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Tips for a First Half Marathon

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By: Angela Joy

The half marathon race is a running race made up of 13.1 miles, or one half of the full marathon distance of 26.2.

The half marathon distance is an appealing race. The event is long enough to serve as a challenge while not as intimidating as the full marathon.

In 2014 the half marathon race was recognized as the “fastest growing standard” race distance in the United States with a “12.5 percent annual finisher growth rate” from 2006 to 2012, according to RunningUSA, a not-for-profit organization that conducts annual studies on race registration, involvement and results.

In 2014 a total of 2,046,600 participants completed a half marathon race, an increase from 724,000 in 2006, according to a 2014 RunningUSA report.

What makes the half marathon so attractive? Red Bank resident and runner Donna Rubin feels that the half marathon is “very challenging, but attainable.”

She explains that once runners have completed the 5k or 10k they are ready for the “next step.”

“Half marathons are popular because they appeal to a wide range of runners,” Rubin, who completed the Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon in March, stated. “The races often have fun themes, offer great ‘swag,’ and market themselves as destination races.”

She went on to explain that the half marathon races “seem like a fun event for friends to do together, while offering a nice reward for the investment in training.”

The state of New Jersey hosts an average of 30 to 40 half marathon races each year, according to the ‘Running in the USA’ race calendar.

The events are held particularly in the spring and fall, with the exception of a few races offered in the winter and summer months.

For those preparing for a summer or fall half marathon race, check out these 10 tips to prepare for your first half marathon this 2017.

  1. Decide why you are running the half marathon

Be clear with yourself about why you have chosen this race distance. Why it is important to you? Whether the race is symbolic, a challenge you would like to achieve, or is a stepping stone to another goal, decide this early on.

Remembering your purpose will motivation you on days when you want to skip training, sleep in, or better yet – quit.

  1. Establish your base

Local running coach and race director Bob Both confirms, “The half marathon distance is a popular one.” Both is the race director for the Asbury Park RunAPalooza race in April. He is also the RunCollege training group coach.

“(The half marathon) is a doable distance for any runner who already feels comfortable with running a 5k (3.1 miles) or five-mile race,” Both said.

New runners should not choose a half marathon as their first race. New runners should take time to build up to a race of 13.1 miles through proper training.

“For most who plan to do their first half it is endurance which is most critical,” Both said. “It is important to gradually build up your mileage.”

In an effort to avoid injury, Both suggests building up to a half marathon gradually. “Your body needs time to adapt and doing too much too fast can set you back.”

How much of a base should you build before taking on your first half? Both suggests running about 15 miles per week with a long run of about 5 miles.

Over a span of between 12 to 16 weeks the runner should gradually build up their long run from 5 miles to 10 or 12 miles.

Both offers training plans to his RunCollege training participants preparing for a half marathon. Training plans can be found on his website, https://sites.google.com/site/runcollege/.

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  1. Choose your race

When selecting your race keep in mind the weather you will face when training, the possible weather on race day, the amount of time you have leading up to the race, and any prior commitments you have that may impact your training.

Check out www.runningintheusa.com to view New Jersey half marathons this year.

  1. Follow a Plan

Similar to the training plan that running coach Both offers through RunCollege, there are a number of half marathon training plans available online. Not all plans available online are credible, however it is important to follow a plan week-to-week in order to build up to running 13.1 miles comfortably and safely.

Other ways to find a reliable training plan include hiring a running coach or purchasing a training plan.

There are a number of experienced running coaches in the state of New Jersey.

Additionally there are a number of training plans available for purchase. Some website that offer paid training plans include the running magazine website, www.RunnersWorld.com, the Olympic runner and running coach Jeff Galloway website, www.jeffgalloway.com, or the online training application featuring coaches from all over the world,www.trainingpeaks.com.

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  1. Get the gear

New runners may not be familiar with running shirts, shorts or proper shoes. These run-specific items are not just for show, they are created to avoid chafing and injury while offering comfort during the run.

