Sunday, September 18, 2011

Conscious Eating: Day #14 (with Morning Berry-Chia Smoothie Recipe)



I had a weird dream last night that had nothing whatsoever to do with my decision to be more conscious in my eating; to go for thirty days without wheat, dairy or processed sugar. In the dream was a friend of mine named Carol who has a Ph.D. in Nutrition. But instead of being all doctor-of-nutritiony, she was asking me if I wanted to come with her and play some sort of game where you crouch down in a cardboard box that has wheels on it, run about, score goals... I'm not sure, I never got that many details. It seemed somewhat bizarre, but in dreams I make huge leaps of faith... to me it represents a need for some sort of fun physical movement... some kind of exercise that is currently missing from this "program" I seem to be on. More on this to come in future posts.

This is Day #2 (of 30) of my taking the supplements that Doctor Ritamarie recommends in her free "Bye Bye to Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Burnout" videos.  The supplements, purchased at my local health food store, are meant to help re-set my belly-fat-producing hormones.  I'm supposed to take the powdery stuff with a citrus drink, but I'm all out of citrus fruit to squeeze so instead have made myself a yummy smoothie that contains blueberries and chia seed, two of the MUST HAVES as far as Dr. Ritamarie is concerned. We picked 30# of organic blueberries this summer, but they go fast and I have to eke them out with blackberries, which are also nutritious but not nearly so tasty, in my opinion, as blueberries. Here is my Green Smoothie recipe (not green because of the blueberries and blackberries but you know what I mean):

Berry-Chia Smoothie

Combine the following in your highspeed blender (like Vitamix) or do the best you can with small batches of ingredients in a regular blender:
*large handful of Cilantro (or Parsley, romaine, etc.)
*1 C. organic Blueberries, frozen or fresh
*1 C. organic Blackberries, frozen or fresh
*1 frozen (peeled) organic Banana, pieces
*2 T. Chia Seed Gel (made from 1/4 C. of seeds stirred into 1 Quart of water and set for at least 15 minutes)
*12-40 oz. of filtered Water(to the thickness and quantity you desire)
Whirl up until smooth and creamy. Slightly "chew" the first few sips so as to stimulate the start of digestion. (It is important to make a meal of your smoothie, not to mix it with other food items).

Rainy day here. We may be going to a friend's place later today in another town which means we will likely be offered victuals and will have to be satisfied before hand so as not to be tempted to eat any of the foods that will tip me back into full-scale insulin resistance, which I am trying to overcome with these current 30 days of eating NO wheat, no dairy and no processed sugars. For information about what else I am eliminating/eating and doing to this end, check out Dr. Ritamarie's free videos HERE-- you'll also be able to listen in on a webinar for the next few days that will provide you with information about further nutritional needs, etc.






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