As a holistic health coach, I’m always curious about the vast world of health and wellness. Every week I try to read, watch or listen to the latest and greatest information that’s out there like a new workout video or a podcast on stress and weight-loss. And, just like my clients, I am forever a student in this crazy ride we call “life.”
So a few weeks ago, I got my Netflix binge on and re-watched a few of my favorite documentaries including Hungry For Change. This film does a tremendous job of diving into the relationship people have with weight-loss, food fads and diets….and most importantly, why they simply do not work.
Diets imply that you’re only going to change your ways temporarily before falling back into old habits. They also suggest that you’re focusing more on what foods you can’t have rather than what foods you can. I can tell you from first-hand experience that diets tend to make you feel restricted instead of liberated, and that’s just not sustainable for anyone.
After watching Hungry for Change, there was one line that stuck out to me, one line that completely sums up today’s health problem, and the one line that I have no idea how I forgot…
Dr. Mark Hyman says, “The majority of Americans today are overfed and undernourished.”
Now, repeat that….“Overfed and Undernourished.”
Those three simple words are what made me sit back and realize that diets are NOT the answer. Eating foods that make your body and soul feel good are.
Hungry for Change goes on to explain just how important nourishing your body is, specifically by getting more micronutrients in your diet. These micronutrients are found in foods from every color of the rainbow, sourced from ethical and sustainable farmers, as close to the original source as possible, and from foods that make you feel nourished and whole.
The sad part is that a lot of people can’t differentiate the body’s call for nutrients from hunger. And when people are hungry, they’ll most often eat the wrong foods in order to fill that craving and ending up still hungry. So what exactly are they hungry for? We need to sit back and ask ourselves Is it the food you’re craving or is it something else? As food can be your best friend or your worst enemy if you let it.
So how do you get enough micronutrients in your diet to start actually feeling satisfied?
One simple answer is juice.
Juicing is a huge topic that a lot of people disagree with. I used to be one of them. I used to think people were juicing for all the wrong reasons by only drinking juice day and night for an unhealthy amount of time, becoming extremely hangry in the process. In my mind, I pictured every person who juiced as someone trying to get quick weight-loss results or wanting to detox in a day’s time…and that’s just not true.
People who truly care about their health and wellness juice to not only look good, but feel good from the inside out. Drinking juice is a total mind and body reset. It provides you with amazing health benefits by giving you a mega-dose of nutrients that hit your system within 15 minutes of consumption. That’s insane compared to the average 4-5 hours it takes for a regular meal to fully digest.
Some other benefits of juicing include:
- Reduced Cravings
- Better Sleep
- Stronger Immune System
- Regulated Digestive System
- Glowing Skin
- Healthier Hair and Nails
- Increased Energy
If you want to start juicing (and I highly recommend you give it a shot), here are 3 simple tips in order to get started:
1. Be mindful.
As I always tell my clients, digestion starts with your eyes and travels all the way from top to bottom so becoming aware of each part of the process will allow you to receive even more health benefits. Sit down with your juice. Look at the color. Sip it slowly and with intent. Taste every drop and feel it nourish your body as you drink it. You’re giving your body what it needs and deserves so take time to enjoy your juice.
2. Start slow.
When you first start juicing, try it once a day first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You are giving your body, specifically your digestive tract, a little shock to the system. In order to ease your body into it, a combination of drinking AND eating your fruits and vegetables to start with will provide the most benefit.
3. Choose organic.
When you juice, make sure you choose organic fruits and vegetables in order to eliminate the pesticides and toxins used on non-organic foods. If you are buying pre-made juice, make sure the company you purchase from says they use all-organic products right on their packaging. If the bottle doesn’t say organic, chances are you’re not getting the healthiest option. You are what you eat, peeps.
As you can see, juice is more than just juice. It provides a feeling of purpose, satisfaction and nourishment by giving your body and your mind exactly what it deserves. All you have to do is tune in and listen to what it’s trying to tell you.
In health + happiness,
The Wellness Rookie