The Dieting Mind Set

When it comes to dieting, far too many people set themselves up for failure before they even begin the process. They literally dread going on their diets and before they start the process are planning their mishaps along the way. Sad to say but true, far too many would be dieters are planning their first Rocky Road mishap while eating their last bowl of Rocky Road before the big event.

I have no idea why we tend to do this to ourselves but it is something I see in dieters everywhere. The far too popular notion is that one must binge on the foods most loved and enjoyed before beginning the dieting process because these things must be completely eliminated in order to shed those unwanted pounds. If you are honest with yourself, nothing could be further from the truth. Moderation is simply a concept that many of us are loathe to embrace.

You must change your way of thinking about food and your personal enjoyment of food in order for any diet you embrace to be successful. Food isn’t the enemy. And that is something that not enough people really understand. Even the ‘tasty’ foods aren’t the enemy. The enemy is your personal inability to properly portion the foods you eat. The problem is that the vast majority of us eat the wrong foods far more often than we eat the right foods. This is where the problems lie.

Our bodies need the nutrients we are lacking by not eating the five servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit each day that we should consume. Our bodies know that something is missing and we feel hungry or deprived. If we were actually consuming the proper balance of fruits and veggies each day we would find that we were far less likely to feel hungry and desire those foods that aren’t as healthy. This means we would be much more likely to enjoy them in moderation as they should be enjoyed.

Portion control is another problem that we have. We live in a society of “up selling”. Super sized fries and empty calories by the gallon of your favorite cola are offered with almost every fast food meal that can be bought. You must learn to say no to these things and avoid situations in which you may feel tempted to partake in these up sized orders.

To be truly successful when dieting you need to embrace the process as building a healthier you rather than depriving yourself of something. Do not think of your weigh loss plan as something negative but rather a positive force in your life to make changes for the better. When you have negative thoughts do not direct them at your diet. When you feel deprived remind yourself that you are depriving your bones of carrying around that excess weight. Remind yourself that you are depriving your wardrobe of those bulky clothes that are designed to hide the bulges. Remind yourself that you are depriving your body of years of bulges and bringing back the body of your youth.

Do not get so caught up in the dieting process that you forget to enjoy some of the goodies that life has to offer. Watching your weight and counting your calories does not mean that you can never go over your allotment. The goal however is to find balance. If you learn to portion your food correctly, indulge in moderation, and incorporate enjoyable calorie burning activities into your daily routine you may be amazed at the results.

Dieting for weight loss and health is only depriving if you allow it to be. If you cannot control yourself when it comes to indulging then by all means avoid indulging. However, if you can learn to incorporate those small treats into your routine in moderation and burn those extra calories as well, then you should find yourself a much happier and more successful ‘dieter’ than you have ever managed to be in the past.



The Lemonade Cleanse

Have you heard of the lemon detox? It is commonly called the Master Cleanse. It is a formula created by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s. It is made of organic lemon juice, organic maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. It is used to clean the body and also to help people lose weight. It should be pointed out the maple syrup used is real maple syrup, Grade B maple syrup. That is not an inferior form of syrup. It is actually a richer form of syrup, though darker, that contains more minerals.

The Purpose of the Lemon Detox

The purpose of the lemon detox (or it can be called a lemonade detox or a lemonade cleansing diet) is a way to provide the body with liquid nutrients while it is being cleansed. Because the digestive track does not have to work as hard, more energy can be diverted to cleaning the body. What does the body need to be cleansed or? There are pollutants in the air we breathe and the water we drink. There are pollutants in chemicals we clean with. There are pesticides, and herbicides, and toxins all around us. No matter how hard we try to avoid them, slowly, an accumulation builds up in the body and hinders the body from working properly.

What Gets Cleansed?

The lemon detox will help dislodge these foreign substances, and send them on their way. While the body is always detoxing through our breathe, perspiration, bowels, and urinary track, the lemon detox is a concentrated way of increasing the detoxification tendency of the body. This cleansing diet helps cleans the liver, kidneys, digestive track, extra adipose or fat tissue, and more.

What Do the Different Ingredients Do?

The lemons in the lemon detox provide vitamin C. This is a vitamin that the body cannot generate on its own. A lack of vitamin C is part of many health problems. The Grade B maple syrup helps provide minerals. The cayenne better helps rebuild tissue in the stomach. Surprisingly, despite its hot taste, it is good for the intestinal track. Drinking water and decaffeinated herbal tea is also possible during the cleanse. If you take medicine, you need to consult with your doctor as to his thoughts and recommendations. It is a good idea to always talk to your doctor about your health regime.

Is It Hard To Do?

The lemon detox is not meant as a long term diet. It is meant as a cleanse for the body. And while the detox lemonade can be made from scratch for every cup you drink, it is easier to buy the powdered form of Vibrant Cleanse, which contains everything you need and then all you have to do is mix it with water. If you are a caffeine drinker, it is a good idea to ease off the caffeine a few days before starting the detox, in order to avoid caffeine headaches. Headaches can be a common symptom of a detox, but these generally pass as the toxins leave the body. If you have never done a detox, you might be pleasantly surprised. Start slowly. Work into it slowly, maybe replace a meal here or a meal there with the Vibrant Cleanse, and later go onto two meals or a full day. If you will ease into it slowly, you will detox a little more gently. If you have a good experience, it will encourage you to continue to walk in news ways of health. Again, consult your health professional with any questions.