Discussing Fad Diets, Cleanses and Detoxing in Time for the New Year [Episode #435]
Today’s solocast topic is: Discussing Fad Diets, Cleanses and Detoxing in Time for the New Year
As we’re entering the New Year, Beauties, your new year’s resolutions are probably top of mind! Whether it’s losing a few pounds, getting clearer skin, or just improving overall health, everybody starts out with a specific goal in mind, energized by the fresh start of the new year.
Which leads me to today’s topic of fad diets and cleanses! These are often methods that are touted by influencers and the media, that people turn to for a quick way to achieve those health resolutions. But here’s an interesting fact: 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after 30 days, and only 8% of people actually accomplish them!
That’s why I’m dedicating this podcast to navigating the confusing world of fad diets, cleanses, and detoxing. In the spirit of healthy and sustainable New Year’s resolutions, I’m offering my two cents on this tricky topic!
Topics Covered In Discussing Fad Diets, Cleanses and Detoxing in Time for the New Year
#1. Why fad diets fail
#2. How I define “detoxing” vs “detoxes”
#3. What “cleansing” means to me
#4. The healthy way to detox and cleanse, as a sustainable lifestyle
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Kimberly: Hi Beauties, and welcome back to our Monday Solocast Podcast. And our topic today is Discussing Fad Diets, Cleanses and Detoxing in Time for the New Year. And you’re probably being bombarded with all different kinds of messages as we lead up to 2020 about different diets, different products you may need. You may be indulging in parties. I hope you’re having a great time right now, whatever you may be doing, indulging or not, but just spending time with your family, chilling out, but you’re already perhaps thinking about your body and getting back in shape if you’ve fallen off the wagon. Getting back on track after the new year. And I find this as a particularly vulnerable time for most of us to things we hear. Oh, this is the best way to lose weight or all you’re missing is just x, y, z, or this is the big diet that’s going to make a big difference.
Kimberly: And I really want to cover this topic today because the more I hear about a lot of these different fad diets, the more I get really beyond annoyed. I get actually quite upset because some of these diets can do quite significant damage to our bodies beyond just yo-yoing way beyond weight. For instance, we have an exciting interview coming up in just a little while from Alisa Vitti who talks about, she’s a menstrual health expert, and in her new book she was talking about keto and she was saying how most of the research for keto has been done, the ketogenic diet has been done on men. And actually research that she has uncovered on women have shown that women that follow keto can actually have a shrinkage of their ovaries and a very negative adverse effect on ovulation, which of course very adversely affects fertility.
Kimberly: So I think this is an important topic to address because again, the way that we take care of our bodies, how we eat, how we live, isn’t just about weight. It isn’t just about numbers. It could have a very profound effect on our organ health, on our longterm health, on our energy. And we all want to feel clean and good and we all want to of course feel fit and light and we’re going to cover that today. I’m going to give you guys lots of different tips of how we can do that but in a very healthy and sustainable way instead of just the ups and downs that we’re so used to hearing about. So frustrating and I know it can be easy to get sucked in because we think, “Oh my gosh, this may be it. I’m going to try this or my best friend lost 20 pounds doing this.” But in the long run, again, there can be a lot of potential damage and there are amazing ways to create health and real vitality in our body without those potential downfalls.
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Kimberly: All right, so all that being said, let’s get into our topic today, which is about fad diets, cleanses, detoxing for the new year. And this is the time of year where it may be already coming into your mind, if not probably very soon, you’re probably thinking about new year’s resolutions. You’re probably thinking about goals for 2020 in terms of your body. I think that’s very natural. I like to do resolutions in different categories.
Kimberly: So I think about professional goals, personal goals, body, physical goals and health goals. As far as the body and health goals I get a lot of questions. We get a lot of just topics around losing weight, improving overall health energy, getting better a skin. So it’s natural, it’s normal, we kind of use this impetus, this manmade holiday of new year’s to think about what we want to create. And 55% of new year’s resolutions in fact are health related and according to a study by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, so over half of goals universally have to do with, again losing some weight or getting back in shape or something of that nature.
