Plan and Prep: Get Ready for our New Year Cleanse

Plan and Prep: Get Ready for our New Year Cleanse

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Well, good news! When it comes to this year's Clean in 2016 New Year's Cleanse, we’ve done most of the work for you! All you have to do is to pick your favorite recipes and get your hands on the ingredients.

If you're hesistant about taking part in our cleanse this year, I'm here to encourage you and let you know, it couldn't be easier! We'll be here along for the ride the whole way, providing you with tips, advice and feedback on your toughest days.

Suggestions for a Healthy Start in 2016

  1. Pick your breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for each of the five days and then use that to build your grocery list. Why didn’t we make a shopping list for you? Since there is no set menu and you are allowed to mix and match the recipes that sound the best to you, there is no shopping list. This gives you an opportunity to truly pick the natural ingredients you love, which will ultimately help you sustain your new, healthy lifestyle.
  2. Now would also be a good time to cleanse your pantry and fridge. Pre-packaged foods, especially those with added sugar, gluten, partially-hydrogenated oils, and strange ingredients should be tossed. See our Avoid list below for other foods to leave out of your pantry or fridge this week.
  3. Buy clean, organic ingredients when possible. However, if this is not an option due to pricing or availability, then feel free to substitute the best conventional version you can find. To save on cost, you may wish to buy only the dirty dozen in organic form. Salmon should be wild caught, halibut should be from the Pacific, and all fish should be fresh.

INCLUDE the following:

  • Fresh or frozen vegetables
  • Fresh or frozen fruit (choose low sugar like berries and green apples!)
  • Nuts and nut butters (except peanuts which are technically a legume)
  • Seeds
  • Gluten-free grains (brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, organic corn, millet, gluten-free oats, teff, and wild rice)
  • Beans and legumes
  • Condiments (mustard, hummus, apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, cold-pressed coconut oil, Bragg’s liquid aminos, sesame oil)
  • Organic, antibiotic-free chicken
  • Wild salmon, Pacific halibut, and fresh water trout
  • Plant-based protein powder and supergreens powder

AVOID the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Red and processed meat
  • Any animal-based foods not on the acceptable list above.
  • Gluten
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Fried foods
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar (Yes, all added sugars like maple syrup, coconut sugar, cane sugar, sugar alternatives, and anything ending in –ose)

Check out our FAQ at the end of the Cleanse. If you have additional questions, post them in the comments section here. Let us know how you’re doing and help motivate all of your fellow NutriBlasters!

We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Registered Dietitian

Comment by Lingram
January 01, 2016
Can you substitute nut butters with the product nuttelex? Also is there a version of the PDF that uses metric and Celsius? That would save a keen Aussie heaps of time!
when adding fruits and veggies to the magic bullet, do I peel them first and remove stems and cores?
Reply by lizmar33161
January 05, 2015
The cleanse starts TODAY, Jan 5th. But don't let that stop you from joining in... you still have time to make your grocery list and start tomorrow... you'll just end on Saturday instead of Friday :-)
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