LUNCH - Green Smoothie Revolution
My lunch today was comprised of all the fruits and veggies in the picture blended together with ice and yogurt to make a delicious green smoothie! In all honesty, I really don’t like vegetables. But fruits entirely mask the taste! I’m currently reading Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko and it is truly fascinating. Every member of her family (4) had some kind of illness from hyper thyroid, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, asthma, allergies, and chronic fatigue. They became raw foodies years ago and were quickly healed within months. Even petty ailments disappeared. She and her husband look younger. Then small ailments started returning. That’s when Victoria researched the importance of eating greens. Greens (not other veggies) should make up 50% of our diets! We can learn a lot from chimpanzees who share 99.4% of our DNA. Fruits, vegetables, and GREENS make up 80% of their diet. They also eat seeds and insects.
How does this relate to yoga? One word: ahimsa. As yogis, we want to cause the least amount of harm to the world around us and also to ourselves. It is a spiritual principle to honor our bodies enough that we would give them the nutrients they really need. This doesn’t mean anyone is perfect. I want to stress that. No one can quit the standard American diet cold turkey and become vegan princesses overnight. At least I can’t! Baby steps! :) My aim is to slowly, but diligently, introduce myself to more vegetarian meals and make a commitment to greens. Hey, it’s better to drink a green smoothie with yogurt than to not drink one at all, right? The funny thing is that once Victoria started her green smoothie kick, her body changed, her appetite changed, and she was suddenly craving greens more than anything else. Our appetites are pliable - most people don’t realize that. Make a commitment to yourself that you know you can keep. Honor yourself; don’t judge yourself, and have a little faith in your ability to steer your cravings towards nutritious raw foods. I’m the pickiest eater alive so if it’s possible for me, then it’s possible for you, too!