I like to consider myself somewhat of a healthy eater. I am lucky enough to live in a household that cooks multiple healthy meals a day – not a lot of deep fried food but lots of veges and a good mix of carbs and protein.
I don’t say no to my sweets and treats. I’ll eat cake and cookies for breakfast, cheesecake is yummy, I don’t say no to Cadbury chocolate, and I like condensed milk by the teaspoon. You name it, I’ll eat it shamelessly. Plus, despite healthy food being cooked in my house sometimes I don’t feel to eat meat, or rice, or… whatever it is on the dining table.
I have been super lucky (I was going to use #blessed here but I hate the way people use that word) to be born into a family that has really good genes when it comes to weight and metabolism. Let’s not talk about the genes that govern our eyesight though. But this has meant that I can look fit or slim and trim without putting in much work.
I did make the decision to do more yoga because I wanted to be more active. My goal was to do at least 20 minutes of yoga at least 4 days a week. For the month of January I have managed to do 24/31 days for the month. Keeping a calendar that I mark off the days I practice on has been super helpful in keeping me consistent. I can see a physical representation of the days that I do achieve my goals. In addition to this, actually feeling the soreness in my back, arms, shoulders, core, and thighs has definitely been a personal proof to me achieving my goals.
I’ve increased my water intake. You know what this means though? It means I pee a whole lot more than I did before!
Another thing I’ve added to my life is juicing. Putting a bunch of stuff that is supposed to be good for me into my magic bullet, adding some water, then turning it on. Sometimes it ends up in a surprisingly yummy concoction, other times it tastes like I went into the yard and picked grass. However, either way, I drink it down. You know what all of these health gurus do not tell you when you’re juicing? It’ll make you poop more. So there, you have it.
Here are a few things I’ve been adding to my blender, and what they’re good for
- cucumbers – good for your skin, improves eyesight and sleep, boosts energy, detoxes your body, boosts immunity, relieves constipation
- spinach – prevents anemia, relieves rheumatoid arthritis, fights cancer cells, combats stomach issues, high in antioxidants, fights osteoporosis, promotes healthy hair and skin
- apples – offers prevention against alzheimers and parkinsons, offers bone protection, eases constipation
- mangoes – good for eye eyes, aids in digestion, maintains blood pressure, strengthens your bones, prevents anemia
- water cress – helps with hair loss, improves skin health, promotes healthy bones, relieves colds and coughs, is good for your vision, helps with a hangover,
- celery – strengthens your bones, detoxifies your blood stream, lowers cholesterol, keeps your skin young and hydrated,
- watermelon – offers liver protection, relieves sore muscles, treats kidney stones,
- carrots – prevents cancer, improves your bone health, reduces cholesterol, aids muscle growth and digestion, controls sun damage, strengthens nails, reduce scars