You know that sluggish feeling after a weekend of indulgent foods? Or that frustration that comes with decision fatigue around meal times? We’ve all been there, and we’ve all struggled with getting back on the healthy train. From lackluster attempts at intermittent fasting, compromising on “Meatless Mondays,” to just wanting to give your body a break from processed foods… We know how hard it is to reset our bodies and digestive systems. Let’s break it down.
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting has recently become an increasingly popular lifestyle, with many people adhering to the 16/8 method. This form of intermittent fasting involves eating for an eight-hour window, such as from 11 am to 7 pm, and fasting for the 16-hours in between. You might be wondering why anyone would subject themselves to that, but research indicates that it provides a variety of health benefits, including weight loss. This is because fasting for that short period of time (you’re allowed water, tea, and coffee!) helps people eat fewer calories, as well as encourages the optimization of hormones that relate to weight control.
Humans’ energy comes from the calories that they eat, and the fat that stores those calories. Fat gets burned in a more efficient manner during fasting because the energy needs to come from somewhere, if not calories. This is done through the nervous system sending norepinephrine (a hormone) to break down fat cells - but we’re not going to get into that.
Other health benefits from intermittent fasting include inflammation reduction, decreased insulin levels, and increased HGH (human growth hormone that often aids in fat loss).
Although this may seem difficult, many people report increased feelings of energy, decreased hunger pains, and weight loss after just a few weeks of fasting.
At the end of the day, intermittent fasting is really about unconsciously restricting the calories that we eat in a day. One great way to make sure that you’re still eating healthy foods and not “making up” for lost calories is by combining Splendid Spoon’s breakfasts, lunches, and Soup Reset for a simple start. (See here for research on this topic!)
The Benefits of One Plant-Based Day a Week (AKA Meatless Monday)
You may be thinking, Mondays are already bad enough - now I have to make them meatless?! No, not necessarily, although you may want to after learning about the benefits. Studies have shown that one full day of plant-based eating per week not only improves your overall health, but also reduces your carbon footprint.
Healthwise, eating less meat can improve your heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as promote kidney health, and help maintain a healthy weight. Worried about protein? The right combination of nuts, beans, seeds, and vegetables can provide all of your protein for a day!
Planet-wise, eating less meat reduces your carbon footprint by decreasing the production of greenhouse gases. Did you know that skipping one serving of beef once a week for a year saves the equivalent emissions that driving 348 miles in a car would give off?
You may be wondering, why Mondays? Not only is it a great day to reset after an indulgent weekend, but it’s part of a larger campaign effort that is empowering to be a part of. Our Soup Reset, which consists of five vegan soups, is one easy way to have all your meatless meals already prepped, without having to think. If you’re scared to take the plunge, try subbing one meal a day to be plant-based - use our soups or smoothies to treat your health and the environment. (See here for research on this topic!).
The Benefits of Giving your Body a Break from Processed Foods
Splendid Spoon’s Soup Reset provides a return to a place of balance. At Splendid Spoon, we believe the definition of “healthy” includes enjoying birthday cake and champagne, but it also means opting for veggies instead of processed foods when you can. Healthy can be both enjoyment and moderation, and the occasional reset can help us get there.
We don’t believe in restricting ourselves, but we do believe in making real, wholesome meals just as easy as the not-so-great stuff. Taking time to reset is not about weight or how your body looks. It’s about letting Splendid Spoon guide you through the day so you don’t have to negotiate between granola bars and takeout. Ultimately, the reset is about improving your relationship with food so that you feel proud of what you are putting in your body.
Why is a Soup Reset Best?
Splendid Spoon meals are a great way to prevent spikes in blood sugar on a reset day. Our meals are low in sugar and high in fiber (the average sippable soup contains 7 grams of fiber) to make you feel fuller.
- You’ll get your gut back in shape. Plant-based whole foods make a better environment for lots of different 'good' bacteria to flourish, allowing 'bad' bacteria to be released.
- Increase nutrient absorption. Fibrous veggies in soups are broken down in the cooking process, making the insoluble fiber a little softer and easier to pass through your system. Some of those plant fibers are also probiotics which feed good bacteria, in turn making your digestive system more efficient at expelling waste.
- Stay on track with healthy habits. Eating more fruits and vegetables every day is one of the simplest ways to strengthen immunity and prevent disease. Regular resets make sure you stay aligned with your veggie goals.
Splendid Spoon ultimately created our soup reset in order to give your body a quick break from processed, sugar-y foods that are difficult to digest. It isn’t meant to be used everyday, but every now and then in order to reset after long weekends, traveling, or when you’re just feeling sluggish. You can add it to your meal plan today here. Also, be sure to check out our soups, smoothies, and grain bowls to keep you feeling healthy and full when you're not resetting!