We’re more than halfway through January—how are you doing with your new year’s resolutions? Statistics show that 30 per cent of the people who make resolutions on January 1 have thrown in the towel by January 15 (so if you’re not having an easy time of it, you’re not alone). Good news, though! Simply setting a goal makes you about 60 per cent more likely to achieve it than not having a goal at all. Whether you’re holding strong or feeling a bit shaky, it’s not too late to commit to making 2014 an amazing and fulfilling year!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to evaluate. Here’s a checklist for success:
- Is your goal simple? Can you break it down into smaller steps to make it easier to achieve?
- Is it enjoyable? Are there ways to make it fun?
- Is it public? Telling other people about your goals makes you accountable for them. As a bonus, you’ll also get much needed social support!
- Is it achievable? On a scale of one to 10, how certain are you that you can succeed? If you’re at anything less than an eight or nine, scale it back until you feel confident.
So if you resolve to get healthy in 2014, break it down into small and quantifiable steps, like signing up for a spin class, tracking your daily steps with a pedometer or adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily meals. These are simple goals with clearly measurable outcomes.
The second step is to make it enjoyable. For instance, a resolution could be to boost your produce consumption, and the perfect way to do that is juicing. Not only does it allow you to consume tons of fruits and vegetables without wearing out your jaw, juice is also delicious! It’s much easier to stay motivated when your habit is tasty.
The third step is to make it public. Sometimes this is as simple as posting a picture of your lunch on Instagram or Facebook. Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little more dramatic, like sign up for a marathon or commit to a cleanse. Weekend cleanses are great because they’re not too much of a time investment, but they give you quick results.
If you like the idea of cleansing, but want something gentle, try a juice cleanse. Here are a few benefits that people often see from juicing:
Juice cleansing gives your digestive system a break, strengthens your immune system and eliminates unhealthy toxins, while still giving your body the nutrients it needs (and keeping you from feeling hungry). A three day cleanse flushes your system with essential nutrients and gives your body a chance to get rid of built up toxins. The result? A clearer, lighter and more energized you.
Energy and metabolism boost
Fresh juice undergoes little to no heating, which meets that the naturally occurring beneficial live enzymes found in your fruits and vegetables remain intact. These enzymes are a critical part of the metabolic activities taking place in your body throughout the day. During a juice cleanse, your body is flooded with these live enzymes, which may boost the speed of your metabolism and help to increase energy levels.
Preservative-laden processed foods can leave behind a harmful build-up of toxins, which slow you down mentally and physically. When you commit to a juice cleanse, you avoid cooked and processed foods, so your body has a chance to remove accumulated toxins.
Reset your pH level
Your body is programmed to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level, between 7 and 7.5 on the pH scale. Many of the foods we eat are acidic, which makes it difficult to maintain that slightly alkaline state. The vitamins and minerals required to do so must be drawn from the body’s own stores, instead of being obtained from food. This can leave your body more vulnerable to fatigue, stress and illness, and can also contribute to poor bone health, loose teeth, dry skin and weak nails.
Juice cleanses eliminate the consumption of acidic foods, thereby lowering your pH level. This can help to reduce bloating and inflammation, make it easier for your cells to transport oxygen, and improve overall health.
The last step on the goal checklist is to make your goal achievable. That’s where SPUD comes in. They’ve got great one, three and five day DIY organic juice cleanses that you can buy online. You don’t have to make lists or haul bags of produce home from the grocery store—just click on the option that suits you best, and it will be delivered to your doorstep!
SPUD’s juicing options are designed to provide an easy, flexible, and cost saving way to detox, energize and nourish your body from the inside out. Experience the heightened health benefits of fresh organic juices, made to your taste, in the comfort of your home. Choose the DIY juicing option that suits you best, and change your life one sip at a time!
Why choose a SPUD Cleanse?
All of their produce is 100 per cent Certified Organic so there’s no need to worry about the toxins that plague conventional produce items and negate the detoxification process.
You’ll get the maximum amount of beneficial live enzymes out of every glass when you make your juice fresh and consume it upon preparation, instead of drinking day-old bottled juices.
They provide flexibility within our recipes so you can boost your juice depending on your specific health goals – think adding a slice of ginger for an immune shot, or stirring in a dash of cinnamon to kickstart your metabolism.
DIY means you save money on bottling and packaging and SPUD juices are made-up of 100% fresh juice with no diluting so you can maximize health benefits.
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