Farmers of all shapes and sizes!

Farmers of all shapes and sizes!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fitness for the farm.

So the picture of Green slime is sure to grab some of y'alls attention, but I ask you to bear with me and not write me off as some kind of eccentric nut that has jumped off the deep end. With all my critters and living in semi-hermitage the eccentric part may not be too far off, but all I ask is that you hear me out. 
When I moved to my own place my eating habits went haywire. I was getting used to a new schedule, trying to afford groceries and discovered that I hated cooking unless I had someone to complain about what I was fixing. Over the summer things went from bad to worse as I got busier with the demand of the season. In October, my friend and fellow worker left on a 9 month mission trip, leaving me with more responsibilities and tasks to accomplish. Most of it I didn't mind doing but I quickly found my strength insufficient and my stamina exhausted. My knees were bothering me again and I was constantly tired. During this time my sister got me addicted to pinterest, where I met two girls who liked my fitness board. Up until then my motivation was about nil and I'd only made a few attempts at increasing my activity levels. So I started trying a bit harder, the lack of sunshine combatted my efforts to get out and walk Ruger. Then one of the Girls invited me to do a clean eating challenge for 5 days. It was such a short amount of time that I  decided to commit to it. It was not as hard as I'd expected and I enjoyed the accountability to the group. When the time was fulfilled I had a party to attend and ate like I had prior to the challenge. BIG MISTAKE! I felt awful. I had not experienced the cleanse symptoms many have on the challenge, but I felt the effects when I stopped. I know that working in peoples homes I cannot totally eliminate all the filler food that makes me feel so toxic but, if I continue eating fresh, wholesome, local food when I am home, I can feel so much better. So I am making small steps to nourish my body not just fill it up. My health is worth the investment. I AM WORTH IT. I need to be strong.  That is where the green slime comes in the picture. Vitamins are better derived from your food instead of the form of supplementation. Greens are a powerhouse of nutrition and I have an abundance of cold-hardy varieties in my garden. I get tired of eating salads and I'd heard if people using them in their smoothies, so I thought I would try it. using the basic recipes from the challenge and Bulk Herb Store videos I concocted something that tasted awesome with no evil additives, chock full of vitamins and nutrients and passing the taste critic's skepticism.
3 rough chopped green leaves
1 banana
1/4 c. greek yogurt
 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. pineapple and juice
6-8 ice cubes
Blend. If you need more liquid add some more juice.
I'm gonna farm, woman strong!

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