We tend to associate liquid diets with temporary, highly specific circumstances. After a late night out, you might nurse yourself back to life with a combination of water, Gatorade and Pedialyte. In the midst of gastrointestinal issues, or just after oral surgery, you’ll drink vegetable broth and ginger-ale while on the mend. And if you’ve got a beach weekend or wedding coming up, you wouldn’t be the first to try and “flush out” your system with a juice cleanse.
These situations all feature the same two through lines: they don’t involve food (or involve very little food) and they’re utterly unsustainable. You won’t get stronger or sleep better on a month of 500-calorie days. That might be why we don’t talk about deploying a liquid-based diet for everyday life. But the topic is ripe for reconsideration. Nutrient-rich, goal-oriented drinks shouldn’t just be reserved for weeks where we eat very little; with a bit of purpose and research, they can slide right into daily routines.