I’m generally not one to sign up for diets, and I definitely don’t keep up with the latest eating fads. The Standard Process Purification Program®, though, caught my eye several weeks ago as a means to change your lifestyle, adapt healthier habits, and give your body a break from the junk! Apparently every summer, the NYCC community embarks upon this sort of journey to a healthier lifestyle. I missed the date on the group program, but decided that it’s worthy, nonetheless and began 6 days ago.
First of all, I’m sure you’re wondering – What is it?
Well, the idea of purification or detoxification is centered on the fact that we are exposed to countless internal and external toxins. Examples of toxins include: caffeine, alcohol, preservatives, pharmaceuticals, cigarette smoke, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, free radicals – and the list goes on and on. Although we may not think that toxins change the way our bodies feel each day, truth is – these factors disrupt our physiology and therefore alter our health. The program is especially beneficial if you’re suffering from any of the following: stuffy head, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, digestion problems, food cravings, weight gain, reduced mental clarity or low libido.
What does the program entail?
Program Basics – taken directly from the brochure!
“Our 21-day purification program includes eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; taking whole food supplements, and drinking plenty of water. You will eat vegetables and fruit for the first 10 days, with select proteins on day 11.”
I was happy to learn that we are allowed unlimited amounts of fruits and veggies; however, you should eat twice as many veggies (organic, if possible). Although it doesn’t specify here, you are also allowed to eat ½ cup of either brown rice or lentils per day.
The whole food supplement capsules include: SP Cleanse, SP Green Food, and a choice between either Gastro-fiber capsules or Whole Food Fiber powder. In powder: SP Complete. (For those who are dairy sensitive, SP complete is available dairy-free – instead of whey protein, rice protein is used.)
The Supplement Regimen
Day 1-7 – 2-3 SP Complete shakes per day, 7 SP Cleanse capsules 3x per day, 3 Gastro-fiber capsules 3x per day or 1 tablespoon of Whole Food Fiber per SP Complete shake
Day 8-21 – 2-3 SP Complete shakes per day, 3 Gastro-fiber capsules 3x per day or 1 tablespoon of Whole Food Fiber per SP Complete shake, 5 SP Green Food capsules 2x per day
For those interested in more information – http://www.standardprocess.com/Standard-Process-Document-Library/Guides/purificationguideL2605.pdf
Today, I am on day 6!
Positives: When I started this program, I was concerned with how the first week would go. Friends told me days 3-5 would be the worst as the body starts to detoxify (the first few days it is still processing the food you ate prior to starting). Also, since I drank coffee daily, I was worried that the first 2 days would be filled with terrible caffeine withdrawal headaches. Fortunately, I haven’t had any horrible side effects since starting. In fact, my body absolutely loves all the good nutrients I’ve been feeding it. I have more energy, my sleep has improved, and I find focusing is much easier! I originally started the program because my digestion was uncomfortably sluggish, and now it is improving with each passing day!
Another positive outcome is that I’ve really enjoyed cooking. As a graduate student, sometimes my mind is programmed think, “cook and eat as quickly as you can, because it’s better to spend more time studying and less time in the kitchen!” The truth is, I had this completely backwards! It is a nice study break to cook and I find it quite relaxing. Not to mention, by cooking up a hearty meal full of rich vegetables, I’m actually getting more out of my study sessions because I can actually focus when the time comes!
Negatives: I underestimated how much I would have to eat in order to stay full. I feel like I‘m constantly eating, which is strange to get used to. Also, eating so many organic fruits and vegetables is expensive. I haven’t gone completely organic because, frankly, I just can’t afford it. Accordingly, I’ve tried to buy locally instead of focusing on only organic! (Hopefully local is organic!)
Since you’ve read the supplement regimen, you know that it’s A LOT of capsules! These capsules are actually quite large and I swallow 30 per day (at least for the first 7 days), which is a bit of a struggle for me, but I’m been getting better at it. The upside to swallowing so many capsules is that it requires me to drink more water. Additionally, I spice the shakes up with fruits and veggies.
The biggest challenge of the program is living with someone who isn’t doing the program. Yesterday, my boyfriend made the most amazing whole-wheat pancakes (my favorite!) slathered with butter and real maple syrup, right in front of me, while I was warming up a bowl of vegetable lentil congee – it was absolute torture. Also, I never realized prior to starting the program how often delicious food is advertised on TV. And yes, seeing and smelling coffee is still tough. I cringe whenever I drive by a Dunkin Donuts or walk by the coffee kiosk!
I will keep you all updated on my progress!