Summer is already here and school is finished. This is a good time to think about how we feel and the changes we want to make to improve our health. For me summer is the time of the year I get creative and feel more energized to start new projects or challenges. Last year my challenge was daily raw juicing for 30 days. It was a very healthy and rewarding challenge.
I have been reading for a while about the health benefits of daily juicing and how it can do wonders to your health and I even bought a book about juicing. Since I was just recovering from a very bad ear infection which I have caught on the plane on my way back from my vacation, I felt juicing can help. After juicing daily for 30 days, I felt totally renewed. Something felt different from the inside and I noticed an improvement in my energy and my skin condition as well. Best of all was the sense of achievement after successfully finishing my challenge.
So let me tell you about my plans for this year’s challenge. I have been reading and collecting so many healthy recipes and recipe books. Some of these recipes I tried but many I had no time to try yet. So I decided to make my challenge this summer “A new healthy recipe everyday for 30 Days”. I know it won’t be easy, but I intend to make it work. A little preplanning including menu planning and a shopping list will do the trick.
Now I am working on my meal plans which are loaded with new and yummy recipes which I am looking forward to try and of course share with you soon. My rule of thumb for successful and sustainable recipes is to keep them simple and easy with as few ingredients as possible. This ensures that these recipes can easily fit into my busy daily routine, so I can enjoy them more often. However if I have time and am in the right mood for cooking, I might try something fancy or sophisticated once every now and then.
I call my cooking technique “the fast food cooking method”. Don’t get me wrong, you know me better! By fast food I mean a smoothie or a nightly pre-prepared chia pudding for breakfast, a greens salad with a hard-boiled egg and an avocado for lunch, a handful of almonds as a snack and pre-prepared brown rice with baked chicken and veggies for dinner. This is my typical fast food menu that I have different variations of. You see it is so easy and if I can do it anyone can do it. The key is to have a fixed time for your meals or snacks as well as your sleep which helps your body expect when to have food and when to rest or sleep. I have found that this diet helps give me enough energy to work without leaving me sleepy or tired after eating. It is so nutrient dense and non-complicated and makes my body happy.
One big part of my challenge would be trying new healthy desert recipes, to satisfy my kids who are always asking for something sweet and keep me away from less healthy store options. To tell you a secret, I have no sugar in my pantry except for the coconut sugar or raw cane sugar I use for desserts. Mostly I use honey or fruits such as dates as sweeteners or add cinnamon for a natural sweeter taste. Another secret for those of you who have sweet cravings, is frozen fruits as mangoes. You will find that a few cubes of frozen mango can just do the trick and satisfy your cravings.
Now it’s your turn to think about your challenge this summer. A friend of mine told me her challenge is to cut out sugar from her diet and eat more fruits instead. You might think of cutting out or limiting caffeine, eating more fresh vegetables, cooking more often, doing yoga, walking more and driving less often, juicing, eating more raw foods, eating more whole grains, drinking lemon water every morning, creating time to relax,…..and the list goes on and on. Make your challenge simple, share it with your family and friends and don’t forget to celebrate whenever you make a change even if it is small. Every small change matters and can make a difference in how you feel and look.
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Make your Naural Vitamin Water for summer
Not only fancy and tasty but refreshing and detoxifying as well!
Water melon (or cucumber)-6-8 cube
2 Lemon slices
Fresh Peppermint-3 leaves
Mix all ingredients in a small glass jug and keep refrigerated overnight. Enjoy!
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