It's after Christmas, and if you're like me, you may have spent the Holiday with family and a few delicious treats (Ok more than a few). Treats that no matter how delicious they are (Grandma's cookies!), are not great for your body and systems. I'm a firm believer in loving your body always, but there's also a healthy balance of loving yourself by paying attention to what you are putting into your body.
I grew up thinking that healthy meant non-processed foods. My mom was all about real foods as well as an essential oil aficionado. So real butter and real cream, and we ate lots of it. There's a famous family breakfast treat that consisted of a toasted bagel, butter (real of course), cream cheese on top of that, and sugar. Obviously, I had some things to learn about health. Now there's no denying that processed foods full of food coloring and MSG are not good for you, but health goes way beyond that. I'm by no means an expert, and I'm still learning. But I've noticed a great difference in the way I feel physically by making some changes.
A few months back, my husband and I did the Whole 30 cleanse. That's where you take out dairy, grains, and added sugar for 30 days. It was definitely hard, but we both couldn't believe how alive we felt and energetic. Whole 30 is not meant to be a lifestyle, but a cleanse to show you which foods are harming your system and causing you to lack energy. I know for my husband and I, we couldn't sustain doing the Whole 30 always. I believe in enjoying life, and the delicious food in it. But there needs to be a balance. For my husband and I, we found that balance by eating Whole 30 like during the week, and then on the weekends or when going out to eat with friends then we allow ourselves to indulge.
This helps us maintain balance in our lifestyle. A lot of people that I talk to about this, think that it would be too hard for them to change the way that they eat. Thinking that it would take too much prep time. There definitely is prep involved, but it is surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. If you're interested, I would be happy to share recipes that my husband and I swear by.
Something I've learned to continue eating healthy, is having healthy snacks ready. If you're like me and work odd hours, then you don't always have time to eat during dinner or lunch because you are working straight through it. This causes me to snack a lot, and in the past it's been on unhealthy snacks. Now I make a breakfast shake in the morning, and I save half of it for snacking. This shake recipe is my go to, and it gives you so much of your needed nutrients in your day first thing in the morning! Plus it takes me only about 5 minutes to make.
2 cups of Apple Cider (make sure there's no sugar added - pour into blender first)
1 splash Almond Milk (depending on how creamy you like your shakes - I just like a little bit)
1 cup fresh spinach or greens
4-5 ice cubes
Then blend all together for about 4-5 minutes.
There you are! Ready to snack smart.
xoxo, Lady LeSavage