Overweight Nation: The Struggle to Lose Weight & Eat Well
It’s no secret that we are an obese nation and that we’re getting fatter by the day—no need to bore you with statistics. It’s scary that anyone can develop or fall back into poor eating habits, especially when stressed out or super-busy. I’m a physical trainer, yoga teacher, and vegan, and even I’ve had to find a way to get back on a healthy-eating track; hence the popularity of body cleansing diets.
Cleanse Diet Discovery: Successful Weight Loss Secret
I spent years researching various diet methods and found that what dieters really need is a break from bad habits—yes, I’m talking to you, coffee addicts and sugar junkies! Time for a full body cleanse intervention! Why a cleanse? It’s a process that does exactly what it sounds like. You eat and drink foods and juices that remove toxins from your body, literally cleaning out your system. The goal: remove addictive ingredients such as sugar, wheat, caffeine, dairy, and even alcohol from your daily routine. When done properly, a healthy diet cleanse can actually eliminate your cravings for the bad stuff.
Be Healthy, Get Thin, Have Flat Abs, Look Radiant: Yvette’s Cleanse Goals
When I started formulating my own body cleansing program, I was primarily concerned about getting all of us healthier, but there certainly were some vanity issues involved. I wanted to help clients look vibrant, have a flatter stomach, and be thinner. My goal—to create a diet cleanse that was significantly different from the other options I had tried, unsuccessfully.
In-Depth Research from Master Cleanse to Juice Cleanse
I tried different cleansing techniques, and, believe me, it wasn’t an easy journey: master cleanse, juice cleanse, raw food cleanse, even the cabbage cleanse. Not pleased with the results. More research followed.
The Juice-Cleanse Myth
After my cleanse world tour, I was vindicated—you don’t need to drink only juices to clean out your system. Want to know why popular thinking says you have to stick with an all-liquid or raw-vegetable diet? Those cleanses are extreme. So you think, they’re so awful and hard to stick to, they must be working. Yes, it’s “no pain, no gain” marketing.
The Weight Loss & Healthy Eating Solution
The truth—you can take the ingredients that are in a juice cleanse and eat them instead. A cleanse can consist of meals with whole foods or blended whole ingredients. In fact, you will get more of the benefits from these foods than by grabbing a juicer and wringing out all the fiber.
Tips for a Successful Detox Diet Cleanse:
• Detox Diet Cleanse DIY: Good Morning!
Morning is important. Your body needs protein and fiber but, unfortunately, most people are too busy to prepare breakfast. It’s easier than you think. On a food cleanse, an apple and some nuts (raw nuts, soaked overnight so the body can break down the nutrients) are an easy way to start the day.
• What to Eat for Lunch on a Detox Diet Cleanse
Of course, fresh-pressed juices are fantastic for you, but a meal in the afternoon, when your energy level is decreasing, is nice too. Take some vegetables, steam them, make a soup with them, add some legumes for protein and pumpkin seeds and olive oil for healthy fat.
• On a Detox Diet Cleanse, Nighttime Is for Chewing
In the evening, I want to chew. When I do my food cleanse, I always start with a vegetable broth, then add chunks of vegetables and spices so my soups are chewy and delicious. This allows me to eat with my family without feeling deprived. You can make creative textures and shapes with your vegetables, and even marinate them in turmeric and a little cayenne, both of which have great anti-inflammatory powers!
• Vegetable Don’ts When Body Cleansing
There are vegetables that I recommend you avoid during a cleanse, including eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. These vegetables are called nightshades and can cause inflammation if you eat too many.
• Healthy Diet Cleanse Treats—Naughty or Nice?
I believe that training, eating healthy, or taking any other disciplined action means I also get to enjoy an indulgence. During a food cleanse, it’s not okay to grab a cupcake or bagel, but a cacao nibblet is always nice.
Why Try a Diet Cleanse?
When you decide to do a cleanse, it’s probably because you need to hit the restart button. Why are you doing a cleanse? Is it to get rid of your coffee habit, because you’ve been eating too much sugar, or because you’re retaining too much water? Whatever your reason, a detox diet cleanse may be the answer, because we all need a “time out” once in a while.
This diet-, vegan-, and vegetarian-friendly recipe can be made in advance, and is always good to have on-hand! It serves as an important base for much of the diet cleanse recipes. And it can be used as a healthy vegetable stock for vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes as well.
Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Vegetable Broth
6 cups of water
3 large onions
1 bunch parsley
3 stalks celery
3 carrots, peeled
3 clove of garlic chopped
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Easy Vegetable Broth Recipe Directions
• Combine all ingredients in 8-quart pot and bring to a boil.
• Simmer for 30 minutes.
• Strain the liquid and drink anytime during the detox.
• If you feel you need extra sustenance, leave the vegetables in the broth or eat them separately.
This diet-, vegan-, and vegetarian-friendly recipe can be eaten hot or at room temperature, making it perfect for diet cleansing on the go.
Ingredients Needed to Make Asparagus Soup
1 pound (roughly 8 stalks) of asparagus, trimmed and chopped
4 large sweet potatoes, baked and chopped into large chunks
2 cups home-made vegetable broth[link to recipe]
Cleansing Asparagus Soup Preparation
• Combine vegetable broth and asparagus in a 4-quart pot and bring to a boil.
• Add potatoes. Puree in food processor.
