A Heaping TBSP of Life


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Beverages Back Up + AM Eating

Good Morning!

Smoothies! 2

I have (finally) finished converting the few beverage recipes that I have into a usable format and am happy to announce that they are now back up on the site!

While I was working on this I was reminded of what a lifesaver my smoothies are every morning.  For YEARS I went without ever eating breakfast in the morning.  I would crawl out of bed, literally 15-30mn before I had to leave to work, slap some makeup on my puffy eyes (and more often than not too much contouring on my cheeks), and stumble out the door.  It happened, as it so often does, that I needed a cold dose of reality before I realized that it was time for a change.  Even once I did start the process of change, it didn’t all happen overnight.  Life is a fragile balance, and one thing can easily affect another.  The catalyst for me was a cute cruise photo on the beach in a bikini.  The results were two fold: stop having a drink before bed (duh, I know), and start working out in the morning.

Working out has always been something that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with.  I love how it makes me feel, look, the extra energy, ect, but I HATE actually getting up and doing it!  I’ve never had time to work out after I get home in the evenings (or the energy!) so mornings have always been my only option.  I remember distinctly the day, about three years back now when Alex and I saw THE PICTURE that got us motivated.  We had just gotten back from a cruise.  We were looking at the photos, and I realized with shock, that I didn’t just have a little cruise-induced salt and sugar swelling going on, I had put on some serious pounds!  Up until that point I’d never once thought about my weight.  I’ll admit it, I was one of those girls who could go out and party, slam every shot in the book and eat Cheetos all night and wake up and be down 5 pounds – it was great.  Then I turned 25.  The weight started to catch up to me fast and I wasn’t even realizing it.  In fact, in that cruise picture I weighed more than I did a year and a half later at 9 months pregnant.  That was the catalyst I needed to start taking care of my body.

Almost overnight we decided it was time to change.  I set my alarm clock an hour earlier.  I hated it (I still do sometimes!) but as soon as I’m up I’m glad I did it.  I worked out HARD every morning for about 6 months and started doing Yoga 3-4 times a week at night.  The weight didn’t just drop off like it used to, but I did get it off, I finally started to see the numbers move in the right direction.  Once I had that habit of working out established it only made sense to start eating better.  The more I read and learned about cortisol, weight retention, and blood sugar levels in the morning, I became convinced that it was time to start taking care of my own eating habits.  And besides, after a 45 minute workout I was HUNGRY!

I tried a few different things.  Those cute little Pinterest-worthy egg muffins, bagels, quiche.  None of them worked, at least not long term.  Everything seemed to be just MORE work in the morning (plus too few nutrients), and I didn’t have time for that.  Finally I decided to try a smoothie.  Alex had bought me a Ninja blender years back that I literally only used for making almond milk, so why not put it to use?!  I’ll be honest, at first I really didn’t feel it.  Drinking my breakfast was weird to me.  I felt like a spider who liquefied her food and then sucked it through a straw.  Plus, in order to get all the nutrients I needed I was adding kale, cauliflower and carrots to my smoothies.  They looked weird, and tasted worse.  I wasn’t exactly enjoying it, but I did realize that I was on to something.  It was possible to get all the nutrients that I needed to start my day and recover from my workout in one, convenient and portable container.  Plus, it took all of 5mn from freezer to blended breakfast.

Over the next several months I fine tuned my approach.  Swapping one ingredient for another.  I stopped adding 10 different veggies and started using protein powders instead.  Those were also hit or miss, with some being too chalky, and others suspiciously sweet.  I got hooked on collagen, and started using cordyceps as well.  It took time, but eventually, I not only became satisfied with what went into my smoothies, but I also developed variations to keep my breakfasts interesting.  Best of all, they started to taste good!

I still do my best to work out every morning (I’m a mom now, so depending on if you-know-who kept me up all night I might choose to miss a day in favor of sleep!) and I always always make sure to make my smoothie.  I can’t even begin to explain how much more energy I have every morning, and how much more manageable the midday cravings are!  These two little changes have made such a huge impact on my health, I’m back at my goal weight, and feel great – even with a 10 month old running around!

I am so happy that I can now share my ‘template’ that I use every single day.  It’s chock full of goodness, super delicious, and nearly everything can be stored in the freezer for quick and easy access. Working out and eating right aren’t easy – especially not with a full time job and a minion – but they are do-able!  I’m always looking to learn more ways to stay happy and healthy.  Do you have any tricks that work?  Let me know! 🙂

Leah



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