If you hit the snooze button at least a dozen times before crawling out of bed, you’re probably not a morning person. But, admit it: You wouldn’t mind starting the day with a little spring in your step — without having to employ the help of a Trenta coffee. And, sure, getting up and at ‘em makes you more productive, but it may boost your mood as well. Last year, a study conducted by the University of Toronto suggested that morning people tend to be happier than night owls.
So, how do you become a morning person — especially if getting out of bed feels like a chore? That’s the question we asked a panel of experts, who responded with some surprising tips that have us actually looking forward to sunrise. Say goodbye to groggy wake-up calls and hello to brighter days. Your new life as a morning glory starts…now.
Create a morning routine, making the first thing you do something you enjoy. “Sometimes people don’t want to wake up because they are facing stuff they dread, so they sink into the denial of sleep,” says Ramani Durvasula, professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Routine is key to being a morning person, she adds. “It could be simple exercises, reading the paper, or even something more quirky like playing online poker or painting — whatever floats your boat.” Knowing you have something fun to greet you when you wake up will help you jump out of bed.
That trick works for Ginger Zee, weekend meteorologist for Good Morning America. “I usually get to go do something I love, like stand in a hurricane and talk about the latest weather across the nation, so I get out of bed pretty easily,” she says. But even though Zee is excited to wake up at around 3:30 a.m. (seriously!), other parts of her body aren’t always on board. “My eyes are perpetually puffy at that hour, so I use ice packs and Yes to Cucumbers Eye Love Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel as I go into work to get the swelling down.”
Okay, maybe the snooze button can be your friend. Rather than using it to buy more pillow time, advises Matthew M. McEwan of Early Riser, use it as a timer first thing in the morning. His theory: If you avoid going back to sleep during the first snooze cycle (around nine minutes), your chances of staying awake and feeling energetic skyrocket. Instead of going back to sleep, jump out of bed and do something productive such as getting a glass of water and doing a few yoga stretches. “After nine minutes, your alarm will ring again and you’ve made it,” McEwan says. “You’re still up — and I bet that you’re energetic enough to stay out of bed.”
Another key, according to Dr. Julie Gurner, a Philadelphia-based doctor of clinical psychology, is consistency and pattern. She says to stick to the same bedtime, and try to get a solid six to eight hours of sleep each night. “At first, it will be challenging,” she says. “It won’t feel natural to you, because it likely isn’t. But, hang in there — the first few days are the hardest.” Tips for going to bed early: Avoid caffeine after noon and get your exercising done earlier in the day. Working out at night wakes your body up, and it takes you longer to come down from that natural high you get from a good workout.
In fact, working out in the morning is a good way to go. One suggestion? Sign up for a triathlon. Training sessions usually occur early in the morning. You’ll be creating a new morning routine where you get those natural exercise-related endorphins — and a fitter bod — while everyone else is still sawing logs.
Sometimes it’s hard to change your habits in the same surroundings. If you’ve tried everything and still can’t get out of bed, maybe you should get out of town…and into a tent.
Believe it or not, a camping trip can help you become a morning person. “By the end of the trip, you’ll be waking up early, maybe even at first light,” says Steve Silberberg, who has seen the transformation firsthand as a guide forFitpacking, a company that organizes backpacking weight-loss trips. “[On camping trips] you end up going to bed earlier and being exposed to natural light, which stimulates your circadian rhythms,” he says.
Of course, once you get home, you have to make sure you keep that early rising habit. The easiest way to expose yourself to natural light is by sleeping with your shades open, so daylight will enter your room as soon as the sun rises.
Your bedroom doesn’t have access to natural, morning light? No problem!Verilux’s Rise & Shine Serenity Sleep System uses a progressively brightening light (along with built-in soundscapes — think morning birds, the ocean and more) to replicate the rising sun. That means you can wake up in a soothing manner instead of being jolted awake by a beeping alarm.
And, it might be a good idea to change your light bulbs, too, says Richard L. Hansler, PhD, of the Lighting Innovation Institute at John Carroll University in Cleveland. According to Hansler, everybody has such a hard time getting going in the morning because of our exposure to ordinary light in the evening. Regular light bulbs emit a blue light, which prevents your body from producing melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. The key is to use light bulbs that don’t emit a blue light. (You can find them atlowbluelights.com.) “Using them in the evening will advance the setting of the internal clock,” Hansler says. “Melatonin can only flow for about 11 or 12 hours. If you get it going by 7 p.m., it will be finished by 6 or 7 a.m. This makes it possible to wake up without an alarm clock, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.”
