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Tips and Tricks for a Juice Cleanse

Healthy, Lifestyle, interior designCrystal JacksonComment
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Health has always been a priority and for most of us we want to look and feel our best. I decided after a few months of toying with the idea to go ahead and take the juice cleanse plunge. It was not exactly what I expected, however I think everyone's body reacts a little differently. Sharing with you guys my own experience may help if you are looking to do one in the future or even considering one right now. There were pros and cons, but in the end it was a good restart for my body.

Here's video talking all about it the experience:

Talking about my experience doing a Jus by Julie 5 day juice cleanse. It includes the things I liked, the things I would change and what worked best.

First of all, I'd like to preface this with the fact that I'm hypoglycemic and at that a 3 hour one. That means my blood sugar spikes after eating so my body produces extra insulin. Then, my blood sugar plummets. This causes a variety of issues from constantly carrying small snacks if I'm not intaking enough calories or sugar through beverages. It also can make me overwhelmed, fatigued and sometimes even shaky. Obviously not the best feeling nor do most people around me appreciate this hangry side. 

Juicing was a little bit of a stretch for me due to the fact that my body processed the juices quickly and I was feeling pretty hungry within two hours or so. For the first day, I chose to start them around 9am and finished all 6 bottles around 8pm that night. Day one was too terrible, but I wished I had eased into the process by swapping a few meals out a few days before with a few juices. 

Day two and three were tough. I ended up eating salad and soup on both as an extra meal. I stayed away from dairy, meat, and gluten. I still woke up every morning hungry and although I usually eat breakfast, I usually eat after I workout. By day four I decided it was time to start incorporating food back in. I still stuck with vegetables and fruit, but had a couple of servings and cut back to four bottles. Day five was similar to day four. By day six I started adding protein in. I did finish all six bottles for each day (30 total) but decided moving forward I would need to do a mix of juices and solids so my blood sugar wouldn't spike.

So now let's talk about a few pros. The best part is by day three my skin was really clear and had a slight glow. I also felt like I lost a ton of bloating. It did overall reduce bad food cravings and instead replaced it with the desire to put selective things back into my body. 

Here are a few tips for a juice cleanse:

  • Start with intention on why you are choosing to cleanse. If it's just to lose weight, I wouldn't recommend. I was choosing it for a body reset, so when some of those cravings happened I had more water and tried to push it off for an extra thirty minutes.

  • Be prepared to drink tons of water. It's recommended to help the juice cleanse.
  • Slowly start introducing food back into your diet and just go with one food group at a time. It took me about 10 days to consume meat (which was chicken) from the day I started.
  • Go light on exercise at the beginning until your body adapts. I didn't start exercising until Day 3 and by Day 5 was back to running.
  • Have a juice instead of a snack every day leading up or following to help your body maintain.
  • Finally, take magnesium. This vitamin helps replenish what's needed if you regularly eat meat. 

Hope these tips help. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to do a juice only diet for a few days, but I am making really big strides to incorporating at least one smoothie every day. As for future changes, I've made the decision to try a (mostly) keto diet to assist with my blood sugar issues. After doing a lot of research I can still have a mostly plant based diet with natural fats and lean proteins occasionally. I'll be posting more about this in weeks to come!

I'd love to hearing about your experiences around this topic and what nutrition plans you have for the Summer?

Perfecting Your Morning Routine

interior design, Lifestyle, HealthyCrystal JacksonComment
 Photograph taken at the charming -  Victory Rose Bed & Breakfast

Photograph taken at the charming - Victory Rose Bed & Breakfast

I’ve noticed over the past two years that my morning routine is pretty similar every day. I used to leave in a flurry every morning but now that I have to get my daughter ready and have a dog I’ve had to be a little more organized. I also have been conscientious of having better health from hydration to eating a good breakfast. It all adds up! Here are a few ways I’ve perfected my morning routine:

Keep it Simple

I oftentimes only shower at night instead of a second shower in the morning, but I keep my getting ready routine to 30 minutes or less so I still have time to walk the dog. Usually I put my makeup on once I get to my destination (preferably in the car so I have natural lighting). I also have a few go-to hairstyles I can do in 5 minutes or less to make sure I don’t get overwhelmed in the morning.

