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Summer is crazy. Crazy fun right? School’s out, vacations are on the horizon and BBQ’s are a plenty! And nothing beats feeling good in your own skin basking in the Summer sunshine. Yet, healthy eating can so easily fall to the wayside as our schedules are in short – totally out of whack! This is where a Summer Detox kit can come in handy. They are a healthy way stay on track, slim down or recover from too much summer fun.
Yes, we know that “it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle” and that a quick fix is never the long-term answer, which is why our residential, healthy meal delivery service is our core business. We also know how good it feels to fill your body with clean, predominately plant based goodness — if even for a short period of time. Pair that with the fact that shorter commitments are easier than long ones, we’ve created two Summer Detox options to help kick your body into high gear this season.
Total win, right? Here are some things to consider as you select which detox is right for you…
Are you ready to see just how great clean eating can make you feel? Order your detox kit today and we’ll deliver it to you on Monday!
I think we all know sugar is the new fat, right? Removing added sugar from your diet can be a simple way to improve the quality of your diet and your health, helping you look and feel your best. That’s what I want to help you with today! I’m going to give you a tiny bit of background on our sugar situation today, give you three simple steps to remove added sugar from your diet and then my favorite healthy grab and go snack. And guess what? It’s still sweet!
It’s no secrete many of us are addicted to sugar. This was inevitable for a few reasons. Namely, as humans we have a natural affinity to sweetness because simple carbohydrates are our preferred source of energy. And for that reason, manufactures have pumped even seemingly healthy foods full of sugar knowing we’d fall victim and buy, buy, buy.
When consumed in the right amounts, natural sugar is perfectly harmless. But that is not what is happening today. When in excess, added and processed sugars become addictive and feed a downward spiral of unstable blood sugar levels, mood swings, uncontrollable cravings, of course weight gain and in many cases, disease. None of this is good, which is why my 3 step processes to breaking this pattern is so important today!
This process has got to start with a heartfelt and meaningful decision. Removing sugar actually might not be as simple as it. Spending time thinking about why you want to make this shift will be essential in your long-term success. Understand the risks associated with added sugar and the benefits of removing it and apply them to your life. What will it mean to you?
Those are all very general examples. Your job in step one is to apply them to your life so your decision becomes simple, real and is easier to execute because you have your eye on your long-term prize.
Cutting out “added sugar” does not mean you’re committing yourself to a life of bark or other flavorless grains and veggies. But it does involve the replacement of many of your processed treats with more natural options. And this is not something you need to do all in this moment. I mean, you could dive in and take the Clean & Colorful Pantry Challenge and go cold turkey today. Or, you could choose one item you have on a regular basis and look for a better option. The less sugar you have, the less you will crave and you can continue to build on your good habits.
As you embark on your journey, you will naturally still have a sweet tooth. The good news is that there is no end to naturally sweetened products. When you eat naturally sweetened foods, they come with a host of other benefits like fiber, protein and healthy fat to support stable blood sugar and micronutrients like vitamins and minerals to boost your general health. That’s a whole lot more than a your cola can offer!
Here are some ideas to help you replaced processed and added sugar with more natural solutions…that are still sweet and taste good!
You’ll notice as you replace processed with sugars with natural options, how your pallet changes. Naturally sweet foods will start to taste sweeter and you’ll begin to use less and less overtime. Foods with added sugar will begin to taste absurd and you’ll wonder how you ever ate them. Your mood will be more stable, your cravings will chill out and you may even begin to drop a few pounds. This is a winning cycle.
Snacks are generally when we reach for sweet treats. This is why having Clean & Colorful Snacks on hand can save you! Grab and go snacks that are naturally sweetened can help fight cravings, stabilize mood and most importantly, save you from ever being at the mercy of the vending machine! When you add a Clean & Colorful Snack Pack to your weekly order, you’ll get 10 (2 servings of 5 different snacks) ready to go snacks for just $25. Our snacks range from cookies to applesauce, sweet and salty chips to crunchy garbanzo beans. Be sure to add one to your order this week and see for yourself the difference it makes to always have healthy snacks on hand.