And, while we’re on the topic of bedroom décor, psychotherapist Christine Gutierrez says to keep the TV out of the room — or, at least, cover it up. “The artificial light [from electronics] throws off the body’s natural system and melatonin levels,” Gutierrez says. “Covering them up keeps the lights and waves out of eyesight, and will assist with a more peaceful sleep.” You probably already know this, but stay away from stimulating electronics (laptops, television) at least an hour before your bedtime. Experts always say you’ll get a better night’s sleep if you read a book before bed instead. Sweet dreams.
In its powdered form, green tea is known as matcha. When you drink matcha or use it to flavor foods, you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf and not just water brewed from tea leaves—which makes it an especially potent source of tea antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Here’s a video tutorial from Jim Nicolai, medical director at Weil’s Miraval Resort and Spa, on how to make matcha tea at home.
Who doesn’t want a glowing, radiant complexion?
While most people think gorgeous skin is the result of a special skin care routine, the truth is our dietary habits can have even more of an effect.
Skin, after all, is an organ, and our body uses it to release toxins.
Processed foods can zap its luster, while the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in fresh produce can illuminate our skin from within.
Here are 5 foods that can help boost the clarity and radiance of your skin:
1) Pumpkin Seeds: Another seed with a powerful skin-beautifying effect, pumpkin seeds get their power from both the beauty mineral, zinc, and essential fatty acids including omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9. Like hemp seeds, they help reduce inflammation in the body. Try them sprinkled on salads, in smoothies, or simply by the handful.
2) Arugula: This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of two of the keys to gorgeous skin: Vitamin A and sulfur. The chlorophyll in arugula is a potent detoxifier, too. Try a raw arugula salad topped with the rest of the foods on this list for a delicious dish that will get your skin glowing.
3) Radishes: Raw food advocate David Wolfe claims these are one of the most beautifying of all foods. Radishes contain a number of minerals and compounds that benefit the skin. They are high in sulfur, silicon, and Vitamin C, which work together to create glowing skin by boosting collagen, strengthening skin, and stimulating the circulatory system. Slice radishes into salads, or have as a snack on their own or with a dip.
4) Avocados: This creamy fruit delivers a healthy dose of vitamins on its own. Even better: when you pair avocado with a carotenoid-rich food, such as tomatoes, carrots, or bell peppers, it can help you absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants lycopene and beta carotene.
5) Hemp Seeds: These tiny little seeds are composed of a massive amount of protein, including the sulfur-bearing amino acids: methionine, cysteine, and cystine, which are used to build strong hair, nails, muscle, and skin. They also have the ideal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (1:3), and even include omega 9, which are all strong antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the cause of many of our skin woes, including blemishes and wrinkles, so adding hemp seeds to your diet can help reduce or prevent those skin issues. Enjoy them on their own, sprinkled in salads, or blended in smoothies.
Q: How do you stay in shape with such a busy schedule? I hate to say it but I’m awful at working out. I used to be such the athlete…playing soccer and running. But, life is busy now. I love working out at the Verandah Club at the Hilton Anatole. It’s one of Dallas’ little secrets…they have a private club in the back including a spa! I think my “working out” is the routine of a fast-pace career, a spirited 6-year old and a fast metabolism.
Q: For people like you – on the run all day, what advice would you give for getting in some healthy meals? I always make sure to at least drink a fruit and vegetable drink while getting ready in the morning just in case I don’t eat until the late afternoon. But, I ALWAYS have protein bars in my handbag…I live off of those! Lastly, I love picking up Spring Rolls from Green Papaya on the run. It’s right by my office and the perfect healthy bite!