Locally running gear can be purchased in any athletic store. Additionally, there are a number of running shoe stores in Monmouth and Ocean counties which will offer a full gait analysis. The employees will assist customers in selecting a proper shoe, socks, and additional gear, as needed.

  1. Join friends and local running groups

Registering for your goal race with a friend or family member can be very motivating.

However, if this is not possible consider joining a local running group or get in touch with friends who also run.

The Jersey Shore Running Club is one group that welcomes new members to participate in several group runs during the week and on the weekend. Joining a training group like RunCollege is another outlet.

There a number of formal and informal groups in the area. Spread the word that you are preparing for your first half marathon race and ask friends to link you with local groups. Research local groups online. Find out how to join or where to meet, and get started!

Joining a group is very motivational. The group members are indispensible during times where you are “too busy” to complete your long run or you want to “give up.”

  1. Learn your course and train accordingly

When selecting your race, view the race course. Look for the elevation of the race, the amount of curves or turns, if the race loops and where you can meet up with friends and family.

If you find that your race has a number of hills, complete a number of training runs on a hill surface. You don’t want to be surprised on race day when you find yourself running up a steep hill that you did not train for.

If your race offers it, you may be able to complete a training run on the race course. This will familiarize you with the course and prepare you for any potential hiccups that may occur along the way.

  1. Fuel the run

When preparing for a half marathon race it is highly likely that participants will be running the longest distance they may ever have completed.

When the body is participating in exercise for long periods of time it is important to properly refuel with carbohydrates in order to avoid feeling ill and tired.

Any bout of exercise longer than 90 minutes should include carbohydrate intake, either in the form of liquid, gel or food.

Registered Sports Dietitian and author Nancy Clark recommends taking in carbohydrates 30 to 60 minutes into a run. When choosing a food or drink, choose a food or drink that has between 25 to 60 grams of carbohydrates and ingest this item in small doses every hour.

It is also important to eat food before running a half marathon and after a half marathon.

Food beforehand offers energy during the run. Food after the run restores lost glycogen in the muscles, creating energy in the body for the next run.

For more information on proper fueling strategies, look to Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., www.nancyclarkrd.com.

  1. Don’t overdo it

A taper is when the training plan hits a mileage highpoint and then begins to decrease leading up to the race.

The taper period allows the body to fully rest in preparation for the race.

Both suggests running a long run of between 10 to 12 miles about 2 to 3 weeks prior to the race. Every training plan will be different, but not by much.

Once the runner has reached their longest run of the training period the taper period will begin.

The shortest amount of runs and lowest weekly mileage is found during the final week leading up to the race.

“In the final week you need to taper and cut back your mileage so your body, joints, muscles and mind are well rested,” Both stated.

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  1. Have fun

The night before and the morning of the race can be stressful. Participants have worked so hard for this moment and now it has finally arrived. There are a million things that can go wrong; there are also a million things that can go right.

The night before, eat a normal amount of dinner and relax. Stretch, drink water, rest your legs and visualize yourself running in the race. Many sports psychologists recommend visualizing the start of the race, how you will feel during the race, how you will react when you feel tired, and how you will finish the race.

Use these strategies to calm you down and try to get a good night of rest.

Race morning, focus on enjoying yourself. Take in the loud cheers, lining up in your corral, the beautiful sights, and your fellow runners.

The race is meant to be fun, so have a good time! You’ve earned it.

 

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Running From Recovery

And they’re off! The clock is ticking and the runners are making their way through the 5k route towards the finish line.

I make my way through the crowds of people, running one step at a time, trying my best to keep up, however I can’t help but feel—well terrible.

My legs are sore, my throat was throbbing, even my bones felt pain—I was tired.

I had been racing and training hard all summer with little to no recovery periods, and I was feeling the effect.

Continuous exercise, day after day, with little to no rest or recovery can be detrimental to performance as well as health.

Negative effects can occur in muscular strength, mental strength, and physical health.

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The Effects of Too Much Exercise

According to an article published in the U.S. News & World Report titled, “Ten Signs You are Exercising Too Much,” over-exercising without allowing your body adequate rest can lead to “diminished strength and increased body fat.”

