Transitioning From Summer to Fall…
Fast, Juice or Detox?
Where did summer go? I don’t think I have ever felt it fly by so quickly. Guess I was having fun and I hope you were too!
As we shift from summer to fall you may be considering a fast, juice cleanse or detox to help shake off the residue of summer partying, wipe the slate clean and make room for new fall clothes. Seasonal transitions like these are the perfect opportunity to revamp our healthy diet and lifestyle habits. But which of the three is the right choice for you? What is the difference between fasting, juicing and detoxing? Let’s find out…
Fasting involves abstaining from food, usually for a period of 12 hours or more. This concept has been practiced for eons and is an integral part of the modern day Ketogenic Diet fad. The concept of fasting from a nutritional perspective is that is allows our body the opportunity to restore itself on a cellular level without interruption. It also enables our bodies to seek out stored fat to use as energy which is beneficial to our figure!
If fasting sounds appealing to you consider having your last meal of the day no later than 6 PM in the evening and then not eating or drinking anything other than water again until 11 AM the following day. Practice this form of fasting once a week for four weeks and let me know how your body changes…
A detox involves removing “trigger” foods and environmental toxins from our plates and our space. In doing so, we allow the body to purge toxins that have built up over time and can discover what foods or household and beauty products we are most sensitive to.
On a detox you can expect to avoid dairy, gluten, sugar, all processed foods, soda, alcohol, and caffeine. Taking it a few steps further you might also consider eliminating home and beauty products that contain chemicals. Detoxing can be intense for some and natural remedies and supportive therapies will help to ease any discomfort you may experience.
My favorite detox is a simple to follow plan from Designs for Health. If this is something you are interested in please contact me to order and discuss additional coaching support.
Juicing combines the concepts of fasting and detoxing. On a juice fast/cleanse you will only consume freshly prepared juices, herbal tea and water for several days. Juice stores have popped up all over the U.S. to support the growth of this trend. My favorite is Juice Press.
A few things to consider before juicing:
- Opt for juice made of 90% veggies and 10% fruits. Too much fruit can spike your blood sugar and is not recommended for those with Type II Diabetes.
- Juicing eliminates the pulp, fiber and some of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in your produce. Therefore, prolonged periods of juicing may not be the best choice for your body.
- Juicing may cause some stomach upset due to sorbitol, an indigestible plant sugar.
- Those taking blood thinners may want to avoid juicing as it could lead to overconsumption of Vitamin K.
Whichever of the three you choose it is likely that you will experience increased energy, restful sleep, a bright shiny glow, and lose a few pounds too!
If you have questions or would like to discuss your personal health and wellness goals please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I wish you all the bounty the harvest season brings, health, wealth and tremendous happiness too!