Q: Is there a skin or beauty product that, if put out of production, would drive you to track down the last remaining stock on ebay? YES! I swear by Dr. Naila Malik’s skincare system. I had never really had a skincare routine until about a year ago…and I’m addicted. Here it is…(1) Sonya Dakar face wash with my *Clarisonic Brush*required, (2) Dr. Naila Malik eye cream, (3) Dr. Naila Malik Day Serum or Night Serum, (4) Dr. Naila Malik’s tinted moisturizer. Plus, her services are what keep my skin looking fresh, vibrant and healthy.
Q: What has been the #1 challenge in starting and running your business? I have 2 main challenges. The first is the balance of being a business owner and being a mom. The second is trusting others. I don’t think you can ever figure out the whole “balance” deal. If someone has the answer please call me! PR, Marketing and Events means you work all hours of the day. And, when you own your own company there are never office hours. You are on-call 24/7. So, balancing your clients/employees with also being a mom can be difficult. All of my clients know about my daughter and completely understand that she is the priority. I feel very blessed. But, it’s still a struggle of being the best you can be for everyone and everything in your life. The second challenge has been trusting others. It’s a brutal world out there and there are a lot of people who want to see you fail. They either are using you or want to take you down. You quickly learn those you can trust and those you keep your distance from. I’ve dealt with it in all facets of my business from clients, to employees to vendor partners. I’ve learned my lesson quickly!
Q: Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Ah…YES! There NEVER are! How do you stay productive and organized? I have to write EVERYTHING down or I will forget! I have a weekly task report for each client that keeps me organized and efficient. I will tell you this…if my home and office aren’t clean and organized then I can’t work. I need everything to be organized to work efficiently!
Q: What are some of your workout essentials (favorite bag, headband, shoes, tunes, etc)? My workout essentials are a wifebeater, my bright pink Nike running shoes and my ipod. I HAVE to listen to old school hip-hop in order to run!
Q: #1 vacation spot? Anywhere on the beach. I’m a California-girl, born and raised. So, I love the water, sand, sun and wind in my hair!
Q: Dallas’ best hidden gem? Besides the Verandah Club at the Hilton Anatole I would say that I love to go to Vintage Martini in Carrolton and the Antique Mall in Lewisville. Vintage Martini has the most amazing vintage clothing…one of the best in the nation. And, the Antique Mall in Lewisville has a great selection of mid-century modern pieces and all things vintage…but the prices are lower because they are in Lewisville!
Q: Lastly, why do you cleanse with Roots Juices? Because I need my healthy fruit and vegetable daily intake and I’m always on the go! It’s the perfect food for me!
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There’s been a long-standing debate about whether granola merits its reputation as the “healthy person’s cereal.” So we had to ask the question: Is granola really good for you? Or does it just have great PR and marketing?
We looked closely at granola’s nutrition facts with the help of Melissa O’Shea, MS, RD, the director of nutrition at Exhale Spa.
Here’s the good news first: granola’s oats deliver impressive numbers in fiber and iron, while nuts and seeds give heart-healthy unsaturated fats, she says. But along with these benefits, granola can be very high in calories, oils you don’t need, and contain scoops of sugar with healthy-sounding names.
That doesn’t mean granola must be forever banished from your breakfast bowl, O’Shea says. “Granola can be a part of a healthy diet, if you know what to look for.”
Here are six things O’Shea suggests you suss out about granola before you dip your spoon in:
1. Check the sugar. Granola can be loaded with sugar. But instead of high-fructose corn syrup, which you might be scanning the label for, it goes by healthier-sounding names, O’Shea says. “Evaporated cane juice, molasses, brown rice syrup, oat syrup solids—those are all sugar sources.” She advises you aim for 8 grams of sugar per serving or less.
2. Watch the calories. These typically amount to several hundred calories per serving size. Healthier granolas have less than 200 calories per ¼ cup serving, 270 calories per 1/3 cup serving, or 400 calories per ½ cup serving, says O’Shea.
3. Keep portion size small. This point is key: “The serving size for granola is smaller than cereal, not a whole bowl,” says O’Shea. Typically it’s a quarter or a third of a cup. So rather than filling up a bowl with only granola and milk, she suggests using granola to enhance other healthy food items. “Toss a few tablespoons on your Greek yogurt or oatmeal,” she says.
4. Trim the fat. “A lot of granolas contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats from nuts and omega-3s from seeds,” O’Shea says. “But even they can still add up.” Look for granolas that have between 2 and 3 grams of fat per quarter cup serving. For example, Kind Healthy Grain Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds has 3 grams.