The article, written by contributing writer Chelsea Bush, further explains when recovery is not available the body will begin to store fat opposed to burning it.

During exercise the body will transform into survival mode causing it to do what it needs to in order to ensure energy is available at all times. As a result, fat can be stored to avoid the chance of low energy levels.

Ms.  Bush stated in the article that the best way to recover from a difficult workout, such as a fast-paced or long run, is to rest one to two days.

If a full day of rest is simply not possible it is acceptable to participate in a very light bout of recovery exercise.

Additional resting requirements suggested by Ms. Bush include a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night, proper nutrition, and proper hydration.

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How To Properly Recover

Providing the body with adequate recovery is just as important as completing workouts.

In order for the benefits of a hard work out to be experienced the muscles must repair and rebuild so they can strengthen, which will only occur through rest periods.

An article published in the online healthy living website, Very Well, exercise physiologist and fitness consultant Elizabeth Quinn explains why rest and recovery are essential after exercise. “Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen,” Ms. Quinn explains. “In the worst-case scenario, too few rest and recovery days can lead to overtraining system—a difficult condition to recover from.”

During recovery the body will adapt to the stress placed on it through exercise. It will also replenish energy stores lost through the energy needed to exercise as well as repair tissue, Ms. Quinn explained.

Without periods of recovery the body will continue to breakdown and symptoms of overtraining will occur.

Symptoms of overtraining can range from a general overall tiredness, depression, decreased sports performance, increased risk of energy, lack of interest in training, lack of sleep, along with other symptoms, Ms. Quinn stated.

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How To Properly Recover

When recovering from a hard workout or a race there are several recovery measures that should be taken immediately after.

In an article titled, “How to Recover From a Race,” published by Runner’s World Magazine, recovery should be taken in stages from the moment the race or workout ends, to the days and weeks that will follow.

Within the first 24 hours after the workout the body should consume carbohydrates and protein to adequately restore the energy lost during the event.

Within those same 24 hours relaxation of the muscles along with light foam rolling can assist in recovery and blood flow throughout the body.

Once nightfall comes, the athlete should sleep a minimum of eight hours to allow the body and mind adequate restoration.

Runner’s World contributor Brad Stulberg writes, “When you do finally feel drowsy, don’t cut yourself short. Sleep is vital to recovery, so don’t be afraid to hit the snooze button.”

Throughout the next two to three days the athlete can resume exercise, however light exercise is recommended.

“Active recovery expedites the body’s natural repair process by delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles,” Mr. Stulberg stated. “Just keep it easy—go for a walk.”

Physiologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Utah’s Vascular Research Lab Corey Hart stated in the Runner’s World article that the athlete should listen to their body.

It is common for athletes to reach for ibuprofen to fight pain after a race or workout, however Hart recommends against it.

“The inflammatory response is signaling recovery,” Hart stated, “and that is not something we want to mask.”

Once three to seven days have passed athletes should check in on how they feel to determine the next steps of the recovery process.

Hart stated that athletes who complete longer distances can experience extended periods of fatigue, known a central system fatigue.

“While training, you are constantly suppressing fatigue or downright ignoring it, which can throw your hormonal profile out of whack,” Hart added.

Those who are still experiencing feelings of fatigue should take precaution and allow time for lengthened rest in an effort to avoid a weakened immune system or injury.

Hart said, “Do not fight this fatigue,” instead he recommends light active recovery.

After even seven to 21 days the body may still be undergoing recovery, depending on the type of workout or race that the athlete endured.

Therefore, the athlete should be cognizant of how their bodies feel.

Physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York Michael Joyner stated in the Runner’s World article that throughout the seven to 21 days after the race athletes can begin to incorporate “some” intensity workouts, depending on how their body has recovered.

“The main thing to remember is that you can’t train if you are injured,” Joyner stated, “focus on reading your body and backing off if soreness and fatigue don’t improve.”

In sum, recovery is a very important aspect of training that should not be ignored or discounted.

Athletes who work out hard will recover just as hard, therefore regardless of the type of activity completed all athletes should make recovery a priority.

