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Sugar Cleanse Survival Tips

Finally.

We are seeing sunshine, we are experiencing a slight warming in temperature and we are starting to feel hope again! Hope that Winter is truly over, Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner! Too dramatic? Well, here in the Pacific Northwest this is how we are feeling after a long, rainy and windy Winter. I don’t know about you, but a part of me looks forward to Fall and Winter. Sweaters, boots, Holiday sweets and lots of comfort foods. Then comes Spring! I start realizing that I feel a bit more sluggish, my jeans don’t look quite as cute on me without a sweater covering up my belly and all I want to eat is SUGAR! Am I alone here? I hope not!

With another sugar cleanse looming on the horizon…I thought I’d share some small insights or a few things that I learned in last years’ cleanse…let’s call them SURVIVAL TIPS…

 

 

  1. Write down all the reasons WHY you want to do a sugar cleanse…BEFORE YOU START!  You will have hard days, very hard days and you will need this list to help keep you motivated. Write these reasons on 3×5 cards and put them everywhere in your house for you to see.
  2. Do the cleanse with a friend or spouse. I have done cleanses with and
    My Sugar Cleanse Buddy!

    My Sugar Cleanse Buddy!

    without this and believe me, I am way more successful with support and accountability! This way in moments of weakness you can encourage one another. You can talk about everything going on with the cleanse and they will be interested! But, the best reason of all…you won’t have to cook two meals or be tempted to eat what they are having. By the way, my kids get the same dinners we have on the cleanse and they love them. I do allow them to have treats, crackers, sandwiches and the like, however.

  3. Plan and Prepare! Have your meals and snacks planned out, grocery shop accordingly and have some snacks all ready to go. Nothing can sabotage strong resolve like being too hungry or caught off guard. This also means taking a look ahead at your schedule and planning. Do you have a friends’ Birthday party coming up…plan what you are going to order ahead of time.
  4. Stay hydrated! This may seem like common sense, but when your body is working hard to get rid of toxins, you actually need to drink more than 8 glasses a day to assist in flushing those toxins out. Plus, did you know that the hypothalamus can misread thirst as hunger? So, this is the time to make water drinking a priority!
  5. Experiment and be Creative. This is important!  Plan on trying new recipes
    Sugar Cleanse

    Yummy dinner on the Sugar Cleanse

    and new ideas. Used to having a glass of wine every night? Try making some Sweet and Spicy iced tea and put it in a wine glass and relax and enjoy. Change your focus at mealtime and make it an experience. Add a tablecloth and candles, use your fancy plates (if you have them!) Focus on the conversation and not the food. Better yet, truly focus on the food, the smell, texture, taste. At what point does your body truly feel satisfied and can you stop eating at that point?

 

This sounds doable, right? Plus, it’s only 2 weeks!! We can do ANYTHING for 2 weeks! So, find a buddy and let’s shake off those Winter blahs together!!

It’s Spring ‘DETOX’ time!

 

Spring in the Northwest

Spring in the Northwest

 

So, maybe I’m just feeling it’s time to shake off the Winter Blues and start ramping things up for Spring because it’s actually a sunny day in the PNW today! After so much rain and WIND this Winter…I am so happy to see the sun, even if it’s not warm yet! With that, I am inspired to start doing some simple things to ‘detox’ and re-energize my body!

Does that sound good to you too? Here are my top 5 suggestions:

A deep massage can help move toxins out of your body

A deep massage can help move toxins out of your body

1. Get a good and intense massage: Most of us think of massages as a relaxing luxury, which it can be. But, depending on the type of massage you get it can be a great way to detoxify the body too. If you are interested in getting rid of toxins in the body then I suggest you schedule an intense massage that focuses on the pressure points within the body. This may be called a Sports Massage or a Deep Tissue massage. When pressure is applied to these trigger points where toxins tend to build up, it gives them a chance to release. This gives your body a chance to naturally detox and get rid of things that may have been making you sick.

There are many great certified massage therapists out there and finding the right                 one for you may take time. If you live in the Bainbridge Island-Poulsbo area here                 are three I recommend:

Carol O’Neill at Island Fitness 206-842-5720

Jennifer Horner at Island Fitness 206-842-5720

Eric Thanem at Poulsbo Athletic Club 360-440-3555

 

Drink a MINIMUM of 8 glasses of water/day

Drink a MINIMUM of 8 glasses of water/day

2. Drink way more water:  Even if you think you are drinking enough water in a day, increase your level! Water helps to flush out your system naturally, and if you are drinking enough consistently this happens routinely. Proper water intake can contribute to clearer skin, well functioning organs, and more effectiveness in the circulatory, respiratory and digestive system. So, how much SHOULD you drink? Eight glasses/day is the MINIMUM, so start increasing it!

 

 

 

Natural Fibers are essential

Natural Fibers are essential

3. Eat more natural fiber: I know, I know…you’ve heard this before, but it is TRUE!! Not only does fiber contribute to a healthy diet and to possible weight loss, but it’s also an essential way of cleansing the body in its most natural form. Our bodies (particularly our digestive tracts), tend to hold onto substances the enter the body over time. This may be preservatives from foods we eat or just waste that is not being properly disposed of by the body. The end result of this may be a bloated feeling, feeling unusually tired or weighed down and health problems may result out of this. With a proper serving of fiber in your diet, your digestive system will work more efficiently. Toxins, excessive waste and anything else that has build up will move through more rapidly and you will feel healthier.

Whenever possible eat fiber as naturally (minimally processed) as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains are all excellent sources of fiber.

 

Get moving and try a new form of exercise!

Get moving and try a new form of exercise!

4. Move more: Everyone knows they should be doing this…but many times find excuses for not fitting it in to their day. Sometimes it just takes finding an activity you enjoy. So, experiment and try some new ways to move. Take a spinning class at your gym. Or how about a gentle yoga class from the Pop Sugar Active App. What about a dance class? Through sweating our body sheds lots of toxins…remember our skin is our largest organ so as we sweat we release toxins.. Not only that but you are, also helping with digestion, circulation and to keep the organs functioning as they should with a challenging fitness regimen. I will be offering an on-line group From Sweaters to Swimsuits exercise challenge in May!

Give your body a break from sugar!

Give your body a break from sugar!

5. Take a break from simple carbohydrates, white sugar and flour and any fried foods: Please note that I didn’t say ‘give these up FOREVER’…but take a break. Decide how much time you want to give these up for and get an accountability partner to help you through the ‘rough’ times. Focus on what you ‘can’ have during this time. I will be offering a 2 week on-line Sugar Cleanse if you want delicious recipes, support and encouragement, education and a community doing the challenge with you! Group starts April 17th…read more about it here!

I hope you are already doing some of these things, if so, look at ways to take them to the next level…if not…start one today! Let’s shake off the Winter Blues and do this Spring/Summer the right way this year!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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