5. Source the oils. Many granola varieties list palm oil and hydrogenated oils on their ingredient list. With their high saturated fat, these oils are bad for the heart. Small-batch companies like Purely Elizabeth and Early Bird swap out these out for healthier alternatives like organic coconut oil and extra-virgin olive oil, respectively.
6. Scan for fillers. Even the ingredient list on healthy-leaning brands can contain so surprises, like inulin (a soluble fiber that can cause digestive problems), soy protein isolate, and other sneaky ingredients.
One morning I awoke and decided it was the perfect day to mix myself a “happiness cocktail.” After indulging in my happy hour, I felt more than ready to take on the day! Just in case you’re wondering why a wellness coach is reaching for a cocktail at the crack of dawn, let me explain.
While getting dressed, I thought about the many natural ways I could lift my spirits and then realized that I was already combining many of the approaches behavioral psychologists tell us are beneficial: I went outside for my morning exercise and listened to my favorite music on my iPod—all with my labradoodle, Ozzy right by side. Exercise, nature, music, my pet— these are the ingredients of my personal happiness cocktail. Any of these things alone help to lift my spirits when I’m feeling down, but together they can put me in a euphoric state. Talk aboutcrisscross effects! No matter what may be weighing on my mind, an outdoor run with Ozzy always improves my mood and increases my optimism (not to mention all the other great things this activity does for my body).
As a professional wellness coach, it is vital for my mind to stay calm, open and curious when meeting with a client. A bad mood can certainly be detrimental to the session. And although I have a fairly sunny disposition by nature, even I feel down sometimes and need ways to improve my mood quickly and easily.
At times, we all need to lift our spirits in an instant. Luckily, some environmental and situational factors are easy to control. If you have a grumpy friend, you can simply walk away and call up an optimistic friend. If sad movies usually leave you feeling badly long after watching, you can stick to comedies or other uplifting genres. But if you are made to deal with a difficult individual who is a co-worker or family member, escaping may not be so simple. And you certainly can’t control the weather.
But we don’t need to be victims of circumstances—and we certainly do have control over our choices. If keeping your moods on an even keel and staying relaxed are things you would like to pursue, you’ll be happy to know it’s much easier than you probably think. Behavioral scientists are studying how we can improve our moods by taking control of our daily behaviors. The expression, “you are what you eat” has proven to be true—not just for disease management but our overall state of mind. If you find yourself irritable, fatigued, unfocused or even blue, it may be your diet. What you eat, how often you eat, and how much you eat are all factors that can dramatically impact your mood. So, if you can keep your blood sugar stable, your mood may follow.
We also know that exercise stimulates the chemicals in our brains that lead to feelings of tranquility and well-being. The release of endorphins are responsible for things such as the “runner’s high” or the incredible surge in creativity fitness participants often report. Even a leisurely stroll can increase the oxygen flow to your brain leading to a sense of calmness, greater energy and focus.
According to common sense, feelings are what cause our behavior. When we are sad, we cry. When we are angry, we rant and rave. However, a large and growing body of research shows that feelings often follow our behavioral choices. In other words, if we force ourselves to smile, we feel happier. And if we pretend to be excited, upbeat and energized, we begin to actually feel that way. This again proves that we are more in control of our moods than just the circumstances around us.
Here are a few more natural mood lifters you can try.
- Eat often and eat light. When you eat at regular intervals throughout the day you will prevent dips in your blood sugar that can negatively affect your mood. Plan your meals and snacks to prevent yourself from getting overly hungry, aiming for three to six eating episodes (total meals plus snacks) each day.
- Limit refined carbohydrates such as soda, candy, cookies, and white flour, which are concentrated sources of sugar. These foods may give you an immediate rush of energy, but they will cause you to crash and fatigue soon after.
- Include a small amount of lean protein at every meal and snack. Protein will leave you feeling alert and productive for hours.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fats. These foods have been shown to lift moods and can possibly alleviate depression. Omega-3 fats are found in oily fish like salmon or sardines, canola and olive oils, as well as flaxseeds and walnuts.
