Happy New Year! Every year we come up with our resolutions and promises to keep those resolutions. Well, this year, we plan to take our healthy living to the next level…smoothies!
We have decided on smoothies vs juicing because when you use a juicer, it removes all of the fiber out of the fruits and vegetables. Fiber is necessary for digestion and keep your intestines moving (literally). The other reason for making smoothies is for the variety that it offers. We also need good fat for the absorption of vitamins and minerals, so we can make yummy avocado smoothies and sherberts using nuts.
This isn’t a cleanse. There is misinformation out there about going on a ‘juicing cleanse’ such as removing toxins…your body does a great job of this on it own. As long as you’re getting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, your liver, kidney and intestines will work the way they should. To learn more about why juice cleanses don’t work, read here.
This isn’t a diet. This is a lifestyle. We strive to incorporate as much local fruits and vegetables as possible. We are very lucky that we live near working farms here in NJ, but if you don’t have farmer’s markets near you, you can purchase frozen fruits & vegetables. The benefit is that they are Grade A and picked at their peak. It’s best to get them fresh, but this is a good alternative.
What we’re doing is delivering all of our vitamins, mineral and good fats into our bodies through smoothies: which helps with fast absorption of the raw foods. It’s best to start these types of programs under the supervision of a doctor, so please check in with your doctor before starting this or any diet. In our case, Scarlett’s eldest sister is a board-certified doctor who specializes in Internal Medicine. She also has a holistic approach to medicine and well-being. We will be under her supervision, she’s a pescatarian (eats fish, no meat) and will be incorporating smoothies as well.
We hope you are as excited about this as we are. It will be a challenge to drink all our calories for 10 days, but we can do it! Join us on this journey by starting your own smoothie lifestyle or just checking in on how things are going. If we do this together, we hold each other accountable.
Ready, set, GO!
Want to learn more about healthy living? Visit the sites we’ve found below for some information:
Because produce can be costly, you can grow your own parsley, mint, basil, and sprouts…yum! Learn about sprouts: http://sproutpeople.org/