January joi de vivre

January 8, 2013

Happy New Year, dear readers

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a deep grained resistance to all that pushy bandwagon stuff about self improvement. What a miserable way to start. In my book, January is mostly for hibernating, sprinkled with small doses of gentle reflection and quiet resolve. Dramatic overhauls at a time of year when the rest of nature is resting and conserving, just feels wrong.

Small tweaks can make a big difference, though, and I am a great fan of those. Just pick one thing to concentrate on and stick with it. A suggestion from me, which is simple to do, is to get into the habit of treating yourself with a large, daily, nourishing, green drink. Either a home-made fresh vegetable juice, or green smoothie. Preferably in the morning. Really, they are not a hassle, and even if you initially find it so, you are easily worth the time and effort. They will help you replenish any low stocks of nutrition, boost your immunity, and build a reservoir of energy to use for springing into action when the time comes. How can you turn those benefits down?

Here’s a starter recipe.

Mid-Winter fillip
Juice: Beetroot smoothie
2 apples/1 ripe pear
1/2 cucumber
1 small beetroot
Handful of spinach
Handful of parsley
1/2 cup Water

You can turn this into a smoothie, by putting the juice into blender, adding another 1/2 cup of water, along with 1/2 avocado and briefly blend.

Warning: this may engender some joi de vivre: especially if you also watch this video of Matilda dancing.

If you are interested in taking incremental steps to eating and drinking better in 2013, join me at my next food preparation class at the end of this month.

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