A 21 day cleanse anyone can do with The Clean Program

Being back from Croatia, I was feeling like I needed a good reset. You know when you’re just super motivated after 11 days where you pregame each carb meal with carbs covered in olive oil. I honestly was CARBO LOADING the whole time, it was crazy, but it was delicious and in the moment, and I was talking to myself the entire time, saying,

"Enjoy the moment, be here NOW.

With that croissant.

With that baguette, with these biscuits and this desert.

Eat it, and FUCK the shame around it."

L OH L. #VacationVibes. 

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So, that was it. Just being present during vacation and enjoying it as much as possible. 

But in an effort to embrace the ebbs and the flows. I thought, this week I’m getting back on track, it’s going to be GREAT. Because with ebbs and flows, there is up and there is down, ha. But I try to look at it in a positive way. It's fun to organize and strategize how you're going to get healthy and feel better. 

But what do I do? 

*Crickets*

How can I channel this desire to feel clean and feel better?  Like what’s the plan food wise? 

Juice cleanse, no.

Those are out, and this girl gets HUNGRY. There’s too much sugar in most, and I want to nourish my body not starve it.

No hate though for a good low sugar juice cleanse for the right reason. They make sense at times for some people.

But, I had heard about the Clean Program from a friend who did it, and LOVED it. She was raving about the shakes, and how easy it was to do. 

I'm always down to try something new, and especially when something involves: 

  1. Eating real food
  2. Nutritious shakes
  3. An easy plan to follow

So in comes The Clean Program. 


What The Clean Program is:

63 Supplement Packets

42 Cleanse Shake Packets

The Cleanse Guide

Recipes

Special-Strength Probiotic

Member-Only Community Access


All of those things, are given to you with directions and essentially it goes like this:

  1. Morning: Shake + Supplements
  2. Lunch: Healthy lunch + Supplements
  3. Dinner: Shake + Supplements

That's it. That's your schedule for the next 21 days. I know some people resist having a set schedule, but I make so many decisions during a normal day, that I don't want to ever think about what to eat, and when. 

Of course, to each shake I added all of my adaptogens and avocado, and coconut oil into my shakes to make them super satiating and filling. Highly suggest doing this! 

What I add to my shake: 

Ashwaganda Powder

Astralagus Powder

Moon Juice Power Dust

Phylum Husk

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I freaking love my shakes tho, for real. I LOVE the texture, consistency, how they taste, how filling they are, and I love starting them in the morning with something sweet that fills me up, and then something sweet and ice cream like in the evening.

Lunches were/are things like big salads, with a fatty dressing like Primal Kitchen, Moon Juice Crisps, Flax Crackers, Hummus, Raw Wraps, Veggie Burgers….to name a few things.

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Vitamins in the Clean Program:

Special Probiotic: This 100 billion count probiotic is designed to help restore the healthy flora within the gut. It is shelf-stable, with a powerful multi-strain formula.

Enzyme: This antimicrobial enzyme helps destroy undesirable bacteria, fungus and yeast overgrowth.

Herbal Extract: A potent herbal extract noted for its antioxidant properties and support of healthy liver function.

Digestive Enzyme: A vegetarian digestive enzyme that ensures proper nutrient absorption. It contains acid-stable lipase and three different proteases.

What’s in the Shake:

The Cleanse Shakes are antioxidant and fiber-rich to help you detox effectively. It's super filling, clean and you don't feel bloated. They have rice protein, apple fiber, a vitamin and mineral blend...to name a few things! I've tried both the chocolate and vanilla, and love each.


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    I've also been experimenting with Beta-Glucan, from The Clean Program. Beta glucan is a soluble fiber that helps improve cholesterol, heart health, and blood sugar levels. You take it before lunch, or before a meal and it helps to heal your body and gut bacteria. This one doesn't taste amazing, but I take it down quickly with water. 

    What was so life changing about the Clean Program for me, was the digestive enzymes and the supplements that came included in the Clean Program.

    I had no IDEA what it was like to have a flat stomach everyday. 

    Flat not in the sense of sick pack abs, but in the sense of a non-bloated stomach that was working properly and my digestive system was completely on track with what it should be. I have always had a good digestive system, but never super consistent. With this, it was SO consistent, and I was never gassy (sick, I know HA), I was never anything but feeling energized and that my food was properly assimilating into my body. 

    I had never realized how bloated I was, and that I thought it was normal to just feel like I had a food baby most days, ha. 

    I am a believer, honestly. I love the method, I love the supplements and I've never felt so much like my body was working together in flow. My digestive system, my energy levels, I loved the schedule....huge fan. 

    If you're not able to do the full 21 days, I highly suggest the 7-Day plan. It's 7 days worth of shakes, supplements, and really easy to help you get back on track. 

    You can use this link for $40 off your  21 Day Program cleanse! 

    Excited! Have the best week,

    xo

    Krista

    3 Affordable Morning Rituals to Add to your Life NOW

    Ohhh there was one podcast we did recently that I kept thinking, 'I need to blog about this ASAP'. 

    It was the episode with the amazing, Sahara Rose. She is the author of The Idiots Guide to Ayurveda, nutritional consultant, podcast host, and so much more. She is a guru and everything she mentioned during the podcast made so much SENSE!

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    In this episode, Sahara bridges the gap between Eastern and Western health systems, by helping people tap into their body's own innate healing wisdom.  


    Tongue Scraping

    I always make sure to scrape my tongue in the morning to reset and start my day with clean senses and a clean tongue. It literally takes 2 seconds, and you can buy a tongue scraper, or just use something like a spoon for free, ha.

