I have been reading my nutrition for dummies book every chance I get, and have been learning so many things. As well as learning from my wonderful friend, McKenna Gordon. I have changed my eating habits dramatically, since my last post, and was hoping to inspire you to do the same. :) Be sure to click the links to learn just as much as I did. Below are many of the things that I have changed.
I thought long and hard about what would happen if I excluded milk, and most dairy products from my diet. It seemed like such drastic and difficult thing to do, since I drank it every single day, from before I could remember. One day, it just happened. I did it. I went shopping and didn't buy milk, or cheese, or Yoplait. I amazed myself! I do still occasionally buy Greek yogurt, and recently bought some fresh parmesan, for salads and such. Other than that, I am dairy free.
McKenna does a great job of making everything healthy sound so very easy to make, and she is so right!. I started making almond milk around the time that I started the green smoothie challenge. It is so quick and easy to make, even in my tiny Cuisinart blender (which was free with my RBC points). I started to use it in my smoothies, over my granola, and even used it in some delicious baked goods. Almond milk, although it contains less protein than cow's milk, has only 60 calories per cup, and contains no cholesterol or trans fats.
I have definitely reaped the benefits of halting most of my dairy intake. I used to have a terrible clog in my throat and it has since, completely disappeared. I generally just feel more energized and healthy, knowing I am doing good to my body.
1 cup freshly made almond milk
2-3 cups of spinach
1/4 cup frozen peaches
2 tbsp ground flax seed (Whole flax seeds will go right through you. When flax is ground, the cell walls are broken and the benefits are optimized)
Blend the milk and spinach first, then blend the rest. Enjoy in a tall smoothie cup, with a straw! :)
Once I learned these facts it wasn't hard to stop myself from eating them (and many other things). Nowadays, I don't even go down the junk food isle. It makes me feel so great, to go to the grocery store and actually have the knowledge to know what is good for my body (fruits, veggies, and whole grains) and what isn't (hydrogenated, processed, packaged, yucky things).
I hope this post has inspired you to go out of your comfort zone, and to try the healthful things that I have talked about. Please, if you have any questions or opinions, feel free to leave a comment.
Thanks for reading! :-)