Is Juicing for Breakfast Another Diet Scam

Is Juicing for Breakfast Another Diet Scam

Several weeks ago I had a stomach bug that latest for two weeks.  During that time, the only “food” I could handle was liquid food.  I had juice, coconut water, tea, water, and often mixed it with my organic green powder which is full of veggies, flax seed, and protein.  When I finally got over my nasty stomach bug, I had a new appreciation for juice, particularly in the morning.  Since then I start my day with a juice that I’ve  made using organic fruits and vegetables and always include my green powder for some extra veggies and protein.

What I’ve found, is that I truly appreciate the energy and lightness that I get from a morning juice.  But it won’t be worth it if we overlook a few critical steps.  If you’re juicing, or thinking about it, here are some healthy steps.

Use organic fruit and vegetables – The quickest way to get something into our body and organs is to make it a liquid.  If we use NON-organic fruits and vegetables, then we absorb all of those pesticides and GMOs into our system, quickly.  I don’t think that’s what  we have in mind.  Buy organic when you’re juicing.  It’s critical!

Pay Attention to the Sugar – Too many fruits, vegetables, or using fruit juice as a base are all ways to blow our daily sugar and calorie limit.  I limit my juice to 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of fruit and a handful of veggies.  Using a base that is low in calories such as water, coconut water, green tea, or unsweetened almond milk gives me lower calories while providing some variety to my routine.  

Add Some Protein – I always recommend you balance your carbohydrate with a fat or protein.  Adding a protein to my morning juice helps balance blood sugar while leaving us filling fuller until it’s time for lunch.  Remember to choose a powder that is organic and low in calories.  

Have fun –  Be creative.  Use fruits, vegetables and spices like ginger, cinnamon and tumeric.

I would really like to hear about about your recipes!  Please be sure to share recipes and pictures in the comments area below.

Two Minutes to Eliminate Stress

Two Minutes to Eliminate Stress

We’ve all had those days when we’re so busy that we don’t see how we’ll get everything done in a day. I had one of those moments last week. I had a couple of training presentations to complete and a presentation to prepare. I had it all handled until my wi-fi went down.

We’ve all had our stress situations and the more we start rushing, usually the worse the situation becomes.

Remember the phrase “Just Breathe?” It has a lot of substance. Breathing gives us the best avenue to insert some calm into the situation. With calm comes an increased ability to think more clear, maintain our pleasant personalities (no one likes us when we’re stressed and irritable), and keep our blood pressure at healthy levels.

Try alternate nostril breathing.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
  2. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
  3. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right them and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.

Start by doing three rounds, adding one round per week until you are doing seven rounds.

Alternate nostril breathing helps with focus and inserts some calm. Many times that’s all we need to get through some wackiness.

Directions courtesy of www.HolisticOnline.com