Since Monday I have been doing a “Green Smoothie Cleanse” much like what I was doing on the weekends during Lent. Basically that means that for 3 meals a day I drink a smoothie primarily made up of greens (swiss chard or spinach in this case since that’s that I have at home) with fruit and nuts/seeds. I also add in 1 scoop of protein powder a day to supplement my weightlifting.
What’s in it?
My usual smoothie formula is:
3-5 cups greens
+ 1 fresh fruit
+ 1 svg dried fruit
+ 1 tbsp nuts/seeds OR 1/4 avocado
+ 1 tsp spices
I like to add in dried fruit for extra sweetness especially if my fresh fruit isn’t at its ripest. Usually I will add 1 tsp of fish oil to one of my smoothies a day.
What’s the point?
-I end up consuming more servings of fruit and veggies than I would on a normal day. Especially leafy greens which are rich in minerals and vitamins like K, C, and E
-Produce is alkalinizing. An acidic pH in the body contributes to a host of health problems from osteoporosis to cancer.
Check out this table of acidifying/alkalinizing foods.
-I can give my digestive system a rest without fasting. I get loads of nutrients in a liquid form which is easily absorbed by the body.
-It reduces bloating and keeps me regular.
-It keeps my skin looking healthier.
In keeping with the cleansing theme today I decided to try to cleanse my mind as well. I’m a pretty pessimistic person and critical of myself; I’m betting that I would be much happier if I could release some of my negativity.
So, I took my very first Mindful Meditation class. I’m not generally one to take time out of my day for meditation, unless you count staring blankly at my computer when I’m at work (in which case I practice meditation very often).
What did I get out of the class? That I’m not very good at mindful meditation. Not exactly the outcome I had in mind.
I found it really hard to focus on the meditation and spent a lot of tie thinking:
- Man, my feet are asleep.
- I wonder what time it is.
- What colour represents my throat chakra again?
- I wish I had something to eat before this class.
I guess it’ll take quite a bit of practice to get it right. I have a bit of a monkey mind.
How do you feel about meditation?
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