Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Day Seven and Eight - Daily Green Smoothies

Time got away on me last night and I didn't get a chance to update my day seven. So I'll do the two of them together.

Weight stayed the same the two days...138lbs.
Skin is fine but woke up this morning with a painful split in my lip. I am not used to getting this type of thing. Dry weather? Or stuff getting out of the system? Not sure.
Emotions and feelings: Great, full of energy until late last night. I did eat some non raw food! Sometimes I just pop it in my mouth without realizing it. A danger if you family is not fully raw with you. So I had some falafel and crackers. Small amount but it did make a difference in my energy level in the evening. I fell alseep earlier than normal.

My two green smoothies on Day Seven were:

2 bananas
5 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of strawberries
2 cups of water

Blend and drink. I made one in the morning and loved it so much made another one for dinner. It was simple and delicious!

Woke up before the alarm at 6:30am and was wakeful, not tired. Great! Did my breathing exercises for the first time in a week and then did my A.M. Yoga session which is about 20 min. My daughter even joined me for part of it. The breathing I do is to help detox the body. David Wolfe talks about it in his book "The Sunfood Diet Success System". You breathe deeply and exhale toxins through your breath. It is counting six seconds as you breathe in, six as you hold the air in, six seconds breathing out and then six seconds without any air in your lungs. It can make you dizzy to begin with if you aren't used to breathing deeply, but I had no trouble when I started this breathing exercise about six months ago. My yoga is A.M. Yoga by Rodney Yee. I really enjoy this yoga program. It's easy, done in your house and Rodney Yee is really relaxing to listen to. If I do it every day for a week, I notice dramatic improvements in my flexibility. Now it is just about consistency and doing it at least three to five times a week!

Today we spent another day up at the mountains. My daughter had her second ski lesson. I had my first green smoothie around 9am.

2 bananas
5 cups of spinach
1 cup strawberries
2 cups of water

Again, loved it so much yesterday that I finished off the spinach today.

Had a Smart Monkey bar up on the mountain with three dates too.

Wasn't hungry when I got home and was offered some free time by Nana and Papa (they took the kids for an hour) so I went for my training run for the Sun Run. Today was Run 1 min. Walk 3 min. and do that nine times. It was a beautiful, full of sunshine day. The run/walk was energizing. It took about 40 min. to complete.

I am so lucky and blessed to have both my parents and my in laws close. My parents live just a block away and my in laws live across town. They do so much for us and the kids. We get exercise time, date nights, day care, etc. They really help us out so much and if not for them we wouldn't have time to ourselves. Our kids are extremely close to their grandparents on both sides and are the only grandkids, so they get spoiled terribly. In a good way of course.

While preparing dinner for the family I made up one of my favourite fruit treats...papaya banana pudding. After blending it up and tasting a little I wondered if I put in a wack of greens if it would taste any different. I chose to put in seven leaves of kale as kale isn't too strong tasting and really it only tasted a little green, but it was more like pudding than a smoothie. I did add about a cup of water but even then it was a thick consistency.

It was made like this:

1 large papaya - peeled and deseeded
2 bananas
7 medium sized leaves of kale

Blend the papaya until it's mushy, add banana and blend until smooth, add kale and blend until smooth again.

Simple and delicious again! I had some figs with that as well, just chewed them up though, eating the old-fashioned way. :)

I was full of energy all day, it's been great. I had a snack around 7:30pm - avocado mush. That's the avocado mushed up with some celtic sea salt and juice of half a lemon with some grape tomatoes mixed in. Simple and delicious again! No cravings for sugar today, no cravings for cooked food today, even though we were in the cafe up on the mountain. Managed to get through that no problem.

Eat raw, live well.

1 comment:

Kristen's Raw said...

Great and thorough post...enjoyed reading it. Cheers!