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10 Steps to Becoming a Runner

By: Angela Joy

Are you someone who would like to run, but feel intimidated or unsure where to start?

When the furthest run you have ever completed was the mile run in your high school gym class running for fun can seem impossible. Don’t worry, you are not alone.

In an effort to offer motivation and support in beginning your running journey, I have listed my top 10 tips to becoming a runner.

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  1. Start slow: My first tip is to start out slowly.

People often think that running must be completed at a fast pace, for multiple miles, almost every single day.

The truth is it is best to ease into running. Start with the run-walk method.

The run-walk method allows new runners to build up their running endurance, prepare and train their muscles, and strengthens their lung capacity.

During the first week of your training plan the Road Runner’s Club of America [RRCA] suggests beginning walk to run interval consisting of a one-minute run followed by a four minute walk for a total of thirty minutes.

Each week increase the amount of time spent running while interchangeably decreasing the amount of time walking until you are able to run for the full 30 minutes without walking.

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  1. Set a goal: Whether the goal is as small as “running for 10 minutes without stopping” or “running in a 5k race” it is important to set a goal for yourself.

The American Council on Exercise [ACE] suggests setting SMART goals.

SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

Specific goals are not broad or general. They are simplified and precise.

Measurable goals have a specific distance or time.

Attainable goals are within your reach.

Relevant goals are relatable to your long-term goals.

Time-bound goals have a set deadline.

Short-term and long-term goals can also be set. Short-term goals help to build the momentum and confidence.

Long-term goals are beneficial when the motivation and confidence wear thin.

  1. Keep a training journal: In an effort to track your progress it can be very helpful to keep track of your runs.

Write down the days you ran, the mileage you completed and the time you completed the runs within.

After each week compare and contrast each run.

Make notes of where you may have run at a faster pace, a slower pace, a longer distance or a shorter distance.

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  1. Learn to warm-up, cool down and stretch: For new runners it is fantastic to implement these three healthy habits early on.

Starting off with a slow and steady warm up allows oxygen and blood to be delivered to the muscles and fully prepare the body for the run you are planning to complete.

The cool down allows the body to ease the blood flow away from the muscles that were working and back through the rest of the body.

Stretching allows the muscles that were just exercising to stretch and prevent any tightness, injuries or pain.

Incorporating these three habits into your running routine will not only make you a much better and smarter runner, it will also prevent you from a great deal of pain and injury.

 

  1. Follow a plan: Once you have chosen your goal your next step is to create a plan that you guide you in accomplishing your goal.

The plan that you choose should be catered to your goal distance and time, it should offer you ample preparation time, while also providing a manageable schedule of training runs each week.

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  1. Get a good pair of shoes: It is important that you run in a supportive and comfortable pair of running shoes.

Running shoes that are several years old and worn down can cause injuries to your body.

Seek out a local running store and request a shoe fitting, along with advice for selecting the perfect fit.

The right running shoe will offer your feet support, will improve your stride, and will prevent injuries caused by incorrect or old shoes.

 

  1. Make friends that run: Having friends that enjoy running can be motivational, resourceful and supportive.

At times when you want to give up, skip a workout, or you are just looking for advice – the right running buddy will come in handy.

Whether your buddy is a new friend, an old friend, a running group or an organized running club – having people around interested in the same thing as you, training for a similar event, can be very helpful and supportive.

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  1. Seek motivation and guidance: Motivation and guidance can be found in multiple places, including the internet, speeches and presentations, friends, and books and podcasts.

When preparing for a new event or type of race I often seek out new information from podcasts, YouTube videos, books and presentations.

I make an effort to learn as much information on the topic as I can.

I look to professional and accomplished contestants who have made a name for themselves in that event or type of race.

I also enjoy learning the how and why they chose to accomplish their goals. These stories always offer insight and motivation.

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  1. Eat and drink well: When additional strain is put on the body it is important to replenish and refuel the body.

Proper nutrition and hydration will assist in improving runner’s performance, strength and overall health.

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  1. Enjoy the process: Last, but not least; enjoy your running journey.

This is a very precious time. Learning a new skill is not easy for anyone.

