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Spring Liver Cleanse Diet – Standard Process

March 22, 2009
Spring Liver Cleanse Diet – Standard Process

Liver Cleanse Standard Process Diet

I’ve been contemplating going on this liver cleanse diet for sometime now but we finally got around to kicking this off. What’s a liver cleanse diet? Well first off, the liver spring cleanse diet is becoming a bit trendy. You’ll find many varieties of the liver cleanse on the internet including the famous Master Diet Liver Cleanse which is basically lemon juice, water, cayenne pepper, and molassas. That’s it – no food! I tried that a few years ago and only lasted 2 days before giving up and going out for greasy chinese food.

Liver Cleanse Standard Process Diet

Compared to the Master Cleanse diet, the Standard Process liver cleanse is a whole lot ‘easier’ to do. On the plus side, you can eat as much as you like (vegetables and fruits). On the down side, it takes a full 3 weeks vs. the 5 days. Essentially it’s a vegan diet, no alcohol, no caffeine, no grain (except for 1 cup of brown rice or 1 cup of lentils) for 11 days. Then days 12-21, you’re allowed to supplement proteins with fish or chicken. The supplements are taken with each meal. By the way, I can’t help saying that the Standard Process packaging kind of looks like something from the Dharma Initiative from the TV show Lost.

We started on Sunday but first we decided to kick off the diet in style by having a plate of chicken and waffles at Amy Ruth’s in Harlem. Then we took a trip down to Fairway on the Upper West Side and stocked up my entire fridge. I’ll be blogging frequently about my experiences on the liver cleanse diet.

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50 Comments

  • Reply Mollie April 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

    starting on Monday! You will be my lead!

    • Reply admin May 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

      NICE! Good luck Mollie! It’s really not as hard as you think.

  • Reply Belinda May 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I just finished day 11 and have lost 10 pounds. I have had a LOT of tiredness, aches, flu like symptoms (or do I have the flu?) I can’t say I am going to the bathroom any more and don’t really understand how the toxins leave or if it is even happening. I hope this wasn’t an expensive hustle by my chiropractor. Somehow I took the SP Cleanse 2 days longer than I was supposed to. I am not having 3 shakes a day, I am only doing 2, so I am going to have a lot more product after 21 days are over. I would like to know more about what is going on with you. No one has posted in weeks.

  • Reply admin May 23, 2009 at 7:26 am

    wow 10 lbs in 11 days is a lot! Sorry to hear about the flu like symptoms. No, those symptoms should not be part of the diet although as I recall from the Standard Process website, it did say you may experience headaches. Are you drinking enough water? That is key. Also if you are feeling hungry, make the shakes and add extra SP Complete. Drinking plain hot water after a meal also helped me feel more satisfied if I was still hungry. 2 shakes/ day is fine cause that is what I did. Toxins should be leaving your body when you go to the bathroom. Maybe you’ll need to eat more fruit. Also the red beets really did the trick for me.

    We completed our liver cleanse diet a few weeks ago and have moved back to ‘normal’ food although I still try to maintain at least 1 or 2 meals a day that are based on the diet such as the fruit shakes, grilled vegetables, or a nice bowl of salad. I hope it works out for you!

  • Reply Amy Buckley February 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I did the SP Cleanse 2 years ago while breastfeeding my newborn baby! I did this under the direction of an NMD (Naturopathic Medical Doctor) and to help alleviate the Candida die-off rash that was taking over my upper torso. It worked for the rash and the Cleanse is ‘gentle’, no sensationalistic tales like I read about other cleanses on the internet. I just had more BMs and larger quantity of stool in each BM. My Mother did the SP Cleanse too and had the same experience.

    Also, if you lost 10 lbs. then you were either urinating more or having a lot more BMs! The post above was almost 1 year ago – I wonder what Belinda thinks of the SP Cleanse now?

    I highly recommend it.

  • Reply Leah February 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’m on day 13 and feeling great! But oh was I telling a different tale the first week. Headaches, irritability and extreme fatigue. Most of that is gone, I think because I was able to add in the lean meats two days ago. I too lost a lot of weight the first week, probably 7-8 lbs. It’s crazy how bad the first week was, thought there would be no way I could do 21 days, but at day 13 I feel like I could do this forever. I hope that after day 21 I can stay on this path of healthier, organic and sustainable eating. Go all SPers, you can do it!!

