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Happy New Year, Skinny Bitches!

We know some of you aren’t at your ideal weight, and that today marks the first day of your new diet. Good for you! Feel the empowered spirit and eat that kale! Katherine Pennington of Be in Balance is guest bloggin’ her way to heaven below with some of her favorite myth’s and tips of how to healthily embark upon a juice fast;

Vicky Beckham holding a copy of our diet tome.

Vicky Beckham holding a copy of our diet bible, "Skinny Bitch."

Weight Loss Myths:

As a nutritional counselor, I see many people who come to me after several failed attempts at dieting. There are a few myths that I would like to dispel:

Avoid eating carbohydrates if you want to lose weight.

Repeat after me “carbohydrates are not the enemy” and they won’t make you fat! While high-protein diets like Atkins and South Beach will work at the onset, for most people these diets are disastrous and not only affect overall health but also the pounds come right back on (and more) when they go off the diets. Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, quinoa, 7-grain bread and whole wheat pasta fill us up and are high in fiber, protein, and B-vitamins and essential for energy, mental clarity, digestion and overall optimal health. Avoid simple carbohydrates such as white bread, rice and pasta, which are basically starch and turn into sugar when digested. For those of you who want to learn more about this, please read my article on Complex Carbohydrates.

Eat low fat foods if you want to be skinny.

NO! Eating low fat foods just leads to our feeling like we are deprived. Most people who eat low fat items eat more of them and more calories leads to more pounds. Additionally, foods where the fat has not been taken out such as whole fat yogurt (mind you, the kind without all the added sugars!) will leave you feeling satiated and full and, as a result, you will eat less. Studies show that adding healthy fats to our diets such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts can actually aid weight loss.

Eat late and you will gain weight.
Again, untrue. Your weight is determined by the amount of calories that you consume and expend over the course of your day. We do tend to eat more calorie-laden food late at night- especially after a drink or two- so if you do eat late, make good, healthy choices and you will find that it does not matter when you eat. If I eat late I usually start off the next morning with a cup of hot water and lemon and then wait to eat until I am truly hungry.

I can be skinny and have curves.
Sorry girls, we can’t have a skinny bod and curves. Just not happening unless you have been naturally (or surgically) endowed. I have had so many clients coming to me working with weight trainers who have told them otherwise. Our chest size is hugely dependent on our overall body weight. Choose to be skinny or have breasts but both is not an option. Be ok and embrace the body that you have. (ED’s note from Chloe: I am thin and have C cup bazongas. I think you can be thin and have some boobs, but don’t expect to keep ‘em Pammy Anderson sized when your jeans are a 25 unless you are a fan of silicone boobs. There is the rare, rare super skinny girl who has a natural rack, but it’s pretty unusual.)

A nice set of natural ta-tas.

A nice set of natural ta-tas.

Walk your weight off.
I am probably going to be shot saying this but you can not walk major weight off unless you are just starting a workout program, are walking long distances or at a very fast pace or have an illness or injury. Walking is a great exercise if you are at your target weight and maintaining overall health, but if you want to lose weight you need to speed it up! Run outdoors or on the treadmill, sweat it out on the stairmaster at the gym, do a rigorous yoga class- whatever you do increase your heart rate and do aerobic work for at least 30 minutes working up to 45 minutes a day four days a week and you will see results. Additionally, working out stimulates serotonin, which makes us feel good, and when we feel good we make better food choices! Exercise and you will look and feel better. (ED’S NOTE: We so, so recomend working with a trainer if at all financially possible, namely ours at Barefoot Tiger.)

You can do it all!
Sacrifice that extra hour of sleep for a workout and go, go, go even if you are feeling tired!
Again, big no! Loss of sleep is linked to the body’s inability to regulate insulin and, ultimately, to weight gain. When you run yourself into the ground, your body goes into a “fight or flight” mode and secretes the hormone cortisol, which helps the body convert protein into glucose or sugar. When this glucose is not used it is turned into fat. So, while you are going a 100 miles an hour trying to go to the gym, take care of your family and perhaps even logging in hours at the office, your cortisol levels are raised making it literally impossible for you to lose weight. While of course it is ok to wake up early before the kids and hubbie and get that workout in, make sure you get in bed at a reasonable time so you can get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Studies have found that lack of sleep negatively affects levels of the appetite-regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin. Take care of yourself. Sleep is not a luxury- it is a priority! So, make time to rest and take care of yourself and you will feel so much brighter and clear-headed and the pounds will melt away.

