Category : Diet Tips

My Miserable Cleansing Failure

Cleansing. It helps us reset our system, lose weight, increase energy, clear up acne, sleep better, and get on track with our diets. There are so many benefits, but choosing a cleanse can be so difficult that we end up not doing one at all. Or we start one and completely fail because it was too much.

I recently posted about a nine day colon cleanse where I had daily colonics and only drank liquids. I also drank five detox shakes throughout the day, which consisted of a powder that turned into sludge within seconds of mixing it with water, so I had to chug it quickly. The first day I wasn’t hungry. I experienced headaches and nausea, both are expected detox symptoms. The next few days weren’t too difficult. I wasn’t famished like I expected and the shakes weren’t too bad. A ton of stuff was still coming out of me each morning, during the colonic and outside the colonic. I was stoked to be ridding myself of everything. By the fourth day I was so hungry I couldn’t think straight. The shakes were making me gag and I desperately craved chipotle. Green juice and vegetable broth were only increasing my thoughts of food. By the fifth day, I felt incredibly weak. My stomach had never felt so sucked in and empty. I distinctly remember a client telling me how sushi had made her sick, and I thought to myself, “YUM!! Sushi!!!” By the fifth night, I had it. I drove straight to Chipotle and had a veggie bowl.

The next morning I woke up in tears. I failed miserably and was disappointed in myself, even though I knew I could not take one more day of the gag worthy shakes. The lesson slapped me right in the face. I wouldn’t recommend to any client to take such an extreme approach, yet I expected myself to be able to handle it. I went against what I advise my clients. One needs to ease into cleansing, take it one day at a time and meet their body where it’s at. Cleansing is like training, you don’t run a marathon when you’ve never run a 5K. Oftentimes, I see my clients (including myself!), overestimate their ability to cleanse or stick with a new diet. It’s easy in the beginning, but it can get so much more difficult down the road, especially if you haven’t trained for it.

To fail a cleanse is simple. Take on one too big, too soon. You must be realistic when you choose a cleanse. Start small with a one day juice cleanse, or by cutting out a problematic food like gluten. Or try cooking all of your meals at home for five days. Don’t expect so much from yourself if you have never done a cleanse. Before you choose a five day cleanse, start with a one day cleanse, then try a three day cleanse; at that point, you will be properly equipped to handle a five day cleanse. Also think about your lifestyle. Do you have time to prepare all of your meals or juices? Do you work 60 hours a week? Do you have a family to feed? Have you ever had a green juice? Do you eat dairy or gluten? All of these factors make it clear that cleansing is not a “one size fits all” type of thing.

If you are interested in talking with me about how I create unique cleanses for each of my clients, email me at or message me on facebook (Pure Jillian)! We can set up a free health consultation over the phone if you would like. There are so many different cleanses out there, all of them claiming to be the best, each costing hundreds of dollars. It can be completely overwhelming and we end up giving up before trying.

Are you eating healthy but not losing weight?

How this one ingredient can make it impossible to lose weight.

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What if there was something hiding out in almost every food you ate that is making it extremely difficult to lose weight?


Three days before New Years Eve, I was diagnosed with Candida albicans by my naturopathic and medical doctor (we did a poop test, so yes, the diagnosis is official). I sat in her office, and just kind of stared at her. Candida? Yeast? Hm… sounds like a bunch of hoopla. She explained that Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in everyone’s gut, but it can easily get out of balance and there can be an overgrowth of it in the gut or other places in the body. Oh yea, and it feeds on sugar.

I typically don’t indulge in sweets. Sure I’d have some dark chocolate covered berries from Trader Joe’s or have a gluten free cupcake on my birthday… And then there’s the champaign during Thanksgiving and other celebrations. I don’t sit around eating double stuffed oreos or drinking colas so I never considered sugar intake as an issue. Until I cut it out of my diet. Holy moly… Let’s just say I didn’t last very long. I dived into that pineapple as fast as I could. I danced around my kitchen, eating bananas and apples dipped in raw almond butter. I had sweet potatoes, green juices (which have a lot of fruit sugar), gluten free pasta, and my favorite… gluten and dairy free pizza. That was a wake up call. Sometimes we think we are eating healthy, but really we are still indulging in the very foods that can deteriorate our health. “But I only eat processed foods and sweets in moderation,” I told myself. The thing was, I was eating sugar all over the place, with every meal, with every snack. Sneaky son of a gun. Even if it is in the form of fruit. This oftentimes kept my diet from having variety, and I wasn’t getting enough protein, fats and vegetables. I was completely unaware of it.