    • Reply admin February 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Yeah we just finished day 21 of our 2nd cleanse yesterday night. One thing that has helped us immensely is the RAW diet. Check your city for restaurants that serve RAW or go on Amazon and get a copy of Sarma Melngailis’s Living Raw Food. There’s some amazing recipes that are within the guidelines of the diet! http://www.plateoftheday.com/1103/

  • Reply Octopus March 3, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I’m so glad to hear other people had a hard time the first week. I have been doing mostly raw & all organic, I’m on day 5, and yesterday I was having intense, miserable food cravings. I wanted things I don’t even eat normally, like pancakes with butter and syrup or pizza loaded with cheese. I feel a bit better today, but I was really bothered by the food cravings since before I started SP cleanse I wasn’t having any food cravings. I hope the 2nd week is great!

  • Reply Hollyanna March 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Couple things – my chiropractor warned that there may be flu-like symptoms if one is very toxic. I’m on day four and have had nothing like that (just a bit of a dull headache now and then), but I don’t normally eat much of anything that is processed and have been off caffeine for a while now. Looking for good recipes – or this will get a bit old quickly. Looking up the Raw Diet now. thanks for the tip

  • Reply admin March 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Yeah the first week is probably the most difficult. Don’t do too much exercise and just relax. Be sure to drink lots of liquids. I like to drink peppermint or honey lemon tea.

    Pick up a copy of Living RAW Foods:
    http://www.plateoftheday.com/1103/

    It’s got some great recipes that are mostly appropriate for the diet.

    Don’t despair you’ll free great by the 2nd week for sure!

  • Reply Kristi April 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    My husband is a chiropractor and I am an RN. I was hesitant to start the cleanse but here I am on day 2 doing ok. I have the headaches and today I felt nauseated after I worked out but as soon as I got home I ate some asparagus and drank water and feel better. I didnt think that we were allowed to drink anything but water. Can we have tea? I also saw some blogs where people were eating eggs. Is that allowed? Thanks.

  • Reply WC April 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

    There are a few vegetbles not listed in the guide and I was wondering if these were allowed in a salad…
    – olives
    – chick peas
    – yellow corn
    does anyone know?

  • Reply admin April 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I believe olives are allowed in the liver cleanse but chick peas and yellow corn are considered a starch. But really this is just a guideline, it’s up to you how strict you want to be. If you have a few spoonfuls of chickpeas with your salad maybe it won’t be as optimal as without but overall, your body is still cleansing.

    My advice on the liver cleanse:
    I would try to be as hardcore as you can for the first 11 days, then as you are beginning to eat chicken and fish you can ease back in. By day 11, you don’t really have that many cravings anyways.

    Good luck!

  • Reply admin April 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Tea is allowed as long as it’s not caffeinated. Eggs, no, are not allowed sorry.

  • Reply Dee May 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I am on day 6 and I feel great. Have lost 4.5 pounds. I am, however, eating small amounts of salmon or chicken at dinner with my rice/lentils and steamed veggies. Is that a no-no?

  • Reply admin May 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Contrats on the 4.5lbs! That’s a great accomplishment! As I understand it (and I’m not employed by Standard Process or anything) technically you aren’t supposed to eat any chicken or fish until day 11. Your body should be able to get adequate protein from the supplements and the lentils. But it’s up to you how strict you want to follow the regime and maximize the benefits. Let us know how your diet goes. Happy cleansing!

  • Reply WC May 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

    thanks for the tip on the chick peas. I’ll stop.
    I’m on my 12th day and feel great.
    Are organic egg whites allowed after the 11th day?

  • Reply WC May 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Are organic egg whites allowed after the 11th day?

