Are Your Daily Choices Nourishing You?

by Judy Griffin on April 21, 2013

Team Cleanse Celebration Supper

Team Cleanse Celebration Supper

When you nourish with vibrant foods you feel more vibrant.

When you nourish with vibrant foods you feel more vibrant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People are creatures of habit. We often eat and repeat the same patterns day after day. Most often it is the daily habits that could be reeking havoc on your system.  For instance, many people reach for a cup of coffee upon waking while others can’t make it through the day with out a can or two of Diet Coke, additional cups of coffee, or sugary snacks. Some of these same people barely eat a meal because they are just on a caffeine/sugar roller coaster. Some will choose a piece of toast or a bagel to accompany their morning cup of “joe” and a few hours later they wonder why they have cravings for more carbs. It’s that sugar rush that revs you up but then you crash and are looking for the next  pick me up like pretzels, chips, candy, soda, caffeine, etc. Often by the night time, a glass of wine is necessary to calm down.

Many choices appear healthy but may not really suit you. For instance, cheese, yogurt, milk, sandwiches, energy bars all fall into this category.  But, the question is do your choices really nourish you? You get to explore this question when you take a break from your daily regimen when you do a Whole Foods Cleanse.

My Nourishing Team Cleanse starts kicks off on 5/2. Although, you are welcome to invest in a supported cleanse with me anytime, many love the support and enthusiasm gained from the group dynamic.  Likewise, you can also organize a group of friends or co-workers to team up with you. It’s always easier with a little help from your friends.

Check out  the positive experiences past cleansers have shared when they chose to  break from the Standard American Diet while nourishing themselves with delicious pure food. It’s that simple- add in a whole lot of nutrient dense foods  while avoiding some known triggers like dairy, sugar, gluten, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, animal protein, processed and fried food.

For years each and everyone of  my cleansers have experienced a variety of improvements to their lifestyle. Personally, after taking a break from coffee and dairy on my first cleanse I realized how much coffee really didn’t agree with me. I also learned how dairy exasperated my allergies. Ever since then I choose an energizing green juice to energize in the morning.  Perhaps it’s that daily glass of wine. Sure it feels good to relax a bit but some cleansers realized how just a glass or two made them feel really groggy or interrupted a good night’s rest. I remember one cleanser mentioning how her joints were no longer aching. She ate really healthy but realized it was the Night Shade Vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) that were causing inflammation in her joints.

So if you have  any of the following symptoms perhaps it is time for you to explore and enhance your lifestyle with a Whole Foods Cleanse: Sluggish, fatigued, overstressed, insomnia,  excessive sugar/salt cravings, moodiness, anxious, wired, migraines, stomach pain, headaches, digestive distress, acid-reflux, confusion, elimination issues, pms symptoms, hot flashes, bloated,weight gain, puffiness, skin issues and acne.

If you desire clarity, increased energy, clearer skin, brighter eyes, silkier skin, weight loss, digestive and elimination ease, a good night’s sleep, healthier eating habits, allergy relief, calmness, a zest for life, etc. then  perhaps it is time to invest in a Nourishing Cleanse to investigate whether your daily choices and habits are serving your best interests or not. Take a break and see what happens! You might be surprised and you once awareness is gained you may still return to some favorites but you will drink and eat more mindfully. Once you open a window to Vibrant Health it will be so much easier to manage cravings, make healthier choices, and just feel fit, fabulous, and flourish.

Doing a Cleanse provides you with a tool box for healthy living. You cultivate a taste for a wider range of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and grains and learn how great these make you feel. When you have those days we you overindulge a bit, or parties where you get a bit over-served, you’ll no just what to do to get back on track.  I love the 80-20 concept. Eat really well 80% or the time and you have room for those indulgences that you desire. It’s really all about moderation, upgraded choices, and scaling back on the choices that don’t nourish you.

This type of cleanse puts the brakes on yo-yo dieting and deprivation which always backfire. Food is to be enjoyed not feared. I recently spoke to a corporate wellness client who was told she could only have one avocado a week. Now restrictive diets like this just don’t make sense to me!

So why not Spring into a Cleanse?  Our  Nourishing Team Cleanse was a great success but you I can customize a cleanse  for you anytime. Want some company?  Consider a Girlfriend’s Cleanse, a Couple’s Cleanse, or a Work Place Cleanse.

If you have experienced a cleanse before what impact did it make on your life?  I welcome your responses and invite you to share a response here for a chance at winning a Free Nourishing Cleanse.

Win a Nourishing Cleanse  (without the supplement kit~$77.00  value) by doing the following 2 things:

1. Either share a positive experience from cleansing or what symptoms you would like to alleviate by doing a cleanse. Is there a food that you eat that doesn’t really serve your best interests? Please share that too.

