Thinking about detoxication and juice fasting? Eager to travel again now that you are vaccinated? You can combine the two with a beach getaway that doubles as a juice fasting retreat!
Here, at Balance for Life Florida in Deerfield, we offer a variety of ocean retreats, including juice cleanses and fasting retreats.
What Can Juice Fasting Do for You?
If you have ever juiced at home, you know that juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. We believe in juicing fresh so that you can enjoy the refreshing, nutrient-rich juice immediately and maximize the health benefits.
On top of that, most people will experience a reduction in their appetite. Many also find that a burst of energy is a common benefit.
While on a Balance for Life juice cleanse, you always will be under the professional supervision of holistic experts who will create your own juicing program, explain all benefits and side effects and lead you through the process.
What Can an Ocean Retreat Do for You?
We don’t really have to explain this one, do we? You can almost hear the soothing sounds of the ocean when you close your eyes and picture yourself waking up on a plush WynRest® beds in your oceanfront room (based on availability) at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort and looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the white sands of the beach and sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
At all of our wellness retreats and programs, you will have a chance to learn more about essential nutrition and the benefits of a juice cleanse or, perhaps the benefits of a vegan retreat on one of our delicious Plant-Based Food Programs.
Our ocean retreats are also a fabulous opportunity to reboot, recharge, rejuvenate and shake off the stress and anxiety of the past year.
As the weather warms up and we say goodbye to winter, thoughts turn to a getaway to the beach – with the freedom of the sun, the sand and the waves. Thoughts also turn to your bathing suit, which likely hasn’t been worn since last summer.
If you put on some weight over the past year, you are not alone. Lots of people have gained weight as a result of the pandemic – between the stress and the gyms being closed, it’s not surprising.
Even if you have done your best to maintain a healthy routine, you may not have been able to avoid a little weight gain. Don’t beat yourself up about. We are going to repeat that: Do. Not. Beat. Yourself. Up!
And now that you can get vaccinated, it’s time to start thinking about getting back on track with your wellness journey.
Time to Hit Reset
The best place to start is by giving your brain a little bit of a workout. Think about what your goals are now as we all look forward to starting a new chapter in our lives. Do you want to lose weight? Enhance your overall wellness? Just feel good?!
Again, don’t be too hard on yourself. Map out some reasonable goals for yourself given the situation. You may not feel comfortable going back to the gym yet, but there as we have all learned over the past year, there is always another way to get things done.
Instead of heading to the gym, you can enjoy the great outdoors – whether that means taking your dog to the park or joining us for a cleansing retreat on the ocean.
This would be a great time to start getting back to your healthy eating habits or to begin a whole new relationship with food. Start small by focusing on eating enough healthy fruits and vegetables or hit reset with a fasting retreat or juice cleanse.
If we can help you hit reset – and help you feel rejuvenated after a crazy year, please contact us. We would love to help and maybe one of our ocean retreats is just what you need.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, take your wellness journey to a new level or get help managing a chronic condition, a fasting retreat may be a great way to start the year.
“Fasting has been shown to have many health benefits, from increased weight loss to better brain function,” the health experts at Healthline report. “Some studies have found that fasting can help decrease levels of inflammation and help promote better health.”
If you have been diagnosed with an irritable bowel disease, such as Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, one of the studies indicating the benefits of fasting will be of particular intertest.
Fasting Offers Hope for IBD Patients
A recent study published by Elsevier Inc. added to the scientific literature indicating the benefits of fasting.
Priya Rangan and Inyoung Choi of the Longevity Institute at the School of Gerontology in the University of Southern California’s Department of Biological Sciences are the lead authors on “Fasting-Mimicking Diet Modulates Microbiota and Promotes Intestinal Regeneration to Reduce Inflammatory Bowel Disease Pathology,” which reported that, “Dietary interventions are potentially effective therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs).”
The researchers tested the effect of a four-day fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) on a model reflecting the symptoms and pathology associated with IBD. “These FMD cycles reduced intestinal inflammation, increased stem cell number, stimulated protective gut microbiota, and reversed intestinal pathology caused by DSS, whereas water-only fasting increased regenerative and reduced inflammatory markers without reversing pathology,” the report says.
Balance for Life, which offers a variety of wellness retreats along the sun-drenched coast of Southeast Florida, is one of only two centers in the country that currently provide fully supervised water-only fasting retreats.
If you would like information about a fasting retreat that is also a beach getaway, we hope you will contact us.
You may have a healthy beach vacation in your future, but before you can begin a cleansing retreat or beach getaway, you have to navigate the holidays.
