Today's post is a guest blog from Jennifer Cassetta, who specializes in nutrition, self-confidence and female empowerment in general.
It’s that time of year again when tons of people are going to start their juice cleanse. In after three to seven days of starving their body they will go back to eating the same way they started.
I’m here to tell you that you can get even better results by cleansing your body with a whole foods diet and moderate exercise program. You’ll never have to go hungry and you won’t feel deprived. It’s also a way to kick bad eating habits to the curb for good, lose weight and gain energy in the process.
- Avoid processed sugar
If you can do this one not-so-simple step, your body will benefit more than any of the others. Sugar ruins the body in so many ways. To name just a few:
- it zaps your energy
- it leaches minerals leading to osteoperosis
- it creates AGEs (Advanced Glycation Endproducts) which damage collagen fibers and lead to less elastic skin, AKA wrinkles.
- Lay off the booze
I’m not one to be a hypocrite. I drink alcohol and believe in moderation there is room for it in a healthy diet. Drinking alcohol can be a social activity that can lead to lower stress levels which is a healthy thing. But closet drinking and/or binge drinking are activities that definitely need to be addressed. Taking time off the sauce helps lower acidity in the body, curb cravings and will increase your energy, especially in the mornings and lead to a more productive day.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks
Caffeine from excess coffee, soda and “energy drinks” can wear on our adrenal glands and set you us for adrenal exhaustion. If you are addicted to caffeine and can’t go a day without it without experiencing fatigue or headaches, then it’s definitely time for a break. Stimulants place demand on the adrenals and therefore cause the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Increase levels of cortisol lead to poor sleep quality and the accumulation of body fat. Drink more pure water instead.
- Remove wheat
Like dairy, many people have intolerances to it. Not to mention the foods made from it are usually high on the glycemic index and should be reduced anyway, like bread, pasta, pastries, boxed cereals, cookies, etc. Replace wheat with whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, oats, faro or barley and eat in moderation.
- Go meat free
All meat is acid-forming in the body and takes a lot of energy to digest. By going meat free not only will you free up that energy, you will do your share of helping out the planet too.
Attached to your meat? Try Meatless Mondays.
Stick to a plant based diet filled with vegetables, beans, fruit, whole grains, healthy fats and a little bit of organic and grass fed animal protein. Your body will thank you later on. I promise.
If you have any questions, ask Jennifer below.