Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Routines

So last week I posted about needing a new "schedule" in my life.  I am happy to say, I have been using my great Franklin Planner and am loving it! So far, I have been able to keep my appointments straight and on my radar. While I don't really know what my "work" day will look like in the near future, I am still able to create some changes in my schedule and habits. The big ones for me are sleep, and eating nutritiously.  

Let's face it, Smart Ones and handfuls of almonds only get you so far. I go in cycles of eating very healthy and then phoning it in with some low fat processed junk.  

Behold the Green Monster... 


I have added spinach to smoothies before but this is a true green monster:  

1 cup vanilla soy milk OR rice milk which makes it thinner
1 banana
2 cups of spinach
(a squeezze of agave nectar if you want!)

It's also delicious!

I am aiming to have a green monster everyday. So far, I have had one for the last 5 days and they have authentically made a difference in my energy levels and even in my complexion! There is more vibrancy and color in my cheeks. In all honesty, it doesn't taste like drinking a shot of wheat grass, or doing a face plant during flag foot ball. It's not leafy tasting at all, it's just pure green joy!    

with rice milk it is thinner and more green than the above version with Soy.
 Both are vanilla flavored!

Feeling daring? Slap a tablespoon of cashew or almond butter in it for that Stick-t-yer-ribness. 



CHIA seeds: 
I heard about bloggers adding Chia seeds to their food a while ago, but it was one of those things that just went over my head. While I was reading my new book: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall (which I will review as SOON as I am done, it is riveting!) the author talked about a drink that the people group he was observing used for energy and kept them hydrated on their ultra-runs.  


" Iskiate is otherwise known as chia fresca--"chilly chia." It's brewed up by disolving chia seeds in water witha  little sugar and a squirt of lime. In terms of nutritional content, a table spoon of chia is like a smoothie make from salmon, spinach and human growth hormone." 

 Apparently uber high in antioxidants & Omega 3's it's the runners super food!  I started adding a table spoon a day to some rice milk. Then I added some to a mixture of soy and banana and left over night in the fridge to create a pudding like consistency!


Not super pretty, but tasty!!    
      

       

They don't need to be ground like flax to reap the full benefits so go ahead and add Chia to: 
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • yogurt
  • Salads
  • Green Monsters
  • pancakes Or
  • top your veggies! 

Here's more info on Chia! 

  



Vitamin D: 
Minnesotan's are notorious for not getting enough in their diet, and my Dr. recommended I take a supplement! 


Shouldn't I be getting enough Vitamin D in my diet? Well, I am not a big dairy person. I like yogurt, but don't have it everyday and I am not a regular milk drinker (cow, soy and rice milk are something I usually have sparingly.) or cereal lover. Plus, in MN we have a little sunlight hiatus called winter, so our bodies need a little help. 


Luckily Vitamin D is in Spinach as well, so I should be covered now. I used to take a multi-vitamin and a few supplements including Glucosamine for joint health and B vitamins. I got away from it for the last year or so and don't recall why, but my Vitamin D is back in the picture. 

One way to check off my eating habits and really see that I am sticking to it is to track in a food journal. I just got a great new one in the mail and will be trying it out and talking about it soon! 

So, I know these aren't really schedule items, but they are things I am working back in daily, hopefully in the morning or by mid morning I can have all three checked off. I will keep updates on other new things I am trying to keep up a new schedule with. Sleep is up there, again, it's the ole back and forth with the bedtime! 


When you add new items to your routine or new supplements into your diet, do they stick or do they fade away like a fad after a few days, weeks, months?? 

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