One item that I try to avoid buying when grocery shopping for the family is fruit juice. When I DO buy it it has to be organic (to avoid excess pecticide exposure and gmos) but like so many other products, organic does NOT necessarily mean healthy.
Drinking juice, especially on an empty stomach, can totally contribute to long term health issues, particularly for children! *
When consumed on an empty stomach, fruit juice may cause what's called a "spike and crash syndrome." Juice is rated high on the glycemic index (measurement of the effect food and drink have on blood sugar levels) and will induce a quick rise on blood sugar levels, causing it to "spike." Followed by this short term spike there is a corresponding quick drop or "crash." Sometimes, this crash results in an even lower blood sugar level than before drinking it.
Children are especially vulnerable to this phenomenon! We've probably all witnessed this syndrome. Our child guzzles down a glass of juice and within a few minutes, sometimes seconds, they're bouncing off the walls. A few minutes later, they're fatigued, clumsy, grumpy, sometimes even shaky.
Why is this such an unhealthy pattern?
Because glucose spikes produce a surge in insulin and repetitive surges of insulin may set your child up for possible future health issues.
So while I try to not purchase fruit juice, I DO have to pick and choose my battles when it comes to what my kids get to buy at the grocery store. So with that said, this is how I make it "better than."
I add gelatin to it.
This is the brand I use.*
Hydrolysate Collagen is a minimally processed form of gelatin. It is a form of gelatin/protein that has been produced in a way so that the clumping nature found in gelatin is removed. It's tasteless, super easy to digest and completely dissolves without changing the texture or color of the liquid it's been added to. It is a clean source of protein (from grass fed cows) and this added protein blocks and prevents the spike and crash syndrome from occurring within the body.
By slowing down the absorption of fruit juice sugars into the blood stream. By adding this protein in, you're also benefiting growing bones, assisting in better absorption of other types of protein, and providing gut healing nutrition! Best of all, your kids will never be able to tell that it's there!
So while serving juice to my children is not one of my favorite activities (if they know we've bought it, they ask for it till it's gone) I can feel a little bit better about serving it if it has added gelatin to it.
*This does not include cold pressed fresh juices served for short term "medicinal" like purposes.
*This is NOT an affiliate link. Just sharing the product I love.
*Moderation matters. There is such thing as too much of a good thing. See here for more.
Do you have the inability to stick to your health related goals for a long period of time? Do you tell yourself that starting TOMORROW you will not eat fast food or, that starting tomorrow you WILL go to the gym but then tomorrow comes and you never do it? Or do you do it for a day or two, maybe a week and then you find yourself back to your old routine of NOT doing what you set out to do?
Here’s one technique you can implement on your own.
Ask yourself why you want to do what you want to do.
For example, it may go something like this:
I want to start working out because I want to lose weight.
Then ask yourself why again…
I want to work out and lose weight so I can be healthy.
Then ask yourself ONE more time, why?
I want to work out and lose weight because I want to feel good about myself.
Feeling good about yourself, in this example, will stir up the emotion needed to keep you motivated on a daily basis (i.e. sad, sick, or tired all the time).
Peel back your layers of why at least three times (or as many times as you need) to uncover your true emotion related to your goal.
Not sure if you’ve identified your true emotional why?
Your why should bring a tear to your eye.
Its super important to uncover what your true why is. The more you can connect your desired habit with your true emotional why, the more likely it is that you'll stick with it.
Then, once you’ve identified your emotion connected to your why amp it up. Sit with it, say it out loud, visualize it and most importantly remember it!
This feeling is what will motivate you to finally start and or continue with your health related goals.
Its human nature to forget your reasons why so make sure to take action steps that will allow you to keep it in the forefront of your mind, EVERY day, several times a day if needed. You can set a reminder, write it out, have a friend remind you, use a health coach, post it note, whatever works for you so as to not forget your why. By doing this you’ll be able to stay on track with your goals AND most importantly, experience the results you want.