Green juice addicted!!

After juicing for over a year I have realized what all dedicated juicers finally do… Green juice is the best juice to drink. I have found juicing to boost my immune system & my energy levels, while helping me to curb my cravings for bad foods by increasing my cravings for healthy fruits & vegetables (I still want bad things…. chips, cookies etc, but now I love to fill my plates with beautiful fresh food). To make sure that juicing does not make me put on weight I have begun making my juices mostly greens and veggies with just an apple for a touch of sweetness (& as a vehicle for my ginger) and a lemon (56.5calories/8oz) for freshness (plus it enhances phytonutrients). For example 8oz of juice made from greens is 68 calories versus 8oz of apple or orange juice which is 112 calories. Some of the best things to juice for weight loss are: greens as mentioned above (I like & rotate between kale, chard, lettuce [such as romaine or endive which fits easily into my juice chute], carrot tops, bok choy, spinach, cilantro, parsley, & watercress), tomatoes (48calories/8oz), cucumbers (12calories/8oz) or berries (strawberries 90calories/8oz, blackberries 95calories/8oz). Other tricks I use is adding fresh homemade unsweetened! ice tea, or coconut water (50calories/8oz) to my juice – increasing the water content since I know one of my eating triggers is actually me being dehydrated.
Some of my recent yummy green juices:

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Seems that I also have a thing for bananas recently, especially local ones. I was even lucky enough to get a handful of “strawberry ” bananas from a neighbour (which I believe to be a type of Lady Finger bananas since my research says they are shorter & sweeter, but am unable to find mention of strawberry bananas so I believe that to just be a local name for them). Here is a pic of them, as you can see they are shorter & fatter.

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Diary snippet – Cruise thoughts 23rd Nov 2011

“We are enjoying the atmosphere of the balcony. We saw a flock of birds, flying around the boat tonight. A first couldn’t tell if they were birds or bats. White bellies darting and swooping. Hard time seeing in the darkness the shape & sweep of their wing. It got harder to see, thought it might have been smoke until I blocked off the light & saw that it was raining. I am now sitting here enjoying the sound of the rain of the water. This is what I think it would sound like to float in a glass of champagne.”

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#yogagoals #inversionaddicted

I first wrote about my headstand goal in a blog post in late September which you can read here and I’m happy to say that quite a lot of progress has been made. I started by using the wall as prop, but while there would do several exercises: I would work on bringing one leg at a time away from the wall so that it was stacked above hips & shoulders, I worked on pressing away from the floor & having shoulders travel away up my back away from my ears (this helps with the transition to forearm stand),

(me smiling & pressing away from floor up to forearm stand)
I practiced holding my legs at 90 degrees so that they were parallel to the floor (this is made easier by putting bum against the wall & folding from hips until you get stronger & can keep hips stacked above shoulders), tucking my knees to chest then back up to ceiling & legs out to the sides & stag (demonstrated in pic below).

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Next I decided to work on control, there is no way you can do a headstand in the middle of the room if you have to fling your legs up, as the momentum will carry you right over to land on your back. So still working near the wall, I practiced reaching one leg up then slowly pulling up the other leg. At the moment my right leg always goes up first, with my left leg following, soon one of my exercises will be to switch this pattern. This can be surprisingly challenging as everyone has a dominant leg, or side of the body, next time challenge yourself in your workout by switching what side you start your exercise on.

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My future yoga goals include strengthening my forearm stand & getting more confident so I can move up to a handstand. Lucky for me there is a IG# designed just for that. This month @beachyogagirl is putting on #byghandstand101 where she is giving tips & exercises to strengthen your handstand. Feeling up to the challenge but I’m 3 days behind so must catch up!
I am very pleased to announce that I completed a professional & personal goal last month, I finally got my first aid/CPR certification through St. John’s Ambulance…. Bonus was all the Canadian accents in the videos (I’m half Canadian & I miss living there!).

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“In the house of lovers the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances.” Rumi

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I open the door to my fantasy house
Set on top of a hill inside my mind
It’s a sweet home
Filled with laughter, love…
& two halves of a whole
Swaying to the rhythm of their heartbeats
Whispered endearments on mingled breath
Stolen kisses between long glances
The morse code of adoration
~ author: me