I read prior to getting married, that most women gain around 10 pounds in their first year of marriage alone. Having maintained a steady weight for 5+ years, I scoffed and was pretty certain that wouldn’t be me.

Fast Forward 6 months: I’ve gained 12 pounds since May 22, 2010. Oops.

At work, my coworker Robert and I spent the majority of November and December devouring as much candy as we could stuff in our greedy little mouths, laughing at our lack of will power and inability to make it to the gym – too cold, too early, too much work! Prior to Christmas I was fitting into only one of my eight pairs of jeans, and now my previously comfortable fitting work khakis had become more than just a tad bit snug. Enough is enough!

One day in late December, Robert mentioned to me that he found an interesting article on a revolutionary “diet” in his Outside magazine. After pouring over the details in the magazine and online, we put down our FunDips and Peeps and decided enough was enough, time to get serious! Neither of us could afford to buy bigger clothing, so the only logical thing to do is stop stuffing ourselves daily, and lose weight! Of course no body wants to start a diet over the holidays, so we vowed to begin this new diet in the new year, January 4th. This is the story of our travels down detox lane…………………

CLEAN: Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate
by Alejandro Junger, MD Cardiologist


Clean in actually credited as a detoxification diet that is to last for 26 days – by eliminating certain food groups, the body will return to its most natural form and detoxify. The first 5 days are eating three solid meals a day from the “include” list and making sure to not eat anything from the “exclude” list. And now the list:

Dairy, eggs, milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream, wheat, corn, barley, oats, pork, beef, cold cuts, hot dogs, soybean products, peanuts, peanut butter, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, mayonnaise, salad dressing, refined sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, ketchup, etc.

And that was an abbreviated version.

Whole fruits, almond or rice milk, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, cold water fish, wild game, chicken, turkey, walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, any fresh vegetables, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut, flax, sunflowers, filtered water, green tea, coconut water, stevia, agave nectar, vinegar, all spices, sea salt, etc.

Sounds delicious!!

Days 6th-26th: Liquid meals for breakfast and dinner, and a solid meal at lunch. Healthy snacks allowed, 12 hour window between dinner and breakfast, and colonics if so desired to speed up the cleanse – we did not so desire this last one :)

So beginning January 4th Robert, Craig (the ever supportive husband), and I embarked on a 28 day journey to healthier bodies and minds.

6 thoughts on “CLEAN

  1. BUT…Dr. Junger…you eliminated all the things I LOVE! Guess I will not be in your program. Good luck Lauren, Craig and Robert.

  2. Well thank goodness buckwheat and flax made the “include” list….barf. Weight gain usually means that you are happy…..or overly depressed… I’ll assume you’re super happy. What are included in the “etc?” What about HALF fruits? Because sometimes eating a whole banana makes me barf. Good luck with this diet Lauren…..I, unfortunately, will rely on my GI malfunctions and forced starvation to stay trim.

  3. Lauren, look on the bright side, Alexis has gained 27 pounds just in the past 6 months! At this rate, she will be 1,000 pounds by 2012!!


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