Clean & Lean Cleansing and
Clean & Lean is our comprehensive
cleansing and weight loss program designed to help you succeed
in losing weight permanently. Unfortunately, 95% of those who
undertake a simple diet gain their weight back within 2 years,
and 99% gain it back within 5 years. Most dieters gain their
lost weight back because they do not maintain the healthier eating
and exercise habits they have adopted to achieve the weight loss.
If you take the time and make the effort to integrate new eating
behavior into your lifestyle permanently, it is much easier to
stay at a healthy weight and to improve your general health.
The Clean & Lean cleansing and
weight loss program we design for you at Whidbey Island Naturopathic
is a journey into self-care that results in a healthier, happier,
leaner you. We’ll help you through the cleanse with personal
attention and then show you how to make changes in your lifestyle
at a pace that will allow you to easily integrate healthier eating
and activity levels. It is important that these changes be gradual
so they can become permanently incorporated into your life. We’ll
show you how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Real health problems always need to be corrected before a genuine
healthy weight loss program can be undertaken successfully. Conditions
such as blood sugar imbalances, neurotransmitter imbalances,
hormonal imbalances, allergies, and toxicity — what we
call metabolic stumbling blocks — should be corrected before
expecting to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way.
Dealing with these issues first makes it much easier to lose
the weight. Our Clean & Lean program
begins by helping you correct the metabolic stumbling blocks
through cleansing yourself of toxins and fats.
How Does Clean & Lean Work?
The liver is your body’s major fat burning organ. It breaks
down fats, carbohydrates and proteins for immediate energy and
for longer term storage. Its other major function is to detoxify
everything that goes into your body, including medications, pollutants,
chemicals, and especially foods. This is a huge job that requires
a lot of nutrients. One of the first goals of Clean & Lean is
to insure that you have all the necessary nutritional elements
to keep your liver healthy.
The waste from the liver is dumped into the gall bladder. When
a lot of it gets dumped, and especially when it is particularly
toxic, it can get extremely thick and turn into a sludge we at
WIN call “toxic bile.” This toxic bileis
much more difficult to move into the digestive tract for exiting
the body than normal waste, especially if you suffer from constipation.
So, the next goal of Clean & Lean is to
make sure that your digestion is working optimally and clearing
out the products of detoxification from the liver and gall bladder.
Waterlogged tissues can cause a great deal of weight gain. Low
water or protein intake can cause you to retain water in your
tissues. So can food sensitivities, candida overgrowth, and certain
medications. Hormonal imbalances such as estrogen dominance and
low thyroid can also cause water retention. Clean & Lean will
work to minimize these obstacles to weight loss and make sure
you aren’t overloaded with water.
Another big problem area that Clean & Lean addresses
is stress-induced weight gain. Stress increases the hormone cortisol,
which in turn elevates insulin. Insulin makes the body store
fat rather than burn it for fuel. Insulin resistance is a condition
that can cause high blood sugar and eventually diabetes. Besides
stress, caffeine, smoking, fasting, and intense bouts of exercise
can drive cortisol levels up.
Optimal nourishment involves more than eating the right amount
of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. It also means being aware
of how food affects you physically, emotionally, and energetically.
We will help you to understand how your body responds to different
foods. You will learn how to make healthier choices about what
you eat. As you incorporate healthier foods into your daily diet,
you’ll lose the taste for super-sweetened, artificial flavorings
and learn to appreciate and savor the tastes of whole, fresh
What You Can Expect
The Clean & Lean program will:
- Protect the liver from damage
- Remove excess water from your tissues
- Correct essential fatty acid deficiency
- Increase fat burning and metabolism
- Balance blood sugar and decrease cortisol
- Improve digestion
- Improve your physical fitness
- Improve your diet
- Teach you to live a healthier life
How Do I Start?
Decide how much you want to lose and when you want to start.
It is reasonable to expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week through
a combination of diet and exercise. Once you have met your first
goal, you can always aim for a new one. As with any goal in life,
it is helpful to plan, visualize yourself at your goal, and plan
a reward for yourself.
Make an appointment with us at WIN to start your own Clean & Lean program,
your journey into self-care for a healthier, happier, leaner
How to Get a Jump Start
If you drink a lot of coffee or soda, start cutting down. You
can begin to make a lot of healthy change by just eliminating
beverages with caffeine and sugar. Green tea is a healthier option,
with or without caffeine.
Add 2 glasses of water between breakfast and lunch and again
between lunch and dinner. For added benefit, add lemon to your
If you are sedentary, start walking. Start with 15 minutes and
work your way up to 30 minute walks. It’s just as good
to do a few small segments as one long one. If you have discomfort
with exercise, see the doctor first.
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