Have you ever been in a funk? Where you feel like you are SO tired and can’t deal with another activity; chores, family commitments, work obligations? How do you fit in Self-Care or Spouse time? Well, I most definitely am human and had “that” kind of week. I felt like checking myself into the nearest Hotel and hiding under the pillow!
After a good night sleep and looking back at the last two weeks… my emotional roller coaster made sense. The more chemicals, (sugar, alcohol, caffeine, stress) I feed my body mentally and spiritually the more “whaked out” I am going to FEEL and BE. I recently read a blog where Anxiety can kick in for at least 2 weeks after being that social drinker on weekends. This makes sense.
This time of the year is a beautiful time of year to pause and take a break before the Holidays roll in. Thanksgiving can be a time where you are exposed to more treats, temptation and gain excess inflammation (rings too tight, jeans a bit snug and feeling frazzled).
“Juicing is a great way to revitalize your cells and boost your mood”
Three top reasons juicing is key:
- Easy Digestion
One of the best benefits of juicing fresh fruit and vegetables is that drinking them (as opposed to eating them) makes them really easy for your body to digest. If you are to juice say a couple of tomatoes, celery, cucumber, spinach, and carrot, you will make a delicious and easy to drink fresh vegetable cocktail that will provide a huge amount of nutritional benefits to your body. If you were to actually consume those same vegetables raw, from a plate, in one sitting, you would find the process to be quite difficult. It would take a lot of effort to eat and digest the same quantity of food. But by juicing those vegetables, you get to drink in one glass a dense quantity of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients really easily.
- Reduction in Cravings
When you drink a glass of freshly made vegetable or green juice, you are loading every cell of your body with detoxifying minerals. By drinking your veggies and fruit, you are giving your body all the amazing nutrients that it needs to heal, stay healthy, and reduce the risk of illness. In turn, you will also find that you experience a reduction in cravings, particularly for sweets or processed foods. This is because you are feeding your body all that it needs. Your body won’t be sending messages to your brain that make you crave particular foods that contain certain minerals or vitamins that you might otherwise lacking. It is in this way that you will start to lose weight, often quickly. You simply won’t be eating the bad foods that make you gain weight, and you won’t feel like you are depriving yourself of these foods like you might be if you were dieting.
- Tasty Fuel
It is also handy to know that green juices taste great! You can make your juice flavorful by adding in lemon, mint or ginger to really add a tasty punch to your juice. You will enjoy the flavors of the juice so much that you will choose to make a juice rather than eat another less healthy snack food. It is also worth noting that juice you make at home on your own is a much better option than that which is store-bought. Fresh juice made with a base of vegetables is going to contain much more nutrition than the kind that comes from a carton. Even fresh, store-bought juices will often have sugars and other additives as well as preservatives added to the juice. This kind of juice means you are drinking a lot of unnecessary calories. On the other hand, a homemade vegetable and fruit juice delivers nothing but goodness that is healthy fuel for your body.
So, when you’re feeling like you’re in a “funk” – try making a juice. You are only one workout and juice away from improving your mood. This one is from my Fall Clean Eating Program. Let me know how if affects your mood!
- 8 stalk celery
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lemon with peel
- 3 dandelion greens