Post # 1
Hello Bees 😀
I’m looking into doing a diet with a yoga studio close to me! The diet includes supplements provided by the yoga studio and they have counceled lots of people through it. It’s a 4 week commitment and includes doing yoga 4x per week along with a weekly meditation practice and journal keeping.
The diet is:
Week 1: Vegan
Week 2: Raw Foods
Week 3: Juice Fast
Weed 4: Vegan
Has anyone ever done something like this?
Post # 3
@limekitty: I’m inherently wary of any diet that relies on a lot of supplements. They tend to cost a lot of money, for dubious health benefits. I also think a week long juice cleanse would be very challenging, if it is strictly liquids with no solid food.
Post # 4
You can actually do serious, serious damage to your digestive system on juice fasts. The acid levels in your stomach are very delicate and precice (hence why people often feel slightly ill after having acidic food), and fruit juice is also very acidic. Also, not having solid food in your stomach can disrupt the enzymes which are there naturally to digest food – if it happens for too long (more then a couple of days) your stomach can start to digest itself, which obviously causes damage. Also, relying on supplements for nutrients is so so dangerous and unecessary – taking too many supplements can cause major damage to your kidneys, and often the supplements don’t include everything your body needs to actually process the vitamins and minerals anyway.
So I guess my opinion on this is – don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk to the health of your digestive system and kidneys. Definitely do the yoga though!
Post # 5
Oh wow- this is a GREAT response. Thank you SO much!
I’ve just heard SO many people who LOVE juice fasts and thought I should try it out under relative supervision with someone whose done it with multiple people.
Are raw food diets safer you think? Should I give this diet a shot with everything but the juice fast?
Post # 6
@limekitty: Yea a lot of people love it because you don’t feel bloated at all – everything just goes straight through you :p
Raw food is safer, but honestly the best diet is just one that cuts out as much processed, sugary and salty food as possible. Meat is still really good for you. I would try just sticking to fresh fruit and veg, and include some meat (red, white, seafood – whatever your preference), and maybe some rice or other whole-grains. That’s probably the best, healthiest, most beneficial way to go for your body! Just make sure you’re eating enough to feel full, and don’t eat a bite more than you need to! Also don’t let yourself go hungry, you’ll just feel crappier and probably end up splurging on other food later.
Good luck with whichever way you choose to go – keep me updated!
Post # 7
I will! I actually discussed this with the supervisor at the yoga studio and my concerns and she said that the Juice Fast part was absolutely NOT necessary. She said that the benefit does come from exploring another method of eating but to follow my body.
I’m naturally a pretty small person and don’t want to harm myself for sure! I’m going to start the mind/body detox in April and will definitely document how I feel about it!
Post # 8
Instead of juicing could you make green smoothies? I make one for breakfast every morning. Green smoothies are so much better for you than juicing anyways; you get more nutrients and juicing cuts out a lot of fiber. Green smoothies also count as raw foods since you just pop a bunch of stuff in there and blend it up. They might look gross but depending on what fruit and veggie combos you use they’re really quite tastey. You should check it out!
Post # 9
I personally don’t see the point of these fad diets/cleanses. Unless it’s a lifestyle change (e. g. having a green smoothie for breakfast every day) I don’t see how there could be any long term benefits.
Post # 10
I’m not a fan of cleanses either. I personally don’t see much point in juicing, but I am a big fan of smoothies. With smoothies you are getting other beneficial things (like fiber to keep you full) that you miss out on with juice only.
Green smoothies are good. If you use spinach and kale, you can’t even taste them. I like to make mine with bananas, spinach, kale, some type of milk, and then frozen fruit of some sort. I love pineapple and strawberries or blueberries or a mix. You can add honey or another sweetener if you want. Sometimes I like a sweetener if I’m using only strawberries but I find if you use pineapple you don’t even need a sweetner. You can try lots of other recipes though and ingredients, there are plenty floating around the internet.