If you are reading this, it probably means that you were surfing the net looking for information about "Detox" or "Cleanse" or some other sort of program that you could research. It probably means that you are looking to make some sort of a change in your life.
Let me tell you a little story about one of my first attempts at making a lifestyle change...
About 16 years ago, I was a new mom, working full-time with a husband and a house. You can imagine that I was pretty busy. One day, after reading an article about Detoxing and the benefits of it, I decided that my husband I should go on this "detox" for 7 Days. I told him about it, and he thought that it sounded pretty funny and really goofy, however, always up to a challenge ("Anything you can do, I can do better....") he agreed. Since we were eating a lot of cereal those days for dinner, I thought, "I can use a grill, and I can make salad"! That was the extent of my skills those days, but would cove...
Are you as confused as I am on the ever-changing health trends? A few years back, we were told to cut back on salt. Then we were told to eat a "low fat" diet, with skim milk, low fat cheese, reduced fat cookies and consuming tons of chicken to replace that evil red meat! Around that same time, we were all buying New Balance running shoes and running for miles and miles to get fit. And most recently, we have been told to cut back on sugar because researchers linked it to obesity, type-2 diabetes and a whole wealth of other health problems.
Is this just the next health trend that will be "de-bunked" in the next several years as wrong and potentially harmful? I really doubt it, I think this one is here to stay.
In an effort to persuade clients and"21-Day Cleanse"participants to really consider adopting the idea of "Clean Eating"we are going to discuss the pitfalls of sugar (again, I know).
Do you drink a lot of water? Have you tried to drink water...keeping that water bottle filled at your desk, bringing in the car, only to drop off again? There are many benefits to drinking water, the most promising, being the detox benefits.
I drink as much water as possible everyday. It is recommended that a person drink at least half of their body weight in ounces every day. For example, if you are a 140 pound female, you should try to consume 75 ounces per day. I weigh about 118 pounds and drink probably 80-100 ounces of water every day. You are probably thinking that is crazy, but this is Habit "numero uno" that all of my clients establish before making any other significant changes in their behaviors.
Since I have started drinking so much water I have noticed some beneficial improvements in my health.
Most of these can be attributed to just staying super-hydrated.
The Paleo diet is all the rage now and some men swear by it for weight loss and building lean muscle mass. We follow a basic paleo-styled diet when we go through the "21-Day Cleanse". In a lot of ways, I think it is just a highly vegetarian diet with some meat thrown in!
But, Is it an optimal choice for women?
Does it give women the nutrients they need to reach their weight loss goals without lacking a vital source of vitamins and minerals?
It is no secret that men have a different bodily makeup than women and so it's only fair that each diet be valued with gender in mind. The Paleo diet does have some disadvantages but as a whole, it is a very good choice for women.
Restricts Sugar - Sugar is evil for women. It's one of our biggest cravings but wreaks havoc on our hormones. Itís also really easy to over eat sugar causing unnecessary weight gain. Being overweight causes excess estrogen. Excess estrogen makes women crazy wo...
Genetically Modified Foods, or GMO's, have really been scrutinized lately. We all know why they exist. Corporations are looking to make a “better” product that they can make cheaper than the competition. They take their crops into their little labs and genetically engineer them to withstand many of the common crop problems today or other reasons.
The problem is, these foods aren't natural, and recent studies show that whatever scientists are doing behind the scenes are affecting our bodies. One such way directly involves women and their hormones.
Most Common Genetically Modified Foods
Corn: Almost 85% of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified.
Soy is the most heavily modified food in the United States modified to have higher levels of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that may lower bad cholesterol, and is naturally found in olive oil.
Alfalfa that is genetically engineered is made so to resist the herbicide Roundup.
After my clients who go through the "Foods to Avoid" list, many people wish they could just cancel the whole thing. Our comfort foods, although filling, are probably not really giving our bodies what they really crave...nutrient dense foods!
One the greatest foods that many people add after studying the "Foods to Include" list is Chia seeds. We make a delicious "grain free granola" that includes chia, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, maybe a few chopped walnuts, cinnamon and Wild Orange Essential Oil. Let sit in unsweetened almond or coconut milk for 15-30 minutes while it sets up! Then just top with blueberries...delicious. The only bad thing I can say about them is sometimes they get stuck in my teeth!
Chia seeds have been used by mankind for their health benefits for centuries. Both the Mayans and Aztecs have used these seeds in their diets for generations, and today people all around the world are en...