With summer rapidly approaching we’ll be spending more time in less clothes. Some of us may cringe at the mere thought of spending time exposing parts of our body that may not have seen the sun in months. Those pesky few holiday pounds that you haven’t been able to get rid of are also reason to fear bathing suit season. You may have begun to think about quick ways that you can drop those extra pounds. Of course, your weight is attributed to many factors…your diet, exercise, and your age are just a few of them. There are many diet fads available, and some even promise to melt off the pounds with no exercise. I caution you to always be wary of those types of diets, as anything that promises to change your body without you having to change your lifestyle is usually a money grab or too good to be true. Join others that are ready to get started on their path to a healthier body and lifestyle and enroll in a Healthy Eating course today. Losing the weight is only half the battle, of course. The best and healthiest thing to do is to not only lose the weight, but learn to keep it off. If you’re like most Americans and feel so busy with work and life that you can’t find time to exercise, I suggest you enroll in our Healthy Living for a Busy Life course. Learn what you can apply to your life to begin to change your lifestyle and not only lose weight, but be healthier overall.
During the course of searching out the perfect diet and exercise plan, you may have run across juicing. You may have even heard about juicing from a friend who’s an avid juicer and who can’t stop raving about all of its perks and benefits. They’ll probably tell you about how great they feel, how much energy they have, the fact that they can blend in spinach, kale, and celery and mask it with a strawberry, getting their daily dose of vegetables in fruits in just one sitting (no more forced salads for lunch). Their skin looks great, basically they’ve never felt better and they totally attribute it to the juicing. But is it just a fad?
Juicing is an easy way to substitute a meal with a healthy juice alternative usually made of vegetables and fruits. There are some people who will substitute all meals with juice, but I’m not one of them. I like to chew my food, not just drink it, but I’ll be the first to tell you that I’ve tried it and really, really enjoyed it. However, I’ll admit that I didn’t juice to lose weight, or to be healthier. I juiced because my husband wanted to give it a try. I joined, and I was a happy convert. The juice mixtures that my husband would make would usually include apples, oranges, kale, and spinach.
Now, we didn’t partake in a juice detox or cleansing plan, we simply substituted one of our meals (breakfast for him, lunch for me) with a juice. I felt full and did feel like I had more energy post liquid lunch. I almost felt as if I had just had a tall cup of coffee for lunch instead of a juice, which I attribute that extra rush to the natural sugar that is found in fruit. I feel great and can re-focus on the task at hand after i’ve had my juice. I have also lost a few pounds which I directly attribute to my juice routine. I’m no longer having to rely on my 3pm Starbucks fix to get me through the last few hours of work, I just drink my juice instead. While some people only juice for a quick diet, I can definitely subscribe to this as a lifelong health routine.
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The human body is a truly amazing thing. We are born with organs whose job it is to cleanse our body of toxins. So, why do we feel that our body still needs more detox? There are no medical studies that show that a juice detox provides any health benefit to an outside detox source. I did find however, that a nice juice detox is just what I needed to help me realize just how much healthier I feel when I feed my body well. My juice routine has helped me to feel as though I have gotten rid of the toxins in my body and it’s helped me to mentally prepare to replace those toxins with a healthy way of eating. It’s not only helped me to rid myself of my daily afternoon bad sugar/coffee habit and instead begin a new healthy juice routine. I feel slimmer, not as bloated, and have more energy because of it. I look at it as helping your organs do their job by not making them process as much junk. Instead, i’m giving my body it’s required daily intake of fruits and vegetables and less processed sugar.
To help get you started on your path to a healthier you, here’s my favorite juice recipe. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Note that this recipe will give you about 64 ounces of juice. If you want less, try cutting the recipe in half.
- 4 beets
- 5 carrots
- 2 heads of romaine
- 1 large handful of parsley
- 2 green apples
- 1 pint of strawberries
- 1 inch knob of ginger
- 1 cucumber
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 lemon
- 2 tangerines
- 1 large bunch of mint
Juicing is a great thing and I do recommend that you give it a try to see if it’s something that may work for you occasionally or to get you started on a path to a healthier lifestyle. For some great recipes and to learn more about juicing, cleansing, and juice detoxing take advantage of our Juice Clinic course now.