Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Green Juice and Good Food

 Hey friends,

I started the day with a coffee. I love the smell of it in the morning and I love the ritual of a hot drink to wake up my body after sleeping. Though after eating clean yesterday I was definitely more sensitive to the caffeine today. Something felt off. Thankfully there were ingredients for a green juice already in the fridge and I've committed myself to at least one green juice per day, so I had no excuses. Plus, I think green juice is the great balancer.

I immediately feel more energized and positive when I drink it. I love that it is essentially liquid sunshine and nutrition going straight to the cells of my body.

Every time I make a green juice I think of Jason Vale in Hungry for Change saying "add a little bit of pineapple, a little bit of lime, you can jazz up some of these juices so that they taste divine." He was not lying. (If you haven't checked out that amazing health documentary yet, do it.)

I was still hungry so I grabbed some seed flatbread and topped it with cashew butter and apple. This was a really satisfying snack.

 For lunch I had another green juice and a bowl of Love & Barley soup. This soup is one of my favourite things about the cooler weather.

I decided to eat in the living room, near an open window, instead of on the couch watching tv. I decided to see what it was like to be present with myself while I was nourishing my body instead of just eating as fast as I could or distracting myself with tv or music.

I took the time to smell my food, look at it, give thanks for it and settle into the process of enjoying it.

It was eating as a meditation.

So it shouldn't have surprised me that my monkey mind immediately started looking for something to worry about, something to be scared of. This time I'm not sure what changed but I was able to face it. Instead of distracting myself I looked at those fears and reminded myself they weren't real.

I am safe and I am loved and everything is always working out for the highest good.

Then I was able to really laugh at myself because I remembered that is the filter caffeine puts on my world.

And the the anxiety lifted, almost at once, after just a minute.

I believe the food we eat impacts not only how we feel in our bodies but how we see and interact with the world around us.

I finished my day with this beautiful mish-mash of a Goddess Bowl, with 60/40 ratio raw veggies to cooked food. It was spring mix, red cabbage, carrot, daikon, kale, quinoa, roasted yam, tempeh. Plus salsa, guac and flat bread.

I'm feeling tired but good. I'm feeling pulled to spend more time in nature. I'm feeling excited to plan out food to make when the cleanse starts next week.

Baby steps lead to momentum and momentum leads to change!

I truly believe that because I've lived it.  The last year has been a journey of transformation for me, but more on that later.

Elyse xo