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Debunking the Juice Cleanse Fad: Why they are NOT good for you

Health

Juicing has become a chic contender in the diet industry over the past several years, but while these "good for you juices" seem like a healthy way to lose weight, they are actually not a viable diet plan. Unlike eating fresh whole fruits and veggies, consuming them in juiced form does not provide the same vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.


A nutritious juice can be beneficial for your health but limiting your diet to strictly juices for an extended period is not a magical solution, like some people may think – and there is very little research to support the health claims made by many juicing companies.

Juicing is the process of blending the fruit/vegetable, instead of pressing which extracts most of the healthy fiber and some antioxidants found in the skins and seeds. For instance, the white pulp in an orange provides flavonoids, providing antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits which unfortunately all get left behind during the juicing process.

Juice also doesn't offer fiber, which has a very important role in the body as it's the indigestible component of whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Without it, the body easily absorbs fructose sugar, drastically affecting blood-sugar levels. Fiber moves quickly through your digestive tract and helps it function properly. Additionally, it helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Foods containing fiber also provide a feeling of fullness while also containing fewer calories. If you meet the daily recommended fiber intake, the risk of heart disease and diabetes decreases, and cholesterol lowers.

Research shows that whole fruits are not only more beneficial than juice for preventing diabetes, they are also more effective in helping to satisfy daily fiber requirements. Research suggests substituting juice with a banana, apple and orange for a 25% to 32% increase in fiber.

Many juice diets involve consuming no protein at all, or at most a very small amount which is not sufficient for your body to function properly. Your body needs a daily supply of protein to build healthy immune cells and regenerate muscle tissue. Reputable nutritionists believe that juicing diets are not harmful for a few days, but if continued, could lead to sickness due to lack of fiber and protein. This could affect older adults who are more susceptible to infections, because they may already have lower protein stores.

While juicing is low-calorie compared to chips and sodas, it is still a very concentrated source of calories.

For example, a cup of pineapple is about 83 calories, but a cup of pineapple juice is 120 calories. You might not realize how much sugar you're consuming when you drink fruit juice. In fact, 8 oz. of apple juice contains 29 grams of sugar, whereas 8 oz. of cola contains only 27 grams of sugar. The truth is that juicing diets load you with empty calories, which can fill you up without supplying the nutrients your body needs to function properly. When done for 10 days, the empty-calorie intake could send the body into starvation mode. In an effort to conserve calories, the body's metabolism may slow down, which can result in weight loss difficulties long term. Additionally, when people restrain from eating their favorite food, after a while they tend to reward themselves, which can often lead to overeating. Ultimately, the vast majority of what is taken off during a juicing diet plan is mostly water weight and will likely be gained back again once your everyday eating habits resume.

To put it more simply, you cannot simply drink your way to health and your dream weight.

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Tempted To Dial Your Ex: 5 Ways To Know Whether Or Not You Should Contact An Old Flame

Thinking of ringing up your ex during these uncertain times? Maybe you want an excuse to contact your ex, or maybe you genuinely feel the need to connect with someone on an emotional level. As a matchmaker and relationship expert, I was surprised at the start of the coronavirus quarantine when friends were telling me that they were contacting their exes! But as social distancing has grown to be more than a short-term situation, we must avoid seeking short-term solutions—and resist the urge to dial an ex.

It stands to reason that you would contact an ex for support. After all, who knows you and your fears better than an ex? This all translates into someone who you think can provide comfort and support. As a matchmaker, I already know that people can spark and ignite relationships virtually that can lead to offline love, but lonely singles didn't necessarily believe this or understand this initially, which drives them straight back to a familiar ex. You only need to tune into Love Is Blind to test this theory or look to Dina Lohan and her virtual boyfriend.

At the start of lockdown, singles were already feeling lonely. There were studies that said as much as 3 out of 4 people were lonely, and that was before lockdown. Singles were worried that dating someone was going to be off limits for a very long time. Now when you factor in a widespread pandemic and the psychological impact that hits when you have to be in isolation and can't see anyone but your takeout delivery person, we end up understanding this urge to contact an ex.

So, what should you do if you are tempted to ring up an old flame? How do you know if it's the wrong thing or the right thing to do in a time like this? Check out a few of my points before deciding on picking up that phone to text, much less call an ex.

Before You Dial The Ex...

First, you need to phone a friend! It's the person that got you through this breakup to begin with. Let them remind you of the good, the bad and the ugly before taking this first step and risk getting sucked back in.

What was the reason for your breakup? As I mentioned before, you could get sucked back in… but that might not be a bad thing. It depends; when you phoned that friend to remind you, did she remind you of good or bad things during the breakup? It's possible that you both just had to take jobs in different cities, and the breakup wasn't due to a problem in the relationship. Have these problems resolved if there were issues?

You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you.

Depending on the reason for the breakup, set your boundaries for how much contact beforehand. If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

If you know you shouldn't be contacting this ex but feel lonely, set up a support system ahead of time. Set up activities or things to fall back on to resist the urge. Maybe you phone a different friend, join a virtual happy hour for singles, or binge watch Netflix. Anything else is acceptable, but don't phone that ex.

Write down your reasons for wanting to contact the ex. Ask yourself if this is worth the pain. Are you flea-bagging again, or is there a friendship to be had, which will provide you with genuine comfort? If it's the latter, it's okay to go there. If it's an excuse to go back together and make contact, don't.

Decide how far you are willing to take the relationship this time, without it being a rinse and repeat. If you broke up for reasons beyond your control, it's okay. If your ex was a serial cheater, phone a friend instead.

If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

As life returns to a more normal state and you adjust to the new normal, we will slowly begin to notice more balance in our lives. You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you. Some do's and don'ts for this time would be:

  • Do: exercise ⁠— taking care of you is important during this time. It's self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: shower, brush your teeth, and get out of your sweats.
  • Don't: be a couch potato.
  • Don't: drink or eat excessively during this time. Again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: think positive thoughts everyday and write down the 3 things you are grateful for. Look at the impact of John Krasinksi's SGN. It's uplifting and when you feel good, you won't want to slide backwards.
  • Don't: contact a toxic ex. It's a backward move in a moment of uncertainty that could have a long term impact. Why continue flea bagging yourself?