fruits, diluted fruit juices, sea vegetables (seaweeds) and raw steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
  • Animal protein: fresh or water-packed cold-water fish (trout, salmon, etc.), wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
  • Vegetable protein: split peas, lentils, and legumes, spirulina, and blue-green algae
  • Nuts and seeds: hemp, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, nut and seed butters such as almond or tahini
  • Oils: cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, pumpkin, and coconut
  • Drinks: filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer or mineral water
  • Sweeteners: brown rice syrup, stevia, natural fruits, dried fruit
  • Condiments: vinegar; all spices, including sea salt, pepper, basil, carob, raw chocolate (dairy and sugar free), cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, stone-ground mustard (sugar-free), oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric, miso, balsamic vinegar, wheat-free tamari sauce and nama shoyu

Foods to Exclude

  • Dairy and eggs: all
  • Butter and mayonnaise: all
  • Grains: white rice, wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, oats
  • Fruits and vegetables: oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, corn, creamed vegetables, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes)
  • Animal protein: pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish, any raw meats and fish
  • Vegetable protein: soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein)
  • Nuts and seeds: peanuts and peanut butter
  • Oils: shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, and spreads
  • Drinks: alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and soft drinks
  • Sweeteners: white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
  • Condiments: regular chocolate (with dairy and sugar), ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, gum, breath-mints

Things to Watch For: Read ingredient labels carefully

  • Corn starch is often present in baking powder, beverages, and processed foods.
  • Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and some mustard usually comes from wheat or corn.
  • Breads advertised as gluten-free still might contain coats, spelt, kamut, or rye.
  • Many amaranth and millet flake cereals contain oat or corn.
  • Many canned tunas contain textured vegetable protein, which is from soy; look for low-salt versions, which tend to be pure tuna, with no fillers.
  • Multi-grain rice cakes are not just rice. Be sure to purchase plain brown rice cakes
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