Vision of sugarplums might be dancing in your head but holiday cookies, candies, rich holiday fare and all of your traditional family-favorite treats are likely to be on the table – right in front of you!
For those who are trying to maintain a healthy diet, the holidays always present a challenge.
Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
“It’s easy to get swept up in the holiday season,” Patrick J. Skerrett, the former executive editor of Harvard Health says. “This combination of religious and national celebrations can help keep the cold winter away. But the feasts and parties that mark it can tax the arteries and strain the waistline.”
The holiday season will definitely be different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but some things will remain the same. So be prepared for all those tempting holiday treats. As Skerrett says, “By practicing a bit of defensive eating and cooking, you can come through the holidays without making ‘go on a diet’ one of your New Year’s resolutions.”
Don’t head out to celebrate on an empty stomach. “A snack or meal that is high in fiber and contains lean protein is ideal because it can help control your appetite and help you avoid overeating,” McManus says.
Use a smaller plate.
Bring something to the party – and make it a healthy option (or at least not totally decadent).
Fruits and veggies are your friends. “Not only do these foods have plenty of vitamins and minerals, but they also contain fiber, which helps keep you full longer and may leave less room for other high-calorie foods.”
Watch the liquid calories. Did you know that eggnog has almost 400 calories?! “Alcoholic mixed drinks and punches can easily contain over 200 calories. Opt instead for a glass of sparkling water with a splash of your favorite juice or wine,” she says.
If you do over-indulge, don’t be too hard on yourself. We are all entitled to a little joy after making it through 2020. You can get back on track with a cleansing retreat, vegan retreat or oceanfront wellness retreat.
Wishing you and yours all the best for the holiday season!
After struggling through a pandemic all year, who wouldn’t want to receive the gift of a beach getaway this year? But not just any beach getaway! Show someone special on your holiday gift list just how much you care by giving the gift of a healthy beach vacation.
If you are like most people, you have probably been giving a lot of thought to your health this year. And, if you are like most people, you have probably come to the realization that you can do better.
Wrap up a healthy ocean retreat for holiday gift-giving!
Every one of Balance for Life’s Florida wellness retreats includes:
Accommodations at a luxurious oceanfront property in Deerfield Beach, Florida
Three healthy and delicious meals a day
Daily activities and exercise classes
Educational health talks
Plus time to soak up some sun or explore the local attractions
You can choose from three different wellness packages:
Stress Buster: a 5-day and 4-night oceanside experience
Total Reboot Package: 7 days and 6 nights of healthy pleasures
Rejuvenation Package: a transformative 14-day, 13-night ocean retreat
You deserve the gift of health and wellness, too, so take advantage of special double occupancy rates on any and all of our packages. (Besides, wouldn’t your special someone love to have your company?!).
And rest assured that the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort and Balance for Life have enacted safety policies to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 according to CDC guidelines. Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each guest departs.
For more information about our exclusive oceanfront wellness retreats, contact us.
As restrictions put in place to protect us all from the spread of Covid-19 begin to ease, you may be thinking of planning that Florida wellness vacation you’ve been dreaming of.
Whether you are interested in a vegetarian weight loss plan at our Florida beachfront retreat because of the pounds you’ve put on while sheltering-at-home or a fitness retreat, there are ways to protect your health and safety while you travel.
Flying to Florida
You may be surprised to learn that the Mayo Clinic says, “Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses don’t spread easily on flights.” The challenge with flying is, of course, dealing with crowds.
We’ve all seen those photos on social media of packed planes. The airline execs have also seen them – as well as our reaction to them. Most major airlines have implemented safety protocols regarding seating on flights and making it mandatory for all passengers and flight crew to wear a face mask.
If you board a plane and find it is too crowded for your comfort or that adequate safety measures are not being implemented, in most cases, you will be allowed to get off the plane and will be eligible to receive a refund.
In addition to safety on the airplane, itself, you’ll want to be prepared for other areas where you could potentially encounter crowds or find social distancing hard to maintain, from the long lines going through security to the cramped confines of most concourse convenience stores.
You’ll be happy to know that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has responded to the threat of Covid-19 and the concerns of travelers by implementing increased cleaning and disinfecting of the equipment and surfaces you find at screening checkpoints.
If you are contemplating your first flight since the novel coronavirus swept the globe, you can expect to see new TSA policies in action, including:
Face masks and gloves being worn by TSA agents.
If a TSA agent needs to pat you down, they will be doing so with a fresh pair of gloves on.
Those plastic shields that you’ve gotten used to seeing at the grocery store will also be in evidence at various places, such as where you show your ID, offer your carry-on bags up for examination.
If you have questions about local restrictions that will be in place here in Florida during your wellness vacation, please contact us.
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