Our bodies- physically and emotionally- require constant and consistent upkeep.
How many of us struggle with the concept of ‘falling off the wagon’? We reach for a special treat or an extra little snacky during the holidays, during celebration, when life gets tough – and although we may not have actually or completely derailed those days of healthful living, those hours at the gym, the emotional toll can be just as frustrating. Back to square one- goodbye magical world of supreme healthfulness. Living in the past few weeks of work time rigor, the indulgences of Thanksgiving celebration (hello extra slice or three of pumpkin pie!), of everyday life- how do we avoid feeling overwhelmed or disarmed against pie’s charm? Maybe our eating and exercise habits haven’t gone completely to the wind, but how many of us would kill for a reset button? Me.
Over the past three days I’ve been fortunate enough to allow myself that reset – three days of conscious and introspective eating in the form of Jrink juicery’s and Soupergirl’s collaborative Warm Reboot. Jrink and Soupergirl, two Washington, DC based small businesses making real, seasonal, and plant based food available to our city, offer four raw, cold pressed, and HPP free fruit and vegetable juices paired with two warming and nourishing vegan soups each day to help us navigate our way through and feel our most sparkly during this holiday season. The best of every world as it gets progressively more chilly.
What immediately drew me to this warm reboot was the inclusion of warming and hearty soups. I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I am always very hesitant recommending anyone do a completely raw juice cleanse; so often the intention is not to “cleanse”, but to expedite weight loss. No different than any other ‘fad-diet’ in our marketplace, it worries me that so many in our society believe long-term weight loss and maintenance can be achieved without intentional lifestyle and behavioral modifications. Although the raw juices are packed with an insurmountable amount of incredible and easily assimilated nutrients, unless you go into the cleanse with a clear long-term plan for life afterwards- for instance the reduced consumption of processed foods, incorporation of more plant based foods in the diet, a greener juice with a meal each day, dedication to an exercise regiment- then I really believe the cleanse will not only be a waste of your time and finances, but will serve no other purpose than as a quick and temporary weight loss solution. No weight loss will be maintained unless behavioral changes are made as well.
The inclusion of soups (in addition to the few pieces of raw fruit I may have thrown in), not only eliminated any feelings of deprivation or restrictive eating, but reemphasized the importance of making healthful and conscious eating a lifestyle- answering any questions of the long-term plan for life afterwards. Raw juices and plant based soups become so much more than a three day exercise of will, but tools for success for those looking to integrate more plants into their everyday diets.
Special Warm Reboot Invitation Code: Today through Sunday (12/7), IMB readers in the Washington, DC area can get 10% off a Warm Reboot by using JRINKINMYBOWL at check-out (online).