for the healing body

The last three weeks have been an adventure to say the very least….

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how clumsy I am… wish I could say I wasn’t, but as my mother has been fond of saying over the years “you’re an accident waiting to happen, just like your daddy!”. What can I say, she’s right.

Unfortunately for me, this time I’ve really gone & made a mess. Suffice to say, I managed to fracture & dislocate my metatarsals (in layman’s terms, I’ve broken my foot) as well as tear all my ligaments. One surgery & three screws later, I am slowly but surly on my way to becoming RoboCop.

It has been rough, more than rough, & being confined to my bed & couch for three weeks have been testing my sanity. Still, every day, there is a small but noticeable mark of improvement. Thank god for the small favours. I have another month in crutches before I’m allowed to try & walk, & three more months before the surgeon goes back in to remove the hardware.

Still, it could be worse. Just have to remember to be patient & take it one step at a time.

There is good news to all of this. A recipe in fact….

A friend of mine is a nutritionist, & after extensive complaining to her that the pain meds I’m on give me incredibly freaky dreams, but that coming off of them is absolutely not an option, she shared with me some advice on what I could eat that would make it all better.

Now, I’m a big believer in healing my body through food. Over the years it’s been very clear to me that what I eat has the ability to affect my mood, complexion & general health. So going a step further to think that I can ease some of my symptoms  through a smoothie, really isn’t a far reach for me. Two days & two smoothies later, I can honestly say that I have given up my afternoon dose of painkillers & anti-inflamitories & not experienced anything more than a slight discomfort. Let me assure you, this was previously not possible before. Not unless you wanted me to be reduced to the sobbing tears of an infant.

So here it is… for anyone in discomfort who would like to try an alternative to over-the-counter drugs… here is the smoothie that has made my afternoons bearable once again.

Ingredients:
1 cup – pineapple (good for inflammation)
1 large stalk – celery (a natural painkiller)
1in cube – fresh ginger (again, for the inflammation)
1/3 cup – full fat yogurt (good for digestion)
1 tbs – flaxseed (intestinal health)
1 tbs – honey (to sweeten it)

Directions:
1. place it all in your blender & turn it on for several minutes. I let mine run for a while to make sure there aren’t any chunks, the last thing I want is to be chewing on a piece of celery. Once done, drink it immediately. 

Some of you might be cringing at the idea of drinking celery. I did. The truth is, that the pineapple & honey sweeten it so much that you don’t even notice, & the ginger adds a wonderfully spicy kick. It’s really quite delicious.

Personally, I highly recommend this to anyone & everyone, whether you’re sore from your exercise routine. In pain from an injury. Or just want a healthy snack.

Try it & let me know how it goes.

xxx

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summer berry smoothie cups

I have a thing for starry skies & healthy juices. Actually, I have “things” for a lot of things.

Like, watching meteor showers. With my man. Laying in an open clearing. On top of a mountain. The meteors didn’t show up, but at least we were there.

Bright coloured smoothies are another one of my things.

Healthy & happy, healthy & happy, healthy & happy.

I’ve hidden lots of healthy tidbits in these smoothie cups. Like celery, fennel, bee pollen. If you didn’t know what was in it, you’d never guess. That’s how good I am. It’s health in disguise. A convenient ready-to-go form. Fastfood, fasthealth!

Sci-fi movies are another one of my things. Sneaking rum into my smoothies. I do that one too.

Zombie movies that aren’t actually scary. Watched in the company of best friends.

Singing at the top of my lungs, off key, to out of tune punk artists is another. I still can’t get the notes right for ‘Angel’s Wings’.

Putting together care packages for friends is something else. If there’s glitter involved it’s even better.

I’m very attached to my dirty, black, lace-less converse too. And I especially love it when my jeans rip. There are just so many things I have “things” for. I’d give the smoothie cups a try though…. they can make being healthy one of your things.

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apple, carrot & ginger juice….. with celery

Green juice.

I can’t believe I made green juice.

I don’t know what to tell you. It looks green, it smells like celery, but if you can wrap your head around those facts & move past it…. it really doesn’t taste that bad!

Let’s be honest here though, no one puts vegetables in their juice because they think it’s going to taste good. We do it because it’s good for us.

Yea, that’s what I told myself right before I downed the concoction as fast as I could. Halfway through the process though I had to stop for air & that’s when the taste finally hit me….. I was, surprised. At first the apple hit me, sweet & refreshing. It was quickly followed by the spicy kick of the ginger. The carrot was completely lost in the whole process, & the celery left a faint aftertaste at the end. Nothing repulsive though.

I suppose I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it again. I hear it’s a fantastic boost of antioxidants for ones system. Super healthy without being painful.

You’re asking why, I can feel the “why??“s coming through my screen. There are a few answers that may help:
1. it’s summer & eating light is preferable since heavy meals just tend to sit there.
2. summer time means lots of nights slept away form home & it’s neigh impossible to eat correctly whilst on vacation… so a nice healthy juice helps kick one back into the right eating.
3. you want to look good in a bikini?
4. shut up, it’s healthy, just do it.

So there you have it. I drank green juice today. I survived it & it tasted good-ish. It wasn’t horrific, put it that way. If you dare to do the same, you might even be pleasantly surprised!

Mmmmmmmmmmm?? Hah!

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bean soup, the ultimate comfort food

I get it, it’s the middle of summer & the last thing anyone wants is a hot soup when it’s 40C outside. Would you be upset if I said you were wrong though, that it doesn’t matter, that comfort is comfort no matter the weather? That’s what I’m saying, I’m sure a majority would disagree but I’m sticking to my guns on this one.

I think the very definition of comfort food is that a dish needs to be warm, filling, & enticing to your senses. I know for some the go-to is ice-cream. Others, it’s french fries. We all have a tendency to be drawn more towards either sweet or salty. At the end of the day, I think the most comforting items are the ones that remind you of home.

So here it is, bean soup. I wasn’t involved in this recipe until after it became left-overs. That’s when it became my domain. To get to the leftovers however we need to start with the original, and trust me, it’s good.

P.s. this is what the leftovers look like.

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