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What is your why?

Why do you want to eat and drink cleaner and greener?

Some people will answer “to lose weight”. Now ask yourself the same question again . There must be another reason, or you may as well do Slimfast, Weightwatchers or Atkins Diet, right?

Why else do you feel drawn to cleaning up your diet?  Why would you choose eating cleaner as a weight loss method, over one of the “diets on the market”?

Collect together all your reasonings, which may or may not be some of the following:

PHYSICAL

  • Strengthen my immune system
  • Flush out toxins by eating more water based fruit and veg
  • Give my liver a break!
  • Give my pancreas a break!
  • Clear my skin up
  • Help my body to deal more efficiently with (xyz) chronic condition
  • To help my digestion
  • I want to give my body clean fuel for my workouts
  • I suspect that an excess of (processed food/meat/fried foods/dairy/white carbs/sugar) is causing/aggravating my problem with………..
  • I remember when I ate cleaner and my energy levels were much better
MENTAL/INTELLECTUAL
  • Better concentration levels/mental clarity
  • I hate having brain fog around 3pm every day
  • I can’t even focus on my studies when I need sugar/Coke /…….(insert)
EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL
  • I want to help my family eat better as a whole and I need to set the example
  • Eating more plants over meat as a compassionate choice
  • Eating closer to the earth “just feels right”
  • I think eating healthy will make me feel better in myself generally
  • I remember when I ate really well and I just felt good inside
  • I am sick of craving junk food (this is also physical)
  • I feel out of control with some food addictions
  • To care better for my body which houses my spirit/inner self

Whatever your “WHY” is, THE BIGGER, THE BETTER!! The greater and deeper your desire to clean up how you eat, the easier it will be to make the transition (which is a journey with inevitable ups, downs, pitfalls, and experimentations with what is “right” for you…….)

Please allow me to link to some previous posts I have written. Here’s hoping they may help.

“I wish I could enjoy healthy food, I just prefer junk!”  An empowering discovery I made

“Is it really true what they say about sugar affecting our mood/emotional well-being?”  Yes, it is. read this!

“Should I do one of those detox cleanse things?”  Read this

“But I love chocolate!” Try this

“But I love baking!” Me too!

“I miss my old stuff, this is not fun!”  If you’re not having fun, read this!

“I want to make healthy juices but I don’t have a juicer!”  This will start you off

Enjoy the journey!

9 shares….

It has been a while since I did a “proper recipe”. Today will not be the day either…….Here are 9 things to share with you, because that’s what I do……

  1. Lent being over, and all, I have been enjoying my wonderful carrot cake (click here for the recipe) which I cunningly froze away. Yay for freezers!
  2. I just saw somebody use chickpeas as a binder in granola bars, and I was curious, so I google searched it, and lots of people seem to be doing it. Chickpeas in an energy bar- sounds like just the kind of thing I must try immediately!
  3. Tesco have been selling frozen raspberries for £1.30 a bag for over a year now. These have been our manna from heaven, for smoothies, pancakes, or just thawing and eating.The manna has sadly dried up, at least, at that price, anyway…       😦
  4. On a happy note, asparagus season is upon us any day!!! Yes, that merited three explanation marks. Happy,happy days!
  5. I did some lazy black beans the other day and they worked so well. I cooked up some black beans and ended up with 3 cups worth- unseasoned, just plain old beans. I squeezed a generous amount of tomato puree into a saucepan, some lemon juice, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and smoked paprika, and heated it all up. It tasted delicious! (A ready mixed mexican spice would probably have been even tastier, for sure)
  6. In a previous post, I pointed out that growing season was upon us. As someone whose blog sports the name “loving leaves” you would think I had planted by now. But no….. I may be lucky if I get some windowsill sprouts going. Sigh……………..
  7. I baked a slow-cooker bread that I found on Pinterest yesterday and it was successful!  Out of general internet courtesy, I shall post the link to the original site for the recipe: Fix-it-and-forget-it.com   Tweak recipe as desired (The original recipe uses powdered milk, and a mixture of flours) Delicious.
  8. I am too lazy to upload the photo of my slow cooker bread. It was a loaf of bread. Only done in a slow cooker.
  9. A list of 9 things is bound to irritate me. So let’s make it ten……
  10. My husband surprised me the other day by purchasing himself a white cabbage, and devouring the leaves, undressed and unaccompanied. This is a man who prefers his salads lettuce-free. I wondered if it was some strange kind of deficiency that his body was craving cruciferous. (Strange, in a decidedlygood way….) In any case, these small leaf-loving moments are just the kind of thing that round off a list of  random plant-associated shares nicely.   Especially considering I started the list with cake……

 

Happy weekend!!