2. Once you share here, share the link to this post on your facebook page and tag Nourishing Soulutions on Facebook

 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee McLendon April 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Judy,
I’d like to eliminate cravings, bloat, and inflammation primarily! I’d also like to
Increase my energy and just feel better!! I think doing a cleanse with support will really help me get back on track after a tough 6 months with knee surgery, thyroid imbalance for several months and a bad ear infection/ facial palsy incident that took 8 weeks and numerous meds to heal.
Thank you! Lee 🙂

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Lee McLendon April 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Judy,
I’d like to eliminate cravings, bloat, and inflammation primarily! I’d also like to
Increase my energy and just feel better!! I think doing a cleanse with support will really help me get back on track after a tough 6 months with knee surgery, thyroid imbalance for several months and a bad ear infection/ facial palsy incident that took 8 weeks and numerous meds to heal.
Thank you! Lee 🙂

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Judy Griffin April 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Thanks for sharing Lee. Sounds like you have had a challenging 6 months. All that medicine can certainly reek havoc on your system as well. Doing a Whole Foods Cleanse can alleviate your cravings & bloat and also decrease inflammation as well as energize. So it sounds like it could be a win-win for you. This cleanse is an ideal way to get back on track,reclaim your health, and cultivate healthier habits. You can sign up here to listen to the recording of the Benefits of Detox Cleansing and as a gift you will also receive the My Top 12 Ways to Detox Naturally. http://mad.ly/signups/77569/join

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Martha Brettschneider April 24, 2013 at 4:21 am

Sounds cool, Judy. Question about the couples cleanse — are the programs the same if you have different issues? My husband would like to lose a few pounds, and has more of the unhealthy snacking habits you write about. Since my bout with breast cancer a few years ago, I am healthier than I’ve ever been (lots of exercise, very little alcohol, lots of healthy food). How doe the couples cleanses work with these different profiles?

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Judy Griffin April 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Good questions Martha. The couples cleanse is great for you to do together irregardless if you are in different states of health. One of the biggest benefits is that you will both be eating,juicing, and perhaps cooking together. You would be amazed at how your communication can approve because you are both sharing a healthy mission. Being in sync like this can ripple into other areas of your life and of course simplify meal planning since you will be on the same page. I have really appreciated this component when my husband joins my cleanses. Exploring new foods and drinks together can be a fun experience to enjoy together. When you find more energy perhaps it will lead to more activities to enjoy as a couple.

The cleanse will certainly help your husband embrace healthier habits and choices,lose weight, and energize. Even though you already cultivated a healthy lifestyle there is always something more you can learn while on a cleanse. I have been doing whole food cleanses since 2004 and I always learn something new. Perhaps it’s a new vegetable or recipe or discovering that a particular food no longer suits you, or your adopt a new healthy practice like juicing or smoothie making. Since focusing on healthy food choices won’t be an issue perhaps cleansing can fine-tune they way you nurture.
yourself with self-care.

I appreciate your thoughtful response and questions. Please contact me if you are interested in chatting more in depth.

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Lorrie April 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Actually, I listened to the recording twice Judy lol. Once I was a bit distracted with “work” stuff, and finally today I had some free time to listen again. I love the idea of a cleanse (I am a bit intimidated of it though). Too much of my life is running myself ragged and I’ve found that since January when I did the revitalization program with you I find a little more “me” time. Most of it is preparing the meals believe it or not. First of all, I love to cook….it is a passion. Put on the music, and chop and peel and create!! So this has given me some new venues to explore….like a challenge to myself to make things “more healthy”. It’s very exciting to me when I try to re-do one of my recipes and it comes out just as good or better than before. I still rely on many of your tips and recipes to help me out. I’ve been able to incorporate it into my daily lifestyle and my family has followed along quite willingly. (although sometimes I think it is out of pure necessity…they don’t want to starve!)

I have been trying to eat more healthy since my 40’s and now being into my 50’s, I just find that sometimes the body just doesn’t want to do what I want it to anymore. I have felt much better since I’ve taken out the processed foods and “junk” in my diet that I would have to admit, I am addicted to making this change work. My family and friends are impressed that I’ve been successful so far. My husband still cannot believe that I have not had a cup of coffee since SuperBowl. To be honest, I don’t miss it. Perhaps the smell!

If I had to find one thing that needs to come out (or at least minimize) out of my lifestyle, is my wine. (ugh….I’ve said it! lol) I love to relax at night with a glass (or two) of wine. Usually during the week because of work and the gym, I really don’t indulge….but come Happy hour on Friday, boy, I really enjoy my wine! Then the weekend and social commitments, it is just a given. So that is something I need to work on a bit. I just had a great routine checkup at the doctor…all looks good…so I want to keep things going!

I am talking myself into the cleanse. If I do it, I want to do it with the supplements as well. I think that is the way to go to truly reap the benefits of everything I have been doing over the last 3 months. I keep telling myself, just think how great you will feel after THIS! I just have to get the mindset right. ( I also want you to do another Chocolate night!! I couldn’t make the last one! lol)

Okay, it’s off to the gym! Thanks again for the incentive and the information that helps us all get on the right track again!