  • Reply JAL May 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I just finished the cleanse and only lost 2.5 pounds–very disappointing! I was pretty strict with it (I did add 2 eggs on the 2nd day that protein was allowed), but maybe used too much olive oil when roasting my vegetables? Also, I’m pretty petite, so I’m wondering if the shakes might have been geared more towards larger people? (I’m 5’0.). The first week was hard, but then I got used to it, and I felt great for a while . . . until last night, my 21st day, when I got a bad headache, which I still have today, and feel kind of like I did on Day 2. Go figure.

  • Reply admin May 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I think that’s pretty good to be honest. I actually didn’t eat any eggs the entire time but not sure if that has anything to do with it. I also had headaches but they usually went away after I had more water. Congrats on finishing the cleanse! I’m sure your body is thanking you for it!!!!!

  • Reply llr June 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Glad to hear of one other that lost just 2.5 lbs after the 21 day cleanse. I, too, followed the diet to the “t”, never had a headache or illness (but am not a caffeine, alcohol, or junk food eater) and lost very little in terms of effort into the 21 one days and beyond. Yes, I worked out, ran/walked, and worked 14 hour days (sure kept my mind off of food). Guess my liver is happier, but my ego is a bit bruised as I can’t seem to eliminate that persistent 5lbs. I am 5’5″ 122lbs, 51 years old, and am energetic and thankful for that. The cleanse reminded me that I can still do better when making food choices – so that is a positive. And I was amazed that I just wasn’t very hungry. Best of luck to those that are going the distance – you can do it!

  • Reply Janet July 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Im having a real hard time. I did ok the first 2 days and i fell off the 3. I was so hungry. I really need to do this any suggestions.

  • Reply Kris November 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Hi, I am on day 1 of my liver cleanse. Can I eat as many salads/day as i want or does it have to be portioned?

  • Reply admin November 17, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Hi Kris, I heard that salad quantity shouldn’t be a problem. Fruits should be less than salad as they contain more sugar content. Congrats on the liver cleanse – let us know how it goes. I’ll probably be doing another in a few months. -Simon

  • Reply Bea February 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I am on day 3.
    I started ‘South Beach’ (phase 1) 2 weeks prior and am VERY thankful as it already had me on a path of cutting back. Those two weeks my cravings were sugar and carbs (consumed sugar mostly in the form of dark chocolate and very few carbs), the last 3 days my cravings are dairy and nuts. I had not cut caffeine completely out during ‘South Beach’ and did eliminate it when I started the SP cleanse and I really had not been drinking much so I have not had problems with headaches. Overall I feel more energetic and in an overall better mood.
    I have been enjoying recipe searching and trying them out. I found a great ‘Red Lentil Soup’ in “Food and Wine” magazine Jan ’11 pg 105, it is easy to make and very tasty!
    I am not tracking my weight very well and know I like the way my pants feel already! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for all the comments, it all helps! Bea

  • Reply Mara March 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Day 2. Feel OK but very tired. Was yesterday as well.

  • Reply Julie March 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I am on day one. Just about died during a lunch meeting when everyone was eating sandwiches and choc chip cookies while I munched on broccoli, baby carrots and celery. I know I can do this, need to lose 20 pounds badly and clean up my system. Words of advice anyone?

  • Reply DebbY March 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I am starting my cleanse this Sunday with my husband. This is our second time. Our goal is to do it every year. Spring seems like a great time to do it. I am hoping to drop at least 5 lbs. this time. I am dealing with hormone issues this time as well and am starting bio-Identical progeterone today as well.

    Hoping for good results. I am 49 (50 in june) 5’5 122lbs. Up 5lbs this last month due to hormones so I hope to get back to normal. Hate this puffy feeling.
    Anyone else on board?

  • Reply Julie March 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’ve already lost 5 pounds — 147 to 142 — just since Friday and did cheat a little — had chicken on a salad Saturday and two glasses of wine. Other than that been a good girl. Over the caffeine withdrawl headache and not feeling as tired as i did saturday and sunday.

  • Reply Carole March 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    A holistic health practitioner told me you must get enough protein in order to have more bowel movements. Otherwise, your body does not have enough energy to have a release. And in general, i have low energy or xi – ‘chi’. Not all bodies are the same…. So for me, i added pure Hemp powder (from Hemp seeds) to my shakes, and i have to say i felt very satisfied and not at all hungry after each shake. I usually have 2-3 shakes / day, plus the veggies. Will need to check if Hemp seeds are on the ‘ok’ list for SP.