- Ramp up your B-12 and folate (folic acid). Scientists believe these nutrients help the body produce a neurotransmitter called serotonin—a known mood stabilizer. Shellfish, fortified cereal, oatmeal, wheat germ, and vegetables are some of the many foods rich in these nutrients.
- Get your daily dose of exercise. Whether it’s a formal session at the gym, a walk with the dog, engaging in a sport or just playing with your kids, getting up and moving will boost your mood and energy level.
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule—even on the weekends. Although most adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, you might need slightly more or less to function optimally. The important thing is that you consistently get the sleep you need.
- Go outside and breathe in the fresh air. Take a break from your home or office to get some air and sunshine. Even stepping out into cold weather will wake you up and refresh your mind.
- Listen to music you love. When your mood is spiraling downhill and the little voice in your head is anything but positive, turn on your favorite tunes and sing along. Soon, sweet music will fill your mind instead of negative thoughts.
- Indulge your senses. Sights, smells, sounds, tastes and tactile sensations can quickly change your mood. Light a scented candle that evokes memories of the holidays, bake cookies to remind you of happy times at your grandmother’s, buy your favorite flowers and revel in the smell (and sight) of them, or soak in a scented bubble bath while listening to soothing music.
- Do something that brings you joy. Whether it’s going to a movie, reading a novel or having lunch with your best friend, take a well-deserved break from work or stressful situations and do something you love. The change in mood will lead to better concentration and efficiency once you return to the task at hand.
- Play or cuddle up with your furry friend. Just petting your dog or cat has been shown to lower blood pressure and evoke a sense of calmness, happiness and well-being. If you don’t own a pet, visit a pet store or volunteer at an animal shelter to get your furry fix.
- Volunteer. There is nothing like the act of giving to those in need to make you feel appreciative of the life you lead. Walk dogs at an animal shelter, feed the homeless at a food shelter, teach English at a literacy program, or assist in programs for special needs children. Do your research and you will surely find a group that can use your talents and skills. If time is an issue for you, contribute through donations and you could evoke the same feelings of happiness.
- Fake it till you make it. Researchers have found that the simple act of smiling seems to activate happiness centers in the brain. Keep smiling and in time, your mood will match your facial expression.
- Create a list of natural mood enhancers that will work for you. Feeling angry? Write in your journal. Stressed? Try a yoga class. If you’re exhausted, take a 20-minute nap. And if you’re feeling down, rent a funny movie. Remember, you have a choice and the ability to change your mood. With some trial and error, you will figure out the best strategies that work for you.
It’s quite natural for all of us to wake up on the wrong side of the bed now and again. If your self-care skills are optimal and you try some tips listed above, your pleasant disposition will shine through. However, if you still find yourself moody, angry, excessively tired or unhappy for an extended period of time, talk with your doctor. He or she will want to rule out any medical or nutritional causes before considering treatment for depression.
And if you would like, feel free to try my happiness cocktail. It just may work for you as well!
Fructose is one F-word that should really offend you.
The sweet half of sugar (as opposed to glucose, its more acceptable partner), is one of the biggest causes of “metabolic syndrome,” says Robert H. Lustig, MD, author of the new best-selling book,Fat Chance.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions, like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, that essentially leads to most of the diseases that cause early death among Americans—like heart disease, cancer, and dementia. And when it comes to the cause, “fructose is the big kahuna,” Dr. Lustig says.
“Glucose can be metabolized by every cell in the body,” he explains, “but only the liver can metabolize fructose.” So when too much shows up for the party, the liver can’t handle the volume. Here are three reasons that’s bad news for your health:
1. Fructose raises insulin levels. While the liver turns glucose into energy reserves your body can use, it can’t do that with fructose, so the sugar overwhelms the organ. This causes a chain of events that leads to insulin resistance in the liver, which means the pancreas has to release extra insulin. Excess insulin has lots of unwanted effects: it can force extra energy into fat cells, leading to obesity, drive the growth of certain cancers, and more.
2. Fructose creates fat. Since the liver can’t convert fructose into glycogen (the aforementioned energy reserves), it sends it straight to the mitochondria, your cells’ energy-burning factories. “This presents the mitochondria with more energy than they can possibly deal with,” Dr. Lustig says. “They have no choice but to take that excess energy and turn it into fat in the liver.” That fat can then be exported into the blood as triglycerides, which promote heart disease and obesity.
