Juicing Good – Juicing Extreme Not so Good

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From the health files:
My Healthy Living Expertise comes from a long line of health nuts in my family, formal education in nutrition, and decades of experience juicing, working out, sweating, and a whack at nearly every popular diet that has been out there. I followed sometimes strict and extreme protocols. I normally focus on a balanced lifestyle.  

TooScreen Shot 2013-03-27 at 8.35.57 AM many health coaches and weight loss programs are touting the ‘benefits of detoxing with juicing’ that I have to jump in and speak some truths. It’s my mission to live as healthfully as I can. I can’t control everything that happens, but I can make healthful choices. It’s my experience that most good things can cross a line into extremism – and that’s where they go bad. 

Juicing to kick start a diet and lifestyle change is good.
Juicing to supplement a clean diet is awesome.
Juicing or Smoothies to kick start your day or add some Pow to your afternoon is a hell of a lot better than a high fat, high calorie, high sugar food substitute.
If you want to rid your body of toxins, drinking a ton of water, sweating naturally with exercise and maybe a sauna every now and then, and ceasing to indulge in sugars, salt and processed foods — guess what happens? Your body does the work it is supposed to do. You can even buy detox teas — herbal infusions that have herbs that assist the body in doing it’s thing.  These herbs quicken the bodies elimination process.  

Many jump on the bandwagon of 30 day or 60 day cleanses. It’s nothing more than a liquid diet. But know what you are doing. Anyone can do a liquid diet, lose some weight and feel better. But more than 3 days? Unless you are severely obese and monitored by a medical professional, plus provided nutritional guidance, do not do it. Why not, you ask? Why? I ask. Your body will adapt best for a lifetime change of eating fresh, nutritionally dense foods. Go for the long haul. 

Is there such a thing as a cleanse? Yes, kind of. When you do a 2 day liquid diet to prep the body for a new regime of clean eating, you are eliminating salts and sugars — but you are most importantly cleansing the addictive stuff that the body craves when not fed properly.

I SAID 2 DAYS! Photo on 8-26-14 at 12.54 PM

After the two days, I recommend a hardcore clean diet with a variety of plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains (in particular brown rice or quinoa), and grass fed, antibiotic and hormone FREE proteins.