So how does sugar keep you from losing weight? Sugar and carbohydrates raise and lower your blood sugar rapidly. Once your blood sugar drops, guess what you crave. Sugar! Your body will be confused and you will think you’re hungry, when really you are experiencing a sugar craving. So you eat when you’re body is not truly hungry. On another note, we use sugar to self medicate. Sugar gives us a hit of energy and pleasure. Ideal for when we are stressed out. Except there’s a crash, which keeps us reaching for more. This vicious cycle is addictive and can be extremely difficult to stop. When we cut out the food we use to self medicate (and trust me, most people are medicating with food in one way or another, conscious or unconscious), we get cranky, moody, have anxiety, and feel super crappy. This is not just a simple decision of putting the fork down and choosing to eat green veggies. Eating less sugar and unhealthy foods, or completely cutting them out of your diet can feel like going off of a drug. Furthermore, when sugar is not burned as fuel in the body, it turns into fat and is stored in the cells of your body. This is why you’re not losing weight.

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” Modanna

Let me share with you my top tips for getting started:

1. Add healthy protein and fats to your diet. Offset carbohydrate and sugar intake with organic coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. I cook with coconut oil and the coconut flavor is typically very mild or non-recognizable. I also add a tablespoon or more of coconut oil to my morning smoothies. Avocados, organic/free range chicken or turkey, nuts and seeds, almond butter, extra virgin olive oil, eggs are other healthy forms of protein and fats.

2. Avoid sugar in beverages. If you like almond milk, or other nut and seed milks, get the unsweetened variety. Make your own lemonade (freshly squeezed lemon in sparkling water with a little stevia).

3. Check labels. The sugar content in some foods will shock you. I remember trying to buy pre-made green tea by a reputable brand and seeing 8 grams of sugar in each serving. Sauces, salad dressings, any processed food can be high in sugar content.

4. Switch to stevia. I steer clear of sweeteners I once considered healthy, like raw honey and agave. Small amounts of these things are okay, but I typically skip them altogether. When buying stevia, make sure the ingredient label only lists organic stevia.


One out of three Americans have Candida overgrowth in their bodies, there will be more on Candida in my next post.


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My top 5 tips for losing weight

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1. Drink more water. It’s extremely common for someone to think they are hungry, when really they need water. Aim for drinking half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink at least 80 ounces of water in a day. If you drink coffee or work out, you need to drink more water. Personally, I aim for getting my full body weight in ounces each day.

Try this: drink a full glass of water before you eat each meal. Bonus: drink a glass of water before you have a snack as well.

2. Eat as many vegetables as possible. Why didn’t I say fruit? Because fruit has a lot of sugar. That being said, I do support eating fruit as well, as long as your diet also consists of vegetables and whole, unprocessed food. Furthermore, if you’re deciding between grabbing a processed food or a piece of fruit, please, choose the fruit! (Note: please stay away from store-bought fruit juices, these are loaded with sugar and promote weight gain).

Try this: as a snack have sliced bell peppers or carrots with hummus.

3. Stop eating dairy, gluten and processed food. Dairy and gluten are the top two foods that people have issues with. Dairy is mucus forming and can create more inflammation. Gluten causes over 100 symptoms, ranging from acne and headaches to IBS and bloating. I know it’s not possible to completely eliminate these foods, but the more you stay away from them, the better you will feel. I’ve watched people lose weight by cutting out dairy and gluten.

Try this: instead of pasta, try spaghetti squash. It’s delicious, easy, and so much healthier for you. Here’s my super easy spaghetti squash recipe recipe:

4. Eat less sugar. People are literally addicted to sugar. Many individuals usually try to stay away from high fat foods because they think fat in your food will turn into fat in the body. This isn’t necessarily true. If you eat too many unhealthy calories, yes, the “fat” will be converted into fat in the body, but so will protein, carbohydrates and sugar. Compared to fat, sugar is really the bigger issue. People tend to eat too much sugar, which gets stored as fat in the body. Furthermore, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it. This makes you more hungry, thus you eat more. Another issue caused by eating too much sugar is candida, a yeast that grows in the body and feeds on sugar (candida makes you crave sugar). Signs of candida overgrowth in the body are feeling run down or tired, bloating, constipation, having an autoimmune disease, ADD, eczema, anxiety, depression, UTIs, allergies and sugar or carb cravings.