Kimberly: So again, this is very normal and this is again, one of the reasons that we can unfortunately become so susceptible to fad diets and cleanses because if we don’t stay anchored, and if we start to, if we don’t start to shift our perspective instead of okay, this is a short term thing, I’m going to do it, I’m going to go super hardcore for the next few weeks, get it all in and then relax, it’s not going to really work.
Kimberly: In fact, we see that some stats here from Forbes, 25% of people abandon their new year’s resolutions after less than 30 days. I think it’s actually much higher. I’ve heard higher stats, but this is a more conservative stat that came from Forbes and only 8% of people overall accomplish any of their new year’s resolutions. So this is why I wanted to do this podcast now because I think it’s important that we talk about it and again, shift our perspective into this concept that it’s not just this destination we’re going to get to, we’re in a race to as quickly as possible, especially our goals that are health related.
Kimberly: We really want to honor our bodies, the temples that are our bodies, the ones that are going to be with us for the rest of our lives. And we want to approach our goals with that perspective of nurturing and nourishment and that it’s not a race. This is something that we want to elevate. We want to shift our habits. We want to elevate our overall lifestyle for the longterm. So definitely beyond years, beyond January, beyond the winter, into the spring, into the summer, into the fall and beyond. We’re all like flowers that continue to unfold, lotus flowers and we just keep getting wiser and better as we mature I truly believe that. So we really want to look at it that way and all this racing around and trying to get there really fast. It’s like where are you going and why are you racing there and is that really worth it?
Kimberly: Especially at the expense of our energy and feeling good. I say no, I don’t think it’s ever worth it. We want to create sustainability, we want to create longterm practices and that’s where the real results are to be had what we do day in and day out. If we start, for instance, incorporating more vitamin C today from drinking more lemon water. If we start swapping out milk for almond milk, cow’s milk that is, and we start just preparing more mindful meals today, in a month, in six months, in a year, in two years, we’re going to look great, our skin is going to continue to improve. Our tissues will be more and more cleansed. We’ll have more vitality, more energy, and so it really is a longterm gain. And anything that’s just sort of short term, and I’m just going to do this temporarily to get to the next phase.
Kimberly: I don’t personally buy into, and like I said before earlier with keto, I think you can actually do a lot of harm. There’s just so many fads you guys, as you know, there’s keto, there’s the bulletproof coffee, raspberry ketones, the Flat Tummy Tea all these like detox teas. There’s so much, you name it, they promise rapid weight loss and other health benefits. But unfortunately it can come at the expense of major imbalancing of your organs, of your bodily systems, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance. So all these different fads should not be taken lightly. And I know that mentality where we just want to see results. I know because I used to have eating disorders back in high school and I used to be obsessed with getting skinnier and skinnier. So I know that at a certain point, frustration can set in and desperation comes in.
Why fad diets fail
Kimberly: But I just want to remind you that in the long term, in the long run, these diets do the opposite of what you want them to do because I do think that there is a backlash. I do think that whether it’s mental or emotional or physical, we do go back and we can be more imbalanced. We can binge afterwards. Our metabolism can be screwed up and we can actually gain weight and feel like crap after we do these fad diets. So I cannot stress enough something that doesn’t feel natural to you, something that you wouldn’t naturally want to do of your own volition. Like put a stick of butter in your coffee every day for the rest of your life or never eat a carb again, a healthy carb like a banana or a carrot or a sweet potato is not going to be good for your body longterm.
Kimberly: Millions of people fall prey to these fad diets. In fact, research shows that about 40% of people have tried a fad diet at one point in their life and I definitely am in that category. Some people say that’s longer term diet, but for me it felt like a fad, paleo and Atkins variations where I couldn’t eat any carbs and any bread and any sort of grain or rice. And for me that was not sustainable and I really got more constipated and had less energy and it did screw me up more than before I started, even though I did lose a couple pounds. Now I know that the way that we eat here in Solluna Beauty Detox is a much more sustainable way. And of course taking care of your microbiome and taking probiotics and giving up dairy and all the other measures that we say to really support your gut health is going to help with longterm weight loss.
