It is so cliche, I know, to write about over-consumption and cleansing on Jan 2nd. And it's so easy to drone on about how much we all want to excercise more, eat healthier, learn a foreign language, try yoga, blah blah blah. Blah blah. We are have good intentions, no doubt. So what happens? We forget? It's too hard? Don't know where to start?
I'll give you a little push off the cliff. It's not hard. It is all about striving for balance.
I lost a sister-in-law to cancer in 2012 and rode a very complicated wave of digestive system issues (resulting in a operation) with my seemingly youthful and vibrant mother over the past few months. While I have always been interested in nutrition, those two events got me focusing the lens even more on my diet. Just a small amount of research around nutrition will quickly have you thinking that your body's PH range pretty much holds the keys to the kingdom.
It's fairly simple to figure out. There are acidic things that you put into your body (meat, coffee, alcohol, sugary and highly processed foods, dairy, eggs) and alkaline foods (dark leafy greens, most vegetables, some fruits) along with some neutral items (whole grains, coconut oil, water) with the goal being a optimal PH range of 6.0 to about 7.5. If your body is full of acid, you create a breading ground for yeast, fungus and other unpleasant things (not limited too but including bloating, constipation, lethargy, a weakened immune system). If you body is more in the direction of alkaline, your system will be flooded with enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants (and higher cell turn-over, increased metabolism, clearer sinuses, etc etc). It's pretty straightforward.
So does that mean you have to eat only kale and sprouts? Absolutely not. Variety, color, raw fruits and vegetables all BALANCE out your digestive system. So when you indulge in a luscious piece of cheesecake and wash it down with a glass of red wine, make yourself a green smoothie for breakfast the next day. Oh, and dust off your sneakers or roll out your yoga mat, too.
That's all. Sorry to be preachy.
It's only because I love you and I'm looking forward to a very delicious 2013 with you. Cheers!
1 c kale, chopped
1/2 c (total) raspberries and pomegranate seeds
1 c banana, chopped
2 c (total) coconut and almond milk (I used unsweetened Blue Diamond Almond Breeze)
1 t cinnamon (optional)
2 t chia seeds (optional)
1/2 c ice cubes
Blend all of the above together and serve immediately. If you have an issue with the residual "crunch" of the pomegranate seeds, leave them out and maybe substitute some fresh pomegranate juice instead. I like to add chia seeds for increase fiber and Omega 3s but they also could prove to be a textural challenge for some.