Getting What You Deserve

Why Bother?

We are three weeks into our Strong Calm Smoothie: Nutrition Overload challenge.  Your pics and post are the best!  I’m beaming because I’ve had so much positive feedback.  I’ve also seen some of your friends comments on your posts.  Some encouraging and interested and others quite the opposite.  I’m not surprised that there are some nay sayers.  I’ve even seen comments of people asking “Why would you do this?” or “Do you hate yourself?”.  I understand that some of this is just fun banter, but it is very true that many believe that eating healthy, nutrient dense foods is a hassle, or disgusting, or won’t yield results.  I’m sure I can’t change the mind of everyone.  Even if that’s the case, I’ll go ahead and preach, because I know how rewarding and powerful eating real food and challenging your body physically  is.

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With our green drink challenge, it’s not about losing weight.  It’s not about vanity (although you may experience some weight loss, and you’ll certainly be radiant).  This is about you. Nurturing you, inside and out.  As you wake up in the morning and chop your fresh veggies and sip on your magic health potion, you’re nurturing your body.  Even more than that, you’re nurturing your spirit.  As you take the time in the morning to treat yourself to a glass of green goodness, you are reminding yourself of the following truths:

You deserve to be nurtured

You deserve to be loved

You deserve to be healthy

You deserve to have joy

You deserve to feel amazing

When you you wake up and start your day with all of these vitamins and minerals, you’re setting the tone for your day.  Not only are you reminding your subconscious that you are worth the effort, you are actually loading your body with something that supports your ultimate performance.  Get ready to take on the world.  When you’re good to you, you’re good to everyone else too <3

Glow With It

Here is another smoothie that you can incorporate into your green drink rotation:

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1 Cup Almond or Cashew milk (homemade is best, but do what you have time for 🙂

1 cup strawberries

The zest of 1 small lemon plus a squeeze of the juice

1 small peeled orange

1/2 banana (or 1/2 cup mango)

2 cups kale leaves

1 TBSP Chia Seeds

Blend well & enjoy the benefits!

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Did You Ditch the Java?

I’m seriously missing my late morning coffee.  Not the caffeine, but the taste and the decadence of a good morning Joe.  I’ve been testing plenty of alternatives and have discovered some herbal teas that I am loving.  In addition to tea, I’ve been blending up some superfood concoctions that have been interesting, to say the least.

In a blog post from Move Nourish Believe, they shared 3 alternatives to coffee.  I made all three of them and wanted to share my unsolicited opinion with you 😉

You can click on the link above for the recipes.  I’ll just give a brief opinion below with the coordinating number.

1.) Pretty much just tastes like a matcha latte, which I love! But don’t really feel the need to add tahini and sesame seeds if it you can’t taste the difference.  While they do add a nutritional boost, I’d rather make a side of homemade hummus and eat the extra ingredients/calories.

2.) This one was my absolute favorite.  It had an interesting and bold flavor.  It was a beautiful color (a feast for my eyes!).  It was the lowest in calories of the 3 and it was absolutely amazing both iced and hot.  I will make it over and over and over.

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3) This was the most decadent.  Highest in calorie, but packed with nutrition.  Good for gut health, skin, hair nails and everything in-between.  It was dessert-like and nice to sip slowly in lieu of breakfast.  I will make it again, but probably not on the regular.  I will use these ingredients in plenty of other dishes though, so it was worth the investment.

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Because You Can

Don’t forget to move your body.  Lift, walk, run, stretch dance, etc.  At 35, I continue to get stronger and more flexible than I was 10-15 years ago.  I can do more push-ups & pull-ups.  I can run longer distances.  I can help you move your furniture 😉  And believe it or not, after doing yoga for 17 years, I’m actually having breakthroughs on and off the mat that I can attribute to a consistent practice.  I promise you this is not my ego talking.  I just want you to know that no matter how old you are or what level of fitness you’re at, you can improve.  You can feel better & stronger.  That feeling of fitness is so empowering, just watch it overflow into all areas of your life.

