Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Cleaning....get the junk out!

What do you think of when it comes to Spring cleaning? Doing a top to bottom house cleaning? Going through your closet and sorting through your clothes? Getting geared up for garage sale season and going through your personal items and seeing what you would like to sell/give away? What about getting the yard cleaned up and ready for a season of gardening? Well, all those items are on my list including focusing on switching gears with my nutrition and starting off with a cleaning of my body from the inside out.

Most refer to a body cleanse from the inside as a detox. But I'm not just talking about doing a detox. As a child, it was also a time that we got "bitters". Good thing it was usually administered during Spring break, because we would be back and forth to the "royal seat" for a good day. We got lots of water as well and at the end of the "cleanse", we definitely felt lighter.

Now I don't do the spring cleaning quite in the way that my folks did, but here's how we begin.

Eating more alkaline foods

This means focusing on keeping more whole foods in our diet (vegetables, nuts and seeds, sprouts, healthy fats and oils)....Making sure our nutrition stays supportive and natural.

Keeping your system in a more alkaline state, has been know to reduce the possibility of disease and parasites and promotes the function of your cells and systems....something to consider seriously.

Drinking more water

It's the one cleaning product you are always using. Get it in your body to help your body to flush away those toxins and to keep your systems flowing smoothly. When you are well hydrated you experience the benefits of increased energy, mental clarity, happy kidneys and liver, and wealth of other benefits. Start with at least eight 8 oz (250 ml) glasses (8 cups, 2 liters) a day and more if you are active or on a high fiber protocol.

Cutting out (or tweaking) our processed foods intake

Most processed foods rank as acidic to our bodies and that includes deep fried green beans, so take a look at the box and read the label before you put it in the cart. There are also added chemicals and unhealthy fats that are toxic in the body and require extra work for your body to get rid of or store (mmmmm stored an unorganized closet full of dated, bad-fitting clothes with stains). Even little "treats" from time to time can be tweaked for a more healthier version as well. That way you get double bonus of enjoyment, it taste good AND feels good in your belly afterward.

So with the start of Spring we get to clean up and gear up and be ready for beautiful things to blossom and that includes a lighter, brighter, healthier you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Go Green!

Today is St. Patrick's day and with the inspiration of things gone green, we are eating green today. The boys started their day off with green cornmeal topped off with a variety of topping from our breakfast station. I used spirulina to make the cornmeal green.

For snack we'll have pumpkin and sunflower seeds with apple and celery, and for lunch, broccoli with green hummus will compliment the rest of our meals. I could also make my celery and pear salad, but use granny smith apple instead.

It's a great way to get the kids (and me) excited about all things green, especially when it comes to food and nutrition. I'm looking forward to the challenge of keeping it more green not just for today, but more on a daily basis. Have fun with your green inspired meals today as inspiration isn't very far away.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Together for life - Marriage retreat 2010

This past weekend, my hubby and I went to Red Deer and met with other couples from the Edmonton and Calgary churches to share in the experience of others as we focused on remembering and refining the special relationship we share as husband and wife.

We drove down the night before and had an enjoyable night out with dinner and a shared dessert. It was really good. In the morning before my husband woke I went to have a quiet time and looked through some resources that had been shared with me and were relevant to marriage. I watch 2 short videos from the Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks, How to end Blame and Criticism, and How to stop an argument...instantly. The points and techniques covered in these videos were great to see, as they can be used in most relationships and they also help to look into how we as individuals can affect the tone of our relationships based on our ability to respond accordingly. I made a note of choosing to recommit to my relationships with God, my spouse, myself, and others.

As we began the first class of the weekend, speakers Kevin and Lisa Robbins helped to really open things up with sharing from their own lives and marriage and helped the audience to relate more personally to what information they were sharing and to other married couples. They shared from the book "Love and Respect" about different cycles we can be in as couples and along with scripture, it really helped to give a good visual on how to achieve success in the marriage relationship and how to make choices that will encourage that success. After lunch we enjoyed a game about "How well do you know your spouse?" It was fun to go over the questions together as a couple and also gave us an opportunity to learn some more details about one another. Overall, it was a great weekend, not just from the messages that were shared and received, but from spending some valuable time together with friends and as a couple, knowing that we both really wanted to be in each others company.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Crispy celery and pear salad

I made this one morning for breakfast and have loved it ever since.

3 stalks of celery chopped
2 medium pears (the crisp kind) or granny smith apples chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of cloves
1 teaspoon of olive oil

- mix dressing ingredients and then toss in celery and apple and stir. makes 2 - 3 cups.

It gives my body the energy "buzz" when I eat it...LOVE IT!