What is the Balanced and Clear program?
The Balanced and Clear program is a 5-week elimination diet and gentle but thorough whole-body cleanse that focuses on reducing inflammation and clearing the liver’s detoxification pathways. During the program you will be eating healthy foods and taking a detoxification support formula called ClearVite.
What is an elimination diet?
An elimination diet, also known as an "allergy-elimination diet," is where specific foods are eliminated from the diet for a certain period of time in order to see if health symptoms improve. Then those foods are re-introduced into the diet to find out if symptoms reoccur. This is the gold standard when it comes to finding out if one has food intolerances. The first 3 weeks of the Balanced and Clear program will be the elimination diet phase. The last 2 weeks will be the re-introduction phase of the program.
What will I eat during the Balanced and Clear program?
You will be eating whole, real, unrefined, unprocessed foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, non-gluten whole grains, and some chicken, fish, and/or turkey if desired. This is not a fast!
After the first 3 weeks, can I just go right back to my regular way of eating?
You can, but that is not advised. After eliminating the most common allergens from your diet for 3 weeks, I will teach you how to re-introduce these foods back into your diet carefully so you can watch for possible negative reactions. This can sometimes feel like a slow process, but for long-lasting results that you’ll have, it is certainly worth it. One of the unique and greatest benefits of this program is learning which foods, if any, are contributors to your health problems.
What foods will I have to give up during the program?
All the most common allergens plus other foods/drinks that are difficult on your digestion and detoxification systems. These include soy, dairy, gluten (from wheat, rye, barley and oats), corn, tomatoes, caffeine, alcohol, red meat, and a few other foods.
I have a busy life. Will I be able to get all my work done?
Absolutely. Although it would be ideal to be able to check into a spa for the duration of the program and not have to do any work at all, not many of us can afford such a luxury. Many have succeeded with the program while working full time and taking care of families as well.
Will I feel lousy during the program?
Many people experience some withdrawal-type symptoms (i.e. headaches, tiredness, grumpiness) for the first few days of the program and then feel pretty good for the duration. Of course we’re all different, but by the end of the first 3 weeks, most people report feeling great.
How many presentations are included?
There are four presentations in all, each one important to help you through a different portion of the program:
- Getting Started
- How Foods Affect Us
- Reintroducing Foods for Optimal Results
- Creating Lasting Success
Will I have any support while I’m doing Balanced and Clear?
Yes. You will receive regular emails with reminders and helpful hints throughout. You will also be able to email me directly with questions that you may have.
I don’t think I have allergies. Can the Balanced and Clear program still be helpful for me?
Most people do, in fact, have some sort of hidden food allergies, but not everyone. If you are one of the lucky few without food allergies, YES, you can still benefit from this program. We are all exposed to toxins daily and our detoxification systems can easily get overwhelmed. This program greatly reduces your toxic burden so that your detoxification systems can "catch up" with their work and do their jobs more efficiently. It is also a great way to get "on track" with healthful eating habits.
Will I be hungry all the time?
No. There is no reason for you to be hungry at all during the program. If you plan well, you will have plenty of food to eat at all times.
Will I lose weight during the program?
Many people lose weight during the Balanced and Clear program, and some don’t. Sometimes people start losing weight only after they’ve finished the program and eliminated their allergens for a while longer. In some cases there are other issues that need to be addressed before a person can start losing weight. Those issues, such as thyroid imbalances, should be addressed separately with me or another practitioner.
What kind of results can I expect from the program?
There are as many kinds of results as there are people. Some of the changes that I have witnessed include the disappearance of chronic headaches, fibromyalgia pain, sleep apnea, sugar and other food cravings; lowering of cholesterol levels and inflammation; a better relationship with food, a greater sense of clarity, more energy, resolution of chronic constipation, reducing or eliminating the need for medications, and in many cases weight loss.
What is in the ClearVite product?
ClearVite CLA is a grain-free, hypoallergenic supplement product which contains protein from collagen and individual amino acids along with a carefully formulated selection of nutrients and herbs specifically chosen for their ability to support detoxification, blood sugar regulation, maintenance of intestinal health and the reduction of inflammation.
What about the Strengtia product? What is that for?
The Strengtia is a high-quality probiotic supplement. It will help support digestion, elimination, detoxification, and healing. I recommend that all of my clients supplement with probiotics.
Can I do the Balanced and Clear program more than once?
Yes. This program can be repeated as often as quarterly, which is a good idea especially for those dealing with chronic health issues. Once those issues are resolved, repeating the program every 6 to 12 months is a great maintenance schedule to follow.