The Truth About Cleanses

It’s January and there are many of you, out there in the world, rethinking your health habits and wanting to make some serious changes either for your health or because your favorite jeans don’t fit anymore! Both reasons are valid AND still, one is a more powerful motivator. Regardless of which camp you’re in I will share with you some tips to make your weight/inches lost sustainable. Why is it important for your weight-loss to be sustainable?? Because yo-yo dieting is terrible psychologically and physically. Both your body and mind can only take so much...and you want to maintain both happy and healthy! Don’t you??

Alright!! Let’s get to it!

Juice cleanses, Tea Cleanses, Master cleanses and Whatnot!!

In NYC, it’s cold as f*ck today!! I have a friend who’s doing a raw food cleanse for THE ENTIRE MONTH of January. Sounds great right?? It is AND it is NOT! A raw food cleanse can be a good break for your digestive tract but if you’re used to eating bagels, processed foods, soda and McDonald’s...it will be a BIG shock to your body (i.e. Not good) . Add to that your climate - if you’re in the dead of a cold winter, raw foods will make you feel EVEN colder. Raw foods have a cooling effect on the body. So it is best to start with something lighter (if you’re used to unhealthy “convenience” foods) or do this cleanse in the summertime..when the weather is nice and warm.

I encouraged my friend to add green teas and ginger teas liberally during her cleanse. Ginger has a warming effect on the body and is soothing to the digestive system!

The same thing applies to raw juice cleanses. But more importantly, you have to make sure you get a solid source of protein in!! These cleanses are lacking in protein, which is a basic building block for every cell in your body. People will often feel light headed, headaches, moody, irritable, unable to focus mentally or have weird cravings. I craved protein during this cleanse like a madwoman! It was insane!! What I should’ve known (and subsequently learned during my health coach training and certification, was that your body NEEDS protein.) Protein is a major building block and ESSENTIAL to your body. If your body doesn’t get protein from the food you eat, it will start taking it from your muscles..which is not a good thing.

The only proper cleanse I've found without chemicals, preservatives, additives; that is vegan/vegetarian friendly, and gives you a proper - pre-digested - vegan protein that allows you to eat certain foods to keep your energy up so you can go about your day without being an irate zombie is Purium’s 10 Day Transformation Cleanse. Check out this video for more information. If you’re inspired, you can get your 10 Day Transformation Cleanse here www.mypuriumgift.com Use the Gift Card Code BERADIANT to get $50 Off your cleanse.

If you want/need to start slow, which I completely recommend if you’re used to convenience foods. You want to do this!

Every morning drink a glass/mug of warm/very warm purified water with ½ organic lemon squeezed in.

Follow that up with this *every* morning after your warm lemon water:

During Week 1 - 1 tbsp organic ground flaxseeds in ½ cup organic kefir

During Week 2 - 2 tbsp organic ground flaxseeds in ½ cup organic kefir

During Week 3 - 3 tbsp organic ground flaxseeds in ½ cup organic kefir

The combination will hydrate your body and start cleansing your gut and replenishing to good/healthy bacteria that supports the proper digestion of foods and assimilation of vitamins and minerals.

Cleanses can be a great tool to help get you start being more aware of your body and how certain foods react with your unique body. However, it is NOT normal to feel irate, moody, lightheaded, etc!! So please be careful with your cleanses people! You’re supposed to feel energetic and uplifted because you're letting go of excess pounds and inches as a by-product of getting healthier! That’s right I said it!!!! Losing weight/inches should be a by-product of making healthier choices in your food and lifestyle. Join my revolution and live happily and joyfully!! (AND lose weight/inches) xxA

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10 Worst Foods for Longevity

Longevity. Longevity is something we are all seeking. People are now living longer than they ever have in the entire history of humanity. But what does that longevity mean if the ‘golden’ years of life are spent battling dementia or Alzheimer’s? If you can’t enjoy your life mentally and physically, what is the point of living longer for the sake of living longer?? You can protect your cells and body to be able to have a happy and full life in your later years. The added bonus of healthy eating and living is beautifying for your skin and body too! And it all comes down to you getting to know your body and how to nourish it properly. It isn’t about calories or fat-free or sugar-free or any of those other restrictions that traditional diets or the media tells you is the latest and greatest thing. It is about you! You are a unique individual and the proper nutrition that your body needs is unique to you! Although...there is a basic starting point for us all:

Top 10 Worst Foods for Longevity

  • Sweetened Dairy Products - ice cream, frozen yogurt, low-fat ice cream etc, sugar acts on your brain like cocaine and excess amounts of sugar in your diet over time have been linked to various ailments.

  • Trans-fat Containing Foods - commercially baked goods, margarine, shortening, fast foods etc

  • Donuts - refined white sugar, refined white flour and fried - talk about a triple-threat...