Want to start the new year off with a juice fast?

Fasting is not some new-age 20th Century fad! It has been an integral part of different religions and cultures around the world for thousands of years. Fasting is described as intentionally abstaining from food, and is usually done for religious and health reasons. Fasting is nature’s way of giving the body a chance to overcome disease and rest. When animals are sick they instinctively quit eating until they feel better. This internal awareness is even present in our children who do not eat when they are not hungry. Somewhere along the line we lost the knowledge of the importance of fasting to regain and restore health.

While fasting is used for weight-loss, it is also a tool for cleaning, flushing, detoxifying, maintaining the body and even healing both major and minor illnesses. When we eat, all of our body’s energy goes towards digesting that food. And, when we go on a fast, we are giving our body a break. If you are trying to lose weight or get your diet off to the right start, then a fast is a wonderful way to break away from unhealthy eating habits and give your body a clean slate to work from.

During our lifetime we are exposed to a variety of chemicals and toxins both in our food and drinks as well as in our environment such as cleaning products and pollution. Our body eliminates some of these toxins through waste but after years and years more and more remains in our colon. These chemical products and free radicals contribute to pre-mature aging, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Fasting is a way of getting rid of these toxins and allowing your body to heal.

Additionally, fasting increases the white cell count in our blood, which boosts our immunity and protects us against disease. It has also been known to reduce the symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and weight-gain. And, it also aids our circulatory system, which improves the quality of our skin, hair and nails. Fasting is a way to jump start our system and get back on track and something I recommend everyone do once or twice a year for ultimate health and well-being.

Juices furnish the body with live enzymes and bioactive vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals that are destroyed when a food is cooked. The juices bring an alkaline force into the body that helps neutralize the toxic acidity that we have as a result of our modern diets. They also speed the recovery from disease by supporting the body’s own healing activities and cell regeneration, and improve the cells ability to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste and other toxic material from the body.

Similar to herbs, juices have specific healing properties. The principal of food relating to certain diseases is a well-established clinical finding in Western naturopathic systems as well as in Chinese and Ayurvedic systems. Since each juice has its own healing properties, it is beneficial to rotate them. Some juices include carrot, apple, kale, spinach, beet, wheatgrass, orange, cucumbers, celery and watermelon.

Carrot juice is one of the richest sources of vitamin A and also includes vitamins B, C, D, E, G, and K, the electrolytes sodium and potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. Carrot juice helps improve the health of the eyes, skin and teeth, has been said to be a natural solvent for ulcerous and cancerous growth and and it has even been claimed to help prevent sterility.

Kale and other leafy greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, fiber, folic acid and chlorophyll. Greens help purify the blood, prevent cancer, improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, improve liver function, clear congestion, improve skin quality, lift spirit, eliminate depression and increase energy and vitality. Beets are high in vitamin B and folate and are a very good source of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. Beets help purify the blood, cleanse the liver, aid in resolving menstrual in-balances, and have been even said to fight cancer.

So, why not just eat your vegetables instead of juicing them? When we juice them we take out the fiber and leave only the essential nutrients. There is no way that we could eat the quantity of vegetables needed to equal that of vegetables in a juice form. Fiber certainly has its place in our diets but if you could do one thing to improve your health and energy it would be to add one green juice or other vegetable juice into your diet each day. If you can’t do a fresh juice then do one with a green powder. You will feel an immediate improvement to your mood, energy and outlook on life. Your skin will be clear, your hair shiny and you will feel great!

For anyone interested in finding out more about juicing and resources for juicing please read my article on juice fasting or email me for an initial consultation about how you can go on a safe, easy juice fast.

