+ IS THIS PROGRAM VEGAN-FRIENDLY AND GLUTEN-FREE?
Yes! We remove all dairy and animal products throughout the cleanse. This cleanse is also gluten free– just make sure you buy gluten-free rolled oats for Jen’s Coconut Granola recipe!
+ I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION. IS THIS CLEANSE SAFE FOR ME TO DO?
We would love for everyone to be a part of Fresh Start , but we understand that it’s not for everyone. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, please download the **free 1-Day Cleanse Kit.** This will give you a better idea of the whole, natural foods that are included in our recipes. By consulting your healthcare provider, they will know what’s best for you, personally.
+ CAN I CLEANSE WHILE PREGNANT OR NURSING?
Pregnancy is not the ideal time to start a cleanse. Although our cleanse is nutrient rich and nutritionally balanced, it will also be detoxifying. Toxins released during the cleanse can pass through to your bloodstream and breast milk. Instead, focus on nourishing your body and your baby. Feel free to include green smoothies and other recipes as part of your normal daily diet. The same principles apply if you’re breastfeeding. Many expecting and nursing moms still join the cleanse for the meal plan and have found success by skipping week two (the most detoxifying week) and following the meal plan in week one and three, which include gluten-free grains, legumes, and an option to add eggs and fish.
+ WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS CLEANSE PROGRAM?
Anyone who is ready to start making healthy eating a part of their lifestyle and not just a diet. Taking the burden off the liver for a few weeks and plying yourself with real, nutrient-rich goodness will take you from healthy to amazing! Our resident holistic nutritionist, Meg Thompson, recommends making cleansing a regular part of your health care regime several times a year to renew, recharge and reset the body. Your body will love you for it!
+ DO YOU INCLUDE CALORIES FOR YOUR RECIPES?
Our meals are nutrient-rich and therefore give back to the body, and will balance your blood sugar, keeping your energy at a steady flow. Rather than focus on calories, It’s much more important to focus on having good quality protein, healthy fats and loads of vegetables and fruit to get all the goodness that you need.
Calories are deceiving and not the basis for determining what is healthy. For example, if something is low in calories, it’s not necessarily good for you. In fact, it’s often the opposite. Food that is low in calories, like a piece of white bread, is not only void of nutrients, it saps extra nutrients from your body to process it. It also turns to sugar once it’s digested which then contributes to weight gain. Change it to a wholegrain bread and add some avocado or nut butter, and suddenly you have something much higher in calories, but a slow burning fuel that will continue to serve your body for hours.
+ I’VE TRIED "FAD DIETS" AND THEY NEVER WORK. HOW IS FRESH START ANY DIFFERENT?
This program and step-by-step meal plan was designed to help you create health and happiness on your plate. That’s why we’re super excited to partner with Meg Thompson, an amazing naturopath and holistic nutritionist, for a 21-Day Cleanse geared to help make simple, quick and nutritious meals for you. Meg will seriously rock your tastebuds! We are also head over heels for our food photographer, Lindsey Johnson, who will make you want to devour clean meals for the rest of your life– seriously.
+ IS IT EXPENSIVE TO BUY FOOD?
Your grocery bill will likely be higher than usual, but please … don’t freak out! You’re investing in your health… and you’re worth it! Here’s how we think about it: you can either pay more upfront for fresh produce and real whole foods, or pay down the road in poor health with medical bills. It’s an easy choice once we lay it out like that, right? So don’t give yourself a hard time over a slightly higher grocery bill. And what we’ve noticed is it eventually balances out by week two after you’ve bought all your staple ingredients that you’ll use during and beyond the cleanse.
+ WHAT IF I’M REALLY BUSY? CAN I STILL DO IT?
I'm a busy, work-from-home mama myself, so I totally get it. If you’re not used to cooking meals from home, you’ll need to carve out some time over the weekend to prep. It does take an extra time commitment— I'm not gonna lie. With our meal plan and weekly shopping lists, we take the guesswork out of “What’s for dinner?” We recommend starting the cleanse when you don’t have too many major events going on back-to-back, especially during week one. You’ll want to have time in your week to rest and nourish your body.
+ DO WE JUST DRINK GREEN SMOOTHIES ALL DAY? OR CAN WE EAT REAL FOOD TOO?
You will eat + drink your way through the 21 days! Fresh Start is a complete cleanse guide with a step-by-step meal plan, that includes green smoothies for breakfast, and whole foods the rest of the day (including snack and cleanse-friendly beverage recipes like chia pudding, tacos, stuffed sweet potatoes and hearty soups).
+ WILL I LOSE WEIGHT ON THIS CLEANSE?
Weight loss does not happen in the same way for everyone. It’s dependent on an individual’s genetics, hormonal balance, past history, metabolism, fluid balance and exercise regime. Weight can also be tied up in emotions. It’s a complex one. Remember that this program is about a fresh start for your body – you’re working towards the best version of you possible, and that’s about much more than weight loss. Any long lasting change takes time to establish, and healthy eating is no exception. If you stick with it, you’ll eventually see results.
+ DO I ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM FOR 21 DAYS? OR WILL I ALWAYS HAVE IT?
Once you purchase Fresh Start, you’ll be able to download it and have it for life. You can start it when you feel ready— there’s no requirement to complete it right away.