Welcome to Part 2 of my 3 part Spring Refresh! Spring is a time when Juice Cleanses are the headline of so many magazines and blogs that it’ll start making you feel like you’re missing out on something. I’m always curious why someone wants to do a juice cleanse, substituting fruit and vegetable juices for whole food. After all, some of us love to savor our food so much that a cleanse is out of the question. Others of us may have health or medication needs that make it inadvisable. Then there are others who wonder “What’s the benefit? What am I going to get out of it?”
Cleanses, generally last a few days to a week, are designed to rid impurities, leaving us with more energy, better skin, feeling healthier, and often a few pounds lighter. It’s also a great way to shift away from unhealthy food choices. Sounds good except I’ve found too many people, unfortunately, only focus on losing weight.
Jackie came to me in tears after gaining the 20 pounds that she had lost from a 30 day cleanse (30 days of juicing only – no food!). She didn’t know what else to do as the cleanse was her last resort in many weight loss failures. She was tired of going on diets, doing crazy workouts, and feeling starved. She admitted that she had done the cleanse to lose weight. She had tried to convince herself about the importance of being focused on having more energy and being healthier, but in the end, she just wanted to lose 20 pounds.
Juice cleanses are not to lose weight although that may be a welcome result. Whether or not we are on a cleanse, we can help ourselves by shifting away from eating crap food and poor eating patterns. That is something that Jackie, despite not eating any food for 30 days, did not do. She immediately went back to too much caffeine, sweets as snacks, not enough protein, enriched pasta, and too few vegetables. With that brought back her 20 pounds, her sluggishness, and her feeling of defeat.
What I’m about to say may sound simple and cliche but I know it works. You can pass on that juice cleanse, simply start to eat better, and find that you will feel better, have some more pep, and even drop a few pounds. Conduct your own Spring Refresh with the goal of building some new habits. Add foods that make you feel great and get rid of foods that make you feel old and tired. We don’t need to do it all at once. Just add something here….get rid of something there.
Here are some of the more common changes I’ve noticed.
Please share yours.
- Replace 3 days of Coffee with 3 days of Tea – Can cut caffeine in half
- Reduce the Carb and Add another Vegetable – Can cut calories by 1/3
- Replace the morning Muffin with Yogurt – Lead to weight loss