Monday, May 12, 2014

Mindful changes

We all tend to get stuck in routines. The banality of everyday life can sometimes get us down, leading us to feel like a hamster on a wheel, chasing some elusive dream or happiness that will never come.

While it's easy to get mired in a feeling of hopelessness if you're stuck in a rut, I for one believe such a period is the best time to grab life by the reins and make small (and some big) changes to shake things up a bit.

I'm the kind of person who really resists change. I tend to like routines yet I feel stifled by the sameness of it all. So when life offered me the opportunity for a career change, one I feel like I have been preparing myself for for years, I took it, in spite of the nagging voice of self-doubt and worry in the back of my head.

There are also small changes I think a person can make each day that will also create differences in your life and well-being. Everyday after work I normally change clothes, plop on the couch and zone out in front of the TV for hours, eat and then sleep, still feeling pent up frustration from the day. But today, I ignored the TV, did some yoga and meditation.

It felt great, like I was doing something good for my body and brain!

BTW, today is day two of my cleanse. My stomach is still a bit irritated from whatever bug I must have caught (or the bad food I put in myself over the past few weeks) but other than that I feel great.

I started the day off with my Green Power Smoothie, had lentil mushroom soup for lunch and a green salad topped with a dressing I made from blended strawberries, lemon juice, a kiwi and dash of salt. For dessert I had raw banana, blueberry soft serve topped with almonds. It was so tasty I gobbled it up before I took a pic but will def post the recipe with pics to follow when I make it again.

Green Power Smoothie (serves one)
2 cups filtered water 
juice from half a lemon 
2 bananas, peeled and chopped 
1 pear, washed and chopped 
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped 
1 teaspoon spirulina 
2 handfuls of spinach
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ice cubes 

Place ingredients in a high-speed blender, blend and enjoy! 

Lentil Mushroom Soup (serves 4)
1 cup of lentils, rinsed 
1 small onion, diced
1 and a half cups chopped mushrooms
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped thinly 
large stock pot
five cups filtered water, plus enough to cover the bottom of the pot
2 tsp lemon grass seasoning 
2 tsp black pepper 
dash of cayenne pepper 
half a cup of Braggs Liquid Aminos

Place a little water in the pot, just enough water to cover the bottom. 
Add the onion and simmer in the water until translucent on medium-low heat. Add sliced mushrooms, lemon grass, black pepper and cayenne pepper and cook for about five minutes. 
Add Braggs Liquid Aminos and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add five cups of water. 
Turn heat to medium-high, then add potatoes and bring to a boil. 
Then add lentils and cook covered for 20 minutes. 


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