• Cover and simmer on medium heat until asparagus and potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes.
• Once vegetables are tender, remove from heat and reserve a few tips for garnish.
• Carefully purée vegetable mixture with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth.
This diet cleanse recipe is a new spin on an old Southern favorite. The recipe is vegan/vegetarian-friendly and delish, whether you’re detoxing with a body cleanse or not. Plus, it helps keep diet cravings in check.
Ingredients Needed to Make Stuffed Collard Greens
½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 collard, with center cut out
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup canned lentils, rinsed and drained
How to Cook Cleansing Collard Greens
• Preheat oven to 370°.
• Add water and quinoa into 4-quart pot, cover, then cook for 30 minutes.
• Drain and mix with lentils.
• Steam pepper for 10 minutes, then place on oiled baking dish or sheet.
• Stuff with quinoa and lentil mixture.
• Bake for 15 minutes.
Certified Holistic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer in NYC
Joulebody founder Yvette Rose is a petite dynamo with the serenity of a yogi. With an encompassing array of wellness-related certifications and over 10 years of experience, she is uniquely qualified to help her New York City clients attain a lifestyle that is energizing, liberating, and fulfilling.
Yvette’s path to becoming a certified health counselor, nutrition specialist, certified holistic practitioner, physical trainer, and yoga instructor was a very different one than you might expect.
Joulebody’s Personal Trainer Begins with Failed Physical Training
Unathletic in school, at 18 Yvette tried to enlist in the Army but was rejected because she couldn’t do more than a few push-ups after months of training. Plus, she had to eat pounds of bananas just to make the 92-pound weight requirement.
Ten years later, college-educated businesswoman Yvette experienced the “diet wars” from the opposite perspective. Tired, depressed, out of shape, and over 40 pounds heavier after the birth of her first child, she started going to the gym and working out. It was then her passion for fitness and personal training was born.
Years of study, training, and research followed. And in 2007, Yvette opened Joulebody to help the super-busy and over-stressed people of downtown Manhattan live healthier and happier.
Yvette is devoted to her clients and the promise of providing the ultimate in fitness training, nutritional guidance, and spiritual encouragement. As a wife, mother of 2, and businesswoman, she understands the challenges of taking time out to nurture the body. She founded Joulebody to make it easier for people to achieve a greater level of well-being.
Cleansing Program Created by a Certified Nutrition Specialist
Her Kickstart cleansing program, for example, provides well-seasoned, delicious meals made with raw vegetables, quality herbs, and other healing ingredients. The customizable food plan is uniquely formulated to boost energy while flattening the stomach and helping eliminate unhealthy food cravings. Given Yvette’s genuine understanding of what her clients need, it’s not surprising that Kickstart gives clients food they can actually sink their teeth into.
Yvette Rose’s Fitness Training Certifications
Yvette is professionally certified by the Yoga Alliance, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the International Sports Science Association, the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and the American Association of Nutrition for Sports Training. She also is a certified kettlebell instructor and a certified holistic health counselor.
It’s every woman’s dream—lose those few extra pounds, the puffiness, and the cravings for carbs and sugar—and still eat! What’s not to like?! You’ll love everything about the Joulebody 3-day food cleanse, from losing weight to eating healthy to feeling great. To enter for a chance to win, just tell us your guilty pleasure food.
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• In the comments section below, tell us your guilty pleasure food
Joulebody Cleanse Prize Includes:
• Profile assessment—Joulebody will customize your cleanse and guide you in how to best prepare for the cleanse
• Customized 3-day cleanse delivered to your door
• Cleanse includes all of the food you will eat for 3 days—3 juices, 2 solid meals, and 1 treat per day
• All foods and drinks are vegan and 75% raw
• Must live in Manhattan, New York
• Value: $245
• Contest ends February 21, 2011
About Joulebody Founder Yvette Rose:
Yvette Rose is the founder of Joulebody, a healthy lifestyle wellness company that helps people turn short term results into a lifestyle. Yvette is a certified health counselor, Ayurvedic nutrition specialist, certified holistic practioner, yoga instructor, and personal trainer. She is also the creator of the Kickstart Diet, a 100% vegan juice and raw food cleanse, a favorite among fashion editors, runway models, and PR executives. With an encompassing array of wellness-related certifications and over 10 years of experience, she is uniquely qualified to help clients attain a lifestyle that is energizing, liberating, and fulfilling.
Yvette’s path to becoming an all-around health guru was very different than you might expect. Not athletic in school, Yvette tried to enlist in the Army at 18 but was rejected because she couldn’t do more than a few push-ups after months of training. Plus, she had to eat pounds of bananas just to make the 92-pound minimum-weight requirement.
Fast forward 10 years and Yvette is a working woman, who is tired, depressed, out of shape, and over 40 pounds heavier. After the birth of her first child, she started going to the gym to work out. It was then that her passion was born.
Years of study, training, and research followed, and in 2007, Yvette opened Joulebody to help super busy and over-stressed New Yorkers live healthier, happier lives.
Her Kickstart cleansing program provides well-seasoned, delicious meals made with raw vegetables, quality herbs, and other healthy ingredients. The customizable food plan is uniquely formulated to boost energy while flattening your stomach and helping eliminate unhealthy food cravings for things like sugar and refined carbs.
For more information visit joulebody.com and thekickstartdiet.com.