I lead a healthy life. I commute to work every day on my bicycle. I walk my dog 3 times a day for long walks, long for a chihuahua. I enjoy a variety of activities at my gym including strength training, cardio, yoga, swimming, and of course using the spa area too. I love to cook and I really enjoy eating lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. Even still, as I age, I’m 46 now, my digestive system slowly foments revolution. This summer, I will spend more time trying to intentionally better integrate food exercise and wellness. Our lives depend on it, I can’t walk into a classroom without eating well and having good energy.
A Twitter friend turned me on to #fitnessEDU and I try to check in on Sundays when they have their chat. I chat with other educators on how they balance their EDU and fitness routines. There is a friendly collegial nature there that I like and it seems very supportive and people share ideas, recipes and routines. I want this to be a part of my blog because teacher self care is underappreciated and can make or break your time in the classroom. Even if you can’t join in the live chat, you can follow the chat archives and still get the most important info from it. It’s already a struggle to pee when we need to, I don’t want to be crawling on the floor out of energy.
I was reading this article the other day about weight loss. I don’t subscribe to any weight loss plans since there is no replacement for expending more calories than you take in. That’s how you maintain or lose weight, no other way really. This article starts with the idea that slowly over time may be the most ideal way to lose weight, but that for many people, it takes too long to see results, and they give up their plans. I wondered how might I feel differently if I tried a 6-8 week plan and hoped to lose 10 pounds. Would I get excited about the rapid loss? Would I be more committed? I also wondered, what happens when I reach my ideal weight of 170 pounds? How would I maintain so I didn’t yo-yo? I wanted to find out.
My body is rejecting foods that for years were fine to eat. It seems like everything these days makes me bloated, constipated, inflamed, or just makes me feel gross. #2 in the list in the article intrigued me again. On busy days the author recommends doubling up on meal smoothies, 2 meals a day as a smoothie. During the summer is perfect for me to try it out, I’m home, so if it doesn’t work, I can just eat regular, whereas if I were in the classroom, and getting hungry and cranky, I might have 3 more classes before I could sneak away to eat. That would be a disaster. I’ve decided to give it a try. Also, smoothies almost never irritate my stomach, so for this reason alone, I am willing to try it.
There was a link to a list of good simple smoothie recipes if you are trying this route. Many sounded good and included whole foods and not just a bunch of powdered foods disguised as nutrition. I especially like adding a leaf or two of kale into the smoothie. When I get my CSA box this week, I’m going to give this a try.
There was also a list of items you should keep around if you are trying to do this so you can make them easily and have variety if you crave it. I always have chia seeds around. The article talked about hemp protein which I had never heard of. Since I’m lactose intolerant I don’t like using milk or whey protein and soy, well, let’s just say I stay away from it. I found an organic high fiber hemp protein that I ordered on Amazon. Also mentioned was including things that you crave the taste of. I also purchased organic cacao nibs to add to my smoothie so I get a bit of a chocolate taste. I’ve had avocado based smoothies and ones with almond butter as well. They were rich and satisfying.
My first week trial smoothie looks like this. I make a double batch in the morning and have it for breakfast and lunch. I’ll eat a regular meal with my husband when he gets home from work in the evening. I’ll be doing this all week for breakfast and lunch.
I use only organic ingredients.
- hemp protein powder
- chia seeds
- cacao nibs
- frozen mixed berries
- almond milk
- dates (great as a sweetener but doesn’t give you the sugar spike, I put them in hot water to soften them)
- small amount of agave to sweeten it more if needed
So far so good. The high fiber hemp protein powder means that I still get a lot of fiber even though I’m drinking 2 meals a day. I feel full of energy and so far not bogged down by bloat.
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