I haven’t been ill in a very long time.
A couple of weeks ago my boss was sick. Then Mr. Science came home from field work with a cold. Then I got caught in the rain twice in the same week and both circumstances meant that I had to sit in wet clothes for a few hours.
This all was incredibly confusing at first. When four incidences take place within about 10 days that normally increase your chances of at least catching a cold, you just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best that you won’t come down with something. I was thinking the other day that I have been lucky in not getting ill, but then when my coworker mentioned that she felt as though she was starting to get snuffly and we began talking about how there’s been a cold going around, she pointed out that my usual raw veggie fix is probably doing a lot for my immune system. And I thought, maybe she’s right, and maybe it’s not just luck. Maybe it’s that the copious amounts of vegetables and green smoothies are doing some good.
Between three and five days a week I have a shot of wheatgrass and a fish oil capsule in the morning, a green smoothie for lunch and a big container of raw veggies for an afternoon snack. I’ve also recently received quite a few supplements from various companies, and since I’m pleased with the ingredients on the bottle, I’ve been incorporating them in my smoothies.
These days my typical green smoothie includes:
- 3 cups cold water (left uncovered on the table first to let the chlorine evaporate)
- About 1/3 bunch organic lettuce
- 1.5 frozen organic bananas
- Handful organic raspberries
- 1/4 cup raw vanilla hemp protein powder
- 1 – 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp local bee pollen
- Supplements (any of the following: CoQ10, digestive enzyme, probiotic, multivitamin. Like I said, I’ve received a lot of supplements lately!)
It’s funny. You read a lot about how eating whole, organic, mostly plant-based foods do all these crazy awesome things to your body, but I think it’s difficult for us to really grasp it until we’ve experienced first-hand what it can all do. I’m finally “getting” what Victoria Boutenko means when she’s praising green smoothies in her book. I’ve always been a big advocate of them, but more on the basis of what research has taught us rather than my own experience that these foods have radically changed my body etc. I’m excited to finally really see it!
It takes a long time for us to see the effects that our diet is having on our bodies. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a whole bunch of under-the-surface things going on, too. We just need to stick with it and eventually, we’ll see some real tangible change taking place.
Another thing that I think is important when you are looking to get healthier is to begin by adding rather than removing. If there’s one thing you do this week, it’s to eat an extra couple servings of leafy greens, rather than cutting out your favourite junk food. Gradual changes are very important, and by depriving yourself of favourite treats, you can do some damage to your emotional health. Work first on adding the good stuff, and then focus more on decreasing (and perhaps eliminating!) the junky stuff.
Do you prefer to add or take away to improve your health? Have you seen tangible results of a change in your diet? Share in the comments section below!