Try this: If you have strong sugar cravings or need something sweet once in awhile, have an apple with raw almond butter. There is still sugar in the apple, but it’s better for you than eating a candy bar because you’re getting fiber and nutrients with the apple. Also, try using stevia. Stevia is the healthiest natural sweetener on the market and you can pick it up at most health food stores. I make my own sugar-free pudding that tastes amazing. I soak 2-3 tbsp of chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk with a few pinches of stevia. The chia seeds soak up the liquid and become jelly-like. You may have to add more almond milk if it gets too thick. Play around with it: add more stevia (if needed) or cinnamon. This delicious treat always satisfies my sugar cravings.

5. Work out. I say that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% working out. Diet influences weight loss more than working out, in my opinion. However, working out is still very important.

Try this: aim for getting at least 3 longer workouts in each week (over 45 minutes). When you extend your workouts, your body goes into fat-burning mode. Also, try a workout that incorporates cardio and strength training at the same time, this type of workout burns the most fat. You want your heart racing and your muscles burning.

Did you like this article? Share it with your friends and let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these tips before :) .



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The surprisingly inspiring way to make new year’s resolutions that are easy to follow

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On Sunday I hit up the post holiday sales with one of my closest friends. After shopping a couple of hours, Kealy and I grabbed lunch at True Food Kitchen, a restaurant opened by Dr. Andrew Weil, an amazing medical doctor and naturopath who practices and teaches holistic health and uses healthy eating as a healing modality (ahem, exactly what I do with my clients). As I joyfully sipped my coffee with almond milk, I asked Kealy, “So… resolutions… You have any?” Her answer surprised me, “I decided I am not going to have any resolutions at all. Instead, I am going to live each moment to the very fullest. Even if I experience something painful, I will be present with that pain and feel it to its fullest, then move past it. Also, fuck fear. I’m done with it.” Isn’t that what life is all about? Living each moment to its fullest? That is where true happiness resides. Most of us play it small, stay stuck in the pain of the past or the anxiety of the future, not ever stepping into the amazing potential that resides within all of us. When you surrender to the present moment, you step into happiness, while pain and worries wash away.


I told Kealy that I am taking a different approach to my resolutions this year. I typically focus on a specific end goal, which stresses me out and places happiness as something attainable in the future rather right now. However, this year I am doing it backwards. I figured out exactly how I want to feel every single day, THEN created daily actions that will help me achieve this. These daily actions will eventually lead me to an awesome outcome that would typically be a “new year’s resolution.” My resolutions are inspired by Danielle LaPorte’s book, “The Desire Map.” Her book guides you to figure out your core desired feelings. Mine are bliss, abundance, love and connectedness. Think about it, every goal you have can be broken down into the desire to feel a certain way. For example, I want to make more money so I can travel, buy clothes, and eat at amazing restaurants. This all boils down to feeling abundant. I want to spend money freely, feel good about it, and not feel restricted while doing so. Another example is, I want to practice bikram yoga as much as possible. I want this because I feel utter bliss when I practice bikram and I feel confident and sexy in my body. It goes even further than that, I want to feel sexy, so I can feel loved. So really, what I want to feel every day is bliss, love and abundance. Practicing bikram as much as possible is a resolution that keeps me inspired each day because it brings me to bliss. If I made the resolution to work out every single day just to make a goal, chances are I will skip a day here or there, beat myself up, then give up on the resolution altogether. Not exactly the happy ending we envision when creating goals.


Write down your answers for the following questions:


1. What changes or goals do you have? To lose weight? Eat healthier? Work out more? Have more intimacy in your relationships?

2. Why do you want these things? How will you feel once you attain them? Happy? Joyful? Confident? Loved? Peaceful? Relaxed? Excited? Energized?

3. Once you figure out 3-5 feelings you want to feel each day, ask yourself, what are simple actions you can take daily, weekly and monthly that will help you feel this way?


Now schedule them into your calendar for the month of January and make them non-negotiable. Book that hair appointment now. Schedule that coffee date with your friend now. It’s not real until it’s scheduled.


I know how difficult it is to follow through with health goals. You start strong, then work gets stressful, your motivation for hitting the gym disappears, or your inspiration dissipates when the scale doesn’t reflect your effort. Doing this alone is tough. Let me help you stay on track. Check out different coaching programs I offer:


Danielle LaPorte’s website :

The Desire Map :