Hope everyone had a fantastic, sunny and bright weekend! There have been quite a lot of questions as of late on my Facebook Fan Page about some of the specifics around my eating, juicing, and smoothie habits….So before I start a recap of my everyday eats… I’d like to share these questions and my answers for all of you to benefit from… here we go…
1. Do you juice fast every morning or do you eat a breakfast of solids and then drink your juices later in the day? Just curious about the lightest foods to heaviest foods principles and wanting to make sure all of these organic (expensive!) green and orange juices i make are easily digestible.
It depends. First off, I always try to drink my juices on an empty stomach – whether it be first thing in the morning, after a workout, or later in the evening before dinner. I make sure It’s been at least 2 hours since I ate last. The reason for this is because I want to immediately absorb the energy from the juice upon consuming and don’t want this energy absorption to be slowed down by food that is digesting in my body. I prefer to have my juice earlier in the day, especially after my workout – but sometimes this isn’t possible because of my schedule or if I have or haven’t juiced recently. The key point to remember here is to drink juice on an empty stomach and wait at least 20 mins before consuming anything else. I also agree with the philosophy of eating lighter foods throughout the day and heavier foods at night. I’ll be doing a post on this sometime soon where I will go in more detail about why.
2. Do you suggest this recipe for a healthy smoothie – banana , almond milk , yogurt, and spinach? What about peanut butter?
This combination looks good to me, as long as the yogurt is certified organic. The reason I say this is because conventional dairy products like yogurt has been hijacked with growth hormone and antibiotics. Growth hormone is a proven carcinogen, as well as the protein “casein” that is already in yogurt. This is why I don’t include yogurt in my everyday diet – I may have it once in a while with Indian Food or while traveling. (My mom makes her yogurt fresh from organic milk.) Because I have it in extreme moderation – If it were me – I would substitute a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds, flaxseeds and protein powder in this smoothie vs. the yogurt or peanut butter.
I posted this photo on my Facebook page – with the caption “The amount of liquids I am taking to work, is getting ridiculous” and it got a slew of questions -