    In the Charaka Samhita, an early Ayurvedic text, it says that by cleaning the tongue,  it "removes foul smell, tastelessness … and by taking out dirt coated on the tongue, teeth and mouth brings relish immediately.”

    By removing the coating and stimulating the tongue it helps balance the heavy and dulling qualities in your diet and lifestyle.

    Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up on the tongue, which, if left untreated, can lead to bad breath and may house a significant number of bacteria. 

    In addition, from an Ayurvedic perspective, by removing this coating you improve your ability to taste your food, which makes it more satisfying.

    Many of the beneficial phytonutrients and “body signals” that your food contains are first interpreted by the mind-body upon contact with receptors on the tongue. You want to improve this communication between your food and your body by removing any coating that is interfering with that connection. 


    Tea

    One of the biggest takeaways from the podcast, was that our digestive system is like a fire. It's important to keep it going, and by having cold foods all the time you essentially put out that fire. This is why so many foods in Ayurveda traditions are warm, or served hot. Your digestive system can assimilate the nutrients much easier, and keeps everything flowing.

    When we drink ice-cold water, it slows blood flow in the region of the stomach and slows the action of digestive enzymes. Blood flow and digestive enzymes are directly responsible for strong digestion, and anything we can do to support blood flow and enzyme action will help our digestion. We want to help, not hinder our ability to digest. 

    Ayurvedic teas or drinks suited to our physiology, formulated to correct a specific imbalance, can assist in bringing our bodies into balance.

    I now make it a practice to warm up water, and have tea in the morning as part of my ritual. It gets everything flowing, and also helps me to hold off on having breakfast right away. While I am sipping my tea, I'll usually write a few words in my gratitude journal, too! 

    My favorite teas:

    Tazo Organic Chai

    Yogi Organic Ginger Tea

    Sakara Detox Tea


    Oil Pulling

    Called by Mind Body Green as The Single Most Effective Ayurvedic Practice For Your Mouth, it's been amazing for my oral health. 

    "When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”

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    I did a post on it previously here, but have brought it back into my routine because it's so simple, and I really notice a difference in the color of my teeth. They look whiter from root to tip. Plus, did you guys know how bad for you Fluoride is? Make sure you don't have Fluoride in your toothpaste, yo! I use brands like Jason, and Hello

    One of my favorite coconut oil's you can buy here

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    Take the quiz on Sahara Rose's website to determine your dosha!

    We are all comprised of unique energies called Doshas in Ayurveda. Our mind-body type is related to our physiology, digestion, metabolism, personality and so much more. Take Sahara's quiz to find out your Ayurvedic mind and body type, which may be different!

    I took mine, and I am pretty split between Kapha and Vatta. I am going to do a full post on the dosha's with help from Sahara soon, but take the quiz! It's so interesting and helpful.


    Any tips that I may have missed? Let me know! Also what is your dosha? Would love to know!

    xoxo

    Krista 

    New Obesssion: Daniela Kende's Sexy Cacao Maca Bites

    Oh guys have I got a treat for you!

    Last weekend, you may have heard that we held the Sex, Love & Other Things Event at Saje Wellness off Abbot Kinney. It was BEAUTIFUL and lovely and gave me all of the feels. It was great to really open up and chat with some other badass ladies about love, relationships and sex (hehe). I want to do a full post on it later, but today wanted to share a quick easy AMAZING healthy low sugar recipe you have to try.

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    One of the highlights was of course my girl Daniela Kendes fat balls. I mean, oh my GAH. 

    Super low in sugar, high in protein, high in healthy fats, filling, tasty, easy, delicious, these things are INCREDIBLE. Great for breakfast, a snack, a desert...whatever! I had like 40.

    Et Viola! Your new favorite treat:

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    Daniela says,

    "Mighty Bites are my go-to treat to whip up when I need an energy boost that’s not going to mess with my blood sugar and send me into a sugar-craving tail spin! They provide a fantastic balance of fat, protein, fiber, and superfoods, and unlike most energy bite recipes out there, are very low in sugar. I created this Cacao Maca *Sexy Bite* to deeply satisfy a chocolate craving (think dense truffle consistency!) and to give you a dose of my favorite hormone balancing, skin-saving, libido-boosting, energy-giving ingredients. No, it’s not too good to be true!

    Sexy Bite superstar ingredients include:

    • Antioxidant superstar raw cacao, which has also been shown to increase serotonin levels and boost mood (hence why we may crave chocolate when we’re feeling down)!
    • Maca, an ancient Peruvian adaptogenic herb, that’s used globally for its hormone-balancing and libido-increasing properties.
    • Pumpkin seeds — my personal favorite super seed — which are loaded with skin and hormone-balancing minerals including zinc, magnesium, copper, and iron.
    • Chia seeds, perhaps the most popular superfood these days, for good reason! I especially love the extra fiber and protein boost that chia seeds provide.
    • Hemp protein, my favorite plant-based protein, as it contains 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones that your body cannot create on its own. Including protein (and minimizing sugar) in your snacks will help you avoid a blood sugar spike that turns your well-intentioned snack into a mini-binge (which I’ve found most “energy ball” recipes guilty of).

    NOTE: I’ve included two versions of my recipe below. The first version features two amazing products from my friend Sophie Jaffe’s deliciously clean superfood line, Philosophie. When I discovered that the Philosophie Cacao Magic protein powder and Superfood Coconut Butter contained many of the ingredients I was already using in my Sexy Bite recipe, I thought I’d create a version using these products that provides a very similar nutritional profile and benefits as the original, with some of the ingredients already combined for you!"

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    Let me know if you make them, please! Thank Daniela later :)

    xoxo

    Krista