Purple

I love strangely coloured vegetables.

I found out recently that all carrots used to be purple,

until the imported orange variety became more popular.

Who would have imagined it?

Here’s another- it’s purple again!

Good heavens- and some more!

PURPLE CORN- I bet you never knew!

And the purple fest continues……

Purple kale- when purple=very green food.

What’s with the purple cruciferous thing?

So what’s my point?

Oh sorry- were you waiting for a point??  🙂

I was just celebrating purple plants,

because celebration of plants is what I do on this blog.

Beautiful nature,

beautiful purples,

beautiful plants.

In the current absence of inspiration…

I find comfort- and hope you do too- in the words of this tenacious little tangerine.  Wishing you a wonderful day…..

Beige and Green 101

There are Beige Foods, and then there are Green Foods.

Here is one example of beige food:

Be warned: Beige food is not always beige-coloured.

Sometimes it is subtly arranged atop Green Food- it is still Beige.

Sometimes it is even green-coloured.

But the fact that it is green-coloured certainly doesn’t make it Green Food.

Here is an example of Green Food:

Be aware- Green food is not necessarily green-coloured.

In fact, it comes in many different colours.

Sometimes, Green Foods are even beige-coloured.

But they are never Beige.

Not all Green Food need be eaten raw (indeed not all of it can be) but most plants fulfil the optimum measure of their Green Essence when eaten raw, and generally, the closer to it’s original state, the better. Some Green Foods can be sprouted and reach a higher degree of Glorious Greenness, because you eat them while living- still growing and progressing.

Sometimes Green Foods come in surprising colours.

But always natural. That is what makes them Green.

You see, Beige Food and Green Food are classified by their essence, not their colour.

“Beige” is not so much a description of it’s colour (though oft-times they are identified by their non-distinct white to yellowish hue) as it’s distinct lack of life-force. I don’t mean the energy in a caloric sense, as they normally have plenty of calories (especially the fried ones, and the sugary-bready ones) but I do refer to energy on a more….let’s see…vibrational level.  In fact technically, Beige Food should be called, to use Michael Pollan’s words, Beige Edible Food-like Substances.

Green food is called thus because it comes forth from the earth, and it symbolisesthe life-force and energy to be found therein.While some green food is high-water, low-calorie food, ALL GREEN FOOD IS EQUALLY HIGH IN LIFE-FORCE!

Our inner self, or spirit, and body can reside in greater harmony when we feed our body food from the earth, close to it’s natural state (I am not referring to a steak so rare it’s almost lowing, by the way!) While this certainly isn’t the only eternal law that controls our spiritual well-being, it does play a unique and special part. You won’t find necessarily find this taught in any healthy eating manuals, though you may find some oblique references if you look hard-most experts agree that a diet based predominantly around dead beige food can contribute to “brain fog”, lack of concentration, mood swings, anxiety, and even low self esteem.(I stress– I do not insinuate that these issues are not complex and there are multiple factors- but do not rule this one out!!)  For the body, a diet based around Beige Edible Food-like Substances can lead to skin complaints, inflammatory conditions, weight gain, higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancers and an extremely long etcetera.

In contrast , as well as greater health and physical vitality, a diet based around Green food will contribute to greater clarity, better concentration, and an inexplicable feeling of greater well-being within your present reality. A good friend of mine described an experience she had: after her Christmas Beige Hedonism, she decided to embrace only Green Food for a few weeks. She wrote me saying “Something amazing is happening inside me! It’s like I am getting a crystal clear vision of my true self and I LOVE it!”

A final thought- if you wish to move from more Beige to more Green, remember:

A mouthful of green food will- in that moment- do you good- on a micro level.

A mouthful of beige food will- in that moment- do you harm- on a micro level.

HOWEVER!

