I hate vegetables. Help!

What do I do if I hate vegetables?  I know I have to eat them for better health, but they don’t taste that great, and boring!

Listen, I know what it’s like to know that I need to eat more veggies, but I don’t have the time to cook them, or even eat them in the quantities they’re needed in.  So I found this great tip by Dr. Eric Berg.  Basically, you make your veggies into a smoothie.  I thought it sounded pretty gross when I first heard of it, but I’ve got to say, I drink them just about every day now!  It’s all about how you prepare them. Here’s the ingredients list:

  1. 1-2 cups Berries (you should stick to lower sugar berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  2. Kale-the amount can vary. I use 4-6 cups of kale and squish it down, but it you’re giving this to a child, they may insist on a little less.  Go with however much you want.  I like to use kale, because overall, it’s one of the highest nutrient vegetables, but you can use another veggie or veggies if you like.
  3. Protein powder-this is totally optional. I use it because it makes my shakes taste good, and I exercise every day.  As a shameless self-promo, I use my own protein powder I designed because it has no sugar, has all natural flavors and sweeteners, and kids love it!
  4. Sweetener-you can add a little stevia if you like, but it’s totally up to you.
  5. Some coconut milk or an avocado-1/4 cup of coconut milk (the type that comes in the can), or a cup of coconut milk from the carton, or an avocado go a long way in making it much creamier and palatable. As an added bonus, they also add fat to help balance your blood sugar and hormones, and if you add avocado, you’ll get a ton of potassium-win!

Now here’s the trick.  You blend it for a couple of minutes, usually 2 minutes will do. If you don’t blend it well enough, it’s all chunky and nasty.  Drink a portion of it when you blend it, and you can save the rest for later.

There you go, that’s it!  A quick way to get in a day’s vegetables, which even kids will love!  Feel free to check out our Pinterest page: we try to pin a lot of smoothie recipes there that we’ve found.

 

Cleansing Raw Foods

Recently I needed to switch my food selections up a bit and I decided to give raw foods a try. Not for the long term! Just short-term to see what the effect is in my body. I make a point to try everything for myself first. Only then do I pass the information along to others. So I needed a change. And raw it is!

First of all, you may be gasping, “what about the carbs?!?” I gasped the same thing. Almost to the point to having a panic attack! Yes, I am very concerned about carbs. And some raw foods (i.e. fruits) are just loaded with carbs. But I am dedicated to any information or manner of doing things that may help others. I made the determination to try it!

I started with lemon juice fresh-squeezed into a glass of water.

Then coffee with cream. Yes I know it is not raw.

Then I had a breakfast shake. 2 bananas, 2 blood oranges, a handful of spinach, and 2 mangoes. Blended in the Vitamix. (This made two shakes, one for me, and one for Dr. Sheehan, by the way).

Dr. Sheehan added some Standard Process Whey Pro Complete and SP Complete to his. I kept mine free of any protein. To my surprise, I have not collapsed from a protein deficiency.

For lunch I had a big salad with greens, cilantro, cucumbers, carrots, radish and fruits (!) like pineapple and lime juice for dressing.

I was hungry between lunch and dinner, so I ate some nuts.

For dinner I can’t remember what I did that first day. It may have been three carrots with hummus.

And so it went. My first two to three days of eating like this I felt pretty bad. I woke up with a hung-over feeling even though I hadn’t had any alcohol. Throughout the day I was slightly headachey. This is not normal for me. But I stuck with it. I’m happy to report these symptoms have cleared up. I feel more clear with good energy.

At this point I am only about two weeks into my raw experience. I admit I am only eating 50-75% raw. But I’m going to stick it out a little more and see what happens.

I am avoiding refined foods – white refined or cane sugar, breads and flour products, and any type of soda, like the plague.

It just makes sense to me to do it this way. Raw or no!

Please don’t let the picture fool you, actually detest baby carrots and prefer their grown-up counterparts in all cases. I have been known to eat them but they are not my go-to.

Stay tuned!

Garden Dreams

Spring is here and this year Dr. Sheehan and I have garden dreams. We are going to try to have an amazing garden. What better way to nourish ourselves well than to grow our own food? We are going to grow: tomatoes, eggplants, herbs, black radishes, zucchini, cucumber, squash, and peas. I also plan to have lots of beautiful marigolds, echinacea flowers, and bee balm to attract pollinators. Dr. Sheehan has already planted some seeds and tilled a couple of beds. He has been diligently watering every day!

I consider this year’s gardening undertaking to be an experiment. You do your best to put some seeds in the earth, protect them from the groundhog and the bunnies, and nurture them to fruition. I am inexperienced as a gardener. I just like to see how things go. Anything we get will be wonderful, right? I posted this picture of tomatoes from 2 years ago (long turned to salsa and digested away) for inspiration.

In the meantime, here are some interesting gardening resources I will be using to inspire my garden dreams:

How to make great compost

A good resource for organic and heirloom seeds

Locally owned hardware store for gardening supplies

Creating a great habitat for wildlife with your garden

Information on healthy soil and health

And of course, my food log:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Breakfast: coffee with butter, salmon, butternut squash soup with cilantro

Lunch: leftover turkey meatloaf on lettuce with mustard, almonds, boiled apple with a sprinkling of dried blueberry and clove

Snack: PB meal bar

Supper: crab cakes at Belvedere, 1.5 rolls with butter, asparagus, 1 sidecar

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Breakfast: coffee with coconut oil, salmon, hazlenuts

Snack: chocolate mint fiber bar

Lunch: scrambled eggs with Canadian bacon, 3 almond flour banana blueberry muffins with lots of butter, salted caramel mate (hot tea)

Snack: raw milk with protein powder, another banana blueberry muffin

Supper: 3 paleo chocolate chip cookies, Sheehan stew with turkey and beef, radishes, cabbage, onion, plantain, and tomato sauce