Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Low-down on Juice Cleanses

I know there has always been a hype about juice cleanses contributing to weight loss and being promoted as a detox, but do a little googling before you engage in such a drastic diet. Always research before you dive in head first to ensure you're not driving yourself further from your goals!

I found this article on MyFitnessPal (marshellej) today and loved that it was short and sweet and to the point. I'll highlight some of the points I found to be the most persuasive: 

1. Fiber:
Doctors and healthcare professionals promote eating fruit for a reason! Many people need more fiber in their diets as helps prolong or prevent the onset of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc. It also speeds up the digestion process leaving you un-satiated (although it's calorie and sugar filled) and can actually result in a back-firing overeating result. 

2. Cost: 
This article does a good job of putting how much produce is used into perspective. 2 pounds of carrots creating only 16oz of juice? No thanks. 

The juice bar at my gym charges $10 per 16oz of juice and I absolutely can't justify spending that much on something that has no proven benefits. I'm even more deterred by the fact that true juicers recommend drinking multiples a day! 

3. No maintenance: 
I don't know about you, but if I drink something I cannot consider it a meal. Also, with all that extra sugar but no substance, I actually feel a little nauseated after (just like I would if I ate a cupcake or something 100x more delicious than carrot and kale juice) so I don't see the point. You're going to be left hungry and are missing out on nearly all the nutrients that make fruits and veggies so healthy! 

Here's a more scientific and jargon-filled one that goes more in-depth about the health risks:

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Post-vaca Meal Prep

I was home all last week, and needless to say, indulged in all the Midwestern deliciousness with no regrets! However yummy all the biscuits, gravy, burgers, steaks, casseroles, BBQ, cobbler and pie  may have been, I was looking forward to getting back into my normal routine of eating a bazillion meals a day and going to the gym at my regular times. My next powerlifting meet is coming up in November and I want to step up my game from my last one. Diet is the most critical component of improvement for me. I weighed in light for my weight class last time, and it's obvious that the more I weigh the more I can lift, so I'm shooting for right under 114 this time! 

These are foods that satisfy necessary nutrient needs, are easy to prepare, are versatile and are yummy! For a few dinners, I also bought some steak that I'll prepare if I'm low on fats for the day or if I'm showing signs of anemia (I use MyFitnessPal to track my goals and food intake).