Health

Eat More Green Things.

Nope. No baby yet. I am still enormously pregnant and growing ever impatient. I’d post a pic, but really–do you need a picture of a sad, pregnant lady?

Instead, here is something I saw on Instagram today:

599272_10152418902813475_1107798662_nAnd it made me laugh. Until I started to think. Because I have spent my fair share of time eating things because something was eating at me. Bothered by the rudeness of a coworker? A handful of M & Ms might make life sweeter. Frustrated by gnawing fears? Some sweet Starbucks treat to wash it down with might help. When life looks sour, I’ve sought sweet in the form of food. Did it solve the sadness? No.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what’s on my plate. With the holidays, there’s been a decent helping of sweet, starchy, gluteny “goodness.” With the holidays behind us, there’s also been a decent helping of stress.  For many of us, this day is the reality gut check. It’s the first full week of the New Year. The first time we really dig into our resolve to follow through with those resolutions made on the tail of holiday highs. The first Monday many go back to work. And though I didn’t go “back to work,” I did get back to business. I checked our checking account post holiday. Not fun. I cleaned and did household chores. Yipee. I could go on, but you all know. You have your own blahs to grumble about.

And while I’m not against treating yourself every now and then, I promise, a cupcake won’t make it better. Not really. Not in the end. You’ll just have a sugar hangover to deal with later. Food affects mood. Let me say that again just in case you haven’t thought about it in a while: FOOD affects MOOD. Sugar will only give you a sweet buzz before it ultimately gives you the blues.

Want to beat the blues? Eat more green things:

Today's Lunch.I ❤ Bok Choy. This was lunch today. Barely steamed Bok Choy & a little shelled edamame with fresh grated ginger, minced garlic, the juice of one lime, Bragg’s Liquid aminos, Sriracha, sesame seeds & hemp hearts. Tasty.

Kermit was wrong, sometimes it IS easy being green. And even when it’s not, eating more green things is worth it! Why? When you eat more green things, you will naturally crowd out the things you are eating that aren’t as healthy. Your taste buds will adapt and change. Nutritionally speaking, greens are loaded with calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals!

What do all those things do? Try these benefits:

  • Blood purification
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved circulation
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
  • Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
  • Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
  • Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus

Will these things make you happy? In the long run, it’s likely. In addition to these benefits, traditional wisdom offers these tips: In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. In Ayurveda, the color green is related to unconditional love and healing–at least as it relates to the chakras. But I’d say eating more green things does provide healing from the inside out. In Ayurveda, there is also the mantra that what we eat becomes the very cells in our bodies, and our bodies are far more intimately connected to our minds than we often stop to realize.

In my world, where there is health, there is happiness. So, on this possibly sour day, I’m taking time to really look at what’s on my plate. Yes, I’m a little restless waiting for the baby. Yes, there are worries and questions about what’s next, about motherhood, about bills, about my future, about how to contribute to my house and to the world. I’m taking time to note that sugar won’t solve those riddles. I’m taking time to be present to what is, and to really ask, what is it that I am truly HUNGRY for?

Health, happiness, green things, a baby in my arms, long runs, yoga in the morning, a strong body, an open mind, a wise and brave and beautiful heart.

What are you truly HUNGRY for? Will a cupcake satiate that desire?

With Love from Colorado,

Keri

 

 

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