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Stay tuned for new ways to move in our next 8 Minute Meltdown!

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58 thoughts on “Getting What You Deserve

  1. Kimberly Gauthier

    Recently a friend encouraged me to go low carb – like 20g a day. That was too hard so I decided to shoot for 100g per day –much easier. I increased my water intake to 80 ounces a day, cut way back on soda (probably once a week), cut out juice, candy, and I don’t drink coffee. I also started walking more – that part is easy, because I have 4 dogs. The difference has been amazing. I started developing bursitis in my hips (I’m only 44) and was directed to go to physical therapy – a few days after cutting back on carbs, the bursitis was gone. So were the premature hot flashes that I’d been dealing with all summer. And the migraines, the mood swings, the PMS (except I do get weepy sometime), and the cravings for junk food. I feel amazing.

    Have fun on your journey.

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    1. Support Post author

      That’s wonderful!! Yes, 20 g of carbs would not work for me either! 100 sounds much better. Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear you’ve reaped benefits from those wonderful changes!

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  2. Melody

    I’ve actually being doing yoga on and off for 7 years.On and off I hate that I could admit to it yet it true.Ironically yesterday I told my self from this day on be different.I’m trying to prove to myself that I can do it.I’m making myself go at the bare minimum two days a week.Working two jobs is kind of hard for me to find the time and gave myself excuses before but I’ve overcame a life long of negativity and started working towards positive things within the last year.I will like to continue that and I hope the challenge is still going if not I’m still willing to try Strong calm smoothie.I never had kale in my drink before and I’m willing to try it.I tried kale as a salad for the first time five months ago shocking I know and I’m not much of a fan of chia seeds but everything else in the drink is amazing.Your post motivated me to keep going thank you.

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  3. Lana

    Very interesting post! Although I am not a fan of smoothies (I would rather eat everything 🙂 ), I loved your suggestions for coffee substitutes! Will try all of them, and especially #2 🙂 Thank you!

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  4. MonicaP

    I’m 50/50 on green smoothies .. It has to be one part green (like spinach) and lots of fruit – much like the recipe you posted 🙂

    I may try those two coffee alternatives .. turmeric/vanilla/cardamom and the cocao/maca/goji beverages – those two sound soooo good! I did a every other day coffee, alternating with green tea .. I couldn’t wait for my coffee days .. lol.

    Monica.

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  6. Kirsten @ Treat Yourself Sweeter

    Love this and I am so glad I found you in this commentathon! I feel bad that in mine you got sent to a decadent, chocolate rich, not healthy recipe lol. I do actually post a lot of healthy recipes (last one was all raw, natural goji chocolate bliss balls)… I should have sent you to that one! I juice every morning for breakfast- my goal is to drink more water and move more… both easier as the weather warms up here!

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    1. Support Post author

      Lol, I like treats too 😉 I saw your goji chocolate bliss balls and I’m going to make them today!! Already got the ingredients.

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  7. Val

    I need to get more greens for smoothies in the morning. I’m not a fan of kale, but it’s the texture I don’t like. Maybe if I put it in my smoothie I’d have the perfect answer!

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  8. Debbie Thompson

    Amen! I’m totally tracking with you. I drink smoothies almost every day and I can attest – at 51 years old! – that there is absolutely no better medicine than clean eating and fitness. It’s actually the cure not the curse! I’ve said in my blog: “We’ve been sold a lie that if we pass up what’s commonly known as ‘treats,’ ‘snacks,’ and ‘yummy stuff,’ we’ll have to suffer, starve, and eat rabbit food. It’s actually the junk food that makes us feel deprived, starving, and miserable.” There are endless substitutes for junk that taste amazing and can actually have nutrition in them at the same time. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  9. Tori

    Green smoothies are the best! I can never convince myself to make/drink them in the morning, though. It’s usually at some random point during the day. I need to make them more often, though. Thanks for the reminder!

