I've been on another health kick lately.
This time around, my cravings went away almost immediately. I'm not struggling with sodas and cookies. I can even say the word 'donut' out loud without wanting to go hide in a corner and die.
I've been a little easier on myself this time around. I learned a few lessons from my last bout with health: extremely low-carb diets are not sufficient to keep you going throughout the day, increasing stress and hormones like cortisol, which actually boost your appetite.
According to Health.com, a low-carb diet just isn't sustainable for most people.
So, that's why I'm making a change, again. This time for "realsies."
There's no plan this time, which makes me feel a little less deprived of all the good things in life. I can eat a cookie here or there if I want to. Or, a blueberry muffin probiotic smoothie, slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats' blog, which is friggen delicious, and pretty healthy I might add.
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup milk kefir
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 pearl Power-17
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice/zest
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 whole frozen banana
- 2 sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup raw oats
I like to add the ice cubes first, then milk, milk kefir, turmeric, probiotics, and finally the blueberries, strawberries, banana, and oats.
I add turmeric to all of my smoothies as I have major knee and hip problems. Turmeric has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and reduce problems from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other similar diseases. It also might prove helpful for digestive upset.
The one mistake I made with this smoothie? Adding too many ingredients for my small cup, which, as you can see below, was overflowing. My depth perception never has been great... Makes for a pretty picture though!