This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog

From juice bars to soul cycle to gluten free diets, this year has catapulted health trends to a whole new level—FINALLY—trends that are actually pushing everybody in the right direction!

Before you drop everything and pick up your green monster juice, be careful of a few things…if anything or anyone is telling you that you are going to drop 50 pounds in one month or clear up your acne in 5 days—be sure to be a little skeptical of these outrageous claims.

A healthy lifestyle is a long term commitment! Quick fixes are exactly what they sound like—short term results with short term life spans. Along with some of these highly advertised health trends comes heavy price tags that are just not reasonable for most people looking to transform their bodies and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I promise, you do not need to buy a $12 juice every day to look and feel your best! A 5-day cleanse may make you drop 5-10 pounds quickly, but you will undoubtedly gain the weight (and your sanity) back once you start eating solid foods again.

Of course, buying that acai bowl once in a while can be considered a healthy ‘treat,’ but always be aware of what is going on top of the acai—chocolate, granola, and excessive nuts can turn your healthy treat into a poor choice when you’re trying to stay on track

Here is my best advice: limit toppings to fresh fruits and nuts/seeds for the optimal superfood snack!

As for expensive workout classes and gym memberships, I guarantee that you can get the same results with the endless workout videos available for free on YouTube at home if you just set aside the same amount of time you would have if you went to a class (and you’ll save gas!—better for you and the environment).

If you want to cleanse your body, all you have to do is eat a mainly plant based diet— that is the foolproof way to allow your body to rid itself of toxins and additionally shed some pounds! I am by no means saying that you have to completely abandon your way of life now—simply put, the more fruits and veggies you eat, the happier you and your body will be! 

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