9 easy ways to transform your diet from Pressed Juicery co-founder Hayden Slater

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9 easy ways to transform your diet from Pressed Juicery co-founder Hayden Slater

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Hayden is a firm believer that people shouldn't compare themselves to others when it comes to changing their eating habits and lifestyle, and should instead focus on what really works for their own individual needs. "I am a true foodie at my core ... and so for me, it's a true balance between exercise and food. There's no real right or wrong, but the more we simplify it, and incorporate these baby steps that can actually last, that's when we see the true transformations and the long-term kind of results."

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PRODUCE AND SUPERFOODS TO STOCK UP ON

Hayden enjoys eating with the seasons, and some of his favorite fruits in the warmer months are berries, melons and pomegranates. He also loves incorporating acai into smoothies, in addition to chia, turmeric, clay and charcoal. 

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ESSENTIAL KITCHEN STAPLES

"My Vitamix is my best friend," Hayden admits. But that isn't the only item in his kitchen that he can't live without. "I recently was introduced ... to a Crock-Pot, which has literally changed my life," he said. "I just throw in grains and beans and vegetables and make incredibly delicious concoctions. I'm big on soups and smoothies."

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CUTTING BACK ON REFINED SUGAR

A doctor tasked Hayden with giving up sugar for one week, and on the seventh day, eating as much refined sugar as he possibly could to see how he felt. "It was crazy ... I don't think I've felt that sick in years," he said. "It was a two-day fog. It just kind of showed me how bad true sugar and refined sugar is."

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NATURAL SWEETENERS ARE THE WAY TO GO

While Hayden recommends cutting back on refined sugars in your diet, he's all for natural sweeteners (like the kind found in fruit). "It’s crazy how much you can get out of natural sweeteners," Hayden shares. "We just launched Freeze, which is essentially a frozen yogurt option without dairy, and it’s made from fruits and vegetables. It’s crazy how sweet you can get things just with natural produce."

Freeze is available in six flavors, including greens, citrus, fruits, roots, vanilla almond and chocolate almond.

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INCORPORATING DAILY JUICES

Hayden loves to start his morning with a greens juice, which makes him feel good mentally. However, it does depend on his mood. Sometimes he'll start the day with a root juice with beets and carrots, or one of Pressed Juicery's signature blends that are more nut-based. Then throughout the day he tends to gravitate toward more hydrating juices with coconut water or electrolytes to give himself a bit more energy.

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THE BEST WAYS TO CLEANSE

If you've never tried a cleanse before, Hayden recommends maybe not jumping into a full liquid cleanse right away, and instead easing into it. "Maybe it’s incorporating a juice as a meal replacement for a day or two, or juicing during the day and having a light meal for dinner, and then slowly, as you feel more and more comfortable, going in toward the all-liquid," he suggests.

"If you’re a first timer and you want to do a true cleanse and just stick to the juice, my strong recommendation would be to stick to pre- and post-cleansing because it really makes that big of a difference. And what that essentially means is for three days prior and three days after, try to only consume foods that are really easy to digest, primarily fruits and vegetables, and stay away from the sugar, the dairy and the protein, because it just makes that transition into the cleanse that much better and the results that much stronger."

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DETERMINE IF CLEANSING IS FOR YOU

Hayden also shares that while he's a huge advocate for cleansing and it worked wonders for him, he recognizes that it's not for everyone. "Pressed Juicery is not a cleanse company, we're truly a juice company, and I'd much rather people incorporate a juice into their regimen, whether it's once a day, once a week or once a month, than to just periodically do a cleanse for a couple of days."

MAKING HEALTHY SWAPS

When talking about cleaning up your diet, it can be difficult to think about giving up some of your favorite foods to eat, but Hayden says it's all about finding ways to make your favorites a little bit lighter. "So for example, I love sweets. Incorporating something like Freeze instead of frozen yogurt is great," Hayden shares. 

If he has a sweet tooth, instead of going to a cupcake, he'll have a glass of almond milk, which satisfies the craving without all of the refined sugars.

But that's not Hayden's only trick. "Like I said, I love pizza. My new obsession is cauliflower-crusted pizza. It’s actually fun to make, and it’s so delicious," he shares. "I also love pasta, so [I substitute] regular noodles with rice noodles, or soba noodles, or buckwheat noodles, just trying to find alternatives. I do my version of risotto with farro, and it’s delicious."

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As the weather warms up and comfortable spring temperatures become a reality, you may be thinking about slimming down and detoxing from those cold weather comfort foods you were enjoying all winter. With all of the fads out there, it's not always easy to know the best way to approach transforming your diet. We spoke with Hayden Slater, one of the founders of Pressed Juicery based in California, to get tips on the best way to approach cleansing, foods to stock up on in spring and summer, healthy ingredient swaps to make at home and more.

Growing up, Hayden was a self-proclaimed "fast-food junkie," and it wasn't until he got older (at close to 250 pounds) that he made a change. "I just didn't feel good ... It was just unhealthy. I was kind of fog-like, didn't really have energy and wasn't really motivated," he shared.

Then, in college, Hayden was introduced to juice, and he started incorporating it into his daily routine. "What I learned really early on is that, I know it sounds kind of crazy, but [if] you start your day with a greens juice, everything else kind of falls into place," he said. "Before I knew it, I just felt different. I started getting this mental clarity."

Hayden points out that juice wasn't the whole reason he made the transition he did, but it was a first step that helped him begin to eat cleaner and work out.

Now, Hayden opts for healthy meals, including some of his favorites like a Quinoa Bowl, Cabbage Cups and a Greens Tom Kha Kai Soup.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about Hayden's journey to a healthy lifestyle, as well as tips for cleaning up your own diet -- including the two kitchen appliances that he swears by.

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