Monday, March 12, 2012
One of these years, Dr. Lewis will be able to come to my house and have a GREAT visit.
This year, however, I had the worst migraine I've had in a long, long time on his last day in our home. It was horrible! All I could do was stare at the clock until it was safe to take yet another ineffective pain reliever. I waited in agony for evening to come, so I could take something to knock me out. It lasted about 4 days.
Himself says he can tell how I'm feeling by the groceries I bring in. Lately, everything I buy has been green. I attended a seminar by Green Smoothie Girl (Google her!) and I'm determined not only to eat real foods as I have for some time now, but to eat the greens my body needs.
This is what breakfast looks like now:
Down the hatch!It's actually very tasty. I was able to make it in my blender, not with the juicer, so I'm not wasting so much food and fiber. If you have a high speed blender, you can do this.
My basic green smoothie (from Green Smoothie Girl) is:
2.5 C water (or almond milk, or coconut water)
2 tsp sprouted, milled flax seed
She recommends 1/4 lemon, but it was too lemony for me and lemon is a migraine trigger
1 lb leafy greens (Kale, spinach, arugula, chard, whatever!)
Combine those until well blended and your blender measurement is 5 to 5.5 cups
Then add frozen fruit! Mango, strawberries, mixed berries, whatever. Mixed berries will turn it purple instead of green, but still good.
I also add about 2 tsp Agave nectar, or you could add Stevia.
Add fruit until your container is all the way full, which is about 4 cups. If adding frozen strawberries, I would add them gradually through the top of the blender so it doesn't bog it down. No ice necessary!
This gives me four pint-sized jars, or two days worth of smoothies. I have one for breakfast, and one later in the day. After two weeks I'm definitely noticing a difference in my energy levels, though I still tend to crash at some point during the day.
I have also not had coffee for three weeks. Coffee is the only thing I can think of that I was still consuming that would cause headaches.
So, this is step 1 - drinking a quart of plants per day. I'll keep you posted!