Dans le Jus
by guest blogger Ingrid Zimmer, nd
Welcome Back! The first week back from holidays is a reality check on so many different levels. It’s about back to work for the adults, back to school for the kids, tight schedules, deadlines and for many, it’s about adopting new health resolutions or picking up on old routines. Holidays are about fun, connecting with friends and family, enjoying and often indulging. Life is all about balance. You had your fun, it’s now time to get serious about that bloat and sluggishness you may be feeling and getting back on track for the New Year! While this can be overwhelming (depending on how much fun you had), it doesn’t have to be! Simply follow these easy tips and guidelines to help you reclaim your groove.
1) Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water a day. This will help your body eliminate the toxic load you have accumulated over the last few weeks. Our bodies are brilliantly designed with four channels of elimination – the kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs. Maintaining a high level of hydration helps the lymphatic system move these toxins out of the body. Add some fresh lemon to your water for an added boost!
2) Consume as much raw fruit and as many raw vegetables as possible. Nature has done a wonderful job of providing powerful nutrients that help the body break down and eliminate harmful substances found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the chemicals we may put on our skin. A few suggestions to make this happen:
- Make sure that AT LEAST half your lunch and dinner plates consist of salad with as large a variety of veggies as possible.
- Have 16 ounces of fresh cold pressed vegetable juice as a snack.
- Start your day with a delicious fruit smoothie for breakfast.
Fruit and veggies are powerhouses that help our own enzymes and elimination organs move out the waste that has no benefit to our bodies.
3) Move every day. If you can’t make it to the gym, pool or studio, there are a few simple things you can incorporate into your day to increase your heart rate and boost your rates of metabolism and elimination.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Intentionally park a block or two away from your destination.
- Grab a friend and go for a walk.
- Do some floor exercises while watching TV.
Your mind and body will thank you! Physical activity increases mental clarity, improves energy and releases feel good endorphins.
4) Eliminate sugar, dairy and gluten from your diet. When these foods are digested they become very sticky and gluey in your body. This slows down and prevents your body’s ability to absorb any good stuff you may be eating and hinders proper elimination. Remember that your intestines are very hot and humid. Waste that stays there for too long starts to ferment and putrefy. Think gas, bloat and weight gain…Temporarily removing these reactive foods will get you on your way!
5) Say goodbye to processed foods. Processed foods are packed with chemicals and preservatives that interfere with our bodies’ natural processes. As a species, we were not designed to break down these substances in an efficient manner. Taking a break from these man made additives will free up the energy used to digest them allowing this energy to be used for cleansing and eliminating.
6) No Caffeine, No Alcohol! Seriously, you say?? Remember this is temporary. If you can’t do without your morning coffee, then limit your caffeine intake to just that one. Same with alcohol. It is best to abstain completely. If you must, no more than 1-2 glasses per week on separate days. Your liver will be working really hard filtering the toxins your body has been accumulating. We don’t want to layer any additional significant burden on its already demanding job!
7) Manage negative thoughts and stress. High levels of stress predispose us to weight gain and affect our overall health. This is due to hormones produced by our adrenal glands. When we are stressed, the flight or fight response occurs and the body goes into survival mode by storing any calories that are not absolutely necessary. Taking this a step further, long-term stress and negative thinking result in an endless cycle of storing extra blood sugar as unwanted fat. So don’t be hard on yourself, if you’ve had a temporary setback, so what! We are all human after all. In addition to being forgiving, try practicing some mindfulness techniques. As a start, try beginning your day by identifying something in your life you are grateful for. You would be surprised at how this simple exercise can set you up for a day of positive thinking!
So there you have it! It’s all up to you. The ability to reclaim your groove is at your fingertips. Committing to some or all of these changes will have you feeling better in no time. You’ve got this!
Yours in Vitality,
Ingrid Zimmer is a registered naturopath who practices in the Montreal area. Naturopathy is based on the healing power of nature and by extension, the human body. Ingrid focuses on helping her clients understand why they may be experiencing various health issues and symptoms and works with them in restoring wellness and vitality. Ingrid has a keen interest in digestive issues and women’s health. For more information, she can be reached at Ingrid@bluevitalityhealth.com.
The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on your life, where you are at, and where you still want to go. It is also a time to evaluate your priorities.
If you follow us on social media, you’d know that we have a motto in the form of a hashtag that we end each post with: #behappybehealthy. In other words, you need to be happy first, then the rest will follow.
- Keep your focus in your heart. The mind will always race and if we focus on those thoughts we lose touch with our bodies. Just try it now - shift your attention from your head to your heart. You should feel an instant relaxation effect. Energy signals are transmitted from the heart to the brain and depending on how we feel, can affect us in either a positive or negative way. For example, if you feel bliss, then your brain sends a signal that releases those happy go lucky neurotransmitters and this change is reflected in the rest of your body. So live from your heart, let it fill up with happiness.
- Before going to bed write a memory or event that made your heart swell with joy. This can be as simple as describing something beautiful in nature, that moment of peace you felt in your car, dancing to a favourite song, hugging your pet - whatever it is - take a few minutes and describe it . You will sleep better for it! There was a study where participants who were asked to do this for 21 days reported feeling more optimistic, less anxious, and even slept better — immediately after and three and six months after the study. Another study showed that participants who kept a gratitude journal for 10 weeks reported having fewer health problems and spent more time exercising. (http://www.stybelpeabody.com/newsite/pdf/gratitude.pdf)
- Wake up and think of 3 things you are grateful for, you can even say them out loud to really engage the senses. Do this before getting out of bed. And then SMILE! “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. ... The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well” (from Psychology Today).
We wish you a “#behappybehealthy” year filled with love.
As we come to the end of 2016, we reflect back on our challenges and triumphs and look forward to what lies ahead. Rejuice is, in the truest sense, a labour of love. While 2016 saw some significant challenges, we also experienced wonderful expansion. We added new items to our salad menu, acquired better equipment, and added the (oh so popular) avocado toast to the juice bar menu! As well, we worked to formulate new healing and energizing cleanses to try and meet the needs of our expanding clientele and introduced some great new cold pressed juices.
There can be no growth without growing pains and while we could have gone the way of many cold-pressed juice companies and began pasteurizing (HPP) our juices, which would extend shelf life and profits, we chose to stay true to our mandate – provide raw, living nutrition. No compromises. Rejuice is not about the bottom line, but about your health. And although we know we are not perfect, we are a work in progress and constantly guided and inspired by the customers who stay loyal and to the new people who discover us. Even when it is 3 a.m. and we are worried about the overhead, we know we are on the right path. It is your happy faces and your gratitude that makes us thrive. That is why we wanted to take this moment and just say thank you.
Our holiday wish for all of you is that you follow your hearts, that you don’t give up, that you commit to loving yourself and your beautiful body, and you experience the most joy, peace, perfect health and happiness in the New Year and always.
Be Happy, be Healthy xoxo
and the Rejuice Family