Give yourself credit and have fun along the way!

 

❤ Wishing you love, joy and happiness,

Angela Joy

Health Coaching Services NOW Available!

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I am offering FREE consultations to discuss the program that works best for you.

Together we will work towards achieving your goals! 

 

As your health coach I will help you to:

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • increase your energy levels
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  • …and most importantly ACHIEVE LASTING SUCCESS!

What is a Health Coach?

A Health Coach is a professional guide and mentor who empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health and supports them in making sustainable lifestyle choices. Health Coaches do not prescribe one diet or one way of living. Rather, they help people develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for their bodies. Some common areas where a Health Coach can assist include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, digestion, stress, and time management.

How soon will we see results?

Naturally, this will vary from person to person based on their current level of health and their willingness to participate. Nevertheless, even if the motivation isn’t there right away, that’s okay. I am skilled in inspiring clients to take action. My workshops, presentations, coaching sessions, and materials are interesting and engaging. By starting with small, achievable goals, employees will start seeing results rather quickly and will be motivated to move on to larger goals.

Contact Angela Joy today: angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

Your Integrative Nutrition Health Coach!

I am happy to announce I have officially completed my certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
 
I am now a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach!!
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Over the course of the past year my life has transformed in more ways than I could have imagined — all of which I am incredibly thankful for.
 
I learned an abundance of valuable information on how to live a fully authentic, healthy, and well-balanced lifestyle.
 
Now that I have been able to learn this life-changing information and instill amazing transformation into my own life, I am hoping to bring this gift to you through my health coaching practice.
 
My education at IIN consisted of coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; including Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
 
I was taught by the top specialist in each field. Just to name a few; Deepak Chopra, David Katz, Walter Willett, Andrew Weil, Gabrielle Bernstein, Mark Hyman, Marion Nestle, Joshua Rosenthal, and many others.
 
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, lifestyle change and prevention.
 
As a result I will begin working with clients one-on-one and in group programs to help others create a healthier, more balanced, happier life, while creating sustainable positive lifestyle changes.
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During this process I will also be seeking speaking engagements and events to offer presentations and lessons on various topics. Therefore, if you or someone you know is seeking a speaker in the field of health and nutrition, let me know! I would happy to offer a presentation to your audience.
 
As a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach I work with clients, like you, to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results.
 
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In the coming weeks:

– I will begin offering FREE health history consultations
– I will be launching my website
– I will be sending out my first newsletter
– I will be introducing my first group program
 
Be on the look out. If you are interested in ANY of the above listed items, please let me know ASAP. 
 
Thank you all ❤ I am incredibly grateful for all that I achieved, and everything that is to come xo

Join Me! – Contact me now to get started.

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,
Angela Joy

Antioxidants and Disease Prevention

I have a very special article to share with you today! University professor and registered dietitian Chuck Balzer has graciously offered to share his incredibly article entitled, “Antioxidants and Disease Prevention.” This well-written article is both educational and insightful.
I hope you enjoy it, and learn the importance of antioxidants
and phytochemicals within a healthy diet.

By: Chuck Balzer, MS RDN CNS

Regardless of what media outlet one receives their health and medical information from it is likely that the term “antioxidant” is a familiar one. Since the 1980’s, antioxidants have been a star topic that is ubiquitous in the field of nutrition and disease.

What are these compounds and how do they function in the body?

Oxygen is obviously essential for life on earth, including the survival of humans. However, the utilization of oxygen does come with a price. During the process of oxygen usage, unstable molecules known as free radicals are created at the cellular level. These free radicals act in a “chain reaction” fashion, stealing stable electron partners from other paired electrons; resulting in instability. The damage occurring as a result of these compounds has been associated with well-over 100 diseases; including heart disease, cancer, and even the aging process. It is estimated that each of the trillions of cells in the human body take 10,000 so called oxidative “hits” per second! If it were not for our ability to protect against this, our bodies would degenerate at an extreme rate. Antioxidant nutrients play a key role in our ability to protect against this oxidative damage.

