Hello, everyone – Dr. Junger here.
Each year when summer’s on the horizon, the idea of swimsuit season is enough to motivate us to eat clean and get fit. In the thick of summer, though, complacency can take over and we can find ourselves trading in our green juice for an ice cream sandwich, or some fresh fruit for boardwalk fries. Before we know it, we’re feeling sluggish and a little bummed that we fell off track. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
This is the perfect opportunity to bring in what I call a 7-Day Summer Reboot. In this simple program, we’ll be focusing on the basics: removing difficult to digest foods, adding in nutrient dense shakes and drinking more water.
There are three simple steps to follow:
Step 1: Remove dairy, gluten and alcohol. These are three of the major foods that reduce our energy, disturb our digestion and load us with toxins. When we’re eating lots of these foods, our gut has to work overtime. By removing them for 7 days you will free up energy, sleep better and feel more balanced.
Focus on including fresh vegetables and unprocessed foods. There are tons of recipes in this guide.
Step 2: Shake for breakfast. Instead of a solid breakfast like eggs or cereal, have a nutrient-dense shake. Why? It’s the best way to get what your body needs in the morning: water, nutrients and fiber in an easily digestible form. This is one of the best strategies to give you more energy long-term.
SIMPLE SHAKE RECIPE
Add to blender:
● Protein powder (rice, hemp, or chia)
● 4 ounces of frozen blueberries
● Handful of baby spinach
You can find more recipes here.
Step 3: Hydrate. Drink about 12 cups of water a day. Drinking more water will increase your energy levels and mental focus, decrease emotional eating and help your body naturally remove toxins. Try this program for seven days and notice how even these simple steps can dramatically improve your health.
We all fall off track, that’s part of life. The secret is how quickly we jump back on the Clean wagon. The sooner you jump back on, the more likely you are to feel great for the rest of the year.
Here’s to your health,
Alejandro Junger, M.D.
thank you for the inspiration and wonderful recipes – they always make “giving it a whirl” more doable! I will share on our social sites. Best wishes to your Clean Program – hope to run across all of you “clean people” one day. Chris and Steve from Reallygoods, llc
Cutting dairy alcohol always makes me feel 10x better, I have yet to try removing gluten so I am excited to see how that resonates with my energy levels.
thanks for the feedback alexandra, please let us know how you’re doing and if the gluten removal is helping at all!
Why are strawberries excluded from the cleanse food list?
Common allergen. Same reason nightshades are often removed. When I cut out strawberries for 3 weeks on the 21 day program the first day I ate one, my lips swelled up like I had botox! I had to go home from work. And normally I can eat them just fine. “Normally”.
I’m so happy that I found Dr. Junger’s eating plan. I also take the supplements recommended in
Clean Gut. The plan has changed my life. I have more energy, and my allergy problems have subsided. I will always plan my breakfast around protein shakes that include kahl, spinach, blueberries, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. The shakes are satisfying and delicious.
Dear Dr Junger,
I had done a lot of reading of late regarding cleansing diet and weight loss.
I am finding it so very hard to eat anything or drink water.
When I awake i try to drink some water but only manage to have a sip. Then several hours later 4-5 hours i still have not eaten. i do not feel hungry. Please if you can help me to get my energy level and self esteem back i would very much appreciate it
kind regards Susie
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This is our favorite cleanse! We even dedicated a section of our blog to it! Currently on Day 10 and feeling great 🙂
This is the best cleanse I’ve done it’s easy and guess what it works I’m on my 4 day and feeling oh my goodness like a brand new me happy more energy and peaceful .Dr Junger your the best I wish I could just give you the biggest hug in the world you have change my life with this and most of all I appreciated you shareing this with us .we need more people in the world like you. Again thank you and also I would like to thank your staff member Ashley from the Wellness Coaching Session she was very helpful and patient with me with some concerns I had about my health so thanks Ashley .So on that note lets all have a CLEAN AND HEALTHY LIFE
my daughter has crohnes and is really having difficulty with her immune system and tries to really east well and smoothies etc.
We cannot afford the full cleanse package. Is there alternatives to the supplement package in retail stores??
Please help us – I also want her to have aurovadic intervention.
I have done your cleanse for years and I need help with her. Western medicine is not working, right?