Are you ready to kick added sugar to the curb?
I did it! I said it, I called it a “diet!” One of the most controversial words in the weight loss language. I’m sure you’re more than familiar with the concept that all successful weight loss stems from the statement “It’s NOT a diet, it’s a Lifestyle” and the zillions of experts who say “diets DON’T work!” I’m not exactly sure those folks are right…
Now, before you assume I’m a punitive quack, let me explain the reasons behind my madness. Trust me, it’s not as scary as you might think and it might actually help ease the weight loss process for you and help you get all the way to the golden arches of that healthy lifestyle we all so eagerly await.
There are like six simple definitions of the word diet and it essentially boils down to a group of foods being eaten by a certain group of people. So at the end of the day, we all follow a diet, it’s just that some are inherently healthier than others. No matter how hard you try, you’re always going to need to eat, meaning you’ll always be following a diet. It’s just which diet you choose to follow that matters.
The conception that diets don’t work or the fact that the mere mention of the term “dieting” sends us into mild state of depression stems from an overly restrictive, unsustainable, unsatisfying and often simply unhealthy set of parameters that certain diets dictate.
People do some crazy things to see the scale drop and drop it will. But when a restrictive diet fails to teach you anything new, you’re left with no new skills and no ability to keep the weight off. You go back to your previous lifestyle that got you in trouble in the first place and you’re no better off than you were (potentially worse off depending on how bad the diet was).
At the end of the day, to lose weight, you still have to create a caloric deficit and you need to learn to do something different than you have been doing if you have been maintaining the same weight and/or even gaining for some time. It will also involve a little bit of restriction. It’s true that you can “have your cake and be skinny too,” but you just can’t have ALL the cake 😉
All that said, here are the three components of the best diet for weight loss:
Here’s the best part! When you pick a “diet” for weight loss that has the three components above, you will seamlessly transition into this new “healthy lifestyle” that is like an upgraded version of your weight loss diet. You can still follow the core principles of your weight loss diet, but you get to sprinkle in more indulgences because creating a caloric deficit is no longer important. And maintaining your weight is easy because you’re not eating more food than your body needs. The lifestyle is the way you ultimately live life. Your “diet” teaches you how to make it healthier.
The best weight loss diet is one that rooted in balanced nutrition but does involved some restriction. But you don’t have to do it forever. When you pick a diet that is healthy at the core, it’s like a “bootcamp” for what the rest of your life will look like. But rest assure that once the weight is gone, you’ll get to loosen the reins a little bit and let loose a little more often.
When and if weight starts to creep back on, then you go back on your “diet” for a bit until you’re back in the body you love. It’s not an all-or-nothing approach, it’s just a small shift of gears until you get back on track.
This post is essentially the root of how and why I created the Clean & Colorful Solution and why we opened the Clean & Colorful Kitchen in San Diego. The fundaments, which I call the 4 Universal Diet Truths, are things anybody can do forever. You will feel better when you do these things and they support a healthy body:
That’s the lifestyle, but learning to do it requires some education and that’s why I have a 28-day meal plan, recipe guide, workout plan, grocery guide and more. After the 28-days, you’re locked and loaded with so many new skills to incorporate into your lifestyle, you’ll have a hard time picking the ones you want to stick!
I could write an entirely separate post on detoxing in 2017…the good, bad, dangerous and glorious. Bottom line: not all detoxes are created equal. Some are as bad as the most notorious of “diets” from the 80s and some are an awesome way to boost your body with high quality micro and macro nutrition that can leave you feeling amazing.
Of course our Clean & Colorful 3-Day Detox Kits (select detox at the top menu to see variations) are awesome and we created them with the same philosophy as the full 28-Day Program. It’s restrictive in that you’re boosting your body with only high quality plant power, but nourishing enough as it contains juices, smoothies and soups so you’re packed full of fiber, protein and healthy fat. When you’re done, you’re left with an arsenal of recipes and good habits you can use in your forever-healthy-lifestyle.