Good Skincare Goes a Long Way

This is an area I don’t scrimp on anymore. I start by washing my face in the shower or if I don’t shower I cleanse at my sink. I usually use toner pads for a quick swipe. I apply lotion to my whole body before getting dressed while the toner is setting. Finally, I add spot treatment (if needed) and moisturizer to my face. Since I wait a while to put my makeup on after that it allows the moisturizer to soak in and I’ve noticed results when doing this consistently.

Take a Walk

Whether it’s just around the block or good twenty to thirty minutes, a walk really helps get me going every morning. Now that I have Violet, it’s important for me to make time for her to get a little exercise before I leave for the day. It also puts an emphasis on exercise for the day and immediately adds a good 1,000-2,000 steps in before I’ve even left the house. Typically I can walk 1,000 steps in about 10 minutes.

Hydration and Vitamin Intake

This is a newer part of my morning routine but I drink a large glass of water and add EmergenC’s along with two gummy multi-vitamins every morning. I had pneumonia earlier this past Fall so making sure I get plenty of vitamins and minerals is a huge priority. I also prefer to drink water before I have my first cup of coffee to ensure I stay hydrated.

Eat Breakfast

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I used to skip breakfast and just live on coffee in my twenties. Now, I find breakfast to be imperative. I usually eat it once I’m at the office (about an hour or two after I awake). I keep this oatmeal at my desk or I’ll bring cooked eggs and fruit. It’s usually on the lighter side, but breakfast is so important to get your metabolism going. If you aren’t one who likes a lot in the morning try eating a banana or making a smoothie.

As 2018 moves forward there are a few more things I’d like to add to my routine to include reading daily inspirational things – maybe a book or a blog. I’d also like to add 15 minutes of yoga onto my morning routine for toning. I am pretty consistent with getting steps in, but terrible about consistent structured workouts. I’d love to hear any suggestions you guys have for making your mornings better?

Christmas Fitness and Health Challenge

Healthy, beauty, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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As we gear up for Christmas and New Year's Eve I've decided to put aside all of the holiday food and get into shape for the upcoming year. The past few months I've slacked on my workouts due to moving and then being pretty sick, but now it's time to get back into my groove. Fitness and health have always been a high priority for me but when life gets crazy sometimes it takes a back burner. It doesn't take long to get back on track if you have a good plan. One of the things I think that is important is to create a regimen that works for you.

Here are a few ways I'm making changes:

Getting Enough Steps

I used to do a good 5-7 miles every day. I decided over the next month to do at least 15,000 steps. Of course, that's not all at once. I am starting with a walk before work, then a walk at lunch and early afternoon followed by another one after I get home. 

Only Consume Sugar Free Drinks

Making sure I get enough water into my body I am also cutting out sugary drinks. This includes coffee, wine, and juices. I will still have tea (like this peppermint tea from Land of a Thousand Hills) and protein smoothies as meal replacements but the majority of my beverages will have zero sugar.

Eat Dairy Free

I have a love hate relationship with dairy. I love to eat it but hate what it does to my skin and body. For the next month I am going back to a dairy free diet. I noticed when I eliminated this before I ended up feeling more energetic and it forced me to eat lots of vegetables and fruits.

Sleep on Schedule

A quick way to not have enough energy to focus on the above items is not sleeping regularly. My final goal over the next month is to go to sleep and wake up at the same times everyday. That way my body has enough time to repair and I end up with more energy.

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It's important to not over complicate things when you are making lifestyle adjustments. I know the above items are what has worked in the past for me so I'm implementing them as we close 2017. What are some of your health and fitness goals?

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