February is almost gone, time for me to refocus. How about you? Speaking of resolutions…it’s almost swimsuit time girls! So, here goes – you know what they say about “garbage in, garbage out” and when it comes to nutrition that is especially true.
This year it’s time to put away the resolutions and focus on commitment to yourself! What that means in this instance is being good to YOU! Being the BEST YOU, the HEALTHIEST YOU and most EMPOWERED YOU possible. So, let’s start with nutrition, I know it’s a scary word these days, but you are what you eat and well, let’s be real, that’s a scary thought! All the processed foods, drive-through restaurants, depleted soil, mass produced crops laced with pesticides (no telling what else) is not good for your health. Not to mention the energy drinks, sodas, diet pops, chemically enriched milks and the coffee we consume to keep us going…makes me crave real food and thirst for real water, how about you?
Okay, let’s get started…the only way to eat this elephant is ONE BITE at a TIME. Sorry, to all the vegans and vegetarians out there, but this a hefty subject and requires a lot of discipline and hard work. I know, I have been there and it’s not easy, but the end result feels so good and is truly rewarding! I don’t want to lose you, bore you or give you the same “song and dance,” so I am going to start slowly. Here we go…
Breakfast – the most important meal of the day! It’s true. After sleeping all night, we should be ready to get up and get going, right? Our bodies needs fuel in order to get moving, but it needs the right kind of fuel to run it’s best race. Here are some tips to get moving in the right direction each day:
*Start with a very warm glass of water and add the juice of one whole squeezed lemon. This helps to alkalize the body as well as detox the liver. I recommend doing this on a daily basis first thing in the morning.
*Consume plenty of good fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. They are full of antioxidants, a great source of Vitamin C and provide fiber.
*Eat good whole grains such as steel cut oatmeal. I grind up flaxseeds and add to my oatmeal for a great fiber and omega source. Add pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts or slivered almonds along with REAL butter (plenty of it). Our bodies need good fats for so many reasons. Sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon which helps regulate your blood sugar levels and is very important for long-term good health. Finish off with a teaspoon of raw local area honey (if you can find it) if not, just honey. No SUGAR, please?
*Another great breakfast option is a smoothie with just fruit. You can also include goat or whole milk yogurt, preferably raw and from a local farm. If you don’t have a source or the time, then organic milk is the best option. Add berries, bananas or other favorite fruits, as well as ground flax seeds, cinnamon, a touch of honey and a splash of vanilla.
*Juicing is another great way to start your day and there are plenty of wonderful recipes online.
Have a happy and healthy weekend!
Cheers to your health!