Have you ever considered going on a liquid diet for a predetermined period of time? The benefits are many. It clearly assists you to become more mindful of what you are, and are not, putting into your mouth. There was a time in my life when I would go on a liquid diet, primarily fruit and vegetable juices along with tea, for two weeks every year: the week before Thanksgiving and the week before Easter.
Going liquid was a discipline that made the week before those holidays more interesting and insightful. After about three days, the body adjusts to its new regimen and you enter a time of heightened sensitivity to both inner and outer stimulation. Giving up solid food — which often reduces one’s calorie and sodium intakes — has definite mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual effects. Done properly, I think they are positive.
Some write, for example, of it detoxifying the body while others assert enhanced nutritional absorption. These claims are still being studied. One thing, however, is clear. Going liquid is different from fasting and fasting is not a good way to lose weight. True fasting eliminates virtually all calories, plunging the body into starvation mode from which it roars back with a vengeance once the fast is broken. This can make it even harder to maintain or lose weight in the future.
Going liquid is simply a different way of consuming your daily energy requirements. This coming week I will be on a liquid diet along with a group of friends who want to use the week as a time to get more focused on our eating habits. We know full well that fasting is not a good way to lose weight. But we also know that a liquid diet will interrupt our routine and make us more aware of who we are and what we want in relationship to food. And that’s a good thing to do from time to time.
For the week, we have no set limit on calorie consumption. As a result, we could gain weight if we were to drink enough milk shakes! But that is not our thought. I plan to start the day with a robust fruit smoothie, including protein powder and ground flax seeds, and then to go through the day largely on juices and tea. I also plan, as always, to drink plenty of filtered water.
Unless you have a medical condition that would argue against this regimen (talk with your doctor), you too might want to consider going on a liquid diet for a predetermined period of time in order to experience some health benefits and to learn some valuable life lessons.
Coaching Inquiries: Have you ever gone liquid? Does it sound interesting? Do you see any value to temporarily changing your routine in relationship to food? Would you join with us in going liquid this week? Let us know of your intentions and questions?
Here are two recipes for healthy shakes, replete with all the healthy fat, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber you’ll need for the day. Both recipes are enough for two people. I drink the Chewy Fruit Smoothie in the morning and the Spicy Vegetable Shake in the evening. The rest of the day, I stay with juice, filtered water, and rooibos tea.
|Chewy Fruit Smoothie||Spicy Vegetable Shake|
|1 Cup Ice
2 Cups Ice Water
2 Cups Chopped Fresh Fruit (e.g., pineapple, banana, and blueberries)
1 Tb Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tb Ground Cinnamon
1 Scoop Egg Protein Powder
1 Scoop Hemp Protein Powder
1 Tb Blackstrap Molasses
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
2 Tbs Freshly Ground Flax Seeds
1 Tb Freshly Ground Hemp Seeds
1 Tb Ground Psyllium HuskDirections
Put ice and water in blender with chopped fruit. Liquefy on high. With blender going, add remaining ingredients one at a time. Stop and start blender as necessary. Grind the flax and hemp seeds, before putting in the blender, in a countertop coffee bean grinder. Drink immediately. For another recipe, Click Here.
|1 Cup Ice
1 Cup Tomato Juice
1 Cup Non-fat Organic Yogurt
2 Cups Chopped Veggies (e.g., tomato, cooked broccoli, and cooked spinach)
1/2 Cup Salsa
1 Scoop (35 grams) Protein Powder
1/4 cup Freshly Ground Almonds
1 Tb Ground Psyllium HuskOptional
1 Tb Solgar Greens & More powder
Put ice and tomato juice in blender with chopped veggies. Liquefy on high. With blender going, add remaining ingredients one at a time. Stop and start blender as necessary. Grind the almonds, before putting in the blender, in a food processor. Drink immediately.
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