Some yummy juice recipes;

Refreshing cleansing juice
2 pears
4 stalks celery
2 cucumbers
Juice in juicer and drink throughout the day

Green lemonade
4-8 leaves of romaine lettuce and/or kale
2 large apples
2 lemons
Optional (carrot)
Stir in agave nectar for sweetness if needed. You can also add a carrot if you want to cut the astringent flavor more. Drink this and your skin will be glowing!

Carrots & green juice
2-4 carrots
4-8 leaves romaine, spinach and/or kale
2 apples (optional to cut astringent taste)
Carrots are great because they contain natural sugars that your body will crave during a fast.

Green Powder Smoothie
Berry Green, Kyo-Greens or Nature’s First Food Powder
Vanilla almond, soy or rice milk (I prefer vanilla almond milk)
Silk Milk vanilla creamer
Frozen banana (optional- or use ice to make thicker)
*** If you use regular soy milk then add vanilla and a dash of agave nectar
Add green powder, 1 cup of the milk and 1/2 cups of the creamer and the frozen banana or ice in the blender and blend. My 5 year old daughter and I make this all the time for a healthy snack in the afternoon before or after sports and she adores it!

(ED’S NOTE: We can’t handle the juice fast, our Jewish asses like food tooooooo much, so we do whole foods cleanses regularly where we only eat raw fruit and veggies for a few days at a time. We truly always feel more alive and energetic – not to mention slimmed down – when all is said and done. Raw is definitely the way to go to feel clean on the inside.)

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Readers Comments (84)

  1. Jenny says:

    I hear http://www.amyrachelle.com in NYC does incredible raw cleanses. I know a few people who have done them with her and loved it. Heads up.

  2. Merry says:

    I want to go on the juice fast, I feel is about time to lose this weight, I had been thinking about doing it since August last year and never did it for any other reason,lol. I want to do this right this time. So here we go. Thanks for your article.

  3. dt says:

    yum, these juice recipes look amazing!

  4. Michelle says:

    Are there any good bottled juices you can use? I like Odwalla and Naked, but they seem to have WAY too much sugar in them, and they don’t offer any vegetable juices. I know fresh is best, but I can’t juice vegetables in my office’s “kitchen” and don’t have time to prepare a few days worth of juices at home!

  5. Chloe says:

    Hey Michelle – Most raw foods or vegan/ whole foods chef’s will do home delivery service of juices. I know a few in NYC and LA who do just that. Where are you located? xCx

  6. Veronica Zelle says:

    LOVE THIS!!! and after the holidays??? GENNY!!!!!

    xo vz

  7. Diane says:

    Equating South Beach with Atkins is wrong wrong WRONG!! After the first two weeks, the SB plan advises you to add in some fruit and whole grains, and for long term weight loss and maintenance they do recommend complex, healthy carbs! It also emphasizes lean, healthy proteins, unlike Atkins. Weight loss is NOT just about the number of calories you take in, but the types of foods you eat as well. In a year I lost 60 lbs and have never felt healthier or more energetic.

  8. Dear Diane,
    I am the author of the Weight-Loss article and want to first commend you for losing 60 pounds and keeping it off! The comments regarding South Beach were NOT meant to say it does not work for everyone. South Beach and Atkins are big proponents of animal proteins and my personal beliefs are that people do not have to eat animal protein to lose weight. In fact, I think that the best way to lose weight is to add more fruits and vegetables into ones diet (primarily raw if possible) and to exercise. I have had many clients- and even my mother and father- who have gone on South Beach all with different results. One individual who was an O blood type with a stocky build thrived while another who was an A developed high-blood pressure from all of the protein (and they were eating lots of fish and lean meats.)All who are now off of it hae regained the weight. Whatever changes you make must become your lifestyle or you will go back to where you are. As Chloe Jo attests I am VERY open-minded and work with many clients who do eat meat but as a nutritional counselor I feel like no one diet is right for everyone. I commend you for losing all the weight and finding something that works for you.
    Katherine Pennington

  9. To all interested in juice fasting and are located in NYC- I love Organic Avenue (they deliver in glass bottles that are recycled each day) or Blue Print.