  • Sausage, Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats - filled with nitrites, nitrates and various other fillers and chemical preservatives - linked to heart disease and increased risk for cancer.

  • Smoked Meat, Barbecued Meat and Conventionally Raised Red Meat - cooking meats at high temperatures creates carcinogens (HCAs & PAHs) which can lead to cancer and conventionally raised meats are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones, which are best avoided completely.

  • Fried Foods - the process of frying starchy foods creates acrylamides, which are toxic and linked to advanced aging of the skin and cancer.

  • Highly Salted Foods - processed foods and ready-to-eat meals often have high amounts of refined salt which can increase your risk of heart disease and stomach cancer.

  • Soda - is unhealthy on so many levels...High Fructose Corn Syrup has been shown to disrupt the hormones that signal when to stop eating, leading to overeating and the health issues associated with that.  

  • Refined White Sugar - highly processed and adds no nutritional value. Cancer researchers have found that ‘sugar feeds cancer’.

  • Refined White Flour - highly processed and has no nutritional value. Refined white flour also turns into sugar quickly in your body; overconsumption of which has been linked to various chronic illnesses, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

No pressure right?? I’m sure many (or some) of the foods that are your guilty pleasures are on this list. They were on mine!! There are healthy alternatives to cold cuts - and I don’t mean anything containing soy. Go for organic, no antibiotics, no hormones, nitrate-free and nitrite-free - when it comes to choosing cold cuts. The less fillers and chemicals the better!! Swapping soda for water will help your body on many levels - hydration will improve your skin and aid with detoxification. I’m not a sugar/sweets-craving person but for those I recommend retraining your palate. It is best to go for fruits and use stevia or raw honey in your tea or coffee. As for the grilling - grill smaller cuts of organic, grass-fed meat and turn them often to limit production of carcinogens. You can enjoy your food and nourish your body properly! Just be aware and get informed. Start making good choices and see what it can do for your health and wellbeing!  

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Day 1 of my 10-Day Transformation

I came across these great products that I’ve been guiding a few of my clients through. A cleanse. A solid cleanse that has no chemicals or fillers, is organic and vegan-friendly, and actually helps your body build lean muscle while losing fat. After seeing the results of my clients I decided to give it a try for myself. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a cleanse. And I’ve done just about every ‘cleanse’ out there - raw, vegan, juicing, grapefruit cleanse, master cleanse, etc. And those cleanses never worked for me. I usually didn’t lose any weight and I was a pain-in-the-rear to deal with!! Not a good combo.

Until I came across this cleanse. Purium. (Feel free to do your homework! :)

I was very pleased with their practices. They manufacture all their products to a super-high standard! They are organic. Gluten-free. Vegan. Free of chemicals, fillers, stabilizers, etc. I don’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t put in my body myself! My hesitation in trying this cleanse was that I don’t have much weight to lose!! (I know..if only you could have that same ‘problem’!) I eat lots of veggies & fruits, organic. Healthy fats and lean, organic protein. I drink lots of water. I exercise pretty regularly. But I decided to give the cleanse a try anyway! I can stand to gain more lean muscle and if I lose a little more ‘fat’ I’m cool.

Today was Day 1. And it wasn’t completely easy. I had a networking breakfast this morning at 7am. There were hard boiled eggs and bagels with cream cheese (which I would never touch!) but I stayed true to the cleanse. I only had tea and then I went home to drink my Power Shake, which was yummy!! I took my Amino Acids. I was a good girl - until lunch! My friend was having a yummy baby spinach salad with jerked chicken and I couldn’t resist. I had a few bites of the salad. But I mean a few - maybe 4 - no more than 5 bites. I could’ve ‘cheated’ with something unhealthy but I went with salad and a very small amount of it. It’s the chicken that did me in! The baby spinach is on my ok-list, so long as it’s organic.

Going forward, I am determined to stick to my cleanse (plus a couple of the pre-approved foods on my list) for the remaining (little over) 9 days! I want to see how lean I can get and the only way to see the results is to stick with the cleanse! I’m excited!! Maybe I’ll even get the beginnings of a 6-pack.

Some good reasons to do a high quality cleanse?

  1. To break your addiction to processed foods & sugar

  2. To cleanse your body (from all the toxins and chemicals, etc)

  3. To improve digestion

  4. To improve your lifestyle

  5. and in the case of this particular cleanse - To lose weight, sustainably

It’s time to stop counting calories. Stop listening to the latest fad dietary advice. Pay attention to the chemicals and sugar you are putting your body. Learn what’s best for your body’s nourishment needs. Go for real nutrition and your body will be the picture of fitness and health! I’ll keep y’all posted on my progress!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask and if you're up for the cleanse - use the gift card code: BERADIANT

If you found this post helpful, feel free to share it with your friends and share your progress too! & if you’re up for it - schedule a Self-discovery Session with me at https://www.timetrade.com/book/B6X4N