Maybe it doesn’t happen to all of us, but it sure happens to most of us.

You’re loving your healthy lifestyle, eating well, working out, slamming green juices, and staying active. You’re getting enough sleep, avoiding toxic fake foods, and maintaing great overall balance every day.

And then you’re not.

At least, that’s what happened to me.

A huge product launch for my writing business. Another book published. Finishing the ghostwriting for a client. Family medical issues. Finding a new home. Moving to the new home. Making summer plans so the kids don’t slip through the cracks. And on and on.

Before I knew it, I was working 14 hour days. My butt was glued to a chair for most of that time, and I ate whatever was easiest to grab.

How fast can I plow through a bag of plantain chips? Fast!

How many cups of coffee can I drink in one day? You don’t want to know.

Walks, runs, workouts . . . what are those?

It wasn’t until a friend told me how crappy she felt since taking on a big project and dropping her healthy habits that I realized my body hurt (like, really hurt), I was gaining weight, and my energy was at an all-time low.

So how did I get back on track?

  1. That friend and I became accountability partners, checking in on each other throughout the week to make sure we were each making good choices and not allowing work to take over our lives again.
  1. I committed to a raw breakfast every day.This is key. That meal set the tone for my days, making it easier for me to make good choices and actually want to eat raw foods for the rest of the day.
  1. I overstocked the fridge and pantry with real foods and lots of options to make raw meals, including green juices and huge salads.

That’s it. That’s all.

As soon as I started eating more raw foods, I started sleeping better. And as soon as I started to feel more rested, the workouts fit easily back into my schedule and I had the mental fortitude to put work in its place (for the most part).

If you’ve let life get in the way of eating and moving for health,  you’re definitely not alone. But if I can fix it and get back on track, so can you.

Live the difference!

 

 

 

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Green JuiceThe first time I did a juice feast, I’d just come out of a phase of drinking lots of coffee, having wine with dinner, and eating in restaurants most weekends. Even though I was eating mostly raw foods, the change in diet still hit me like a slap upside my head.

For the first three days, all I wanted to do was sleep. As the week went on, I came back to life—slowly.

The rest of my 65-day juice feast was pretty much awesome-sauce. I had more energy than I could remember from any other time in my life. I looked great and felt even better. (Hmmm . . . maybe I should be planning to do that again soon!)

But before I got to feel the benefits, I had to feel like complete crap for a few days.

If you’re planning to start the year with a cleanse or detox of some kind, good for you! What better way to recover from the overindulgence of the holidays and give your body a rest?

I’m a fan of juice, green smoothies, all vegan, or all raw cleanses. Whatever works for you and won’t aggravate any existing medical conditions sounds like a plan.

But there’s one thing I hope you’ll do before you dive into any detox or cleanse plan.

Eat just okay for a few days.

Take up to a week to transition to any detox or cleanse.

Why not just dive in to your detox?

We all want fast results, I know. But it’s just no fun to feel completely deprived, and feeling sick and tired makes it much harder to stick to your program.

Remember when the first wave of  the low-carb craze happened a decade or so ago with Atkins? Remember how all those people were tired and cranky and ready to fight you for a biscuit? Maybe you were one of those people. Do you really want to relive that experience?

Transition, my friend, transition.

Wean yourself off these “foods” to make your cleanse less stressful.

Coffee. Cut back to one cup a day for a few days, and then drink half-decaf for a day or two before giving up coffee for your cleanse. Avoid the caffeine headache so many people get when they go cold turkey.

Alcohol. Cut the amount you drink in half every day until you get to a half serving, and then let it go. And if you’re alcohol dependent, see a professional for a plan to quit drinking.

Processed sugar. This can be a tough one to give up. Start by replacing any sugary drinks with water for a few days. Then cut any sugary products like cookies, cakes, or pastries back to dessert after dinner. Then cut them out.

Grain-based products. Since your body processes most grains as sugar, these can be hard to quit too. Add more healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, and avocado to your diet. Cut grains back to two meals a day for few days. Then cut them back to dinner only before you kiss them goodbye.

Contrary to images in the movies and on TV, cleansing doesn’t have to be miserable—especially if you’re not under pressure to try to resolve some sort of major health issue. Don’t put yourself through any unnecessary suffering. If you do, the deprivation might just send you running for the nearest doughnut as soon as your cleanse is officially over.

None of should be taken as medical advice. Just sharing what I’ve learned through experience.

Live the difference!

 

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