Monday, April 30, 2012
Welcome to day 1 of my Spring detox!
Detoxing or cleansing to me really means returning to a simpler way of eating and taking some time to evaluate things. Examining how your body feels on a daily basis is important and helps us to be more in tune with ourselves. We should be doing these things everyday, but life has a way of butting in on our best intentions.
I also don't believe in deprivation. That is not what this detox is about. Here is a really great article on one of my favorite blogs "My New Roots" http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/2009/01/simple-detox-for-all.html. Although she is writing this for a New Year detox for the Winter months, I still think it applies here. I have decided not to do any fasting. Instead I will be loading up on tons of fresh veggies, greens, green juice, green smoothies etc...
The first couple days of a detox can be the hardest, especially if you are addicted to caffeine. A good tip is to wean yourself from the caffeine to help prevent those dreaded caffeine withdrawal headaches. To do this you can mix half regular and half decaf and then gradually decrease the amount of regular. Or have a cup of green tea. Soon you won't even notice.
If you are like me and you actually like the taste of coffee a really great product to buy is called "Teeccino." It is a ground up blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts. Sounds weird, but it is actually quite delicious and it has absolutely no caffeine. You can drink it at night or whenever. I like to mix it with some regular coffee beans in the morning, grind it all together and then brew it up in your coffee pot. It does have some gluten in it, so beware if you have any gluten sensitivities.
Also make sure you are getting enough sleep.
And lastly, breathe.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
During this time of year it seems we all have the itch to do some Spring cleaning. Most of us take this to mean cleaning out closets, scrubbing nooks and crannies and clearing the cobwebs in our homes. Well, I have decided to take this tradition and apply it to myself. Don't get me wrong, I love my morning coffee and a glass (or two) of wine in the evenings, but seriously sometimes our livers need a break.
So for the next three weeks I will live as a saint. No coffee, alcohol, animal products of any kind and little to no sugar (fruit will be ok as well as the occasional piece of dark chocolate. I am only human after all.). For me the most difficult part will be giving up coffee and wine. Isn't that the most difficult for everyone!!
I will be posting my progress as well as recipes and helpful tips. Feel free to join me and follow along!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Today marked yet another Spring Art Walk in Olympia, WA. Every year people come out in droves to see local artists showcasing their work. This my friends, is Art Walk. It includes an event called the Procession of the Species, wherein costumes are worn representing all aspects of nature. You are sure to see many children dressed as flowers, bees and possibly lions. You are also sure to see many adults dancing, rollerskating and bicycling while wearing animal and nature costumes. There are giant paper mache creations and every one is happy and frolicking about. It is an event well worth seeing, and I always come away feeling immensely pleased in this small yet big city I live in. These shots don't do this happening justice, but please enjoy all the same.
Here is a very cute little jumper I spotted in a fairly new thrift store called Psychic Sister in downtown Oly.
Maybe just maybe I will recreate it. I will keep you posted.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I present you with your daily dose of health. I'm not kidding, this smoothie really packs a punch. I have been drinking it a lot for the last couple of weeks and I can truly say I feel amazing when I do. It is chock full of nutrients and it tastes delicious. Seriously, it really does. Not only is this smoothie super alkalizing, it also has a ton of fiber. The avocado provides you with some good for you fats and the hemp seeds add great protein and omega 3's to help keep you full for hours. My recipe is loosely based off of the "Alkalizing Green Smoothie" at alkalinesisters.com.
Ok so here is the recipe. Don't be afraid to change amounts or ingredients. Smoothies are meant to be experimented with. Add different fruit, use romaine instead of kale, whatever. Play around with it until you find something you want to drink everyday! You won't regret it!
The Greenest Green Smoothie
Makes about 36 ounces
About 1/2 a banana
1/2 a large ripe avocado
1/2 a cucumber cut into chunks (if you can't get organic peel it first.)
1 inch long piece of fresh ginger root
Several sprigs of fresh parsley
2 Tbsp of hemp seeds (I grind mine with a coffee grinder)
Juice from 1/2 of a large lemon or lime
3 to 4 large lacinato kale leaves de-ribbed
1 cup of coconut water
stevia or agave to taste
water to reach desired consistency
Add all ingredients to high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add water or sweetener.
Notice that it almost matches my kitchen counter. Pour into your favorite glass and give yourself a pat on the back.
Now drink up!! The great thing about this smoothie is that it is great at room temperature and seems to get better as it sits, so you can sip on it all day if you want. Enjoy!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The garden is coming along nicely. Already we have snap and shelling peas, radishes, arugula and various lettuces coming up. I also have carrots, beets, kale, swiss chard, onions, spring onions, leeks and broccoli rabe in. My goal is to have an extremely productive garden throughout the summer, fall and winter months. Just as Spring kicks off, so does this blog of mine! Here I will post about gardening, crafting, cooking and any healthy tidbits I come upon. These hobbies of mine have helped to shape and form who I am and they continually do so. The purpose of this blog is to inspire creativity and well being. To encourage getting your hands dirty and watching something grow. I hope you enjoy.