Here’s the deal on what I refer to as “CLEAN.” It’s based on the ‘Clean Program‘ which is a 21 day cleanse and ultimately a lifestyle. I got into it after reading ‘Clean – Expanded Edition: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself’ which is written by Dr. Junger who created the program. The book is full of excellent information and it truly taught me to think differently about what I put in and on my body. After reading his book, I decided to do the cleanse and it was a hard but wonderful experience which I wrote here (including losing 15 pounds!).
In order to eat clean, you don’t NEED to do the cleanse although it does help jumpstart your health. Eating clean is essentially eliminating gluten, dairy, corn, soy, caffeine, alcohol, added sugar, red meat, shellfish, white rice, anything processed and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes). There are two more comprehensive include/exclude lists after the jump if you’d like to dive a bit deeper.
If you are interested in eating clean, I highly recommend that you read the book so that you understand why you are eliminating the various foods. As for food guidance, you can turn to Clean’s meal plan here and/or Gwyneth Paltrow (who is a big clean fan) put together a GOOP 2016 detox which plays by the same rules. Thanks, Gwynie!