I am always amazed at how quickly I can go from being on a roll and feeling great to having a few slip ups and feeling tired grumpy and not productive! And all of that because of the food I CHOOSE to put into my body! Sometimes I forget I am not invincible and this is the only body I will ever have. I take it for granted and just throw junk in and expect to have the same results as when I take proper care.
The last seven days: My husband and I took the kids away for spring break. I packed my beloved vitamix, lemon squeezer, and veggie steamer (weirdo, I know!) and had plans to stay right on track. I stuck to my plans and even went running and practiced yoga a few times. I was feeling great! Then we headed to spend Easter with cousins and family for a couple of days. We had all sorts of family events, each surrounded by piles of FOOD, I mean serious food. I ate as best I could, salads of all sorts and only a bite or two of desserts. It felt like we were finishing one meal just to start preparing the next. By the end of those two days I could barely take another bite of anything and had totally fallen out of whack… sound familiar to anyone else? My plans to stay on track on vacation quickly derailed when I was no longer preparing the food, I even volunteered to bring food along and got turned down. I could spend then next three paragraphs making excuses that we have all heard or used to justify our actions, but the truth of the matter is, I choose what I put in my body.
We got home late last night so Today started with this lovely and detoxing green smoothie recipe shared by a friend:
1 pear, quartered
1 apple, quartered
1 frozen banana
1/2 head of romaine (about 8 leaves) roughly chopped
2 cups (overflowing) spinach
3 celery sticks
1 handful parsley * optional, but great for a detox boost
1 cup water
1 cup ice
Place water and greens in a high powered blender and blend until smooth, slowly add the rest and blend well. Makes two-four servings depending on how much you need!
I split this in half and was perfectly full until well after lunch, when I had a small spinach salad. Now for dinner tonight, both my husband and I are still feeling the need to detox. I just quickly chopped some veggies and slightly roasted them with a touch of sea salt and a spritz of olive oil. Super simple and could be done with just about any veggies you like. I used what I had on hand.
Preheat oven to 425
Slice a few wedged of cauliflower
Slice10-15 brussel sprouts in half
Spritz with olive, if desired
Sprinkle with sea salt
I added some curry powder to my cauliflower
Place on pan and roast at 425 for about 10 minutes. Just slightly browned and still crisp!
Our body does a lot for us! Take time each season change to slow down, make a few simple easy to digest meals and drink your green smoothies. Our body needs to adjust to the seasons and there is nothing like a simplified detox to help aid in the transition.
Source: WFM 1-10