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This is my Clean Program review. Twenty one days without coffee, alcohol, sugar, dairy, eggs, gluten, corn, oats and nightshades was tough, but we did it. My husband and I were really craving a reset. Something to kickstart a new routine. The Clean Program seemed like a good place to start. It consisted of a strict regimen of supplements, shake for breakfast, hearty Clean Program approved lunch and a shake for dinner. 

My very honest Clean Program review.

The first seven days were very hard but novel. The first half of the week was especially challenging because the detox symptoms (headaches, fatigue, skin breakouts, irritability) were real. But the journey had just begun and we were feeling inspired to do the work.

For me, week two was a nightmare. The shakes for dinner were so hard to get used to. I wanted to quit every single day. And although my detox symptoms subsided and I had more energy. I hadn’t lost any weight. And I felt frustrated and deprived. I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

When week three started I was down five pounds, which seemed to happen overnight. I felt some relief. Perhaps though, it was because I knew the end was near. But then all of the sudden, I even started looking forward to my evening shakes.

My husband loved the way he felt the entire program. He won the Best Attitude award. His sleep improved starting on night one. He said he’s getting the best sleep of his life and overall it’s the best he’s ever felt. My experience was a little more rocky. So, I won the Most Determined award. Which is really just a nice way of saying I had the worst attitude.

I feel really great eating eggs and nightshades, and overall it’s really hard to have a social life on the Clean Program. So, my honest Clean Program review would be, I wouldn’t do this again. But the good news is that my occasional heartburn (presumably from too much coffee and red wine) subsided, and I lost five pounds. Feel free to ask more questions in the comments sections below. There is a lot of ground to cover and I’m happy to answer anything that I may have missed.

And last but not least, this golden mango smoothie. I drank this nearly every single morning on the Clean Program. It’s a combination of Clean Program vanilla shake, mango and a special blend of immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.

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Yield: 1 smoothie

Golden Mango Smoothie

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A golden mango smoothie that's made super creamy with raw cashews, and spiced with turmeric, and cinnamon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 1 Clean Program vanilla shake (see notes)
  • 1 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • handful ice
  • pinch stevia (optional)


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth.


Any vanilla protein powder will work in place of the Clean Program vanilla shake.

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This post is in partnership with Clean Program; all opinions are my own.


Monday 8th of April 2019

Did you work out while on the program? Also did you ever substitute soup instead of a shake for dinner?


Friday 12th of April 2019

Hi Sara - I personally felt too drained to work out on the cleanse. But my husband had a lot of energy. It really varies so much from person to person. I think you could substitute a soup for a shake, but I didn't because that's not what they recommended and I wanted to follow the program exactly.


Friday 23rd of November 2018

Do you recommend the vanilla, chocolate and or mix?


Tuesday 27th of November 2018

Hi Rita - while I like both, I prefer the vanilla because I find it to be more versatile.


Friday 25th of May 2018

Hi there! I'm thinking about the Clean Program, or at least getting the shake mix. Did you find it to be chalky or have a weird flavor? I've tried so many smoothie/protein powders that have just been awful and was wondering if this was worth the cost. Thanks so much!


Friday 25th of May 2018

Hi Natty - I love their shake formula. No weird taste or textures!

Danielle Monique

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Thank you for sharing your cleanse. I am wondering if you'd do a month long cleanse, like you did without the said products. A daily check in, we follow along, try all your recipes and support each other. Would that work? Maybe something on Facebook as well. And what marine collagen do you recommend? I'm vegan, but need it for hair, skin and nails I believe.


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Hi Danielle - I'm so happy that my cleanse experience motivated you to give something similar a try. As a former health I no longer lead support groups, but I'm happy to continue supporting you with clean recipes here on my blog. This is the marine collagen I use. All the best, and good health to you. xx


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

This is so great! What important and inspiring breakthroughs across the board! Cheers to your health!

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