What's not to love about the Holidays?
All the family dinners with endless turkey and gravy, the cozy nights in with a box of chocolates watching Harry Potter or Home Alone for the 100th time and let's not forget, the nights out and parties with people you haven't seen all year! It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Having said that, dieting during the holidays is just not an option for me, I enjoy all the amazing festive foods way too much!
Is there anyone who actually has will power during the holidays?! Maybe there is, but it sure isn't me which is why this year I decided to set a goal to feel healthier and maybe lose a few lbs prior to the holidays. That way, I won't feel as bad when I do enjoy all the stuffing and pie at dinner.
Now the challenge was that I really didn't know where to start because I wanted to go about it the healthy sustainable way.
They say that if you starve yourself you may lose weight short-term but then gain twice as much back once you start eating again because your body's metabolism gets completely out of whack. I also felt like I was in a slump.
I had been traveling a lot for work lately so the other day, my best friend and I made plans to meet and catch up. As soon as I saw her I could not help but notice she was glowing and looking totally amazing!
I asked her what her secret was and she told me she had stated juicing. She had done their 3-Day Super Detox Me Juice Cleanse by Lemonkind twice in the last two months and loved it and as a result she had been able to stick to better eating habits since.
Juice detox really?... I always wrote them off for being expensive laxatives that just kept you running to the bathroom all day.
I had a look at their website and the juices looked and sounded amazing - Mango Peppermint Green Tea, Blueberry Cinnamon Chia, and Turmeric Carrot Gingerade to name a few all sounded super yummy and extremely healthy.
As far as I could tell, the juices are full of the best whole foods, such as blueberries, apples, cucumber, aronia, kale, ginger and so many more superfoods that are full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants.
All of these ingredients naturally promote healthy weight management, revitalize energy, and support regularity, relieving bloating and promoting digestive wellness. No wonder my bestie looked so great.
I concluded that this was exactly what I needed coming up to the holidays to get me on track and feeling better. I ordered their 3-day juice cleanse, which comes with 24 of their juices - 8 for each day.
Once they arrived, seeing all the different flavors made me super excited to start the cleanse, but I knew I would have to prepare myself for the next 3 days by getting into the right head space.
Ultimately, I had to remind myself that it would not be easy but in the end, it would totally be worth it.
With my mindset ready, the next morning I woke up and started drinking my first juice, which was the mango peppermint green tea. According to the instructions the start time and end times can be adjusted but the key thing was to stick to the 2-hour intervals.
I decided to start at 7 am and not make any adjustments, made it much simpler for me.
The 3 days passed and I have to say I was (am) very proud of myself. I thought it was going to be more difficult, but the juices kept hunger at bay and they tasted really good which also helped.
I felt so much lighter (no bloating!) and when Thanksgiving came, I enjoyed all the stuffing and mashed potatoes, but I stopped once I was full. It is crazy how 3 days of drinking juices and listening to your body can help change your attitude towards food.
I really felt like the powerful superfoods nourished my body from within while boosting my fat-burning metabolism and giving me the time to reset my mindset and digestive system.
Lemonkind was the best gift I could have given myself this holiday season, for my body and my mind.
My sister was jealous of how glowing I was, so I am totally giving her a 3-day cleanse as her Christmas present. She will thank me a million times over once Jan 1st comes.
I may even do it with her too, I am kind of addicted to the juices now and that should make it more fun!
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