Kimberly: So we’re referring to is lifestyle versus these diets, which can feel so drastic. Again, it can be so restricting and unnatural. And again, I think that’s the key term, this idea that it’s not with our natural flow, it’s not part of our natural way of eating. So naturally our bodies are going to resist, they’re going to rebel, it’s not going to feel good longterm. Scientists who studied the psychological consequences of food restriction for weight loss found that, again, this is studied and this is my natural. I naturally have observed this with clients and with myself, that these restrictive self-imposed diets ultimately had the opposite effect and increased binge eating habits and subjects. So have you ever gone on one of these diets and let’s say you’re like, “Okay, I’m just going to do this for a month or whatever, 21 days or 14 days, I want to lose weight and then I’m going to go back to my regular way of eating.”
Kimberly: And what happens? You get off that diet, that fad diet and you actually binge. You just start eating a bunch of pasta or egg and cheese sandwiches or something because you felt like you’ve been so deprived for days and I have seen this time and time again and let me tell you, you’re not doing your body any favors. You’ve suffered, it sucks while you’re doing that fad diet. And then afterwards it’s just awful. Then you rebound the other way.
Kimberly: So researchers are proposing methods for screening fad diets because a lot of these diets aren’t tested for health, longevity, impact on our bodies, even diseases like cancer. And a lot of them especially have not been tested on women and especially women in their reproductive years. So this is quite scary because on another topic I get so many questions and I meet so many women just around with friends groups, in my women’s circles that are having trouble with their periods, with regularity, with conception, with being able to get pregnant.
Kimberly: So again, I definitely think that how we’re eating and how we’re approaching our lifestyle on these fad diets can definitely impact our fertility and our reproductive health. And that’s something that knows women definitely especially need to be cognizant of. So the problem too with a lot of these diets is that you can end up feeling very depleted because you are very depleted and so you will actually look older. Your skin will start to shrivel up and look pale and shallow and unhealthy. In fact, a study conducted by the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute found that 91% of its subjects had vitamin and mineral deficiencies after going on a fad diet, and 65% experienced longterm weight gain. So it means we’re trying to do something or trying to hack biohacker away. I use that term because it’s thrown around so much in healthy and very unhealthy ways unfortunately. We’re trying anything to get to lose the weight, but we can deprive our body of vital nutrients. We will end up gaining weight later, more weight later on. And again, we’re just impacting our skin and our energy very, very detrimental ways.
How I define “detoxing” vs “detoxes”
Kimberly: So let’s talk about detoxing. And I think detoxing can be a very powerful thing to do if done in the right way. But unfortunately I think that a lot of it can be gimmicky. A product you buy, like it’s just this tea, this detox tea that’s suddenly going to detox everything in your body or some kind of powder or a pill. And remember that your body is always detoxifying. Your body has detoxifying organs because that’s part of your body’s job is to keep your body cleansed and clean and functioning at its best. So all of these organs we have like our kidneys and our lungs and our colon and our skin are always helping to create detoxification processes.
Kimberly: What we want to do is we want to support these organs and we want to support our body detoxifying in a very healthy way and one of the healthiest ways that we can detox is to increase fiber. It’s very, very simple, but just having more glowing green smoothie, having more plant based foods, all that fiber is going to cleanse your system, cleanse your blood therefore sweep out waste, get you to go to the bathroom more and that’s one of the best longterm ways to detoxify your body. So I don’t want you to fall prey, please save your money. From some of these teas again, these products which are really just laxatives and I am actually personally except for “Emergency situations.” I don’t really believe in taking laxatives because I think that they can be very imbalancing. They can be very dehydrating, they are very irritating to your system. It’s basically you take something and it causes your bowels to expel what’s in there and that can create a lot of havoc, and again, dehydration and issues.
Kimberly: So you want to support release in a non-laxative way such as Detoxy which is our oxygen supplement that we really love here at Solluna because it’s not a laxative but it allows more release, but it’s not going to irritate you, it doesn’t contain Senna or any herbs which you don’t necessarily want to use in large quantities longterm. So it’s very gentle. You do have to play with the amount, but it’s not something that’s going to create that sort of imbalance or dependency. So I’m very wary of some of these detox teas, which are just helping you perhaps lose water weight but can be very imbalancing and it’s just money for these companies and I don’t think is great to take long term.
