Get more exercise!
I love exercise! I can’t even believe I just wrote that… but it’s the truth. My body craves it. I got off work today at 8pm, took the train home, put on my gym clothes, went to put a down payment on my new place, then got to the gym — at 10pm! I have never done that before! And what was funny is that I got to the gym, signed in, and got pissed because someone was on “my treadmill!” Yes, I know that this gym has about 30 treadmills — maybe 5 were being used at that time. And I was really upset that someone was using “my treadmill.”
Do I owe this newfound love of exercise to raw foods? Absolutely! Since completing my 30 day raw food challenge in June, I have been eating at least 2 raw meals a day. Those meals are usually breakfast and lunch because those meals are easy for me to take to work. The energy I have now is indescribable. My thoughts are so much clearer. I am better at completing the many tasks and projects that come my way at work. The stress is definitely mounting during this time of year. I have the added stress of trying to move to a new place and getting rid of just about everything I own. And even though I know all of these things are happening, I know I have what it takes to handle it. I don’t drown my feelings in french fries and chicken wings. There’s no running out to the grocery store for ice cream I don’t need. I get rid of the day’s stress on the treadmill — AND IN 95 DEGREE HEAT AT THAT! I get on that treadmill and I run until I can’t run anymore. I have no plan (at least not yet…) for how far I want to go or how long. I just run until I’m tired.
So what’s a great pre-workout energy picker-upper? I drink about a pint of a green smoothie starring KALE GREENS. I don’t know what it is about kale, but whenever I have a smoothie or salad with kale greens, my body can’t rest. It’s almost like drinking coffee without the jitters. If I drink it for breakfast, I will have a quart or more. That gives me lots of energy until I get to lunch. I cut the serving size down to a pint for my evening workout because if I drink too much, I won’t sleep that night.
Here’s the recipe to the green smoothie I concocted tonight:
Pinapple Jolt Green Smoothie
1 bunch of kale greens (I used curly leaf – you use what you have)
3 or 4 slices of frozen pineapple
1/4 to 1/3 cup of water
1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. I love my Vitamix, but use what you have.
2. Pour in a fancy glass, or put it in your workout drink container.