There are quite a few brave souls that are trying out what is known as a juicing de-tox diet. What does that mean to you and me? Well, for one thing, the detoxification process entails a natural cleansing process. The daily exercise of taking in only freshly prepared home juice as part of your only natural diet for the next week or two can be a stringent one for those who have become accustomed to overeating, even on their good days.
This is my personal and juicy take on what it means to become healthy and fit once more. I say once more because I have only just turned the corner from being overly unhealthy and unhappy for at least the second time in my short life. That being said, I am now highly determined to live a long and healthy and happy life without any let up. This, to my mind, can only be successfully accomplished once you all have the right amount of determination to succeed. Ladies, health and fitness for women, as seen in glossy magazines online or in print, are not to be overrated or ignored.
Wonder Woman is one of my favorite superheroes. I like Cat Woman too. I had to wonder in awe just how fantastic Wonder Woman looked while Batman and Superman were dueling it out as if Metropolis and Gotham City depended on the outcomes. Well, as it turned out, it did. But Wonder Woman? What did she do, and how did she handle it all? To me, she seemed to take everything in her stride. She didn’t need to be able to fly.
The Water Wars
In our household there has been the great debate, or Water Wars, depending on who you ask, about what is better to drink: tap water, bottled spring water, bottled purified water, or distilled water. What’s the difference between them all? Do those differences really matter to the average drinker?
Simple gal that I am, as well as cheap, I’m all for tap water. I believe our local municipality is doing its job to provide clean water for consumption as well as to be used in personal hygiene and cleaning. I tell everyone that if they are so paranoid about the city being involved in some kind of conspiracy to turn us into social zombies through our water supply we can always invest in one of those purifiers that attaches to the sink or sits in a water pitcher.
The jury is still out on whether you should eat before your daily bout of exercise. Kids used to be told to never go outside to play on a full stomach. It would make them sick. Well, if they were loading up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or processed cold meat sandwiches loaded with tomato ketchup, of course they might get sick. You’d had to be a fool not to know that you can’t quite possibly dine on a hefty cheese burger with fries before going out for a run.
You’re sick and bloated before you’ve even opened the door. But yes, you can eat before going out for a run or beginning your favored or designated workout, whether its weights in the gym or just skipping rope for five minutes. And you can even eat during your exercise. It all really depends what you’re going to be eating before, during and after your exercise. Common sense should also tell you that whatever you’re going to be eating is essentially going to be very good for your body.
Your lifestyle situation also has a role to play. But life doesn’t need to be an unpleasant inconvenience. All you need to do is plan ahead of time and improvise. Adapt your own personal weather conditions and your body, mind and soul will be just fine. If you’re a morning person and who does not need to head off into the traffic to work, you could do your exercise then. And at least two to three hours before your exercise session, you can still enjoy that most important meal of the day.
Yes, that’s right ladies. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Only this time around it’s going to be healthy and wholesome all year round. How about that. I generally favor a bowl of healthy oats garnished with a few of my favorite garden strawberries, just a dash of plain white yogurt and, to sweeten things up healthily, a teaspoon or two of organic honey over the oats and fruit and yogurt mixture.
While you’re juicing with your exercise, you can also eat. Again, it depends what you’re eating and what form of exercise you’re doing. Exercise and basically all-round physical activities bring the best out of us. It can also make us quite hungry at times. The more intense your exercise, the more intense perceived sugar cravings may be for you. It may feel similar to those you experienced before you starting exercising on a regular basis, but it’s not quite the same thing.
Yes, your body is craving sugar. Only it’s crying out for natural sugar to help it replenish exhausted stocks as a result of your physical exertions. This is why a good juice with your exercise is perfect. Also, you’re not filling your stomach which needs to stay light during its physical intensity. I’ve often seen girls snacking on what they call high-energy snack bars while they’re pedaling on their bikes. But I could never get close enough to read their snacks’ labels.
Just because it says it’s a high-energy snack bar, doesn’t mean it’s all good for you. You may as well just take along with you a slab of sugary and processed chocolate. The right health snack has no preservatives in it and certainly not an ounce of white sugar in it either. I like the new trend in healthy, organic snack bars. These are muesli and oats bars. They’re basically just a compressed version of your breakfast cereal.
This is breakfast on the go. It’s ideal for busy women who need to rush to get off to work. At the office, it’s a relaxing way to start off the day, working your way through your favorite health snack with your freshly brewed cup of black chamomile or green tea. This health fad is great for busy women but I still believe the truly natural alternative is the best. Apart from its obvious nutritional value, you’re not using any unnecessary plastic or paper. You’ve packaged your own mid-morning meal in your own sustainable container which just needs to be washed out when you get home from work later in the day.
Taking It Off Naturally
For years I’ve been doing it all wrong! I’ve been going to bed all teary eyed, with my eyes red and burning. No, I have not been crying myself to sleep, although that may have actually been a kinder thing to do to myself than what I was actually doing. What was it that I was doing? I was removing my makeup with those make-up remover wipes. I thought the red-rimmed, watery eyes were a normal reaction to the cleansers used in the wipes. I assumed these cleansers were good for my skin and harmless. Apparently, I was wrong.
Packing A Healthy Lunchbox
With the kids going back to school, packing lunches is in full swing in our house. One staple product in every bag every single day is the juice box. It seems a no-brainer that juice is healthy and the perfect choice to pack in my son’s lunchbox. But, is it really?
Am I making a choice not to really question whether this is the best choice simply because they are so convenient? According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a serving that is one hundred percent juice can be considered when tallying up your child’s recommended daily amount of vitamins like vitamin C. That means selecting the right product. Don’t get tricked into getting a juice “cocktail” that has added sugar.
My Soup Diet
Often, many people tend to gain weight during the colder months of winter. I have found a way to defeat the winter bulge. During this season of cold winds and snowstorms, there is nothing more comforting that getting cozy with a hot, bowl of soup. Keeping a layer of winter fat at bay is another benefit of a soup diet during those months when I tend to be less active outdoors.
Now, a soup diet doesn’t necessarily mean I only eat soup. It simply means soup is my main course usually for lunch and supper. I pair it with healthy sides. I keep breakfast light and always feature a warm, hot, yummy drink to get me started for the day.