A few weeks ago I decided to go ‘green’. I don’t mean the environmentally aware kind of ‘green’ (which of course is important) rather I mean the ‘eat healthy and nutritious’ type of ‘green’. For about a month now I have been starting most days with a ‘green’ smoothie made in my Nutri Ninja, and I am noticing a difference!
It all started after the Christmas slump when I had eaten too much and got a bad flu for about three or four weeks. I had stopped going to the gym, had put on some Christmas weight and was generally succumbing to the winter blues – we’ve all been there.
I met up with a friend recently and I told her I was trying to get back to healthy and that my big addiction was sugar. I thought I was doing a good thing by making myself juices and smoothies with lots of fruit and berries, but it turned out that all I was doing was feeding my sugar habit (not to mention a lot of calories!).
My friend recommended that I focus on getting more greens into my diet and, very importantly, to try to be consistent and not perfect – which, to be honest, is where I always fail when I embark on a healthy eating plan. I try too hard to be perfect and if I trip up I tend to think, “Well that’s that then!” and I give up. Personally, I aim for about four consistent days a week and if I do more that’s great; if I do less then I don’t worry about it, I just think about what I will have in my green smoothie the next day I make one.
Also, and almost controversially, I learned that I needed to start making fat my friend (and sugar my enemy), but it needed to be the right kind of fat of course (extra virgin coconut oil is highly recommended).
To give you an idea of the sort of greens I am putting in my smoothies each morning I put AT LEAST five of the following:
- Spring greens
I usually add about one piece of fruit for every five pieces of green veg.
As I make one of these most mornings (about five mornings out of seven) I almost always add a combination of some of these:
- Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Mixed chopped nuts
- Teaspoon of cacao powder
- Lecithin granules
- Raw organic extra virgin coconut oil
The first thing I noticed, after a couple of weeks of absorbing all those wonderful phytonutrients, was a change in the texture of my skin. It was smoother to the touch and felt less dehydrated, and it wasn’t just the skin on my face that changed but my skin all over. I was prone to dry patches, blemishes and areas of irritation and these all appear to have significantly improved.
I have been asked on more than one occasion if I have been away on holidays (which I haven’t) as the tone of my skin has changed and there is more colour in my cheeks!
These are just my experiences but if it makes me feel this good surely it’s worth a try? Remember though, it is important to be consistent, not perfect, so give it a go and don’t beat yourself up about it – if you miss a day then just have a go again the next day.
Here’s to your good health.
Until next time,