Happy Friday! The topic for this week’s Friday Five with me, Courtney and Cynthia is “Food and Drink”. Now that we are firmly planted into 2016 my news feeds are full of “New Year, New You” posts (a phrase I strongly dislike), detox plans and challenges. I applaud anyone who uses the New Year to set goals and new approaches to healthy living but I for one am not ready to jump on the detox or cleanses train. Here’s why:
ONE: There is no scientific evidence these cleanses are beneficial to one’s health.
TWO: The human body is an amazing thing. We all have built in toxin bashing organs – the liver, kidneys and lungs for starters. Unless you have been poisoned (or have a significant health issue or are under care of a physician) there is no real need to “flush” or “clean” out the system. Having a couple extra cookies at Christmas doesn’t count. Your body knows what to do if you treat it right.
THREE: Cleanses can be expensive. For one to three day juice cleanses you can be out $100+. I’ve even seen upwards of $200-250. I could buy all my groceries that contain lean meat, protein, tea, berries and veggies for the equivalent. And water of course is kinda free 😉
FOUR: I don’t feel guilty about my holiday indulgences. A lot of the hype I’ve seen post holiday season is tsk, tsk “you had too much of this or that” join my detox plan! Uh, ok I get it, I really do. My mom is a goooood cook and I had a yummy Christmas! But when I returned from the break I simply went right back to my normal healthy eating habits, made sure I was hydrating and fell back into my regular workout routine. I didn’t need to jump start or detox anything.
FIVE: Change takes time. Going on a 3-day fast or “reset” sounds like a good idea in theory but living on juice and cutting food groups for a couple of days isn’t going to magically turn your health around. There really is no short cut to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eating your vegetables and watching your water intake are the best solutions in my opinion.
This option might work for some but for these reasons and more it’s definitely not for me!
Have you ever tried a detox or cleanse? How are you doing on your 2016 goals one week in? Here’s to a fun, happy weekend!