Considering a Juice Cleanse?

Have you ever tried a Juice Cleanse? I just finished a (one day) cleanse yesterday! Wondering if a juice cleanse is for you? If it even works? All good questions! I’ll try to give you everything you need to know about juice cleanses! First some background information:

A juice cleanse means drinking nothing but pressed juices extracted from fruits and vegetables. It can last from 1-5 days. Some of the most popular Juice Cleanses include Jus by Julie and Blueprint, and many juice stores sell their own cleanse programs like Cleanjuice and GrabbaGreen. I’ve only tried two. They are Jus by Julie and CleanJuice. 

How it works: You pick up a carton of 6 juices. They are numbered 1-6 and you are supposed to drink them in order (but sometimes I honestly skip around in order).

Blake Lively loves Blueprint (photo cred New Beauty.com)

Blake Lively loves Blueprint (photo cred New Beauty.com)

Usually the greener juices are earlier in the day and the sweeter ones are later in the day. 

The Research: The lack of peer-reviewed studies on the effects of juicing has led to conflicting information about whether it’s really all that good for you. It's been agreed that going on a juice fast is completely unnecessary for ridding your body of "toxins". Our liver and kidneys are already effective at eliminating any unneeded waste! 

HOWEVER giving up junk foods and processed ingredients can only help (by giving your digestive system a break). So if you stop eating crap and do a cleanse..yes it's healthier! Not because of the juice, but because of the lack of crap you are consuming.

 A juice-based diet can be a good way of getting more phytonutrients (if you don't normally have a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet). The act of mentally  going on a "detox" can also help jump-start a commitment to a healthier diet or routine.

The Downside: Depending on your juice program: you might experience dehydration, nausea, or fatigue (especially if you are caffeine dependent). They can also cause you to miss out on other much-needed nutrients (fiber and protein mostly). All valid concerns! But again: if you do it for a day it’s nothing to get too worked up about.

Sofia Vergara prefers Reset (newbeauty.com)

Sofia Vergara prefers Reset (newbeauty.com)

So why do I do it? It’s actually kind of fun! It makes the day really easy because I don’t have to plan any meals for the day, cook anything, or debate where I'll go to pick up lunch. By the end of the day I feel lighter and just “better”. I DO add more to my diet than just the 6 juices. Yesterday I had 2 Kombuchas (also all natural with nothing artificial), an apple, and some handfuls of raw mixed nuts throughout the day.  I’d recommend adding any whole and unprocessed food or drink (so raw mixed nuts, fruits, veggies, unsweetened soda water etc). A juice cleanse is an effective way (for me) to jumpstart a healthy routine and to at least MENTALLY feel like I am hitting a "refresh" button.

Questions I usually get about a Juice Cleanse:

1) Will I lose weight? – I didn’t and I usually don’t.. but some people do. You shouldn’t’ go on a cleanse to lose weight. It’s not a magic pill to make you drop a ton of weight.

2) Can you exercise while on a cleanse?-You can.. but it’s not a lot of fun. You’ll need to supplement with extra nutrition if you want to exercise. The juices just give you bare minimum (calories wise) for a typical person's basal metabolic rate (about 1,200 calories). I didn’t exercise yesterday, but I taught 4 Pure Barre classes. According to my Garmin Vivoactive watch I covered 5 miles throughout the day so there's that.

3)How many days do you recommend people go on a juice cleanse?- So I’m not a Registered dietitian nor nutritionist and this is out of my scope of practice, but I’d only recommend 1 day juice cleanse if you are only going to do juice. Maybe you can do a 3 day cleanse if you juice until dinner and then have a healthy dinner at night.

Any other questions? Comment below! 

 

 

 

DITL (Day in the Life) and Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I honestly can't believe that it’s already 2018! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanuakkah, Kwanza, all of them or none of them; I hope December has been good to you! I know it’s a little cheesy: but I really do use the last week in December to set new goals (I won’t use the word resolution) for the new year. I do it twice a year.. once in January and once in August. I think it’s important to re-focus and reflect at least every six months to evaluate what is working for you, and what isn’t.. what you’d like to improve on or what you want to prioritize. I’ve made six new goals this year and they are the following:

1) Take more yoga classes! At least one class a week

2) Take Indy on runs around the neighborhood (she is finally old enough). At least one run a week

3) Push myself out of my comfort zone by trying new fitness classes (once a month minimum)

4) Meditate at least once a week (additional to the mini-meditation you get in yoga class)

5) Read at least one book a month

6) Post at least once a week on my blog!

