One of the biggest trending diets of 2014 was juice detoxes. This is one of those trends that should be left in 2014.
If you were thinking about a juice detox to rid your body of all the “toxins” that you stuffed in your body over the past few weeks, you may want to think again.
I want to start by saying that our bodies are pretty darn efficient of riding itself of any “toxins” via our liver and kidneys and are “detoxing” us all the time!
With this said, many of us feel bloated and may even see some tighter fitting clothes after all those holiday cookies and an all liquid diet does not sound like a bad idea. Juicing can provide a feeling of being “lighter” because you do not have the bulk feeling of food in your stomach. However, before you hit the juice isle at the grocery store, let’s take a quick step back and look at what some of your favorite juices are made from. Whether you choose orange juice or a blend of your favorite acai berries with pomegranate, most juices are predominately sugar (carbohydrate) and are lacking major nutrients such as protein. Carbohydrate is the most readably available source of energy for our bodies and can wear off quickly, leaving us feeling hungry much sooner than meals and snacks that contain a combination of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. This could lead to more calorie intake in your day.
When you juice fruits and vegetables through your own juicer at home, or grab a pricey one off the shelf at the grocery store, you strip away the fiber that this awesome produce provides. Also, when a juice diet is followed for an extended period of time, you can actually do more damage than good for yourself. Since juice is lacking protein your body can LOSE muscle mass (which most of us are looking to gain).
My recommendation if you want to get your bodies back on track (even before the first of the year) is to hit the basics. Incorporate more WHOLE fruits and vegetables in to your day, you will get the great nutrients that they provide while keeping the fiber. Strive for lean protein, heart healthy fats (like avocado, almonds, and olive oils). If you really want to drink your breakfast or your snack, my simple substitution would be to make a whole fruit and vegetable smoothie. This way you keep all of the fiber and can add some great nutrition. Check out the recipe below:
- ½ cup frozen berries
- 1 small banana
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup baby spinach
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.