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The most popular nutrients in this category are vitamins E & C, along with beta-carotene; however, these are far from alone. Plants produce compounds known as phytochemicals (phyto means “plant” in Greek) that are also referred to also phytonutrients; since so many have been found to have health promoting properties. There are now estimated to be as many as 4,000 phytochemicals in nature. Scientists researching these components point to the protective properties for the plant’s own survival against excess exposure to oxygen and sunlight. When humans ingest these foods – they derive unique – but comparable benefits.

The human body also produces a multitude of antioxidant compounds, including glutathione, lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10. However, research findings continue to show that this production is insufficient for optimal defense against oxidative damage, thus making the receiving of adequate amounts via the diet all the more imperative for good health.

Note: Research has also shown that aerobic exercise can boost the endogenous production of antioxidants by the body.

Chocolate, coffee, wine… as “health foods”? 

Individuals may feel frustrated and perplexed when foods that were historically deemed unhealthy continuously receive positive study findings regarding disease prevention. Perhaps the proper response to this is not to completely change perspective and respect for the science of nutrition, but to realize that all of these foods are of plant origin and thus contain the aforementioned phytochemical / antioxidant components!

It is clear that a plant based diet, appropriate physical activity, and a well-researched, adequately dosed multi-nutrient formula containing a broad-spectrum of antioxidant compounds can be an ideal foundation for wellness and disease prevention

I would like to thank Professor Balzer for sharing such an insightful and interesting article
with myself and all of you! 

Please share your feedback and gratitude below — we would LOVE to hear from you. 

One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse: Meal Plan

One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse

Morning Routine:

  • Sleep 8 hours per night
  • Upon waking up drink 1 full glass of water
  • Once you have finished the water drink 1 cup of hot water with lemon

The Morning Power Hour:

  • Drink water – 5 min.
  • Stretch/exercise – 20 min. each morning
  • Write and recognize what you are grateful for today – 10 min.
  • Pray/Meditate/Sit in silence and think – 10 min.
  • Write down your thoughts, feelings, plans for the day – 5 min.
  • Write down your goals – 5 min.
  • Read – 5 min.

Mindset:

“I am grateful for my body and my life.”

One-Week Whole Cleanse Meal Plan: 

 

 

Breakfast:

  • Detoxifying, Delicious Green Smoothie
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and sliced (peel the skin off and scoop out the seeds)
  • 2 cups of raw spinach
  • 1 cups honeydew melon (or 1banana, 1 cup of strawberry, 1apple)
  • 1 cup organic green tea
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ inch fresh ginger root

Lunch:

Snack Options:

  • Mixed vegetables dipped in hummus
  • Detoxing tea
  • Fruit dipped in non-dairy yogurt
  • Detoxifying smoothie

Dinner:

Dessert:

  • Freshly sliced fruit
  • One cup of giner tea

 

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Day #2

 

Breakfast: Chocolate Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1fW56ZM

Lunch: Chickpea “Tuna” Salad — http://bit.ly/1MYAKnP

Snack: Healing, Cleansing Smoothie — http://bit.ly/21FhFMb

Handful of raw nuts

Dinner: Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Jerusalem Artichokes with Lemon and The Greenest Tahini Sauce– http://bit.ly/1zIm4PL

Dessert: Mystical Smoothie (you can sub out any of the fruits with ones that you have) à http://bit.ly/1KsSOqC

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Day #3

Breakfast: Chia Seed Pudding (prepare in advance) — http://bit.ly/1MpLM4i

Lunch: Superfood Crunch Salad — http://bit.ly/1BACNFD

Snack:  Spinach Love Wraps —  http://bit.ly/1TJmRvP

(I eat these often for lunch! )

Dinner: Next Level Enchiladas — http://bit.ly/1Sv2p36

Dessert: Green Monster Delicious Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1fPbmxe

 

Day #4

 

Breakfast: Happy Digestion Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1AmUa0F

Lunch: Winter Salad Bowl — http://bit.ly/1wqhDWy

Snack: Super Detox Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1uNxoYl

Dinner: Squash Bake — http://bit.ly/1IHeTkh

Dessert: Coconut Papaya Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1L3XNhH

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Day #5

Breakfast: Kale, Apple and Ginger juice — http://bit.ly/21FhFMb (Introducing juicing!)

