With a new year, we may be tempted to *start off on the right foot* with a juice detox//cleanse//diet. Don’t get us wrong — we <3 juice + we’re all about fresh starts, but there are manyyy other ways to kickstart your health in a sustainable manner. However, if you still want to try it to *refresh* your mind + body, please keep in mind these do’s + don’ts —
1] DETERMINE YOUR *WHY*
While it may be trendy, detoxes aren’t always good for everyone. They can lead to disordered eating, mood swings, digestive issues, + fatigue. Think about your *why* — is it because others are doing it or because you think you need to lose weight fast? Be true to yourself + be realistic with your goals. If you’re feeling guilty from the holidays, this may be an outlet for purging, which can be dangerous for your mental + physical health. A healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle — it doesn’t happen overnight or in a couple of weeks! Be patient + know that you probably won’t see immediate, dramatic results from a cleanse.
2] TALK TO YOUR DOC
Many people can claim to be a fitness professional with experience on cleanses, but your doc knows your body better than anyone else. There could be possible individual risks that you should be aware of, ++ this way, your doc is in the know in case of an emergency.
3] CUSTOMIZE YOUR CLEANSE
A detox can mean different things for everyone — maybe only cold-pressed juices or shakes, or it could even be cutting out alcohol, caffeine, + added sugars. You hear mostly about the extreme diets since they are more *buzzworthy,* but there are less intense versions. We’ve tried the Whole30 + loved it! You can make it one day or one month — it’s yours, so #OWNIT.
4] DRINK ALL DA WATER
Aim to drink half your weight in ounces of water per day. You may be running to the bathroom a lot, but this will help keep the toxins moving out of the body + if nothing else, it will set you up for good habits to hydrate regularly after the cleanse!
5] SLEEP 7-9 HOURS A NIGHT
No matter what kind of cleanse or detox you’re trying, you will probably be consuming fewer calories which means less energy. Avoid staying up late so your body can get all the rest it needs [+ wants!].
1] STRESS YOURSELF OUT
If you’re dealing with finals, a crazy project at work, or an overwhelming breakup, a cleanse will not make you feel any better. A change in diet is best when your body is not under stress already. You will only be adding to the stress, which can ultimately backfire. Be prepared to relax + focus on yourself whenever you try something new.
2] CRUSH YOUR SWEAT SESHES
Juices + detox drinks can make you feel like your energy has been drained [well, it kinda has!], so don’t push yourself too hard in the gym. Make sure you’re not doing any new or crazy workouts to avoid overexerting yourself. Some light movement or stretching never hurts, but always listen to your body.
3] GO OVERBOARD
If you go all-or-nothing, you’re probably going to become hangry — fast! Don’t be afraid of easing into it. Additionally, make sure you’re not doing a cleanse for too long. It’s easy to let the Whole30 become a Whole60 + then 6 months later, you’ve lost an unhealthy amount of weight + are binge-eating. Don’t let yourself get in the way of your true goals — to be happy! Like even the sweetest of sweets, everything is good in moderation, ++ cleanses aren’t meant to last forever. Remember, your body naturally detoxes on its own. If you’re worried, have your doc, family, + Bolt Babes keep you accountable + on the right track.
A new year is a great time to create new habits for a better lifestyle. Always be mindful of the decisions you make + remember your *why* — you want to be a healthier, happier version of yourself. You’ve already got it in you, bebe <3
++ Mary K