MMB – Embrace Your Greens!

Good morning everyone,

I hope you had an awesome weekend!  Did you get out and enjoy the sunshine yesterday?  Take advantage of the sunshine when you can and soak in that Vitamin D!

Excellent effort to everyone who was able to come out for Boot Camp on Saturday morning!  You guys worked it hard and I know I threw some challenging moves at you, but you persevered and conquered it! 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core Tuesday night at Jen’s Studio – Currently, there are (3) spots available at 5:45pm, (2) spots available at 6:55pm, and (2) spots available at 7:35pm.  Please text me if you’d like to join in the mid-week fitness fun!

 

  1. Running Boot Camp is this Sunday, March 18th at 11am.  Mark your calendars for a 5k run combined with strength and core drills at 11am!  Drop in cost is $15.  Class is about an hour and designed for beginners to intermediates.  Class begins at Jen’s house.

 

  1. March Great Greens Challenge is going on now!  Log your servings of your daily greens intake.  You can juice them, blend them, steam them, roast them, or eat tons of salads and chopped veggies.  For liquids, 1 serving = 8 oz and solids 1 cup = 1 serving. 

 

  1. Greens Recipe Contest.  This event was scheduled for Saturday, March 31st, but due to the fact that it’s Easter weekend and spring break for some, I’d like to move this event to Saturday, March 24th after the 2nd boot camp.  Bring your favorite greens dish to enter a contest and find out who the winner will be! Winner receives a gift card and recipe and photo posted on my blog! 

 

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Boot Camp is this coming Saturday!  Wear your favorite Irish green and let’s have some fun looking for the pot of gold at the end of the fitness rainbow!  This is a great boot camp to bring a friend to!

 

 

Thought for the week:  Embrace Your Greens!

Do you want to know the secret to avoiding cancer or other harmful and horrific diseases?  I’ll tell you that the answer to that question doesn’t live within the mouthful of an In-N- Out Burger, or the sodium nitrite/nitrate laden lunch meat found in your Subway sandwich, or the msg laced Doritos that you gulped down with your Diet Coke. 

Are the above mentioned foods yummy?  Yes, especially when your taste buds have been damaged.  We have trained our brains and taste buds to crave revved up flavors found in sodium, sugars, and acid forming foods such as meat, bread, pasta, and processed foods.  The only way to retrain your taste buds is to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, putting your body’s PH to a more alkaline setting.

The truth is that the more acidic our bodies are, the more we are inviting disease to enter our bodies.  So, what’s the cure to alter our path and launch us into optimal health?  Greens!  Lots and lots of greens!  The powerful combination of chlorophyll, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals acts like the free radical police, entering your body on a mission to seek out and destroy enemy invaders like rogue cells. 

There are many ways to eat greens and if you research how, you’ll find that there is a plethora of advice out there recommending juicing over blending, or blending over juicing, eating raw only, or cooked only etc. 

The truth is however you can get more greens into your diet is the right plan for you!  From personal experience, I recommend utilizing a variety of ways to consume your greens so that you don’t get bored and experiment trying new recipes.  Raw is great for salads and chopped up raw veggies to snack on.  Steaming and sauteing is great for collard greens, kale, and spinach.  Roasting is a great way to go for starchy veggies such as yams, or cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. 

Of course, juicing and blending is a fantastic way to start off your morning.  Think of juicing as an intense supplement to fill up your cells for the day so you will have greater energy and stamina.  Juicing bypasses the digestion process and goes directly into your blood stream and cells, so the effects are immediate.  Be careful with adding too many fruits though, because juices filled with fruit can really spike your blood sugar and create havoc on your organs to try and capture all of the extra glucose.  Extra glucose in your blood turns to fat and this roller coaster journey of blood spiking wears out our organs leading to diabetes.  Yuck – no good!

The bottom line – shop frequently for fresh produce and buy local or organic when possible, and then eat them…..often.

Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  In our world filled with a seemingly never ending supply of pharmaceuticals to treat every disease, never before has it become imperative to focus on clean nutrition.  It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  I think this defines our culture in how we view nutrition and disease. 
 
The very foods that we consume daily are leading us to disease and guiding us towards a lifetime of pharmaceutical drug intake.  What about if we turned around our diets and embraced more of a plant based lifestyle?  Can you imagine what our nation would look like in a year?  How about within your family?  Is it achievable?  Yes it is!  Is change hard?  Yes.  But, you and the people you love are worth the effort and change.  We are teaching the next generation how to live.  What are we passing onto them?  Let’s create a paradigm shift now while we still can.  Embrace your greens!
 
If you want to hear more, here is an article I found explaining more about juicing and blending.  There are a ton of resources out there to find 🙂

https://www.superfoods-for-superhealth.com/green-juicing.html

 

See you in class soon!

Jen