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
See Cilantro Curry Lime Cauliflower Recipe HERE
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.
There are several forms of detoxing, take it at whatever level you want. Read more on detoxing HERE and HERE
Source: WFM 1-10