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On the 11th Day of Giving I give you the gift of cleansing!
Treats, sugar and alcohol are common indulgences during the holiday season. To keep your body in balance start your morning off with this Green Detox Shake recipe, courtesy of my daughter and her new favourite website The Chalkboard. This shake helps keep pH neutral, you want to do this because an overly acidic body invites disease.
3 celery stalks or 1 whole cucumber
4 cups spinach
Juice of 2 ruby red grapefruit or 4 limes
1 tbsp nut butter (or flesh of a coconut)
1/2 cup whole strawberries
1 scoop Powder Greens - I use SunWarrior Greens (you can purchase them at rawelements.ca, and use the discount code "Tosca" for an additional 20% off)
Water and ice if necessary
*small piece of ginger for zing and warmth
*sub strawberries for pineapple
If you are interested in maximizing your detox, as soon as you wake drink 1 cup warm water and lemon, skip the coffee and opt for green tea. Eat as clean as possible throughout the day!
6. Take your friend to the gym with you to share one of your favorite workouts.
7. Carve out time in your busy schedule to make holiday crafts with a few special kids in your life. Then you can help them decorate their houses for the holidays.
8. Put together a family cookbook of your favorite Eat-Clean family recipes to share with your loved ones. Don't forget to share your special tips on each one. Best of all, you're encouraging health and wellness for the year ahead.
Welcome Zain Jamal - our resident yoga expert and baking whiz. She shares with us today her amazing approach to the holiday season along with a don't-miss, super-delicious treat of Clean Liqueur Truffles. Yes, I said truffles. Wow!
For any of us who have sought for love in the refuge of self-sabotaging behavior, the concept of generosity, when directed to ourselves, may feel gluttonous, indulgent; yet our spirits are so deeply nourished when we are giving of ourselves to others in the form of advice, smiles, gifts, complements, and random acts of kindness.
I mean, how great does it feel to buy a sandwich for a hungry homeless person? How uplifted do you feel when you make a donation to a charity? What is more special than to see your best friend’s eyes light up as she unwraps a beautiful package created just for her, by the glow of a twinkling tree?
“Brain scans of people in the act of giving have found that generous deeds activate the same reward centers in the brain that pleasures like [laughter] and sex do. When these areas are stimulated, dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters are released, resulting in pleasurable feelings that can range from contentment to euphoria.”
Why is it that so many of us experience this euphoria when giving to others, yet are unable to truly give to ourselves?
Why do so many of us turn to food or other addictions as a means of rewarding ourselves and knowingly blur the lines between self-care and self-harm?
During my journey to recovery from Anorexia, I asked myself these questions over and over again. I wanted so much to give to others in everyway I could, so I did. The problem was that I was not giving anything to myself and thus became depleted.
Today I am going to pay an extra-special visit to Kelsey-Lynn, my daughter in her 4th year of university.
She has been struggling with a heavy workload including: having to prepare for and write exams, having to complete several canvases for her for fine arts program, and maintaining her job as a ballet instructor all at the same time. As a result she has been eating terrible food, running out of money, and missing home.
The best thing I can give her right now is my time.
When we get to her little apartment we will scoop her up and have a delicious latte and time together.
I will help her restock her fridge, clean up her little space, and enjoy seeing her beautiful face and beautiful paintings.
Never underestimate the value of giving someone something as simple, and as valuable, as your time.
P.S. For my other school-bound daughters-in-need: I'm picking up a meal for Rachel (my naturopath-in training) who is finishing up tons of assignments and also has a set of exams, and I'm washing Chelsea's absolutely filthy car tomorrow before picking her up from the airport to bring her home for Christmas.
Oh these poor students!
Is there someone you can help out today by offering your time?