3. Fructose makes you eat more. High insulin levels, caused by the metabolism of fructose, can also block the signaling of hormones that regulate hunger, giving your body a false sense of starvation, causing you to eat more.
So should you shun chocolate cake forever? “Like any poison, the dose determines the lethality. A little sugar is okay, a lot is not,” says Dr. Lustig. Just be sure to read labels, because fructose is lurking in lots of places you wouldn’t expect. —Lisa Elaine Held
For more information, check out Fat Chance.
Running used to come with street cred. You got the head-clearing glory of those pre-dawn miles and plenty of fitness prowess was conferred upon you for it. Now, it seems everyone who laces up their sneakers is upping the ante and training for a full-blown marathon. When did running 26.2 miles become the brass ring of fitness? And should it be?
“I feel like everybody does marathons now,” observes Jess Underhill, a New York City runner, coach, and founder of Race Pace Wellness. “Most of my clients are working towards marathons, and if they’re not, they’re on the fence about it.” If you’re a runner, you’re a potential marathoner, the thinking goes.
The numbers reflect that sentiment. According to Running USA, in 1980, 143,000 people finished marathons in the United States; in 2011, that number rose to 518,000. In New York, about 15,500 more pavement-pounders finished the ING New York City Marathon in 2011 than 10 years earlier. And while the country debuted 550 new marathons between 2000 and 2012, getting a spot in one is often like trying to score a ticket to see Lady Gaga at MSG.
As more and more people cross the finish line, median times are getting slower. “In the past, it was more hard-core, serious runners finishing marathons,” explains New York Road Runners chief coach John Honerkamp. “Now, it’s the masses. It’s a bucket list item.”
So how did the marathon of elite athletes become the brass ring of bar-stool bragging rights for the rest of us?
Of course, general interest in running as a sport and social past-time has been increasing, and the masses of people taking it up (especially women, who were barely represented in the sport as recently as the ’80s and now outnumber men) want to have something to work towards.
More specifically, runners and coaches tend to point to the growth of charities using the races as fundraising tools. “It increases the accessibility of the races and markets them to people,” says Meghan Reynolds, who co-owns Hot Bird Running with Jessica Green. “Everyone wants to do good, and this way you can give to charity and do something good for yourself.”
And, of course, there’s a cool-kids-club effect. “People are inspired by their friends and family who’ve completed marathons,” Underhill explains. “They think ‘Well, if Sally can do it, I can do it.’”
The positive effects of the marathon boom are obvious—lots of people setting tough goals for themselves, meeting challenges while getting healthy and fit, and building community. But is there a downside?
“Some people run their first road race as a marathon, and I think that’s crazy,” says Honerkamp, who recommends starting with a race like a 5K and gradually increasing your race distance as you become more experienced.
Most seasoned runners and coaches agree, because running newbies tend to underestimate the stress the training will put on their bodies and don’t spend the time to build mileage gradually in a smart, safe way.
Reynolds and Green say that many of their clients come to them because they tried to train on their own, or too quickly, and were injured. “We believe everyone can run and achieve that distance, but it’s a lot on your body. We always say, ‘You have to respect the distance!’” —Lisa Elaine Held
Spring juice recipe!
6–8 leaves kale
6–8 leaves Swiss chard
3 sprigs of mint
The melon from these recipe provides fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, iron, and more. This juice is so good, you’ll think you’ll have to give it up for Lent.
Spring and Summer are right around the corner! It’s beautiful outside today and I can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive! Kicking your winter hibernation habits and getting back into pool party shape can be a difficult thing. A Roots Juices cleanse is the perfect “jump start.” Trying one of the many refreshing flavors would be a great addition to any diet. I have found that one huge benefit to drinking at least one fresh pressed juice per day is that my energy level has increased, I feel more alert and not to mention healthier! Juicing is also a great source of your daily fruits and vegetables, who doesn’t need that? We do cleanses per day – so if you aren’t sure you want to commit to a full 3 or 5 day cleanse you can always just try out a single day. You can also find us at tastings and samplings around town, we have a really fun one coming up at Mockingbird Station Saturday the 23rd at 9:30AM. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!