Kimberly: That’s not true cleansing, we want to approach detoxing from a longterm perspective with dietary shifts, increasing nutrient dense foods, again in fiber and eliminating foods that clog our body, like fried foods and refined sugars and dairy and excessive animal products that are very heavy in the system and have a lot of heavy fat, a lot of saturated fat. So again, detoxing is a verb. It’s something that we do consistently and something that we want to support on a longterm consistent basis. So cleanses is the same thing some people use the word interchangeably, again, I just want to be wary of electrolyte imbalances. I can look at people’s skin and often tell, “Hey you’re dehydrated or you don’t have enough potassium. You’ve got really dark under eye circles, the wrinkles, the lines on your face are very pronounced. It just doesn’t look healthy.”
Kimberly: And of course we’re all going to get lines and wrinkles to an extent but you can tell when someone has really healthy skin and they’re glowing and they just feel like there’s a lot of vitality and good circulation versus someone that’s malnourished. So we do want to have it let’s go back to the positive now. We definitely want to keep our bodies clean and detoxed we definitely. There are powerful things that we can do to support our body. Our bodies are now, here’s the truth, our bodies do have a lot that they have to deal with at this point. There is a lot of toxins in this modern world from the food supply, from modern agriculture, the way things are sprayed with fungicides and herbicides and pesticides, air pollution, the way things are burned off into the air, things in our water, things in clothing.
Kimberly: I was very strict about Bobby only I mean mostly to this day, he does have some inorganic clothes, but especially when he was a baby and his skin was so permeable, only organic sheets and clothes and onesies and swaddles because there is a lot of pesticides that come in from inorganic cotton and inorganic clothing. So I don’t want to be like doom and gloom and scary, but the point is there’s a lot going on in the world and we pick and choose and we do our best and none of us are going to be perfect. But the point is we do want to support our bodies in detoxifying because much more than our grandparents, our grandmothers didn’t have to deal with all these different toxins. And then throw on top of it, of course, makeup and products and cleaning products inside the house and your system is pretty much an overload.
The healthy way to detox and cleanse, as a sustainable lifestyle
Kimberly: So a couple of quick tips for promoting detoxification and cleansing naturally in your body. Number one is the glowing green smoothie and this is the core of our program that we go back to time and time again for many reasons. Mother nature knows best beauties. We can’t really improve as much as we try to bio hack and create shortcuts and all these little laxative pills and all this different stuff. The tried and true pathway for longterm beautiful skin, longterm cleanse body, longterm anti-aging is eating whole natural foods. And the glowing green smoothie is just packed with vitamins and minerals and antioxidants and again that all important nutrient of fiber. So it’s putting it into your system in a whole food based way. It’s blended, it’s not juiced. Everything is whole and the more we make a ritual out of this, the more it becomes part of our lifestyle practice and the more we will continue to benefit and see really beautiful, really powerful results.
Kimberly: The next is very simple, another part of our morning routine is hot water with lemon. And I mentioned this already because I think it’s so simple and I think even if you don’t have time to cook or you don’t have time to shop all the time, you can still get lemons and if you are going to get a big bag, I would encourage you to keep them in your fridge rather than on the counter so that you preserve as much of that precious vitamin C and the vitality of the lemon as possible. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, found that this citric acid in lemon water protects liver function, helping to preserve the liver’s natural ability to detoxify. So lemons are powerful they have tons of vitamin C which flushes out our system and boosts liver function, tissue regeneration. It’s important that we have vitamin C topically and that we ingest it as well if we want to stay cleansed and fresh and youthful.
Kimberly: Now the next category will come as no surprise is dark, leafy greens and vegetables. These are very cleansing vegetables that contain enzymes and antioxidants and phytonutrients that are so complex and so intelligent. These plants are so incredible that scientists haven’t even discovered them all yet. So this goes back to kale and arugula, collard, spinach all the dark mustard greens, anything that you see in the store that looks good, rotate them around, have some salads. Studies have shown that sulforaphane, which is a compound found in kale, supports the body’s ability to create detoxification enzymes. So again, when we go back to nature and we trust nature, all these studies now we don’t have to get bogged down, we don’t to get confused and so caught up on it because nature will always prove time and time again to be the most powerful.