Some of these will be harder than others to accomplish, but the one I am most excited about is my blog post goal… Even if I only have 4 people reading this blog; and one of them is my mom I don’t care! I just hope that maybe it helps one person in even one way. Then I’ll be happy!

It’s been a wonderful New Years Day! I was able to sleep in this morning, and had extra cuddle time with Indy (my 10 month old goldendoodle). Alex and I actually have two dogs in the house right now.. We are watching Alex’s sister’s dog (Rocky) until early February. He is two years old, 70 pounds and much better behaved than Indy. We both hope she will learn from him.

I drove to the Pure Barre studio at 11 am to meet with some of our instrcutors. Every quarter Pure Barre releases new choreography for our classes. It’s fun to get together and practice the new stuff! I drove home after to check on the pups, then met my friends Lara and Leighanna for a Cycle Bar (cycle) class. I’ll have an additional post later about CycleBar! To be honest; I’m not the best at cycling. Cycle Bar is one of those cycle classes where your stats are up on a screen the whole time, and you are encouraged to race against everyone in the class. I am ALWAYS at the bottom of the rankings: sometimes finishing in last place, or second to last. I don’t let it discourage me though. It’s definitely good motivation every class. I was home by 5:30, and showered (necessary!) before having dinner with Alex at Brixx! I love their pizza because they have dairy free cheese, it’s always fresh and delicious :D

You can make all of their pizzas dairy free. Just ask for the dairy free cheese! 

You can make all of their pizzas dairy free. Just ask for the dairy free cheese! 

That night I continued to plan things for my New Year. I really enjoy weightlifting, and I’ve recently fallen out of my routine the past couple of months. With the holidays and all of the additional time commitments that come with them; I really didn’t prioritize my workouts (or frankly myself) during the month of December. I knew it would happen. It almost always does. So I wrote out a workout schedule for me to follow weekly that will go in my new planner! If I write every workout in my planner (as part of my schedule like any other appointment) I’ll make it happen. I watched a little television with Alex, walked the pups one more time and called it a night. What a refreshing start to the new year!

Comment below what your goals are for the new year!

 

September "shifts"

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Why does everyone lose their mind the first week in September? Is it because of school starting back? The weather hasn’t cooled down so dramatically that we need to step out of our flip flops yet... People can’t really be THAT excited about pumpkin spice lattes can they?

I don’t know what it is, but every year for me (and most people) you feel this “shift” at the beginning of September. I can’t put my finger on what it is (and no.. it’s not “holiday” season yet, don’t try that) but it’s palpable. I’m not sure why, but it’s driven me to write this post and start my blog. Why start a blog now? I don’t think I have any more free time than usual.. if anything life has been busier than ever! With a full teaching schedule at Pure Barre, H & Arrow growing daily and a new puppy (Indy!) I don’t have really any time to spare..but I want to make the time. I feel this deep draw towards starting up my blog today, right now.

I want to be able to look back on these posts and think “wow, I forgot about that!” or “wow, I was clueless back then” and probably "why did I wear that outfit?”. Many of my blog posts will be about health and fitness, because that is my career and my passion! But not all.. I want it to be about healthy living, and my life as a fitness professional Everyone in the fitness industry would tell you that being “healthy” requires desserts, sleeping in when you can, and lots of activities outside of a gym. It’s my life, and I want to share it with you! If I can inspire you to go exercise today, or think more positively about your body.. if I can show you a new healthy restaurant or fun fitness class to try; my blog will serve it’s purpose. I want to start conversations about wellness, and share my journey with you. Here’s to a fresh start! Please comment often and share your thoughts with me. I want to hear about the content you’d like to see! 

One last thing: Thank you for reading my blog!