It is not about obsessing over everything we put in our mouth, and accompanying guilt, but about the journey: the direction you want to head in, and steps towards it, at a rate you can handle.

Our macro-results will be a result of what we base our daily food choices around over time. They will be a result of what we have loved the most,

what we have sought to eat most of the time, albeit not all of the time.

If you are trying to feed yourself better, and you have a binge, be kind to yourself.

Move on.

You are always one healthy mouthful away from Green Foods 🙂

That is why this is a journey, that requires the experiencing of both, introspection, patience, perspective, experimentation, mistakes, analysis, lessons, and fun.

If you think I am seeing this too wide- forgive. I love to see the big picture and I see lessons for the spiritual within the realm of the temporal wherever I look.

This clarity is another blessed result of seeking after Greenness. And believe me, I have dabbled, nay- swum, in Beige on occasion. And still do dabble sometimes.

But Mother Nature is kind, and knows what we inwardly seek   🙂

On green juice and kapotasana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I get yoga emails from a guy named Lucas Rockwood. He has a cool story- started as a sweaty overweight guy who could not get his hands past his knees and who lived off Red Bull, meat, pizza and the like…..and ended up as a very slim, uber-bendy bloke, who eats only plants and drinks lots of green juice, and loves it. He now lives in Thailand making a pretty packet with his yoga courses.

I like his emails because they are short and to the point, he doesn’t talk about chi and chakras, and he signs off , not with the traditional “Namaste”, but  “Stay Bendy” 🙂 

He often says things like “Coffee, meat and white carbs make you stiff” and “eating lots of greens helps your flexibility”, though never really offers much more in terms of “evidence”; just the thousands (literally) of people he has met and taught. But no “official studies” or anything….

So one day after Christmas, my body did not feel good. I had not loved it as I know how to  🙂  Tesco had loads of celery,cucumber and greens on the Reduced Shelf (It was not yet Jan 1st, so people hadn’t started dieting yet 😉 )  and I decided to just drink green juice for a day to give my poor digestion a break.

(I hasten to add, I do like drinking this, and I see no point in subjecting yourself to something you loathe just for the sake of “detox”, but there are a million ways to clean up your insides, like sweet, delicious fruit and water. More ideas in this post)

After one day of green juice, I was feeling better and pain-free and in the evening I decided to do some cheeky backbending. It had been 3 or 4 days since I had done any and I expected to be very stiff, so planned to take it slowly. Imagine my surprise when I was able to get further back than I ever have, with far more ease than I had ever experienced. (Yes, that merits an underlining, it does!)

I love personal anecdotal evidence  🙂 

P.S. No, obviously the girl in the photo is not me. But I can do that posture. It’s called Kapotasana- “Camel”. I nailed it in quite a short time, and I attribute it to  just 10 short minutes back stretching a day, and lots of clean food and water. That’s just my opinion  🙂

Namaste: The divine in me salutes, and reverences, the divine in you.

Namaste  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quote

Not that I flatter myself that anyone actually waits for my posts (I don’t) but just to point out that I am not posting so much due to mind and hands being distracted/busy with other things. A few new things have come out of my kitchen- a “white chocolate” creation using my Christmas cacao butter and some freeze dried strawberry powder (seal of approval from the first 3 adults to have tried them.), some savoury “cheese and onion” flax crackers in my dehydrator, some fermented macadamia nut cheese (yum), some super-simple spelt bread from a spanish blog (gorgeous, but needed more salt) and amazingly have re-instated the smoothie tradition at the breakfast table with the kids after a long winter lull. I am careful to make them nice and fruity tasting, but they all get some raw leaves in there, you better believe it! Nobody has complained sofar, and Ellie flexed her muscles proudly afterwards as testimony to her body recieving the goodness gratefully  🙂

 

Today I am helping Alfredo out by cooking up a storm for a lunch buffet for his work tomorrow- lentils (similar to my recipe on this site, but with lots of chorizo added), spanish potato salad (also known as russian salad) and a few potato omelettes. Plus Isaac is clamouring to paint. So to keep it simple, here’s a quote which resonated with me.

 

Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.
– Astrid Alauda

 

Astrid, I don’t know who you are, but I like what you say. Amen, Astrid, Amen!

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