Kimberly: And it’s like when they started studying tumeric after thousands of years of Ayurvedic medicine, talking about tumeric, it backed up what was already shown in Ayurvedic practices to be very powerful wasn’t to incorporate this amazing root, this herb into cooking, into lifestyle. And that’s why I used to be obsessed with studies and read them all the time. And I still keep up with the big ones, but there’s always going to be confusing beauties if you go down the path of studies, you’re always going to find, Oh well, this actually backs up keto and then look at this. But again, this goes back to natural, what feels natural, living a natural lifestyle, eating natural foods. And we have such a strong internal compass, a sense of intuition, a connection with our own bodies. If we start to slow it down and we tune in and we breathe and we listen to our bodies, we will inherently know when something is really beneficial for our bodies or not. I truly believe that.
Kimberly: And lastly, I do want to talk about, I just want to mention again that I do not support these little fad products that create a very dramatic promise you’re going to lose 15 pounds in a week or whatever. But I do want to differentiate how important certain supplements can be in creating detoxification, including our Detoxy that you can get more information that on our website, which is mysolluna.com and the reason I bring it up is because it has been transformative for me. I’ve been taking it and regularly for a long time now and I notice a difference in my skin. I notice how much lighter and better I feel when I’m on it week after week. And my personal digestion has gotten a lot better than it was 10 years ago when I started really doing all this stuff. But I still need to take it.
What “cleansing” means to me
Kimberly: For me, it’s maintenance. Just because I poop every day doesn’t mean you don’t take it anymore because it’s got such powerful benefits for anti-aging purposes. Oxygen is great for all your cells and that combined with the SCTP, with the vitamin C and with the magnesium is a very powerful aid, a very powerful tool for just keeping your body cleansed longterm. The Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism published a study showing how magnesium actually supports detoxification pathways. So it’s really important to to not take or not do something longterm because you’re like, “Oh, I got here, now I’m skinny, now I lost the weight, I’m going to the bathroom.” I just want to stress how much of this is a longterm gain game. It’s longterm I’ve been doing this for 10 years now you guys, the The Beauty Detox Solution came out in 2011 and I was obviously doing it before that, leading up to all that.
Kimberly: So I still have to do all this stuff. It’s not like, Oh, I’m here, I’m great. Otherwise, my body would degrade and probably go back to how clogged it was. So I still take probiotics every day. I still take Detoxy every week. I still have all these greens. I still have to have all the lemons and the GGS and everything. And that is the opposite of fad diet. That is to me, the real results because we want to feel good and we want to look great longterm. I’m sure you do too. And I want you to know that it’s possible. It’s powerful when we take care of our bodies day in and day out and we take these little simple steps, it really does add up. It’s like the tortoise and the hare. Your friend may be doing this crazy diet and suddenly she lost 20 pounds or whatever, but you continuing on a longterm path and doing these things and making longterm shifts and upgrading your fridge and your pantry and your cabinet and taking things longterm is going to make a tremendous difference and impact your body.
Kimberly: And that’s where it really is to be heard. So I really wish you all the best. As we go into 2020 I would spend some real time sitting down and thinking through your goals and you know what, what will feel best for you? Think about how you want to feel this year, not just how you want to look or not just what numbers you want to create, whether that’s a salary or a weight number, which is great too. But how do you want to feel this year? I try to think of three adjectives that I really want to feel that I want to bring in to any situation and in this case, into the new year. So think about tune into your body, tune into your amazing light, you are a unique being that brings something to the world that no one else can bring.
Kimberly: So this is a really great time to introspect and to think about that as we head in. So sending you so much love, beauty. Thank you so much for being part of our community, for tuning in. I love you. I am so grateful for our journeys, which continue to unfold for our journeys and supporting each other. Sending you so much love, and we will be back here in just a few days for our next Q and A podcast. Till then, take care. Go make yourself some hot water with lemon today and I will see you very soon. Lots of love.