Refresh and reset

My sister and niece recently visited, which was such a gift. I don’t think I’ve ever had undivided time with my sister since my niece was born! As I was (and still am) recovering from pneumonia, the majority of our time was spent talking and relaxing together.

One of the most helpful discussions we had was about the brain-gut microbiome, or the fact that a healthy gut = a healthier brain. Since this conversation, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! I’ve been diving into research and medical journals, reading every word (even if I can’t fully comprehend it ha!) and taking it all in.

The conclusion I came to was that I needed to start taking steps to improve the foods I use to fuel my body. I’m a picky eater and that has been amplified lately, but I ultimately chose to start my path at a familiar place–green smoothies.

During my healthier eating periods in the past, I regularly consumed a greens-based smoothie in the morning. This one addition to my diet suddenly changed how I ate for the rest of the day, like an aftershock that positively touched every aspect of my life. Eating better meant I had more energy, the consumption of vegetables first thing in the morning meant I stayed fuller longer, and I overall just felt better.

And so today I made a green smoothie. Power greens mix (baby kale, spinach, arugula), ice, water, lower-calorie orange juice, a cup of diced mango, and some frozen pineapple.

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As soon as I took my first sip, I was reminded of how good it feels to fuel this way, to bring in fresh fruit and veggies, to give my body goodness.

I know there’s no miracle cure for anything, but I am going to start here with my beloved green smoothies, and let the aftershocks radiate through my day!