Eat Clean, Yes, But Drink Clean? The Questionable Benefits of Juice Cocktails

Drink Clean, Johanna May Pilates, Juicing, Cocktails

Dear Readers:

If there is one thing I know, it’s that Australians know how to enjoy a cocktail. But while a fun way to relax and socialize, the truth is that drinking can do a number on a health and wellness routine. While some drinks are better for us than others (red wine has proven benefits), the truth is, most of us enjoy our sugar-infused mulled wines, vodka cocktails, cold beers and warm-us-up scotches, and you know what? That’s OK.

It was with this in mind that a U.S. company based in The Hampton’s (a more affluent area in New York) came up with the idea of Clean Drinking. The company has put out fresh-pressed fruit and veggie-based juices that can be mixed with your vodka or tequila of choice in an attempt to create a healthier cocktail. There are even post-drinking cleanses to help with those horrid hangovers (but are they as good as Berocca? That is to be determined). While the juices are not yet available outside of New York, the buzz has begun and I began thinking about the concept of juice-based cocktails. How beneficial are they really?

As a fitness professional, I appreciate the push for better health, but I question anything that looks too gimmicky or obsessive and I am on the fence with this one. I don’t know too many people who would want to juice kale or a carrot while toasting their friends, and I worry this misses the point a bit. A healthy life includes fruits and veggies, but is also about balance, and from a health standpoint, isn’t it the same as having your juice in the morning and your dirty martini at night? I personally think it might be better to keep them separate. I am not sure about the alcohol’s impact on the absorption of nutrients, but I do worry that some people will use the juices as a meal replacement which will lead to a higher chance of intoxication.

Today, I would like to hear your thoughts. Do you think these types of drinks are a great way to stay health(ier) or are they too gimmicky for your liking? Have you ever trued a green juice cocktail?

Share your thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Much Love,

Jo

Learning To Love From The Inside Out

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Dear Readers:

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, a lot of people are thinking about the love (or lack of love) in their romantic lives.

While V-Day isn’t as popular here in Oz as it is in places like America, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk a little bit about the importance of showing love, not only to others, but to ourselves. I know, it sounds a little corny, but think about it; we cannot teach another how to fish if we do not know ourselves. When we take the time to really get to know and love ourselves, our lives begin to blossom in ways we never thought possible. Our relationships change, our workouts change, our bodies change–and not just in terms of what they look like.

We begin to actually feel the love inside of us.

When we love someone, we care for them as we would our dearest family members and friends.  We protect ourselves, forgive ourselves, trust ourselves and truly nurture ourselves.  As a result we find that those tense muscles begin to loosen, the short stressful gasps are replaced with deep, healing breaths and the fatigue-filled mornings make way for a renewed spirit that looks forward to seizing the day. Whether it be a diet, ending an unhealthy friendship or going after a tough fitness goal, positive change is so much easier when we feel we are worth the efforts, sacrifices and rewards that will follow the actions that can sometimes seem too scary to take.

This week, I want all of you to really think about the ways you treat and talk to yourselves. Think about the space you allow (or even force) yourself to live in.  If you were to treat someone else the way you treat yourself, how do you think they would feel about you?

Much love,

JMP