    For those at the office or in a place where they can not get to readily available fresh juices, please, please, please DO NOT BUY the bottles pre-made juices as many of the beneficial enzymes will be gone. Instead I recommend that you buy individual packets of green powders that can be found at Whole Foods and your local health shop. When I am traveling, I can even buy a glass of soy milk at Starbucks and put the green powder in it for a quick healthy pick me up. Also, you can buy a fresh orange or apple juice and add the green powder.

  10. Michelle says:

    I do live in NYC, but my office is in New Jersey, where the only place in walking distance is a gas station! I might have to take the OJ or soymilk + green powder route!

  11. Jessica T. says:

    Thanks for this post! I am working toward a diet with more raw vegan foods this year. Can’t wait until my dehydrator shows up!

  12. Michelle says:

    MMM the green lemonade was my breakfast this morning. It really does take just like lemonade and its so refreshing. I can`t wait to try more recipes as I begin my juice fast. Thank you.

  13. Jenichia says:

    I love her boobs i will always want to suck those things

  14. Shelly Shenoy says:

    I cannot read this post without my mouth watering like crazy. I simply CANNOT wait to make green lemonade at my house. That is the best looking thing I’ve ever seen.

    Your posts are well researched, informative and often hilarious to read!!! I love reading them & can’t wait to read more!!!

  15. Allison says:

    Chloe: Could you expand on your whole food cleanses? Is it simply that you just eat raw produce for a certain amount of days or do you add in supplements or raw proteins like nuts as well? I’ve been wanting to cleanse but also have too much trouble giving up food! :) Thanks!

  16. Chloe says:

    Allison: YES, you can do nuts, but you won’t lose the weight as fast. I’m currently on a raw foods cleanse and am doing sprouted beans, seeds, and limited nuts. I wake up to a cacao shake which is to die for! I highly advise raw cacao beans as a snack or supplement.

  17. Kendra says:

    I just purchased the smooth blend mixer from GNC.com called fit&fresh. I love it!! It comes with a 16oz travel cup. Check it out.

  18. Haley says:

    Yeah, I’m one of those “curvy” girls. Sigh. DDs and everything.

    It is not all it is cracked up to be.

  19. faisal says:

    hi
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  20. Janardhanaya says:

    I do not usually comment to someone’s blog however I liked your post so I felt forced to do so. Going away from the topic somewhat, what is your opinion concerning walking? It is currently being put forward as the best exercise to burn fat.

  21. Kaelith says:

    I recently bought a juicer and start almost each morning with a blend of vegetable and fruit juices, enough to fill a 30 oz bottle, and I drink it throughout the day. I have a regular meal in the evening with my family, who are the meat and potatoes types. I have noticed that my hunger is reduced, as I don’t have seconds for dinner like I used to, but I am actually GAINING weight instead of losing. In the last 2 weeks I’ve gained about 10 pounds according to my scale (which is a bit old so it may be in need of replacing). Am I doing something wrong? My morning juice is based on what’s in season (and therefore affordable) but typically includes:

    2 tomatoes
    2-4 celery stalks
    2-4 carrots
    2 handfuls of baby spinach
    1-2 beets (depending on size)
    fresh fruit such as apples, pears, or pineapple as a sweetener.

  22. Tim says:

    I think weight loss is all about three things – attitude, diet and exercise. From my experience, reducing carb intake and doing aerobic exercises are keys to successful weight loss.

  23. susan says:

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  24. Andy says:

    I thought I invented the apple and spinach juice! Seems like you got there well before me. I love the simplicity of just straight carrot juice too. There’s nothing wrong with keeping things really simple. My magimix le duo juicer is working overtime these days!

  25. John says:

    I have lost 25 pounds in 6 months. Part of my weight loss routine was breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, Supper like a pauper AND nothing after 7 at night.

    The idea is that I wake up with an empty or near empty stomach or “an empty gas tank”. I believe that this is necessary because of the low calorie burning lifestyle we now live. If we want to lose weight and keep it off, we cannot be adding fuel to the tank just before our least active time (sleeping).

    I effectively would get through half the week without eating.

    Don’t try this at home folks without consulting a doctor,

  26. Meghan says:

    I am looking for a cleansing/health retreat that is in NYC proper. I am interested in a place like Copperhood or Canyon Ranch – the all inclusive 3 to 7 to 14 day gig with all the food and exercise options. But I don’t want to leave the city. Any suggestions? Is there really not one to be found..?

