Berry-Rich Skin Saver Smoothie

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Hitting 30 is quite the milestone. And it brings the realization that now is the time to be beautiful and get in line with preventive maintenance. The past year, I’ve been trying to focus on superfoods that will provide my body with the nutrients necessary to repair itself and stay youthful. Berries are rich in antioxidants which do all sorts of wonderful things for our bodies. Such as promote collagen stimulation. Will it make me look like Cindy Crawford at age 40? No, no dice there. But perhaps it will help. Cherries are out of season right now, as are strawberries but you can find organic frozen versions at Whole Foods. Make this your go to breakfast smoothie. Or for a sweet snack when craving something not so good for you.

Berry-Rich Skin Saver Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup pitted cherries
3-5 strawberries, depending on size and freshness
1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 scoop chocolate protein powder of your choice
2 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp chia seeds
water or ice to thin, as needed (if using frozen fruit, ice may be unnecessary)

DIRECTIONS

Place in your blender and whizz until the desired consistency.

*Photo & Recipe Credit: The Chalkboard

Get in my belly.

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So, it’s reset time. Thanksgiving is creeping in the corners, about to emerge next week. Last year, Cooking Light did a recap of all the calories you take in just by tasting your food while preparing it. The number was high, really high. And, as the host, it blows my mind that I may consume a whole day’s worth of calories while making sure my food doesn’t taste like shit. Now, I already have myself set up for success: Turkey Trot 5K in the AM with a possible light spin class directly after. But I want to just ensure that going in, I have focus. I heard a phrase recently that really resonated with me: “Respect yourself as an athlete”. Am I an athlete? I had to think about this for a minute. But then I decided: Yea, damn it, I am. I run 30+ miles a week and I go into every race with a fierce attitude. I am an athlete. I need to respect my body as such. I don’t run as well when I can feel a package of Oreo’s in my belly. So I am leaning on Pressed Juicery to help a sister out. On Thursday, I will have in hand, at my doorstep, a three day cleanse, built for novice juice cleansing folks & athletes. Because of my weekly mileage, I am going to add food to this cleanse. I can’t do 9 miles in a row on nothing but juice. I’ll stroke out. I am, however, going to keep it strictly to what comes out of the ground. And I am going to try and keep it raw. Difficult you say? Yucky, you say? NAHHHHH. A well made salad can make any girls heart skip a beat. I am actually really looking forward to this.

For more information on Pressed Juicery’s cleansing options, take a meander on to their site. They have three different cleansing options or you can customize one yourself. They also have a monthly delivery service you can subscribe to as well as a vast array of tasty choices.

Happy eating everyone!

Cram that beet juice in your face.

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Well kids, the fun times are over. With exactly two weeks till the BAA Half Marathon, I am now officially in semi-taper mode (next week is full taper mode) and I am officially on the pre-race diet. I enjoyed the last day of sticking every single thing in my mouth on Saturday, after my 12 mile run. A run that scaled some monstrous hills of vast proportions which made my running partner very happy and me kind of wanting to throw myself into traffic. I scoff at hills. Because I hate them. My running buddy laughs at them because I can indeed, scale them pretty quickly. But it’s only because I want it to be over. Desperately.

The pre-race diet is really about cutting out a lot of the junk. For example: no processed foods (which I don’t eat a lot of anyways), no red meat, no sugar, no processed carbohydrates, no fried foods, lots of healthy, lean protein, a substantial increase in fruit/veggie intake and lots of juicing. Specifically, beet juice. My aim is to cut out as much excess weight as I can (while not cutting calories, this is just about nourishing and getting rid of any bloat) so that on race day my body is rid of anything that would potentially hold me back. Also, while in taper mode, it helps me to not put on additional weight.

Now, beets are something that I loathe in life. They look weird. They’re all dusty from being in the dirt. They are bright red when you cut them open, they stain everything in sight so your counter looks like a murder scene. They taste like poop. And I hate them. However, I absolutely can’t deny the amazing health benefits they offer so I cram them down my face like a champ. Beets recently have really become the power house food for endurance athletes. A multitude of studies are showing the amount of oxygen required to maintain a given level of moderate exercise decreases after drinking beet juice. These little red devils are also packed with nitrates, which do a zillion wonderful things for your body: helps distribute oxygen to your muscles evenly and more efficiently, helps with muscle contraction, decreases blood pressure, etc. These studies note that it is best to consume beet juice roughly 2.5 hours prior to activity. Oh and an interesting side note, beet juice will turn your urine red so just get ready for that.

You can buy beet juice in some select health food stores. Whole Foods sells the Blueprint series which has a beet juice option, but for me, fresh is always best. I recommend buying your average, every day juicer and making your own beet juice. My beet intake for pre-race diet is at least 6 beets per day (3 per juice). Good sizeable ones too. My favorite recipe: 3 beets, 1 carrot, 1 cup of strawberries and 1 whole apple. Maybe a squeeze of lemon to brighten it up. Juice and gulp it down.