Lunch: Pecan Arugula Salad — http://bit.ly/1Y59rcH

Snack: Berry Blast Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1QnoKw2

Dinner: Mediterranean Lentil Dip — http://bit.ly/1QO4VLj

Dessert: Coconut Yogurt — http://bit.ly/1dmFmpa

Oatmeal

 

Day #6

Breakfast: Overnight Oats (prepare in advance) — http://bit.ly/1MMYBDT

Lunch: Roasted Kale Hash — http://bit.ly/1NPxPd1 and/or Spicy Fruit Salad — http://bit.ly/1TSBcYe

Snack: Energy Boosting Smoothie — http://http://bit.ly/1psaUaW

Dinner: Burrito Bowl — http://bit.ly/1HGuBGn   (Delicious!!)

Dessert: Two Ingredient Truffles — http://bit.ly/1MD0MaV  (So easy and awesome!)

 

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Day #7

Breakfast: Dr. Oz’s Green Drink — http://bit.ly/1vZWynl

Lunch: Vegetable Soup (make in advance) — http://bit.ly/1FdOBBe

Snack: Super Energy Smoothie — http://bit.ly/1GGWKk8

Dinner: Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Wraps — http://bit.ly/20kRFmY

Dessert: Chocolate Bark — http://bit.ly/1NJZvA3

For more delicious cleansing recipes, click here:
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or
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One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse: Meal Planning

Blog Post # 5: Meal Planning – What to Eat

This post is part of a series of blog post articles that will/are being posted throughout the week in preparation of the cleanse which will occur next week. You are welcome to join and/or follow along! Please notify me if you are interested in joining. I will be happy to offer assistance and guidance along the way! 
Contact: angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

Listed below I have created several options for daily meals plans that can be followed during the one-week of whole foods cleanse!

You can mix and match, or you can follow consistently.

Additionally, listed at the bottom are resources for additional whole foods recipes.

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Meal Plan Examples:

Meal Plan – Provided by PCRM

Breakfast
3 oatmeal pancakes with applesauce topping, calcium-fortified orange juice, fresh fruitLunch
Black bean burritos

Dinner
Chinese stir-fry over brown rice: tofu chunks, broccoli, pea pods, water chestnuts, and Chinese cabbage (bok choy), cantaloupe chunks drizzled with fresh lime juice

Snack
Dried figs

Breakfast
1 cup oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, 1/2 cup fortified soymilk, 1 slice toast with 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1/2 grapefruitLunch
Whole wheat pita stuffed with hummus, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce, carrot sticks

Dinner
1 cup baked beans, baked sweet potato, 1 cup steamed collard greens drizzled with lemon juice, baked apple

Snack
Banana soymilk shake

Meal Plan – Provided by Whole Foods

(Note: some recipes contain animal products) 

Breakfast

Lunch

Sunday

Hot Cereal; Fresh Fruit Roasted Veggie & Hummus Wraps; 100% Fruit Popsicles Carrot Cashew Spreadon Woven Wheats; Lentil Chili; Green Salad

Monday

Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares; Fresh Fruit Lentil Chili; Salad with Peanut Orange Dressing Black Beans & Rice Extravaganza; Green Salad; Fresh Fruit

Tuesday

Green Smoothie; English Muffin with Nut Butter Green Pea GuacamoleWrap; Fresh Fruit Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup; Roasted Veggie Couscous; Green Salad

Wednesday

Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares; Fresh Fruit Garbanzo & Veggie-Stuffed Pitas; Fresh Fruit Romantic Rice Bowl (for a vegan option, substitute portobello mushrooms for the chicken); Fresh Fruit Platter

Thursday

Fruit Smoothie; English Muffin with Nut Butter Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup; Romaine Salad Whole Grain Pasta with Greens & Beans; Green Salad; Fresh Fruit