  27. Chloe Jo says:

    A place you can actually STAY? No.. I’d say probably not unless you just go to a regular hotel and get fasting food delivered and use their spa services/ yoga. The closest/ most fabulous place like Canyon Ranch is Kripalu. OR working with someone like Amy Rachelle or Organic Avenue on a cleansing program OR having Barefoot Tiger trainers/ yogis/ and massage therapists come to your house x3-4 a week to get the full benefits of immediate cleansing and weight loss. Bon Chance!

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    were there as many fatties 100 years ago? 50 years ago? eat less. smaller portions, and exercise more. that’s it.

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    Juice Fast for weight loss? Have to try it. Nice info, thank you for sharing.

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  35. Kelly says:

    Hi! After hitting 156-which is my all-time heaviest, I decided to start trying to lose that weight. I was thinking about doing a juice fast, but I have no juicer, the closest health food’s store is too far away, and I’m not aware of any places that I could afford to order organic juices from. I have been able to find some organic apple juice at a local grocery store, and some low sodium V8- both of which I am aware won’t have QUITE the nutritional benefit of fresh juice. Will these juices still be a good option for me to use on a juice fast?

  36. Chloe Jo says:

    Kelly

    Cheaper fixes: eat ONLY raw veg and fruit (only) and some brown rice (plain) for a week. The weight will fall off if you pair it with cardio. If you want to try juicing, buy a cheap juicer on craigslist or at target and get your veg in bulk at a farmers market.

    Hope that helped!

    Chloé

  37. Kelly says:

    Chloe,

    I actually have been eating only raw vegetables- so it’s reassuring that I’m doing SOMETHING right! Your comment about the farmers market was pure genius, this place is so redneck- they’ve got three different farmers markets within ten miles of where I live all in one weekend. As far as the cardio is concerned, are there any great concepts you could tell me about that don’t necessarily take up a whole living room in an already over-stuffed apartment? Thank you so much, Chloe!

  38. chloejo says:

    Cheapest work out EVER: Walk. Walk everywhere. Walk at least 30 minutes a day. Do sit ups, use cans of beans as weights, and have lots of sex (great workout!) Other options: buy/ borrow workout dvds (from library or second hand store,) start a work out group with your friends where one of you leads the group each time through another routine, and use our search engine here for at home workout tips! :)

  39. kelly says:

    Awesome! I’ve got the walking thing down, and I DO have plenty of sex- my poor boyfriend, I think I’m about to kill him! :)
    I’ll have to troll around the website and get some of them workout tips! Thank you, Chloe Jo! I think I love you!

    :)

  40. Chloe Jo says:

    Aw thanks Kelly – always here to answer any Q’s!

  41. Hailee says:

    loved your blog you should add a facebook/twitter share thing so I can show my friends my boyfriend has been telling me for years…don’t eat low fat focus more on if it’s real…for wile I only baught whole organic cow milk because the other ones hurt my stomach…and it did make a difference…but I know cow milk isn’t healthy so I started making my own almond milk which is realy easy and much healthier and yummyer…any way I want to start the juice cleanse but I can’t find anywhere that says how much to drink if I want to loose weight…

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  46. Natalie says:

    Juicing is a great way to detox and cleanse the body, a 7-10 day juicing plan about twice a year can do wonders, always generally popular after the holidays a good way to start off your year.

  47. Hannah Monreau says:

    I felt very offended at your asertation that thin girls can not be curvy without having fake boobs. I’m a vegan, runner, active in Pilates and yoga, and a natural size two. However, I’ve been a DD since high school and have always been self conscious about it. Statements like yours seem very close minded, as well as somewhat beside the point.

  48. rebecca says:

    Hrm… I weigh 125 pounds and have D boobs, sometimes DD depending on the brand. I find it very ignorant of you to say that only overweight people have large breasts, naturally. I am certainly not overweight but I have large breasts. And I’m 16 so a boob job is not why. You will gain more respect if you don’t chokehold people into their own respective categories.

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