And yes, beets won’t make anyone win a race. You have to do the work yourself but even if this is all really horse shit, it’s still a healthy option to nourish your body.

7 Day Detox from “Goop”

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I wanted to feature a detox today because after a race is complete and you have months and months of training behind you, your body can be awfully tired. I mean, you run hard, you eat a lot of carbs and sometimes you torture your body in all sorts of delightful ways. So once you cross that finish line, it’s time to restore and regroup. NOURISH. Nourish your body and soul. I’m utilizing the all powerful Gwen Paltrow and her amazing site Goop for this detox plan. She may be a little nuts but I kind of love her menu for this detox and I admit, I kind of even love her site. Although I initially poked a little fun at her book: “It’s All Good,” I have found some really great recipes in there alongside some helpful tips on how to keep focused and healthy. So, a big thanks to Goop for this information. Have a GREAT day everyone! Get out there and run!

According to Dr. Alejandro Junger in addition to the menu there are a few more “basic principles of detoxification” that should be kept in mind while following the detox menus.

  • Do deep breathing or gentle yoga.
  • Take a couple of spoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil at night to help stimulate your liver to eliminate bile and keep its circulation flowing.
  • If your bowel movements get sluggish, you can accelerate things by drinking half a shot glass of castor oil followed by a glass of water or using a mild herbal laxative. Bowel elimination is paramount for correct detoxification.
  • The skin gets rid of many toxins so it is important to sweat, either by exercising or taking a sauna.
  • Finally, make sure you eat whole organic foods, which have the best chance of having all the nutrients needed for liver and general detoxification.

Menus (bold indicates a recipe, see below for recipe links)

Adjust the time to your schedule and the meals to your taste but remember that there can be no dairy, grains with gluten, meat, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), fatty nuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar and obviously no alcohol, caffeine or soda.

Day One

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 11:30am: Coconut water*
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 6pm (dinner): Broccoli and Arugula Soup
  • *Make sure that the coconut water has no added sugar. Fresh is ideal but the brands Zico or Vita Coco are readily available.

Day Two

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Detox Teriyaki Chicken and Steamed Greens
  • 4pm (snack): Miso Soup with Watercress
  • 6pm (dinner): Pea and Basil Soup (follow method for Broccoli and Arugula Soup)

Day Three

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Oatmeal (make with rice or almond milk instead of water so it’s a bit more substantial)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 4pm (snack): Cucumber, Lime and Basil Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Super Greens Juice / Miso Soup with Watercress

Day Four

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Watercress
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of blueberries
  • 6pm (dinner): Steamed Salmon and Greens

Day Five

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Peach and Almond Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Raw crudite (carrots, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini) with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
  • 4pm (snack): Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Day Six

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Mixed Greens with Steamed Salmon, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
  • 4pm (snack): Super Greens Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Detox Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice, steamed zucchini

Day Seven

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Vegetables
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of almonds
  • 6pm (dinner): Steamed fish, quinoa, roasted squash

Quick details for juice cleanse.

Some people have asked me to clarify a few things about the cleanse so seeing as though tomorrow is the BIG day, I thought I would write a little more detail about some of the components of the cleanse.

Juicer: If you don’t have a juicer and are going to buy one, choose a slow juicer, it keeps the fruit completely raw by not heating it and tends to extract more of the fiber from the fruit, providing you with a more nutrient dense experience. If you don’t want to invest in a juicer, a blender is fine, you are simply going to have more texture. When using a blender, peel all your fruits and veggies well. Try not to add ice, it will make the mixture more difficult to get down.

Almond Milk: 4-6 ounces of house-made almond milk is plenty. House-made? Yes, soak almonds overnight in water and then throw in the juicer. Don’t have a juicer? Just buy almond milk but make sure it is organic with no other creepy stuff in there. My plan is to blend the almond milk with the berries so that I can make it more of a treat. The point of the almond milk is to provide our bodies with some protein.

Recipes: On the recipes, I don’t list any particulars about quantities. I say things like: a pineapple. All your juices should be 16 ounces, or 2 cups for those folks who can’t convert. So when I say: a pineapple, use your best judgement, you obviously don’t need the whole thing. The point is more green, not a juice entirely made from fruit. So use 1/4-1/2 of a pineapple. When in doubt, add more green.

Tea/Coffee: NO COFFEE. NO COFFEE! You may have green tea, chamomile tea or any other tea without caffeine. My advice, stick to water with lemon.

DRINK DRINK DRINK. Water will make you feel full.

Excercise. Sweat out those toxins.

Warnings: You are going to feel like shit on day one. You are going to hate your life, your husband, your kids, your dog(s), you are especially going to hate your co-workers but mostly just your life all around. You will feel lethargic, shitty (did I already say that? ha ha) and like someone is draining the life from your body. However, by day two you will start to feel better, the energy will come flowing and by day three, you will feel magical. Stick with it. Reach out for support when you need it. I am here for anyone who is having a hard time.

You owe this to yourself.
I owe this to myself.

Weigh yourself first thing tomorrow morning.
Then again the morning after the cleanse.

Good luck my friends.