Spring is here! Yayyyy! Summer is my favorite season of the year, but spring is a welcome appetizer! I love it when the birds begin harmonizing like SWV and Jodeci, the sun starts planting deeper kisses on our skin, and the Earth ushers in a revival after winter! It’s time for refreshment and renewal and I’m here for it!
Speaking of being here for it…I’m doing a new thing! I’ve been having sessions with an awesome nutritionist and I am learning so many new facts about food! Like many of you, I have gained a few COVID pounds during the pandemic. Now that spring is here, I’m ready to get myself in shape! Woooo, lookahere….the methods I used to lose weight during my 30’s and 40’s don’t garner the same results as I approach 60, or at least not as quickly. The struggle is real!
A few months ago, I signed up for the Weight Watchers three-month promotion. I lost five pounds in the first month, but the program did not work for me. Why? Simply put, I need someone to hold my hand. For me, success in this type of program means in-person weigh-ins and counseling sessions through a customized program, but COVID restrictions ruled that out.
Enlisting the assistance of a nutritionist is just what the doctor ordered (pun intended). I am learning about reading product labels and what to look for, how many servings of fruit and veggies to include in my daily diet, getting assistance with my exercise goals, tips on how to get adequate sleep/rest, etc. During our virtual sessions, she tunes in to my needs and provides advice that suits my lifestyle and what I’m trying to accomplish.
So yeah…at the very least, I must include five (count ‘em five) servings of fruit and veggies, combined. Minimal! Now, if she told me I had to include five cookies in my daily diet, I’m all in! Ha! Five servings of fruit and veggies don’t seem like a lot, but when you barely ingest one or two veggies on a regular day, it’s an adjustment! Luckily, she gave me a daily meal plan template to structure my meals around the required servings of protein, grains, fruits, and veggies.
I’ve got the juice! A few years ago, I juiced regularly, but the practice fell by the wayside so I sold my juicer at a yard sale. I’ve picked it back up again – purchased a new juicer and now I’m on my way! I bought a Hamilton Beach juicer, from Target that’s relatively inexpensive at around $60, and I like it! Click here to view or purchase. The big mouth at the top allows me to insert small fruits without having to cut them up. One of the downsides to juicing is the big mess it makes! To combat that, I put a grocery bag in the pulp receptacle to catch the pulp. It makes cleaning easy – just pop out the bag and throw it in the trash when you’re done! If you desire to keep the pulp for other uses, using a large plastic storage bag in the receptacle instead would give you easy clean-up AND storage!
My first juice endeavor is Morning Glow Detox – a recipe I found online at 3 Healthy Detox Juice Recipes. It’s a sunshiny orange delicious concoction of carrots, oranges, golden beets, ginger, turmeric, and lemon! Try it! I’ve also listed some other great resources for juicing recipes and methods below. Juicing is a great way to conquer your daily required servings of fruit and veggies. To me, juicing doesn’t replace a good ole plate of crispy Brussel sprouts, and I’m not advocating for juicing as a meal replacement, but it is a great enhancement to your diet to include more of the good stuff! And it can curb your appetite! Make several different juices to drink throughout the day. They’re best enjoyed freshly made, but most can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. I make my next-day supply of juices at night before going to bed.
I am so excited about my sessions with my nutritionist and finding new methods of healthy eating – using meal plans, cooking at home, being mindful of how my body reacts to certain foods, the proper use of supplements, creating a sleep plan, etc. As I go along, I will continue to share about my new undertaking of self-care.
As you grow older, your health and wellness plan needs to change; what works yesterday may not work today. I’ve learned that the best way is to have a plan with attainable goals included. Knowledge and mindfulness are power – where you are, where you plan to be, and what you need to do to get there is key. Wellness is a journey, not a destination!
Juicing with Drea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OasOy1cdlUk
Juicing for Clear Skin & Weightloss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxNPGhHkTc4
3 Fresh Juice Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bOlsvr7CUE
I also ordered a book called “The Juicing Bible” (click here to purchase), the crème de la crème of resources on how to use natural foods to cure what ails you. Can’t wait to receive it!