Lorrie

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Judy Griffin April 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Dear Lorrie,

I just love how you have embraced cultivating a healthier lifestyle. I am so impressed that you listened to the recording twice. Your are not alone in feeling a bit fearful about cleansing. Rest assured this is a mild cleanse where you get to eat plenty. Since we often eat to soothe our soul rather than nourish ourselves, the cleanse gives you the opportunity to improve your relationship with food and find nourishing ways to soothe your emotions.

So glad that you have been making more time for you. One of the best things you can do for yourself.

I love how cooking brings you so much joy & I am so impressed that you are applying healthy upgrades to your recipes. So glad to hear that my tips and recipes have benefited you and I love that you have been able to sustain healthier choices because that is the goal of all of my programs. So great that you can see ripple effect of your choices nourishing your whole family.

We can get away with a lot in our 20’s & 30’s but each decade increases the negative impact of unhealthy choices. Isn’t it great that your husband, family and friends have noticed you thriving. No coffee since the Superbowl is awesome! Should you decide to cleanse that will ease your way since breaking from coffee is a huge challenge for most coffee drinkers.

A clean bill of health from your doctor is always a good thing. Now about the wine. Many of us including me enjoy drinking wine and other cocktails. Nothing wrong with that as long as its in moderation. As we age the detrimental effects of alcohol also increase so that is why taking a break is so good for your body and mindset. Sometimes we can get in a pattern of relying too much on the wine to soothe us. During a cleanse you never have that groggy morning after feeling or headache. Even post cleanse you loose your taste for alcohol to some extent making it easier scale back a bit.

I am truly impressed with your determination, enthusiasm, focus, and honesty. You have been an A+ student in this process and that choice to join the Real Food Revitalizer and integrate those healthier choices will make this cleanse a breeze overall.

I would love to do a Chocolate Night. As long as I have 4 people perhaps we could plan a Summer Ladies Night.

It has really been a pleasure getting to know you and help guide you to a life where you feel fit, fabulous,well nourished, and ready to flourish. You have made a lovely addition to all of my programs so I would love having you on board for the cleanse. I really appreciate your heartfelt feedback and I am happy to hear that I have helped you get back on track.

You are more ready then most people to cleanse. Navigating your way through the first time can be a little challenging but that is what I am here for. My guidance and support as well as the group support will pave your way.

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Wendy April 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

I have done this cleanse with Judy 2x a year for I think 3 years now. I look forward to it every Spring and Fall. Judy has great daily tips and organizes support on facebook too. The meals are delish and the final result is splendid. Believe me. It kick starts all you can ask for in feeling good and knowing how and getting your body for a seasonal cleanse and shift for new food and lifestyle. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this (Judy knows that too). <3

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Elaine Wellman April 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Judy what a clearly written overview of cleanses. I really understand how it all works and what to expect. Thanks a lot.

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Judy Griffin April 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback Elaine.

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Lisa Manyon April 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Cleanses are an important part of resetting our bodies to crave a healthier way of being. Good luck on yours. 🙂

Lisa

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Judy Griffin April 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Thanks for sharing Lisa.

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Nafissa Shireen April 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Every time I read a post like this it makes me reflect on my coffee habit. Truthfully it’s not the coffee i enjoy so much as the morning ritual of quiet time reading with my dogs on my lap.

I eat a very healthy diet otherwise, but maybe its time to really look into this habit and do my own mini “caffeine” cleanse.

Great post very informative.

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Judy Griffin April 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Dear Nafissa, You bring up such a good point that it is the feeling we attach to a habit that we love. Separating the two can make it easier to curtail a habit but keep the healthy ritual. Couldn’t you have that lovely quiet time with a cup of herbal tea or a cup of warm water & lemon? It’s not a bad idea to take a break from coffee and see how you feel. Let me know how it goes if you do. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback.

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Tara DuBois April 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

I believe cleanses really help you understand and realize how much bad stuff we can really ingest! I need to get creative for my 11 year old who loves dairy and not many other foods.

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Judy Griffin May 2, 2013 at 7:08 am

Thanks for sharing Tara. What is great to do with young kids is get them in the kitchen and cook with them. Make it fun and explore new foods. Making yummy fruit smoothies is a great place to start. Since he loves dairy you can show him how tasty smoothies can be without dairy.

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Mary Hernandez May 2, 2013 at 6:44 am

Cleansing is so important to our continued well being! Even though I left the Standard American Diet many years ago, just living in this world carries a significant toxic burden. Love cleanses that are done with real foods and nutrients versus some powder drink out of a bottle!

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Judy Griffin May 2, 2013 at 7:06 am

Thanks for sharing your thought Mary. I completely agree. Even though I don’t engage in the Standard American Diet I find that while food cleanses are a greta way to refresh & reboot and reclaim healthier habits. I appreciate your feedback.

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