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  10. anne

    I love green smoothies with lots of fruit – the chia seeds make it nice and thick so you can use a spoon if you want. Good luck on your challenge

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  11. Jebbica

    Those recipes look very interesting! I don’t think I could ever give up my morning cup of Joe, though (not any time soon anyway since I JUST bought like 8 boxes of K-Cups on a $2 sale, haha!). That #3 one looked really tasty, though! I’m definitely going to have to try that!

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  12. Pam

    I just recently purchased a super blender with the intention of making some great healthy drinks like this. I just need to get started with it and this post certainly gave me the motivation.

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  13. Jen

    Thank you for this post! About 2 years ago, I added smoothies to my life and noticed amazing results. Then one day the flu struck and threw me off course…and I never got back to where I was. You’ve motivated me to give it another shot and add more physical activity into my life. Thank you!

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  14. Zoe

    Love this post! Full of such positivity and great ideas! I love a green smoothie but need to keep sugar content down so stay clear of fruits and add protein powder. Juices are so great!!! I have got bored of my recipes so this has inspired me to look for more.
    I also think it’s AWESOME that you are fitter and healthier now than when you were in your twenties- go you!!!!!
    Best Wishes, Zoe

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  15. Pam McCormick

    We ARE what we eat and how we MOVE!! Dancing is most certainly my outlet, however, I need to take more classes vs. just teaching. It expands my mind, my movement and helps in so many ways. I definitely need to watch what I eat as I get older and these ideas are great. I will be trying them this week. Thank you!!

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  16. The Levantess

    Thank you for the smoothie recipe. I am always looking for more :). I won’t be ditching the coffee any time soon. But, I drink it for the taste, it doesn’t wake me up (I drink decaf and caf interchangeably at any time during the day). I also checked the link. The tahini won’t be going into my smoothies, lol, it the rest look delicious!

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  17. Karen

    I’ve been curious about the “Green” drinks, but haven’t been brave enough to try, haha. I love all the ingredients in your recipe, so maybe this is the one I test it out with. I’m so afraid they’ll be bitter.

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  18. Angela

    Don’t tell my husband I told you this, but his mouth was watering when I showed him this post. He loves making smoothies and you have given him ideas how to make more. This is some great info! Thanks—and remember, shhhhhhh!!! 🙂

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  19. Jill

    I love so many things about your energy and this post! Definitely going to try the smoothie this week and look up the coffee alternatives and try those as well. Thank you so much for being you! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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  20. Jill

    great post! I love to make smoothies too! I really need to try yoga..I have had about 5 different doctors tell me I should be doing some yoga for various reasons and I just need to do it! I enjoy lifting weights so when i go to the gym I always pick lifting over yoga.

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  21. Lindi Mogale

    I am a fan of smoothies and I am always trying new combinations, i admit I use them more because they are easy to consume while running around in my day but maybe i will find that they have calming and other properties too, who knows

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  22. Aimee

    Thanks for the green smoothie recipe! I love throwing new smoothies into the mix. 🙂

    I totally agree with you about being able to improve your fitness regardless of your age. I’m also 35, and am running faster and further than I ever have in the 23 years I’ve been running. I’ve also become stronger & more balanced as an athlete, which has helped my improve my speed while staying injury free. You can make progress at any age! 🙂

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  23. Ayana Pitterson

    I actually don’t drink coffee, and love smoothies. The recipes do give me pause since they are not things that I would think we can blend and drink, but it does look yummy. I am definitely going to try and give some of these a try as the pros so outweigh my fear of green juice. lol. Thanks for sharing this.

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  24. Sam Sly

    That looks like a nice smoothie. I use to be skeptical of green smoothies as I imagined they would be very bitter. I find they are nice to drink, though it depends what else is included. A smoothie is probably my favorite way to eat spinach or kale.

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  25. Adrienne

    I’m slowly getting back into wanting to be healthier! Thank you for the encouragement to keep moving. I need to pull out my mat and start doing my Windsor Pilates again. I felt better after doing Pilates daily than I had in a long time. I need to get it back into my routine. ~Adrienne

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