I won’t be needing to convince myself of why I should be eating pink food. Pink is incredible. It is fluffy and fun, playful, and pretty. Tickling non-stop. Extreme unending sillyness, its pretty flirtacious. It believes in fairytales. It knows its worth. It believes in itself- it doesn’t try to hide away in the corner. It can be intense, highly energetic, VIBRANT. Out of all the colours its probably my favourite because its fun, and it just doesn’t care what the other colours think- not one bit.
“Celebrate every tiny victory.”
“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139
“Time to drink champagne and dance on the table.”
“When you know your worth. No one can make you feel worthless.”
“I’m working my happiness like a full time job.” Gabrielle Bernstein
Think of green as the foundation. It is all over nature, in plants and trees, on hilltops and through forests, it is the smell of fresh air, the smell of freshly cut grass. The fundamental roots of health start here. Think of it as a nutrient dense elixir rapidly coursing through the body, revitalising, rejuvenating, producing new life to your tired, dull, aching frame. Every morning as you drink your green juice, you are directly feeeeeding your skin. Neglecting this habit would be a mistake- you’re skin can’t heal itself without the correct nutrients. Its the same as neglecting nature. Without a daily intake of fresh air and a wander outdoors I find myself feeling claustrophobic. I’m sure this is related to the fact our bodies cannot produce vitamin D (the happy vitamin)- the sun is a significant source of it- and we must get outside to claim it. Fresh air is quite literally linked to our happiness.
Green foods especially dark green leafy vegetables are low in sugar (keeping you on an emotional even keel), high in fibre (no more nasty constipation for you!) and full of water (keeping you hydrated, score!) They also have healing properties due to the phytonutrients they possess.
“Enjoy breathing.” Julia Hendrickson
“You create your own calm.”
“BREATHE. And release anything that does not serve you.”
“The grass isn’t greener on the other side. Its green where you water it.”
To change it up a bit…leave out the water in your daily green smoothie (basic recipe here). Instead- start it off with a citrus base. Squeeze a whole load of oranges and if you want some tang- squeeze some lemon or lime in as well. Pour into your Vitamix (or high powered blender) and proceed with the rest of your ingredients as normal.
Education is necessary in the diet changing game, but it doesn’t just come down to that. I know what I should and should not be eating, I am fully aware of the evil of refined and why we should eat all the ‘colours of the rainbow’. I still gorge on things I know I shouldn’t. Why is this? I’m sure there are many reasons. But I believe the biggest is perception. Its not just about getting educated about nutrition, we need to get excited about healthy food, get a taste for these new flavours. As we continue to pursue a new healthy diet, our bodies will realign themselves. Instead of trying and failing to fill ourselves up with ‘empty calories’, the right diet won’t make you feel hungry or starved of nutrients. The whole foods will fill your body up and give you tons of energy. As we start to feel more satisfied, we will start to feel better emotionally, physically and mentally. We will start to see ourselves in a happier, more beautiful light.
Green smoothies are potent elixirs drank by superheroes to give them their WOW factor. Think they’re worth a shot now? Let’s look at a few basic advantages of those good lookin’ green smoothies:
FIBRE RICH! If nothing else convinces you to drink the green stuff, think of this- those added greens will help eliminate the bad stuff hanging around. Fibre is like a sponge, it picks up the rubbish and FLUSHES it out! Good job fibre!
EASY DIGEST. Because its all blended up, your body won’t have to deal with that, so 1) your body can access the nutrients STRAIGHT AWAY (it doesn’t have to process them to access them, they’re already processed, GENIUS!!) which is like having an instant shot of the good stuff, ohhhh yeah, I’m talking about my good friends Vitamins and Minerals. Hello friends, I’d like to eat you now.
ENERGY. They have a low GI (glycemic index) so they won’t make you sugar spike and have your emotions flying around like make meals out of marshmallows and mars bar ice-creams (true story.)
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Well this is a boring word. Why would I want that? Well let’s look at it this way- if you have a highly acidic diet (been ordering Dominoes every night of the week have we??) you’re body will be more prone to illness and infection (ugh. What a pain! Ha ha. Pain pun.) Your body is naturally slightly alkaline. It doesn’t want to be super acidic and it’ll tell you off by giving you the flu. Tut tut. Greens are alkaline. Like flu-fighting warriors, they come in with their bazukas and sort out those naughty acids.
NUTRIENT DENSE. Dark leafy veggies are very very nutrient dense. Nutrient density is about the proportion of nutrients provided by the number of calories in food. For example, doughnuts are high in calories but low in nutrients. Your body recognises nutrients, they make you feel full, satisfied- because your body is getting what it needs and wants. But calories without many nutrients (for example, refined sugary treats like doughnuts) leave your body unsatisfied, still feeling hungry even though you may have chowed down hundreds of calories.
Yellow is BOUNCE. It’s jumping out of bed in the morning and greeting the day with oomph. It’s electrifying energy. It does after all…symbolise the sun. Get up excited, watch the sunRISE, make lemonade and laugh. A barrel of laughs. Yellow is positivity bottled. Bananas are a fantastic source of energy and ginger is so potent, it’ll give you buzz for hours.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”
“Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.”
“The world you desire can be won. It exists, its real, its possible, its yours.” Ayn Rand
“Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” Snow White
Perception- “the way in which something is regarded, understood or interpreted.”
Perception is key to changing your diet. Just think about brussels sprouts for a second and you will probably understand (unless you are a weirdo freak that somehow likes sprouts… I’m just jealous). In order to shake up my own view on all things plant based and wonderful- I have put together some colour boards. Each colour conjures up key words, moods and feelings that I am going to start associating with food of the same colour.