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The single best piece of advice I could give anyone, no matter where they are in their health or fitness journey, no matter what kind of background they might come from, or where they’re at now… If you start acting like the person you want to be, you will be.
If you want to be a healthy, fit, happy and vibrant person? Then do it. Be active. Eat clean. Learn about food and nutrition. Pay attention to your body. Mimic the qualities in others that you desire. Follow their lead.
If something speaks to you and resonates with you on a deeper level, you should take it as a sign. Listen to your inner voice and let it indicate to you what paths to take and which to ignore. If something is truly in line with your goals and priorities, then you will know. Whether you choose to listen to it or not is up to you. What do you want for your life? Are you every-day actions pushing you closer to those goals or keeping you from them?
Our choices become our reality. Be aware of your decisions and if you want something for yourself, you really need to know that it’s there if you want it. If you work for it. If you make it your reality. It’s already done if you’ve made the choice to do so. :) <3
Leafy greens contain chlorophyll; the substance that gives plants their green pigment. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to the hemoglobin in our blood and that similar composition allows chlorophyll to actually help rebuild and replenish our blood cells while also delivering much-needed oxygen to our tissues. It also acts as a chelator, which pulls toxic heavy metals from our body and has anticarcinogenic properties, protecting against cancer-causing substances in our environment or in our bodies.
Eating your daily greens in a salad, smoothie or green juice will help you feel energized and you can feel good knowing you’ve gotten a big boost of alkalizing minerals, oxygen and enzymes.
Have you had your daily greens today? :)
What’s the first thing you put into your body in the morning? Are you fueling it up properly for lasting energy and hydration? Or are you loading it down with difficult to digest foods and caffeine? Even if you change nothing else about your diet, starting the day off on the right fruity foot can make a world of difference!
Immediately upon rising you should be drinking water to rev your metabolism, flush out unwanted toxins and to hydrate that gorgeous body of yours! I add lemon to mine for a little added zest and to alkalize my system. Yes - lemons are acidic but not once your body digests them. Their acids, such as citric acid, are weak, and the lemon’s overall nutrients are alkaline. The end product of metabolism is ash and its effects on the body make it alkalizing.
The next thing you reach for, after water, should be fruit. If I’ve said it once, I’ll said it a thousand times; fruit is the best source of clean-burning fuel for your body. Eating fruit on an empty stomach allows for quick and easy digestion (hello flat tummy!) and the healthy carbs and sugars are converted promptly into long-lasting fuel for your day!
Check out this casual video from Freelee, the Banana Girl, about why you should make your breakfast fruit-only! :)
Fruit also makes for quick and easy meals! No cooking time! No waiting! You can have a few pieces of fruit straight-up or you can blend, juice or chop, dice and slice your way to flat-tummy-ville! ;)
Whatever you do, make sure you’re getting enough! One banana or one cup of berries is NOT going to hold you over or fuel your body properly. I aim for 700 calories for breakfast, or 500 if I’m having a snack before lunch. You want to fill your stomach with all that delicious, nutritious goodness and I promise you, within a week or two of just changing the way you start your day, you will totally see and feel changes in your body! Isn’t fruit awesome?! :)
Today was a rainy and blustery day in London-town, but the weather was a bit warmer than expected so I got outside as much as possible despite the spitting rain and merry little breezes. I took a walk downtown to the Covent Garden Market to check things out and grab some necessities before the weekend. I found this really wicked little salad bar that had fresh pressed juices and cut fruit available! It was calling my name so I grabbed some mango juice and chopped watermelon for lunch.
My food haul consisted of blood oranges, a few mangoes, kiwis, some celery, peaches, kale, bananas and a cucumber. Not too much, because I had a long walk back home (~5k) and I tell ya, what I thought was a small haul got very heavy by the time I neared home! I also grabbed some dog food, homemade incense and candles to add to my load!
When I got home I was pleasantly surprised to find a package waiting for me in my mailbox (don’t you just LOVE that feeling??). It was the tshirt I ordered from Megan Elizabeth! It fits well and is nice and cozy. I like to support the raw peeps who have inspired me towards this lifestyle and Megan is definitely someone who inspires! If you haven’t, you should check out her YouTube channel for great recipes and FAQs about eating a raw foods diet. :)
All in all it was a pretty good little outing. I got some fresh air, fresh food, and even a bit of a workout in from hauling all that juicy goodness home! ;) Now I’m off to relax a bit before dinner and then some at-home candlelit yoga & meditation. The rainy days always make me crave candlelight. Until next time… Peace out!
I wasn’t sure what to have for lunch today and I felt like making a funky salad. I got a little adventurous with some of the flavors in my fridge and in the end, even I was surprised at how well it turned out!
- 1 large beet
- 1 large purple carrot
- 1 large yellow carrot
- 1 small red onion
- 1 cup baby spinach
I wish I had a spiralizer for things like this, it would make the beets look like noodley pasta - yum! But thinly slicing with a knife or peeler works just fine too. :) Make sure the slices aren’t too thick or too wide. Also be warned - your hands will turn a bit pinkish/purpleish after handling beets. ;)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 spoonful of chia seeds
- handful of fresh sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa etc.)
Lightly process and drizzle the dressing on top with fresh herbs of your choosing. Here I chose some of my favorites: basil, parsley and thyme. Makes for a simple, savory and zesty light dish.