According to their website, the Standard Process Purification Program is an
“…internal cleansing and detoxification of your body. Think of it as “spring cleaning” for your insides…[It] is not a diet. It is a program that helps you live a healthier life by purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body and weight. [The] program emphasizes supplements and whole foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, while limiting high-calorie, refined foods and saturated fats.”
What the 21-day program allows:
- as many vegetables and fruits as you want, but your veggie intake should be twice that of fruit, and 1/2 of veggies should be raw
- 1-2 servings (1/2 cup ea) of lentils or 1 serving of wild or brown rice per day
- lean meat and fish can be added on day 11
- 64 oz spring water per day
- 4-7 tsp high-quality healthful oils per day
- 2-3 shakes per day, made with the SP Complete powder (regular or Dairy Free)
- 21 SP Cleanse capsules/day, days 1-7
- 10 SP Green Food capsules/day, days 8-21
- 9 Gastro-Fiber capsules/day, or 1 Tbsp Whole Food Fiber per shake, days 1-21
- alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, or other stimulants
- grains (except wild or brown rice)
- processed or refined foods
If you have a supervising physician, most often a chiropractor, he or she can change aspects of the program based on your personal needs. For the most part, I have followed the basic program, although I have cheated occasionally, as indicated in my day to day log. My chiropractor (and husband!) Craig, said it was okay for me to have rice milk now and then. Because I will be transitioning into the dairy- and legume-free MS Recovery Diet when I’m done with the cleanse, I chose the Complete Dairy Free option and eliminated lentils, substituting quinoa occasionally.
There are a few things I’m not doing well. I don’t drink anywhere near 64 oz of water a day. The program strongly prefers that everything is organic, free-range, grass-fed, and so on; I get organic when I can, but I can’t afford to go all out. I’m not doing the recommended exercise. I’m also quite possibly using more than 4-7 tsp oil/day, and I often cook my veggies longer than the recommended 4 minutes (but still crisp-tender).
It’s been a challenge to avoid all the no-nos and eat almost nothing but vegetables, especially because the rest of the family is eating normally. There have been times that I would rather go hungry than eat another raw vegetable, and there have been a couple of incidences of feeling rather grumpy and PO’d about my limited options.
I really haven’t felt any different (I’m writing this on day 15), and I didn’t have any toxic die-off headaches or anything like that. Craig said that’s probably because I ate a relatively healthful diet to begin with. Some of his patients go from a total junk-food diet of Doritos, beer, fast food, etc, and have never eaten a vegetable other than corn in their life (seriously!), and they have a really hard time of it.
For me, the program is a lead-in to The MS Recovery Diet. I’ll talk more about that in another post, but it starts off by eliminating dairy, gluten grains, legumes, eggs, and yeast and then adding them back in one at a time to see how it affects you. Since the SPPP also eliminates those items (with the few tweaks I mentioned) and gradually reintroduces them, it seemed like a perfect segue.
Addendum: For those who are interested in the weight loss aspect of SPPP, after the 21 days I had lost approximately 2-3 lbs, but I only weighed 101 to begin with (5 ft tall) and didn’t exercise. If you exercise, ate significantly more/worse food before the program and/or have more weight to lose, I have no doubt your weight loss will be more significant.