Friday

Hot Cereal with Dried Fruit & Nuts Whole Grain Pasta with Greens & Beans; Veggies; Fruit Apple Cooked beans and Roasted Sweet Potatoes; Lemon Treats

Saturday

Loaded English Muffins; Fresh Fruit Salad Lentil Chili; Spinach Salad Layered Vegetable Enchiladas; Banana Nice Cream

Meal Recipe Ideas

Breakfast:

Lunch:

 

Dinner:

Snacks:

  • Apple slices with nut butter
  • Fresh fruits
  • Dried fruits, especially raisins
  • Applesauce or other fruit cups
  • Nuts, especially mixed with dried fruit
  • Soy yogurt
  • Individual boxes of soymilk, rice milk, or fruit juices
  • Breadsticks or pita chips with hummus
  • Pretzels or popcorn
  • Homemade muffins or cornbread
  • Ramen soup with added vegetables
  • Fresh soybeans (edamame)
  • Tofu hot dogs
  • Tortilla chips with bean dip
  • Cheerios, granola, or other cereal in a bag
  • Toasted whole-grain breads or crackers with fruit spread or nut butters
  • Graham crackers or gingersnaps dipped in applesauce
  • Mini rice cakes with peanut butter
  • Frozen bananas blended with a little non-dairy milk
  • Chopped raw vegetables and dip

Desserts:

 

Resources for Recipes and Information:

Oh She Glows

Happy Herbivore

Cookie & Kate

PCRM

Love & Lemons

Greatist.com

Whole Foods Cleanse

Will you join me in this special one-week cleanse?

  • Who: YOU are invited to participate?
  • What: One-Week Cleanse made up of primarily whole foods, no processed or packaged foods.
  • When: Monday, February 29 – Sunday, March 6
  • Additional information and instruction will be provided throughout the week.
  • Free guidance and support will be offered, by me, as needed 🙂
*Note: This cleanse does not include any animal products. If you choose to consume animal products during the cleanse that is up to you. However, I do suggest that you choose to refrain from consuming animal products during the cleanse and determine how your body feels upon completion of the cleanse* 

Please contact Angela Joy with any questions or concerns! If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Joy at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

❤ Sending you love, joy, blessings and health,

Angela Joy xo

One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse: Preparation

Blog Post # 4: Properly Preparing for the Cleanse

This post is part of a series of blog post articles that will/are being posted throughout the week in preparation of the cleanse which will occur next week. You are welcome to join and/or follow along! Please notify me if you are interested in joining. I will be happy to offer assistance and guidance along the way!
Contact: angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

wholee foods

If you have chosen to participate in the one-week cleanse it is best to fully prepare for the cleanse.

Preparation can be done through:

  • beginning to eat less packaged and processed foods
  • eating less animal products
  • eating more fruits and vegetables
  • drinking more water
  • purchasing foods that will be eaten during the cleanse
  • finding recipes to make during the cleanse
  • planning out meals you would like to eat during the cleanse
  • setting a goal/intention for the cleanse
  • having a journal ready to track progress

Your Healthy Eating Grocery List

Vegetables

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Fruit

  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Avocado
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons

Grains

  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal

Beans/Legumes

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • White beans
  • Lentils
  • Azuki
  • Kidney beans

Herbs and Spices

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili flakes
  • Cumin
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme

Nuts/Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seed
  • Chia seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Brazil nuts

Click here for a printable shopping list: power-plate-shopping-list

Whole Foods Cleanse

Will you join me in this special one-week cleanse?

  • Who: YOU are invited to participate?
  • What: One-Week Cleanse made up of primarily whole foods, no processed or packaged foods.
  • When: Monday, February 29 – Sunday, March 6
  • Additional information and instruction will be provided throughout the week.
  • Free guidance and support will be offered, by me, as needed 🙂
*Note: This cleanse does not include any animal products. If you choose to consume animal products during the cleanse that is up to you. However, I do suggest that you choose to refrain from consuming animal products during the cleanse and determine how your body feels upon completion of the cleanse* 

Please contact Angela Joy with any questions or concerns! If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Joy at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

❤ Sending you love, joy, blessings and health,

Angela Joy xo

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