we need to talk about juicing

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_4.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg I first heard of juicing a few years ago when it was becoming a popular form of ‘cleansing’ among celebrities. More like a admittance to a dangerous new diet fad. These already emancipated celebs were suddenly losing even more weight at an alarming pace. Since then, I have frowned upon anyone who juices to drop the pounds. That is, until one documentary on Netflix caught my attention. It is called Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead.

When my husband and I first came across FSND, I assumed that it would be just another film on health and obesity. The moment it started, it played as if it were a Saturday morning cartoon. I was instantly drawn in. It became real when Joe Cross, the director/protagonist, revealed that he was actually quite sick with an autoimmune disease and would be adopting a 60 day juice cleanse. While I immediately became skeptical, I was also curious to see if he could pull it off. Cross seemed like a truly genuine person who was set on ridding himself of his painful disease and numerous pills, and who was excited about regaining control over his body. You can’t help but root for him, but beyond that, I was relating to him. By the end of the documentary, I was extremely motivated to try juicing out for myself.

I have my own health reasons for beginning my juicing journey. For those of you who want to or have already tried it, you will as well. I also believe that going on cleanses is not for everyone. However, if you or I or anyone were to replace one meal with a juice every once in awhile, we would be surprised as to how much energy that we have, and how good our insides  would feel. When I do it, it’s almost as if my organs are rejoicing in the sweet, deliciousness that I have just provided them with. I know that the more I juice, the more I crave one of these simple, yet healthy little snacks. So why not try it out for yourself? #YOLO

xoxo
Emory

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P.P.S. If you are interested in trying juicing, make sure to tell me about it below!

a healthy breakfast – quick egg sandwich

IMG_1.jpgHappy New Year! I don’t know if you’ve noticed this either, but it seems like almost every blogger or Instagrammer has posted a list of their New Year’s resolutions. Have you also made one? To be honest, I have not made any New Year’s goals in about three years. My reason for this is simply because my lists were so generic (amp up my exercise, eat healthier, clean the house more often), that I could not keep up with them for very long. While they were exciting in the beginning, in the end I would always feel as if I was setting myself up for failure. That was not a good feeling.

When I became a vegetarian three years ago, I chose not to make any other resolutions that year and to only concentrate on my new lifestyle. Months went by, and pretty soon, it became easy not to eat any meat (although my family would have horror stories when it came to accommodating my new diet). I would say that within the first month my whole body felt lighter and cleaner, and by the next month, I knew that becoming a vegetarian was one of the best decisions that I had made in some time. There was no turning back, I was hooked. That is not to say that I did not have days when I would feel completely exhausted. However, that was entirely my fault and over the next week I would make sure to overload on beans, spinach, eggs, etc. to compensate for my laziness. While being a vegetarian is not for everyone, I would highly recommend it for those of you who have food sensitivities, would like to be more health-conscious, have any sort of concern for animal welfare or the environment, or were just always curious about it. There are many different types of vegetarians (some don’t eat white meat or fish, while some do), and you can try whatever works best for you. If it only lasts a day, hey at least you tried! Although, I would say that the first month is probably the hardest, so if you can survive that, you will be golden. :-)))

That being said, I also think that we can all adopt a few minor changes to make eating healthier a life-long goal rather than just a New Year’s goal. This egg sandwich is a wonderful way to start your day. I have been making them for over nine years, and almost daily for the past three. However, what started out as a supermarket egg, cheese, and bagel sandwich, slowly turned into one with farm eggs, organic vegetables, and one slice of brown bread. Do you know what else? It is so much better in every way!

IMG_2-1.jpg10 Minute Egg Sandwich:

1 egg

1-2 slice(s) brown bread

green onion, chopped

tomato, chopped

spinach, shredded

cheese, chopped (optional)

meat, chopped (optional)

1/4 tsp oil

salt + pepper

water

IMG_3.jpgGather your vegetables, meat, and cheese together. Chop into small pieces.

Crack an egg into a microwave-safe bowl. Add the chopped vegetables, meat, cheese, oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of water. Whisk thoroughly. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, put your bread in the toaster. This should finish around the same time as your egg.

IMG_4.jpgRemove egg from microwave. Let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, remove it from the bowl and gently place onto your toast. Voila!!

IMG_5 Remember that the key to eating right is all about moderation, and making sure that what you do eat serves a purpose other than to only taste good. Take a look at some of the benefits that these ingredients have:

eggs (a great source of protein and vitamins, including vitamin A, B, and potassium)

brown bread (high in complex carbohydrates, low in saturated fat, a source of protein, and a storehouse of nutrients and fiber)

green onions (good source of vitamins A, C, K, and phytochemicals)

tomatoes (almost too many to mention- vitamins A, B, C, E, K, iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, and more)

spinach (again, vitamins A, B, C, E, K, iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, and more)

cheese (vitamins A and B, calcium, phosphorous, protein, and more)

meat (depends on what type, but generally a high source of protein)

olive oil (many health benefits, helps fight viruses and diseases)

IMG_6.jpgSee you all on Monday! Have a wonderful and healthy weekend.

xxoo 

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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