    I’ve done this cleanse 3 or 4 times since 2005. I have never lost more than 11 lbs or so, but I have always had a tough time trying to have more than one bowel movement a day. It’s still a challenge, so i’ve added more probiotics to the regimen to see if that will help, or even do a colonic. I always feel very good on the SP cleanse, no heartburn, no gas, bloating, etc… You can only feel good when you eliminate wheat, glutens, dairy, sugar, caffeine, ,etc, right?!

  • Reply admin April 14, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Congrats Julie on the progrss! Yeah the caffeine withdrawl is pretty tough. I always try to quit drinking coffee at least 1.5 weeks before I start the cleanse.

    We are about to do another spring liver cleanse in May. I’ll be posting recipes as much as possible. I think this time around, I’ll be trying out more RAW food recipes (they are mostly compatible with the cleanse diet).

  • Reply admin April 14, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Hi Carole, have you tried roasted red beets? They do the ‘trick’ for me everytime. Thanks for the tip on the extra protein in the shakes, I’ll give that a shot.

  • Reply Heather April 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I’m on day 6 of the sp cleanse, and I’ve lost 5 lbs so far. =) However, I’m so wanting real food. It’s hard watching my hubby and the kids eat meat and regular food. I can’t wait til day 11!

    I find it hard to take all those pills 3 times a day too. Anyone else have that problem? I take 2 shakes a day, breakfast and lunch, then eat lotsa veggies/greens, and such for dinner. I’ve had to be creative for sure, when it comes to making myself a dinner. haha…
    Sure wish I knew more creative dinner Ideas though, haha

    I’ve had a couple slight headaches, but that’s it. I do have a BM a few times a day too. Nothing really out of the ordinary for me though. I’m trying to drink lots of water as well.

    Over all I feel alright, I am still tired thru the day, but again for me that’s not unusual. I’m kinda hoping that changes though.

    I’m hoping this helps me out greatly, as this is a new path I’ve taken to start losing weight. This is only just the beginning of a new way of life. We get up every day and make a fruit & veggie smoothie in our vitamix blender. They taste so delish too. But when I add the SP cleanse stuff it does make it thicker and funny tasting… but I suck it down with a straw and that helps dramatically! I also add milled flax seed and chia seeds to my shakes as well.

    I’ll have to check out the book that is mentioned in previous posts for sure! Here’s to a successful journey thru the SP cleanse everyone! =)

    • Reply admin May 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

      Congrats Heather!! The first week of the Standard Process Cleanse Diet is the hardest, it gets much easier after that. Also remember on day 11-21 you can include fish and chicken (do it slowly is my advice). Definitely check out Raw cooking and do a search if there are any Raw food restaurants in your area. It’s a great treat to have and 90% of the meals are compliant with the cleanse. I’m on Day 16 now of Standard Process and still going strong. Lost about 5 lbs already.

  • Reply Deborah April 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I’m on day 7 and FINALLY I feel better. My Chiro told me the horrible fatigue was probably an indicator of how toxic I was. I’ve lost 7 pounds. The best part about this is that I have discovered Green Smoothies! I make a double bath in the morning, one for breakfast and a container for lunch. My favorite is 1 cup green grapes, 2 spears of fresh pineapple, blend, put in the cleanse, blend, then about 3-4 cups of fresh spinach, blend, 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil and 9-10 ice cubes. It is so good it feels like cheating. I’m so hooked I know it’s a life style. Lots of recipes on line. I even ordered a Vita Mix blender. I make homemade guacamole and put it on a huge salad for dinner since I don’t like vinegar. Yummy!! Finally I’m feeling why I’ve gone to all this trouble!

  • Reply Deborah April 19, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I forgot, also a banana.

