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January 1st. A new year and a fresh start. I have always had a love-hate relationship with New Years. The possibilities seem endless but I have been through this same rigamarole one time too many and have become jaded by the optimism (I know, I know — I am a goal oriented person and the thought of setting lofty goals only to be forgotten in the weeks to come is disheartening to me). So this year, it’s the year to do something manageable for you, for me, for us all. I’m going to embark on a 30-day green smoothie challenge! It won’t be much of stretch for me since I am a die-hard smoothie addict but throughout the holidays I have, admittedly, been off the wagon and it is time to hop back on. I can feel the big dinners and scrumptious desserts not only taking a toll on my waistline but also on my mood, energy level, mental alertness and joints (these favourite holiday foods are the breeding grounds for inflammation in the body).
The best and easiest way to combat these feelings is to make sure that we are getting enough of those dark leafy greens – they are magical! Yet, it is difficult to get enough, everyday, especially when our lives are so hectic.
So I vow, right now, to take the easiest step I can to boost my immune system, boost my energy levels, and fill myself with all that healthy antioxidant power that will make my whole body feel better inside and out. I am going to drink at least 2 cups of green smoothies a day for the next month to kick start my healthy year.
I’m going to begin with my green smoothie go-to; so grab your favourite blender and get blending with me!
1 cup of bok choy or kale, raw
1 cup of frozen pineapple
Blend the bok choy or kale with a little bit of water (try 8 oz to start) add the date, blend, add the banans, blend and finally the pineapple, blend. This is your first easy-peasy green smoothie! If you’d like, you can add a handful of almonds, chia seeds or flax to give you that extra boost!
I’m going to follow my green smoothie with a glass of wheatgrass an hour later – what will you do?
Jump on board – let’s do this! And tell me you are going to do this so you have someone to be accountable to! I will provide you with recipes and shopping lists for the weeks to come — let’s do this together!
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario