PALETA Mind & Body Cleanse

IMG_6994PALETA is a farm to table, sustainable and GREEN meal delivery service providing healthy meals for people of all ages. It is suited to meet the nutrient needs for kids, athletes, individuals who want to lose weight, women who are pregnant, and individuals with specific diets restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan or low salt needs. They provide fresh, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods, cold pressed juices, cleanses, and power up energy bars! The variety is key to a balanced diet and sustaining a healthy weight.

The best part about PALETA is that their foods actually taste delicious! You will never feel like you’re on a diet while consuming meals, snacks or cold pressed juices from PALETA. I believe in their motto, “Change the way you eat, change the way you live!” I have built my private practice with the message to create healthier individuals, families, communities and workplaces through nutrition, lifestyle behavior modifications and fitness. Balance, moderation and variety are keys to success, which is aligned with PALETA’s goals as well.

As a Registered Dietitian, I practice what I preach to my clients about healthy eating, consuming balanced portions, and adding variety to all meals to increase nutrients and energy level. Most of the cleanses I have seen in the past contain little to no nutritional value. For example, the “lemon, cayenne, water and honey detox” will deplete you of energy and nutrients that your body needs to function each day. The problem with these cleanses is that although you may lose weight, it is usually a combo of fluid water weight loss and lean muscle loss. You cannot sustain muscle on such a severely restricted calorie diet with inadequate protein. Your metabolism will also slow down and go into “conservation mode” as if it were prepping for a famine with such a low calorie diet (500-900 calories per day).

IMG_6996I was lucky enough to meet Kelly Boyer, the founder and executive chef for PALETA and feel in love with her products right off the bat. I decided to try the PALETA Mind and Body cleanse (5 day) because it contains a healthy regimen of alkaline (creating a basic, balanced pH level in your body), high protein purify power with branched chain amino acids and other vitamins and minerals as well as small vegan meals to consume in the afternoon and evening. My goal for this cleanse was to try something new and to (continue to) feel good while nourishing my body with all of the right ingredients, not for weight loss.

IMG_7069Because I am an avid runner and participate in high intensity interval trainings daily (60-90 minutes), I decided to mix more than just water into my purify protein powder. I added 1 cup of unsweetened Silk almond milk, ½ banana, ½ cup organic blueberries, ½ cup organic raspberries, 2 tbsp ground flaxmeal or chia seeds and 2 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt for added fiber, protein, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. The vegan meals were delicious, packed with nutrients and very filling! They consisted quinoa, lentils, butternut squash, kale, stuffed bell peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, beans, nut butters and a variety of other fresh green vegetables; which are many of the foods I incorporate into my diet on a daily basis. The delivery of the meals were broken down into two deliveries (the first delivery included 3 days of mini meals and purify protein powder, and the second delivery included last 2 days of the meals). Everything is made fresh with no additives or preservations which is why it is important to divide the delivery into two (for a 5 day cleanse). PALETA cold pressed juices, power up energy bars, and  mini Vegan meals are currently available upon order or at Studio K Training, which is optimal for post workout recovery nutrition.

IMG_7063I believe PALETA is an amazing company and provides delicious all natural meals, cold pressed juices, power all natural energy bars, and cleanses. I highly recommend @eatPALETA. Now it’s up to you to see what your body needs! Whether you’re working out at home, outdoors or at Studio K training, learn how to align your fitness and nutrition efforts for the most efficient and effective results by scheduling your nutrition consult today! Pre and post workout nutrition is crucial for muscle recovery, repair and rebuilding so you can get back out the next day… and do it all over again, with a smile on your face! 😉 Love yourself and love your body!

Contact Courtney Sullivan, Registered Dietitian, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Founder of Nutrition for Body and Mind to sign up now for your customized nutrition consultation, personal training session or nutrition/training plan!