My sister recently took up the paleo diet. While I’m not a huge fan of straight paleo for various reasons, there are a lot of benefits to modified paleo. One particular important factor is knowing your body though. Being in the competition field you really learn to understand your body, what works for you and what doesn’t. You’ll also learn that not everybody is the same, because one cookie cutter diet doesn’t work for everyone, and that’s why I caution jumping on and off the plethora of diets out there on the Internet. Personally I’m very sensitive to dairy and wheat. I’m not lactose intolerant, nor do I have celiac. There is a major difference between a sensitivity, an Intolerance and a disorder. Im also carb sensitive, if I eat bread for instance I feel tired, lethargic, and straight up puffy, not a good feel. However, if I eat fats like nuts and meat I feel fine, I have energy, and I don’t feel bloated or heavy. Any of this sounding familiar? I don’t advocate cutting carbs necessarily, but knowing when and how to use them, and which ones work best for you. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get back to the beginning shall we? I’ve had clients jump on detox diets, cleanses and all sorts of nutty things. The plain truth is your body doesn’t store toxins, that’s what your liver is for, and it’s pretty damn efficient. Sure drinking nothing but juice will make you feel light, but only cause you’ll drop ten points in water weight, water will do that too, but that’s a short term fix. You also run the risk of metabolic damage, cause your body will start to adjust to a lower caloric load, and when you up your calories and bring back in solid food your body will start storing like mad, thinking starvation could come again any time. It’s taken many years of evolution to get us here, one master cleanse isn’t going to undo your genetic code. One thing I do recommend however is resetting your insulin sensitivity. Once a week, typically Sunday’s I juice a concoction of bochoy, lemon, ginger, celery, kale, spinach, aloe, wheat grass, and a little Apple for taste. I promise you it will not be pleasant. But research has shown just a few hours of abstaining from carbs is effective in resting insulin sensitivity. Insulin is an anabolic hormone, so this is one scenario in which you want to be considered sensitive ladies. I usually drink this potion throughout the day and break my fast around 8-9 with nuts, lean meat and steamed veggies, while simple it will taste like the best damn thing you ever had. This is not true fasting cause your providing your body with nutrients throughout the day, just specifically targeting lo GI foods to increase your body’s response to insulin, there for maximizing your body’s ability to grow muscle and not fat, both anabolic responses. So ladies, looks like your mothers were right all these time, just cause you’re all grown up doesn’t mean it’s time to skimp on the greens, and I promise it will do wonders for your skin.