Monthly Archives: March 2014

Truth About Cleansing

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Between the rapid weight loss, through-the-roof energy potential and serious celebrity backing, a mid-winter cleanse can be tempting—especially when picturing a swiftly approaching swimsuit season. But don’t start stocking up on the cayenne pepper just yet. The requirements of some cleanses can be expensive, and perhaps ultimately ineffective for those seeking long-term results and benefits. Most importantly, the intense regimen of some detox programs can potentially bring with them a whole slew of immediate health consequences, from depleted energy levels to mood swings. As with every health consideration, remember that no one option fits all, and that there is no universally perfect cleanse. However, by listening to your body and incorporating the following three practices in moderation, you can expect to see—and feel—big-time health benefits, both now and later.

Hello, Hydration: In addition to flushing out toxins, adequate water intake (approximately eight glasses per day) helps transport nutrients to cells and aids in kidney function. And while a 10-day water cleanse does exist, the potential side effects—from nausea and dizziness, to a weakened immune system and quick weight regain—imply that you’re best off sticking to a more traditional fork and knife approach. For bonus detox effects, squeeze a lemon wedge into your glass—the potassium-rich citrus helps to stimulate liver function. In a hydration rut? Try adding a squeeze of Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancer for a quick and simple flavor boost.

Skip the Sugar: Unlike vitamins and minerals, our bodies have no need for sugar—hence its “empty calorie” moniker. In addition to this unsettling idea, the fructose in sugar puts our liver workload into overtime and could carry long-term metabolic consequences. Needless to say, finding ways to eliminate sugar from our diets—from the obvious chocolate chip cookie to the processed and refined culprits like breads and cereals—has significant benefits in the long run. While cutting out sweets cold turkey is likely to prompt some undesirable side effects (think crankiness and mild headaches), a speedy onset of augmented energy and better sleeping patterns are likely to follow. To help curb cravings, try incorporating Skinnygirl Sweetener where you’d normally use sugar—from coffee and tea, to whipped cream, Greek yogurt and fruit.

Eat Your (Raw and Cooked) Vegetables: Vegetables have always been lauded in the health realm for their megadose of vitamins and minerals. While raw food cleanses advocate keeping your legumes away from the stove (i.e. no more than approximately 115 degrees celsius) for maximum nutrient intake, some vegetables maintain or release their biggest health benefits with a little more cooking time. The nutrient powerhouses that do best “au naturel” include broccoli, beets, onions and peppers, while those that can (and should) take the heat include mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and asparagus.

Women’s History Month

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March is National Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme—character, courage and commitment—leaves us much to celebrate. We know you’re busy juggling a host of variables to ensure a healthy and balanced lifestyle throughout the year, so use this month to reflect, appreciate and cherish how strong, brave and resilient you are, each and every day. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Character
Sticking to your values is one of the greatest tests of character. Sure, everyone has to compromise at times, but you shouldn’t be afraid to stand your ground when it really matters. This month, remember your importance by honoring the promises you’ve made to yourself. Whether it’s a movie date, home cooked dinner or that monthly girl’s-night-in; some things should never be sacrificed.

Courage
Change is never easy, but us women are a strong and fierce breed who are ready for anything. This month, strive to do one thing each day that challenges you, whether it’s signing up for an invigorating exercise class at your gym or asking for the big raise you’ve worked for. We know you can conquer anything.

Commitment
A healthy lifestyle is less about restriction and rules, and more about a balanced routine that incorporates all of the things you love most in life. But we know balance doesn’t come easily, and a strong dedication to healthful choices is required on a daily basis. It can be tough to hit the gym instead of the snooze button, but you’ve got what it takes.