  • Reply admin May 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Hey everyone, have some fun on your Liver Cleanse. Have a lettuce wraps party:

    http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1110

  • Reply Kate @ Detox Diets May 10, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I did quite a few liver cleanses a few years ago, but was a bit different to what you did. I think it might be a lot easier for people who have difficulty sticling at a diet for an extended period of time. It basically involves not eating after 1pm and then taking epsom salts at 6pm and 9m. You then make a drink of olive oil or flaz oil and grapefruit juice. You drink this at 10pm and lie down in bed right away (not 2 mins later). In the morning when you wake up you take epsom salts again. This flushes out the liver and gallbladder and is a super cleanse. Of course, check with your healthcare person first, as you may have particular problems that make any cleanse unsuitable. But this can be repeated every few weeks until your liver is very clean. I much prefer this method to sticking to a specific diet. But it has to be said that you will get much better results if you stick to foods that are liver-friendly in the weeks inbetween, and avoid foods that harm the liver, including alcohol.

  • Reply Carol June 8, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I am planning to start the fast next week. I have a stomach problem and have to eat low fiber foods. I cannot eat raw veggies or lentils. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am also lactose intolerant. I want to be sure to have enough protein so I’m not hungry.

    • Reply admin June 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

      HI Carol, the diet doesn’t say you need to have all your vegetables raw and cooking them is totally acceptable. I like to make a lot of soups with my vegetables, adding a little cumin or turmeric and lentils can make it very flavorable. You’re not supposed to have any dairy so the lactose issue shouldn’t be one. For proteins, the SP Complete provides some protein in your fruit shakes and can be quite filling. The first week is the toughest and after you get through that, hunger isn’t too much of an issue. You can always snack on fruits. After 10 days, you can start to supplement your meals with fish and chicken. Good luck!

  • Reply colothin June 30, 2011 at 5:42 am

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  • Reply Liz July 5, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Anybody doing this that’s a vegetarian? I don’t eat meat or chicken. I do eat fish, a few eggs/month and tofu for my protein. Any suggestions?

  • Reply admin July 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

    HI LIz, it shouldn’t be a problem if you are a vegetarian. The cleanse is all vegetables and fruit. After day 11, you have the option to eat chicken or fish but I don’t think it’s mandatory.

  • Reply gita July 8, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Any body know, how often we can do the standard process program.

  • Reply Julie August 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    We can have watermelon, right? I have been adding it to my shakes with kale for extra water and sweetness. Really hard for me to eat kale unless I blend it with something tasty. If I want to make a veggie soup can I use an organic veggie broth? Thanks! It is great having the support and extra info. This website provides!

  • Reply admin August 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Julie, yes watermelon is absolutely ok with the standard process liver cleanse diet. Try this easy raw recipe: http://www.plateoftheday.c​om/1108/.

  • Reply D November 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Finishing day 7 and it’s been more than rough. Headaches, flu like symptoms and tons of cravings. Definitely not a big veggie guy and sitting down to a full plate of veggies every day has been nauseating. I just hope my stomach feels a bit better after switching over to the green food pills. If you’re carrying a heavy toxic load like me then be prepared to suffer!

  • Reply Mindy January 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Getting ready to start my cleanse in about a week. After reading this I want to step down my caffeine intake before I start. Seems like that may help the headaches!! I’m turning 40 this year and my acupuncturist suggested this. I eat wayyy too much sugar and I am hoping this kick starts better eating for me! I hope everyone is still here!!

  • Reply Tim January 16, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I am on day 9. I lost weight rapidly for the first 7 days but the last 2 have slowed. Probably too many grapes. I started at 243 and am at 229. The food doesn’t bother me. I have found a small sweet potato with baked brussell sprouts in olive oil makes a filling dinner. For snacks, carrots dipped in hot sauce is very good. The children actually prefer this to junk food. Grinding the pills in the shakes is the way to go. Mind is normally just 1/2 of a banana, blueberries and water. Plenty of sweetness to kill the pill taste for the most part. I like spicy food but all salsas in the stores seem to have some sort of gum in them. Cholula is probably the cleanest. I am going to make my own and freeze it for next time. I even put it on salads. It seems to lend taste to anything.

  • Reply Megan May 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I am on day 3 of the SP cleanse. I am miserable! I have so many cravings and feel hungry all the time. I have lost 3 pounds, though, so that is motivating. When will these cravings go away?!

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